dear Bishop de Castro Mayer, my most dear friends, my dear brethren,
we are gathered for a ceremony which is certainly historic. Let
me, first of all, give you some information.
The first might
surprise you a little, as it did me. Yesterday evening, a visitor
came, sent from the Nunciature in Berne, with an envelope containing
an appeal from our Holy Father the Pope, who was putting at my,
disposal a car which was supposed to take me to Rome yesterday evening,
so that I would not be able to perform these consecrations today.
I was told neither for what reason, nor where I had to go! I leave
you to judge for yourselves the timeliness and wisdom of such a
I went to Rome
for many, many days during the past year, even for weeks; the Holy
Father did not invite me to come and see him. I would certainly
have been glad to see him if some agreement would have been finalized.
So here you have the information. I give it to you simply, as I
myself came to know it, through the letter from the Nunciature.
Now, some indications
concerning the ceremony and some relevant documents regarding its
bishops have already sworn in my hands the oath which you find in
the little booklet on the ceremony of consecration which some of
you have. Thus, this oath has already been pronounced, plus the
Anti-Modernist Oath, as it was formerly prescribed for the consecration
of bishops, plus the Profession of Faith. They have already taken
these oaths and this profession in my hands after the retreat which
took place at Sierre during these last days. Do not, therefore,
if the ceremony begins with the interrogations on the Faith, the
Faith which the Church asks from those who are to be consecrated.
I also want
to let you know that, after the ceremony, you will be able to ask
the blessing of the bishops and kiss their rings. It is not the
custom in the Church to kiss the hands of a bishop, as one kisses
the hands of a newly-ordained priest, as you did yesterday. But
the faithful may ask for their blessing and kiss their ring.
have at your disposal at the bookstall some books and flyers which
contain all the elements necessary to help you better understand
why this ceremony, which is apparently done against the will of
Rome, is in no way a schism. We are not schismatics! If an excommunication
was pronounced against the bishops of China, who separated themselves
from Rome and put themselves under the Chinese government, one very
easily understands why Pope Pius XII excommunicated them. There
is no question of us separating ourselves from Rome, nor of putting
ourselves under a foreign government, nor of establishing a sort
of parallel church as the Bishops of Palmar de Troya have done in
Spain. They have even elected a pope, formed a college of cardinals...
It is out of the question for us to do such things. Far from us
be this miserable thought to separate ourselves from Rome!
On the contrary,
it is in order to manifest our attachment to Rome that we are performing
this ceremony. It is in order to manifest our attachment to the
Eternal Rome, to the Pope, and to all those who have preceded these
last Popes who, unfortunately since the Second Vatican Council,
have thought it their duty to adhere to grievous errors which are
demolishing the Church and the Catholic Priesthood.
Thus you will
find among these flyers which are put at your disposal, an admirable
study done by Professor Georg May, President of the Seminary of
Canon Law in the University of Mayence in Germany, who marvelously
explains why we are in a case of necessity: necessity to come and
help your souls, to help you! Your applause a while ago was, I think,
not a purely temporal manifestation; it was rather a spiritual manifestation,
expressing your joy to have at last Catholic bishops and priests
who are dedicated to the salvation of your souls, to giving to your
souls the Life of Our Lord Jesus Christ, through good doctrine,
through the Sacraments, through the Faith, through the Holy Sacrifice
of the Mass. You need this Life of Our Lord Jesus Christ to go to
heaven. This Life of Our Lord Jesus Christ is disappearing everywhere
in the Conciliar Church. They are following roads which are not
Catholic roads: they simply lead to apostasy.
This is why
we do this ceremony. Far be it from me to set myself up as pope!
I am simply a bishop of the Catholic Church who is continuing to
transmit Catholic doctrine. I think, and this will certainly not
be too far off, that you will be able to engrave on my tombstone
these words of St. Paul: "Tradidi quod et accepi-I have transmitted
to you what I have received," nothing else. I am just the postman
bringing you a letter. I did not write the letter, the message,
this Word of God. God Himself wrote it; Our Lord Jesus Christ Himself
gave it to us. As for us, we just handed it down, through these
dear priests here present and through all those who have chosen
to resist this wave of apostasy in the Church, by keeping the Eternal
Faith and giving it to the faithful. We are just carriers of this
Good News, of this Gospel which Our Lord Jesus Christ gave to us,
as well as of the means of sanctification: the Holy Mass, the true
Holy Mass, the true Sacraments which truly give the spiritual life.
It seems to
me, my dear brethren, that I am hearing the voices of all these
Popes - since Gregory XVI, Pius IX, Leo XIII, St. Pius X, Benedict
XV, Pius XI, Pius XII - telling us: "Please, we beseech you,
what are you going to do with our teachings, with our predications,
with the Catholic Faith? Are you going to abandon it? Are you going
to let it disappear from this earth? Please, please, continue to
keep this treasure which we have given you. Do not abandon the faithful,
do not abandon the Church! Continue the Church! Indeed, since the
Council, what we condemned in the past the present Roman authorities
have embraced and are professing. How is it possible? We have condemned
them: Liberalism, Communism., Socialism, Modernism, Sillonism. All
the errors which we have condemned are now professed, adopted and
supported by the authorities of the Church. Is it possible? Unless
you do something to continue this Tradition of the Church which
we have given to you, all of it shall disappear. Souls shall be
Thus, we find
ourselves in a case of necessity. We have done all we could, trying
to help Rome to understand that they had to come back to the attitudes
of the holy Pius XII and of all his predecessors. Bishop de Castro
Mayer and myself have gone to Rome, we have spoken, we have sent
letters, several times to Rome. We have tried by these talks, by
all these means, to succeed in making Rome understand that, since
the Council and since aggiornamento, this change which has occurred
in the Church is not Catholic, is not in conformity to the doctrine
of all times. This ecumenism and all these errors, this collegiality
- all this is contrary to the Faith of the Church, and is .in the
process of destroying the Church.
This is why
we are convinced that, by the act of these consecrations today,
we are obeying the call of these Popes and as a consequence the
call of God, since they represent Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Church.
Archbishop, have you stopped these discussions which seemed
to have had a certain degree of success?" Well, precisely because,
at the same time that I gave my signature to the Protocol, the envoy
of Cardinal Ratzinger gave me a note in which I was asked to beg
pardon for my errors. But if I am in error, if I teach error, it
is clear that I must be brought back to the truth in the minds of
those who sent me this note to sign. "That I might recognize
my errors" means that, if you recognize your errors we will
help you to return to the truth. (What is this truth for them if
not the truth of Vatican II, the truth of the Conciliar Church?)
Consequently, it is clear that the only truth that exists today
for the Vatican is the conciliar truth, the spirit of the Council,
the spirit of Assisi. That is the truth of today. But we will have
nothing to do with this for anything in the world! .
That is why,
taking into account the strong will of the present Roman authorities
to reduce Tradition to naught, to gather the world to the spirit
of Vatican II and the spirit of Assisi, we have preferred to withdraw
ourselves and to say that we could not continue. It was not possible.
We would have evidently been under the authority of Cardinal Ratzinger,
President of the Roman Commission, which would have directed us;
we were putting ourselves into his hands, and consequently putting
ourselves into the hands of those who wish to draw us into the spirit
of the Council and the spirit of Assisi. This was simply not possible.
This is why
I sent a letter to the Pope, saying to him very clearly: "We
simply cannot accept this spirit and proposals, despite all the
desires which we have to be in full union with you. Given this new
spirit which now rules in Rome and which you wish to communicate
to us, we prefer to continue in Tradition; to keep Tradition while
waiting for Tradition to regain its place at Rome, while waiting
for Tradition to reassume its place in the Roman authorities, in
their minds." This will last for as long as the Good Lord has
It is not for
me to know when Tradition will regain its rights at Rome, but I
think it is my duty to provide the means of doing that which I shall
call "Operation Survival," operation survival for Tradition.
Today, this day, is Operation Survival. If I had made this deal
with Rome, by continuing with the agreements we had signed, and
by putting them into practice, I would have performed "Operation
Suicide." There was no choice, we must live! That is why today,
by consecrating these bishops, I am convinced that I am continuing
to keep Tradition alive, that is to say, the Catholic Church.
You well know,
my dear brethren, that there can be no priests without bishops.
When God calls me - no doubt this will be before long - from whom
would these seminarians receive the Sacrament of Orders? From conciliar
bishops, who, due to their doubtful intentions, confer doubtful
sacraments? This is not possible. Who are the bishops who have truly
kept Tradition and the Sacraments such as the Church has conferred
them for twenty centuries until Vatican II? They are Bishop de Castro
Mayer and myself. I cannot change that. That is how it is. Hence,
many seminarians have entrusted themselves to us, they sensed that
here was the continuity of the Church, the continuity of' Tradition.
And they came to our seminaries, despite all the difficulties that
they have encountered, in order to receive a true ordination to
the Priesthood, to say the true Sacrifice of Calvary, the true Sacrifice
of the Mass, and to give you the true Sacraments, true doctrine,
the true catechism. This is the goal of these seminaries.
So I cannot,
in good conscience, leave these seminarians orphaned. Neither can
I leave you orphans by dying without providing for the future. That
is not possible. It would be contrary to my duty.
This is why
we have chosen, with the grace of God, priests from our Society
who have seemed to us to be the most apt, whilst being in circumstances
and in functions which permit them more easily to fulfill their
episcopal ministry, to give Confirmation to your children, and to
be able to confer ordinations in our various seminaries. Thus I
believe that - with the grace of God, we, Bishop de Castro Mayer
and myself, by these consecrations, will have given to Tradition
the means to continue, given the means to Catholics who desire to
remain within the Church of their parents, their grandparents, of
their ancestors. They built churches with beautiful altars, often
destroyed and replaced by a table, thus manifesting the radical
change which has come about since the Council regarding the Holy
Sacrifice of the Mass which is the heart of the Church and the purpose
of the priesthood. Thus we wish to thank you for having come in
such numbers to support us in the accomplishment of this ceremony.
We turn to
the Blessed Virgin Mary. You well know, my dear brethren, one must
have told you of Leo XIII's prophetic vision revealing that one
day "the See of Peter would become the seat of iniquity."
He said it in one of his exorcisms, called "The Exorcism of
Leo XIII" Has it come about today? Is it tomorrow? I do not
know. But in any case it has been foretold. Iniquity may quite simply
be error. Error is iniquity: to no longer profess the Faith of all
time, the Catholic Faith, is a grave error. If there ever was an
iniquity, it is this. And I really believe that there has never
been a greater iniquity in the Church than Assisi, which is contrary
to the First Commandment of God and the First Article of the Creed.
It is incredible that something like that could have ever taken
place in the Church, in the eyes of the whole Church - how humiliating!
We have never undergone such a humiliation! You will be able to
find all of this in Fr. LeRoux's booklet which has been especially
published in order to give you information on the present situation
It was not
only the good Pope Leo XIII who said these things, but Our Lady
prophesied them as well. Just recently, the priest who takes care
of the priory of Bogota, Colombia, brought me a book concerning
the apparition of Our Lady of "Buon Suceso," - of "Good
Fortune," to whom a large church in Quito, Ecuador, was dedicated.
They were received by a nun shortly after the Council of Trent,
so you see, quite a few centuries ago. This apparition is thoroughly
recognized by Rome and the ecclesiastical authorities; a magnificent
church was built for the Blessed Virgin Mary wherein the faithful
of Ecuador venerate with great devotion a picture of Our Lady, whose
face was made miraculously. The artist was in the process of painting
it when he found the face of the Holy Virgin miraculously formed.
And Our Lady prophesied for the twentieth century, saying explicitly
that during the nineteenth century and most of the twentieth century,
errors would become more and more widespread in Holy Church, placing
the Church in a catastrophic situation. Morals would become corrupt
and the Faith would disappear. It seems impossible not to see it
I excuse myself
for continuing this account of the apparition but she speaks of
a prelate who will absolutely oppose this wave of apostasy and impiety
- saving the priesthood by forming good priests. I do not say that
prophecy refers to me. You may draw your own conclusions. I was
stupefied when reading these lines but I cannot deny them, since
they are recorded and deposited in the archives of this apparition.
you well know the apparitions of Our Lady at La Salette, where she
says that Rome will lose the Faith, that there will be an "eclipse"
at Rome; an eclipse, see what Our Lady means by this.
closer to us, the secret of Fatima. Without a doubt, the Third Secret
of Fatima must have made an allusion to this darkness which has
invaded Rome, this darkness which has invaded the world since the
Council. And surely it is because of this, without a doubt, that
John XXIII judged it better not to publish the Secret: it would
have been necessary to take measures, such steps as he possibly
felt himself incapable of doing, e.g., completely changing the orientations
which he was beginning .to take in view of the Council, and for
There are the
facts upon which, I think, we can lean.
We place ourselves
in God's providence. We are convinced that God knows what He is
doing. Cardinal Gagnon visited us twelve years after the suspension:
after twelve years of being spoken of as outside of the communion
of Rome, as rebels and dissenters against the Pope, his visit took
place. He himself recognized that what we have been doing is just
what is necessary for the reconstruction of the Church. The Cardinal
even assisted pontifically at the Mass which I celebrated on December
8, 1987, for the renewal of the promises of our seminarians. I was
supposedly suspended and, yet, after twelve years, I was practically
given a clean slate. They said we have done well. Thus we did well
to resist! I am convinced that we are in the same circumstances
today. We are performing an act which apparently... and unfortunately
the media will not assist us in the good sense. The headlines will,
of course, be "Schism," "Excommunication!" as
much as they want to - and, yet, we are convinced that all these
accusations of ;which we are the object, all penalties of which
we are the object, are null, absolutely null and void, and of which
we will fake no account. just as I took no account of the suspension,
and ended up by being congratulated by the Church and by progressive
churchmen, so likewise in several years - I do not know how many,
only the Good Lord knows how many years it will take for Tradition
to find - its rights in Rome - we will be embraced by the Roman
authorities, who will thank us for having maintained the Faith in
our seminaries, in our families, in civil societies, in our countries,
and in our monasteries and our religious houses, for the greater
glory of God and the salvation of souls.
In the Name
of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
Courtesy of the Angelus
Press, Regina Coeli House
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Vol. XI, No.
7, July 1988