2, Chapter XX
13 April 1978
I cannot believe that you
do not understand the exact reason for my attitude, which is that
of thousands of Catholics and of many priests among those most faithful
to the Catholic Church to the Papacy.
The problem at the root of
our perseverance in Tradition, in spite of orders from Rome to abandon
it, is the grave and profound change in the relations of the Church
with the world.
Our Lord and the Church after
Him have related themselves to the world in a very precise way.
The world has to be converted and baptized, and submit to the gentle
Reign of Our Lord Jesus Christ. That is the one and only way to
salvation. "Go, teach all nations..." That is clear. Apostles
must be sent to all nations so that they become Catholics and accept
the Reign of Our Lord.
But in the world there are
forces at enmity with Our Lord and His Reign. Satan and all the
auxiliaries of Satan, conscious and unconscious, refuse that Reign,
that road to salvation, and they fight for the destruction of the
Hence the Church, with her
Divine Founder, is engaged in a gigantic struggle. All means have
been and are being used by Satan for his triumph.
One of the latest and most
effective stratagems is to destroy the fighting spirit of the Church
by persuading her that she has no more enemies, so she must lay
down her arms and enter into a dialogue of peace and understanding.
That sham truce will allow
the enemy to penetrate everywhere with ease and to corrupt the opposing
That truce is Liberal Ecumenism,
a diabolical instrument for the auto-destruction of the Church.
That Liberal Ecumenism will
demand the neutralization of weapons, which are the Liturgy with
the Sacrifice of the Mass, the Sacraments, the Breviary, the liturgical
feasts, and the liturgical feasts, and the neutralization and then
the closing of Seminaries-there is no longer a need of fighters
when there is no fight. Ecumenism in education means theological
research-dogmas open to doubt.
It means also pluralism applied
to Catholic States, so that they are suppressed and become Ecumenical
It means that the monasteries
and the religious societies are stopped from fighting, they who
were the vanguard. That amounts to a sentence of death.
To that devilish undertaking
begun by the Council, especially in the Documents on "Non-Christian
Religions," "The Church in the Modem World," and
"Religious Liberty," and continued incessantly since the
Council, we offer a flat refusal. We will not become Liberal Ecumenists,
betraying the cause of the Reign of Our Lord and the cause of the
Church: we wish to remain Catholics.
Who is the instigator of
that false ecumenism in the Church? Who is (or who are) answerable
for it? We prefer not to know. God knows.
They can lay us under as
many interdicts and censures as they like, but we mean, with the
grace of God and the help of the blessed Virgin, to remain in the
Catholic faith, and we refuse to collaborate in the destruction
of the Church.
We ask for something very
simple and very legitimate: recognition that the Church of all time,
the Church of our childhood, has the right to continue. It is a
right based on Scripture, Tradition, the Magisterium of the Church
and the whole history of the Church.
That, I think, is clear enough.
Eminence's respectful and
fraternally devoted in Christ and Mary.
P.S. Enclosed, the answer
to your request for clarity, with some documents.
to the Annex to the Letter of 16 March 1978
considerations on the state of the Church since Vatican Council
II which alone permit of an adequate reply to the questions asked
about the Ordo Missae, our continuation of the activity of
the Priestly Society of St. Pius X in spite of the interdictions
received from the Bishops and from Rome.
1) We deny nothing of the
theological and canonical principles concerning the Church, the
Pope, the Bishops. On the contrary, it is because we believe them
with all our soul that we cannot accept a utilization of authority
against the end for which that authority was received. That end
is explicitly affirmed in the Professions of Faith, in the oaths
taken many times by the Pope and the Bishops. It consists particularly
in the faithful and exact transmission of the deposit of faith.
2) Well, we have to state
with sorrow that that transmission is no longer faithful.
The basic error which undermines
Vatican Council II and the post-conciliar reforms, as well as the
greater part of episcopal writings and acts, is a Liberal Ecumenism
which corrupts the Church's fundamental Mission.
The Catholic Church is a
missionary Church according to the Mission given by Our Lord Jesus
Christ: "Go, teach all nations, baptize them…" She alone
possesses the Truth. She alone is the true religion because she
alone was founded by Our Lord Jesus Christ.
She goes through the nations
to convert souls to Jesus Christ. That is true dialogue arising
from true charity.
Liberal Ecumenism supposes
that the other religions, the other ideologies, also have the truth,
that the Church has to learn something from them-which is a lack
of faith in Our Lord Jesus Christ. That ecumenism dialogues with
error on an equal footing, and so has the same regard for error
as it has for Truth.
It is the Liberal error,
condemned so many times by preceding popes.
3) From that Liberal error
emerge all the new initiatives, all the post-conciliar reforms:
all the attitudes of ecclesiastics acquired from that error show
its effects, and the same for their writings.
It is a general corruption.
The liturgical reforms are
realized in that ecumenical spirit, on the admission of the Reformers
Catholic Universities, all spread that ecumenical spirit, seeking
Truth from error. So error and vice get in everywhere, under cover
of evangelization, human responsibility, human dignity, the rights
of man, liberation theology .The souls and hearts of the young are
thus corrupted by Catholic teachers, who call on rabbis, pastors,
etc., to help them…
That spirit of compromise
inevitably extends to political, social and economic ideas, and
links up with the principles of freemasonry and the principles of
Marxism. Pluralism is then applied to all Catholic States under
cover of “Religious Liberty.”
4) That is the abandonment
of the Catholic spirit of Mission and of conversion to Our Lord
Jesus Christ, of true charity towards God and towards our neighbor
based on humility, the spirit of poverty and mortification. It is
no longer Our Lord and Our Lord Crucified who is preached but a
false gospel of license under pretext of Liberty.
Thus our Catholic faith is
adulterated and compromised by the ecclesiastical authorities themselves.
5) We have many times taken
an oath to keep our Catholic faith intact, whatever happens. We
will not be perjurers. Faithful Catholics no longer know where they
are; their souls and the souls of their children are in danger:
Our duty is to come to their aid, putting them on their guard against
the poison of Liberal Ecumenism and bringing them all the help of
the Catholic Church.
If we were rebuked, beaten,
persecuted by our brethren for our Catholic faith, we should not
be the first to suffer that kind of persecution.
We have resolved
that with the grace of God we will continue to train Catholic priests,
Catholic religious, men and women, the hope If of the Church of
tomorrow. That will ensure the continuation of the true Mission
of the Catholic Church of all time, that of leading souls to Jesus
Christ and of extending His Reign everywhere, so that “His Will
may be done on earth as in heaven.”
6) We desire
with all our heart to find ourselves again in full communion with
the authorities in the Church, but we can achieve that only in the
unity of the Catholic faith and not in Liberal Ecumenism.
change in conception of the Mission of the Church has had as a consequence
the corruption of Canon Law and the public law of the Church, and
the enfeeblement of their basic principles.
authority loses sight of its real end and turns, necessarily to
abuse of power and to arbitrariness.
of law are doubtful, falsified. The rights of defense are no longer
respected. Procedure is no longer in conformity with law. Injustice
takes the place of justice.
is true of the promulgation of liturgical decrees.
true of our condemnation in which everything was arbitrary and against
elementary principles of morality and law so clearly recalled by
Pope Leo XIII in his Encyclical Libertas praestantissimum teach
us that in these cases authority loses its right to obedience.
so, it is no contempt to authority not to obey. Rather it is a reminder
of the respect it should have for the authority it has received
from God and which obliges it to act according to the law
established by God.
regard to jurisdiction, we are appealing to the extraordinary circumstances
for which provision is made in Canon Law and to the extreme need
in which the souls of the faithful are placed.
are some documents which will confirm what we have presented above:
- an article
- an extract
from Documentation Catholique:
- a minor
work, Pro Missa Traditionali, by Don Pace of Turin;
- a copy of
a letter of Cardinal Seper concerning the documents of the catechesis
of the CNPL of Paris.1
four documents are not included in this book.
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