2, Chapter XXXIV
29 June 1979
The 1979 ordination
ceremonies at Ecône followed the pattern of previous years. Twenty-one
new priests were ordained for the Society, and the Archbishop preached
a sermon during which he answered the following questions: “Why
Ecône?” “Why this seminary?” “Why the Priestly Society of Saint
Pius X?” The Archbishop continued:
See these future
priests, these seminarians, see all of these religious who are here,
present from diverse congregations, of diverse nationalities. I
should make allusion to our dear Carmelites who are most certainly
united with us in heart but who are not able to come for they
have the cloister and they desire to keep the cloister. They are
with us and they pray for us; and all those religious who are absent
and were not able to come today, but who are united in heart and
prayer with us. All that is the Church. And you, dearest faithful,
who are present, you represent also the Christian families – Catholic
families – who defend their faith and do not want to allow themselves
to be invaded by error, by heresy, by immorality, by the removal
of faith in God and of Catholic morals. All this is a great testimony.
Ecône – it
is the faith of the Church. Ecône – it is the moral of the Church.
Ecône forces itself to be the holiness of the Church and I will
add, without fear, this term which in certain ears will create a
certain emotion, that Ecône has the politics of the Church; for
the Church has politics. The Church knows what Christian society
is. The Church forged it; she formed it during the course of the
centuries. During nearly twenty centuries the Church has inspired
Christian Europe – Catholic Europe. She has directed it. She has
directed all of society which was otherwise oriented. Its justice
was other than that in which we live today because the Church has
her principle – eternal principles –principles of her faith and
her faith is nothing other than Our Lord Jesus Christ: the living
Son of God, as St Peter expressed it, he who was worthy to be the
founding Rock of the church, “Thou art Christ, the son of the living
Son of the living God, has shown us that which it was necessary
to do and in particular by His Cross, by His Priesthood, by His
immolation on the Cross, by all of His Blood poured forth; He has
shown us that to be the Son of God, to be Catholic, is to have the
heart filled with charity, filled with love, and to be ready to
give one’s life for others.
Our Lord Jesus
Christ has shown us this example and He shows it continually upon
the altar. The altar is nothing other than the place of sacrifice;
the altar of sacrifice where love immolates itself; the charity
and that which manifests it, and which gives the grace to practice
this charity from whence the utility of the priesthood. The Church
is not able to put aside the priest because if there were no priest
there would no longer be the Sacrifice of the Mass, there would
no longer be the Sacrifice of the Cross. There would no longer be
this source, this source of love, of charity which so remarkably
expresses itself in the sacrifice of Our Lord. We see Him with His
heart pierced, His head bowed, His hands and feet also pierced –
all this by love for us. This is the sacrifice of the altar. Thus
this magnificent example is a source of charity, a source of the
Holy Ghost who “invades” us when we receive Holy Communion – the
Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
There is then
the lesson which the Church gives us, there is that which the Church
thinks and there is what she has done through the course of the
continues. Ecône continues the Church with the same principles,
with the same faith, with the same charity, with the same convictions
and we are persuaded of this – filled with the same spirit of Our
Lord Jesus Christ who has manifested Himself in all of the holiness
of the Church through the course of the centuries.
Why then this
situation of Ecône? A situation which, let us hope, will soon be
resolved for the greater good of the Church? It is that the citadel
of Satan has established itself in opposition to the church, and
today has high hopes of gaining a victory which appears imminent.
All is organized. All is prepared to crush the Church, to make it
disappear, to make the name of Our Lord disappear, to make the priesthood
disappear, to make the Faith disappear. All is ready because for
centuries Satan has prepared for it.
He has prepared
it in his secret meetings which have given as foundation of their
legislation – opposed to the legislation of the Church, opposed
to the legislation of love – the celebration of the Rights of Man
in 1789 and 1948.
They are identical,
both, and they may be translated simply: the right to despise the
rights of others, the right of charity, the right to no longer fulfill
one’s duties, the right of force. There is this declaration and
we see its deplorable results – physical force. The force of an
army which invades a country as all the communist countries have
been invaded; force of money which commands the world; force of
political power which placed as the basis of governments – no longer
the rules of charity; no longer the decalogue; no longer the “Sermon
on the Mount” which asks man to sacrifice himself for his neighbor,
to give himself for his neighbor. No!
are principles which destroy society, which destroy man and which
are a continual scandal.
We see today
the atrocious effects of this, it must be said, humanity is seen
as never before. That a mother may assassinate her child without
being punished – and by the hundreds of thousands. By the million!
That cries for vengeance! The blood of these innocents is a disgrace
for our civilization and that because they have replaced the decalogue
and Christian principles, the principles of the Church, by the “rights”
of man. The rights of man – which as I have been saying to you,
is the right to kill one’s neighbor, it is the right to despise
one’s neighbor, it is the right to steal, it is the right to crush.
of the dear Vietnamese who today perish in the sea, who perish of
hunger. Why? In order to flee the hell of communism; in order to
flee their dear country of Vietnam where they have been at home.
They indeed had rights in their homeland. What are their rights
now? Who defends their rights today? They no longer have the right
to approach the land – the land which had been given to all men.
They have simply the right to die at sea! And how many? How many
have escaped upon fragile crafts and have perished in the sea? Think
of the Cambodians massacred today in our age when one says that
science has made marvelous things. This science, for what does it
serve if not only to crush others more rapidly and more efficaciously.
Let us be on
our guard. Let us take heed of the messages of Fatima. It seems
that they may be fulfilled, and we are likely to see them fulfilled
if God gives us life to do so. The Blessed Mother clearly said that
the end of the twentieth century, if man did not convert and return
to the law of God, to the application of the law of God, would see
terrible chastisements. She said this in 1917 at a time when no
one would yet have been able to think of atomic bombs, but she said
that water would be transformed into vapors and fire would descend
from heaven and that those who will be living will wish to die before
the atrocities that they will see!
This is what
awaits us with these principles of the rights of man. This is what
awaits us with this contempt of neighbor, this contempt of God and
when one considers that this is done by Catholics – by those who
have been baptized and call themselves Catholics and who are chiefs
of state – it is a scandal! We must pray, my dear brethren, that
the Holy Ghost will enlighten them.
of Satan which has been raised against the citadel of God has caused,
unfortunately, many Catholics to lose their faith. Many of them
have believed it necessary to ally themselves to the force, with
powers to those who have money and thus they have made compromises.
It is these that one calls liberal Catholics, condemned by Pope
Pius IX, condemned by Pope Leo XIII, condemned by Saint Pius X.
all these Catholics who have come to terms with the enemy and those
who play the game of the enemy – it is these who have penetrated
in Rome and it is these who have inspired the Second Vatican Council
and all of its consequences. Thus we are in complete confusion.
teaching the good and true catechism they teach anything. They place
in doubt all the truths of the Church. Instead of teaching the morals
of the Church they place all in doubt and permit all “experiences.”
Rather than teaching the faith of the Church they “research” and
they place all the principles of the church in doubt. Thus our Church
is infiltrated. It is in the process of “auto-destruction,” as Pope
Paul VI said.
We must then
resist. We must hold fast. We must continue the Church. It is not
possible that the good Lord will not aid us and He does so. How
is it possible that in the space of ten to fifteen years so many
priests, so many religious, have understood that it was necessary
to resist, that it is necessary to maintain our faith at all costs
in spite of the persecutions, in spite of the difficulties, in spite
of the trials.
The Lord one
day will permit, we have no doubt, that we will be recognized; not
only recognized, but thanked, for having defended the Tradition
of the church, thanked for having made priests who are true priests
and who have profound convictions, and who have as a program for
their life the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and who want to put this
into practice. There is the salvation of our civilization! There
is the salvation of souls! There is the Church!
I then wholeheartedly
congratulate you, my dear brethren, for having come to encourage
our young Levites who indeed will have difficulties to conquer in
the exercise of their ministry; difficulties of all sorts due precisely
to the general confusion in which we live, due to this satanic organization
which seeks to destroy the Church. But you will help them by your
prayers and you will help them by all of your means. You will return
to your homes everywhere, determined to maintain your Catholic faith,
and especially that of your children. Protect that of your children
in order that afterwards generations will rise, Catholic generations,
who will remake a Christian society, and who will restore justice,
love and peace in the states, in civilization and in all nations.
That is what
we ask the good Lord today. Let us pray to the Holy Ghost, today,
who is certainly among us in a very special way. Let us pray to
the Holy Ghost to give the Pope force and courage to conquer all
of the opposition which surrounds him, in order that he accomplish
a veritable renovation of the Church upon the eternal principles,
upon the eternal sacrifice, upon the eternal sacraments. Let us
ask the Holy Ghost today for our Holy Father the Pope who needs
this succor in order to take the necessary courageous measures to
"re-give" the Church her faith, her morals, and her Christian
civilization so that souls may be saved.
We ask this
particularly of the Blessed Virgin Mary, she who is certainly very
close to us today, who rejoices in this assembly, who rejoices in
these young deacons who are going to become priests, sons of Mary.
For if there is anyone who here on earth understood the program
of the Cross it is indeed the Blessed Virgin Mary who assisted at
the agony of Our Lord and who understood the admirable mystery of
the love of Jesus for us. Let us also ask the Blessed Virgin Mary
to come in aid and support the Pope in an action of renovation in
In the name
of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
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