audience I was given by Pope John Paul II in November 1978, after
a prolonged conversation at the end of which the Pope seemed willing
enough to make the Liturgy a matter of option, Cardinal Seper,
having been summoned by the Pope, realized that he was willing
to take this step and immediately exclaimed: "But, Holy Father,
they are making the Old Mass into a banner!" a remark which
seemed to make a considerable impression on the Pope.
to one side the disparaging tone of Cardinal Seper's remark, we
are, however, bound to agree that the Mass is indeed the banner
of the Catholic Faith, because it makes open profession of all
the fundamental dogmas of our Faith combined. In it are to be
found all the treatises of Catholic theology.
And by this
very fact, this "Mystery of our Faith" overwhelms all
the errors of Protestantism, Islam, Judaism, Modernism, and materialistic,
socialist and communist secularism. No error can withstand our
holy Catholic Mass. The Mass is anti ecumenical, in the sense
of ecumenism practiced since the Council: namely, the union of
all religions in an amalgam of prayer without dogma, withoutmorality,
without specific laws, and agreement based on a few ambiguous
slogans like "the rights of man," "the dignity
of man," "religious liberty."
On the contrary,
the Novus Ordo is precisely the banner of this false
ecumenism, representing the annihilation of the Catholic religion
and the Catholic priesthood.
honor of Jesus Christ and for the honor of the Church, let us
be faithful to the Catholic Mass, symbol of our Faith, banner
of our holy religion.
this Catholic Mass we need priests, and so we need Catholic, and
not Modernist seminaries, where, as always in the Church, young
clerics can direct their formation and apostolate entirely towards
the altar of divine Sacrifice.
to have young men suitably prepared to enter our seminaries, we
need Catholic schools where young people will learn to love the
Liturgy, Latin and plainchants and where they will be formed in
a manly and Christian fashion by sacrificing themselves for the
love of Jesus Christ under the care and guidance of their heavenly
of schools is therefore indispensable, not only for vocations
to the priesthood, but for all vocations, including Catholic marriage
with all that it represents in the way of ideal and sacrifice
in our corrupt society.
have already been established in France and in America. Nuns showed
us the way and now we are trying to follow in their steps with
Catholic education for boys. Thus work has already begun on a
school at Fanjeaux in the village of Montreal. To bring this undertaking
to fruition we are counting on the ever generous aid of our friends
and benefactors in France.
too is to open its first school for boys in October. We are in
no doubt that our friends in Germany will come forward generously
to help Catholic families who no longer know where to send their
The United States already has several foundations. The major seminary
is having to expand in order to be able to accept the ever growing
number of vocations. There, too, we are counting on the help of
The seminary at Buenos Aires should finish construction of its
first wing by March, but there are four more to build...!
We do not
know how to thank you, dear friends and benefactors. Your great
reward is for you to be present at the ordinations. Come, then,
on June 27 to the seminary of Zaitzkofen in Germany, and on June
29 to Ec6ne, as usual. There you will reap the reward of your
prayers and generosity.
Mary and Joseph bless you and keep you in the Catholic Faith.
18 February 1982