2, Chapter XIII
At a time when
the Synod of Bishops is meeting in Rome to study the question of
Catechetics, one would wish that the introductory pages to the Catechism
of the Council of Trent, drawn up by the very authors of that Catechism,
might be re-read by the Bishops present at the Synod. They would
learn therein how those authors meant to resolve problems of adaptation.
We have every
reason for fearing that, in spite of some good interventions, the
work of conciliar reform will continue. It will not be the Archbishop
of Saigon who will "put on the brakes" since he considers
that the only catechetics possible in a Marxist country are collaboration
with Marxism. And in that, he affirms, he is taking his stand on
the texts of the conciliar decree Gaudium et Spes (cf. Edith
Oelamare's article in Rivarol, 13 October 1977).
The facts show
us no sign of a return to Tradition, but much to the contrary, a
continual establishing of ecumenism and Marxism. The most inconceivable
innovations are left without public reprimand, whereas only those
who maintain the Catholic Faith are hounded down and condemned.
In the face
of the constant progress of the auto demolition of the Church, the
Mystical Body of Our Lord, which is the living Church, reacts and
demands that the hierarchy help it to survive, not die. Numerous
members of the Mystical Body go to extraordinary lengths in order
to survive, doing all they can to find faithful priests and bishops
who will give them the sources of life.
In such a predicament,
it is the law of survival which commands, and no positive law, even
ecclesiastical, can contradict this primary and fundamental law.
Authority, law in the Church, as in all society, is at the service
of life, and ultimately supernatural life, which is life eternal.
It is not surprising
that, when authority fails or is used to annihilate that which it
ought to be building up, the social body finds itself crippled,
and that the reaction takes place according to different criteria
which can be somewhat divergent. The important thing is to save
the Catholic Faith inscribed in our catechisms, to save the means
of living it by the grace of the Sacrifice of the Mass and of the
Sacraments, to save the means of passing it on to future generations
through Catholic schools and seminaries.
This is what
we are trying to do through our seminaries and priories.
of the faithful is ever more widespread. Besides Europe and North
America, South America, Australia, the Indies and Japan are also
calling out to us.
this appeal might be heard by Rome and by a great many bishops,
and that they might respond to this expectation through the means
which the Church has always used!
As for us,
we are trying to respond through the means Providence places at
our disposal: our forty priests and 140 seminarians of every nationality,
our Brothers, our Sisters, our twenty houses, of which three are
seminaries, all founded within eight years, are a proof that God
is with us as our Helper.
This year we
must find larger premises for our German-language seminary and also
for our seminary in the United States. The growing number of vocations
makes this obligatory. Thirty-nine new students have entered Econe,
among them eight Americans, five Italians, and three Argentinians.
Weissbad has received seven new-comers and the American seminary,
Six have entered
the Brothers' Novitiate, and there are eight postulants for the
Sisterhood as well as two oblates. In this connection we are taking
part in the foundation of a Cistercian monastery for women, and
also of a Carmel according to the most faithful traditions. Girls
and women aspiring to a contemplative life can obtain the addresses
of these two foundations by writing to us here at Ecône.
This is why
we ask you, dear friends and benefactors, to continue helping us
by your prayers and your gifts, persuaded moreover, that the difficulties
with Rome will end well in a solution. But nothing can be done without
a redoubling of fervor in prayer, in the Sacrifice of the Mass by
the intercession of the Most Holy Virgin. She alone will vanquish
all the obstacles which impede the Reign of her Divine Son from
being extended over families and societies for the salvation of
We remind you
that the Rosary is recited every evening at seven o'clock in all
our houses for the intentions of friends and benefactors living
and dead. Unite with us in this supplication.
may God bless you.
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