Volume 3, Chapter
Dear Friends and Benefactors,
of June 29 last brought the number of priests in the Society of
St. Pius X up to 100. The first seminarian of the Society to be
ordained priest, Father Paul Aulagnier, was ordained on October
17,1971, ten years ago, in Econe's local parish church at Riddes.
a mere one hundred is not very many to come to the help of all the
Catholics who realize they have been led astray by their shepherds
from the true Catholic Faith, especially if one reflects that such
Catholics are to be found all over the world, in Poland as elsewhere,
thanks to the propaganda of the Pax Movement, supported by both
government and clergy. Alas ! How many Catholics have already lost
the Faith, how many have joined the sects now spawning all over
parts of the world where they were unknown twenty years ago!
souls everywhere are regaining their balance, deepening their Catholic
Faith, regrouping around the priests who are, in ever greater numbers,
coming back to Catholic Tradition. Devotion to the Holy Sacrifice
of the Mass, all night vigils of adoration, spiritual exercises,
the recitation of the Rosary all are springing up again in chapels,
well arranged and cared for, and in which the Faith finds expression
in the beautiful altars and church furnishings, more often than
not rescued from ransacked churches, in the crucifixes and statues,
the Stations of the Cross given pride of place once more all of
which favor genuine piety and raise souls up to God in this world
of ours emptied of the sacred and given over to the profane.
From these groups are coming priestly and religious vocations, which
are filling our seminaries and the monasteries and religious houses
keeping the Catholic Faith. The whole Church is coming back to life
in this way, especially in France, Switzerland, the U.S.A., and
Germany; and now this re birth is spreading to the most far flung
lands, to South America, South Africa, Kerala in Southern India,
Church will not be occupied forever by the Modernists and progressives
who are taking advantage of their authority to push through all
these innovations destroying the Faith.
as you well know, continue apace! Let me pick one out at random:
the Second Vatican Council has henceforth authorized the cremation
of corpses. Let us consult the Code of Canon Law containing the
laws of the Church.
In Canon 1203
we read: "There is an obligation to bury the corpses of the
dead. The cremation of corpses is condemned. If anyone has in any
way whatsoever given orders for his corpse to be cremated his wish
may not be carried out. If this wish be signified in a will or similar
document, no heed is to be taken of it." And, in Canon 1240:
"Ecclesiastical burial must be refused to those who have asked
for their corpse to be cremated." All the commentaries give
the same reason for this law; here, for example, is what Jone says:
"The reason for which the Catholic Church condemns the cremation
of corpses lies first and foremost in the fact that the violent
destruction of the human body is opposed to the respect due to the
body which was the temple of the Holy Ghost and which will rise
again on the Last Day in glory."
Is this reason
any less valid today? And we could go through all these innovations
in the same way, showing that they are causing the Catholic Faith
Yet the only
ones who are called "dissident," "disobedient,"
or "rebels," are the ones who are keeping the Faith; while
those who are destroying it are called "faithful," "submissive,"
and "obedient." How much longer is this lie this massive
imposture to last? Only God knows.
I travel at
regular intervals down to Rome in the hope of putting an end to
this lie, deadly for so many souls, but I rely upon God rather than
upon men. Tomorrow fifty seminarians leave for
Albano. Even without seeking to do so, they will give witness in
Rome itself to the efficacy and holiness of Catholic Tradition.
Let us keep
true to the Faith, and let us pray to Our lady to come to our aid.
We rely upon your prayers and generosity for our priestly work,
so essential for the Church and the salvation of souls.
May Jesus, Mary and Joseph bless you.
+ Marcel Lefebvre
On the Feast of St.
21 September 1981
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