Catholic Church and
Second Vatican Council
given by Fr. Franz Schmidberger, SSPX, in Dublin, Ireland, in January,
Reverend Father, my dear friends, I think that the most important
part of my conference is already over. The most important part of
the conference was the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, which I celebrated
with you and which summarises the whole teaching of the Church and
demonstrates a hierarchy descending from heaven, giving us all graces
because the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass continues the Cross of Our
Lord among us.
think that in spite of this, it would be quite useful if I give
you some guidelines about what is happening in the Church in our
day. It would be necessary, to really understand things, to go back
to the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, to the time of Humanism
and Renaissance. Then to look at the time of the Protestant Reformation,
then to go forward to see the time of liberalism, extending its
kingdom everywhere, in the spirits, in society - and, going on,
to see the revolution of Marxism and the disaster it has brought
to the world.
Church after 1945
I want to begin with and have a look at the conditions of the Church
after World War II. There was an enormous destruction, not only
materially, but also morally, in this war. After the war there was
a tremendous reconstruction but more so, an exterior reconstruction.
We find ourselves under the pontificate of Pope Pius XII and it
seems that things are in good shape. The Church is flourishing and
there are a lot of conversions, especially in Protestant countries.
But it must be said that in other countries, there is a certain
stagnation in the frequency of the offices. The number of vocations
are falling and there are lapses in the clergy: priests and even
bishops are troubled and do not know what direction to take. They
do not know how to react to the problems of the world, which is
more and more involved in an enormous progress, in technology and
should have been the true solution amidst such problems, in such
a situation? It should have consisted of making an enormous and
very urgent appeal to the Catholics, to the faithful, to the clergy,
to rediscover the sources of sanctity, to refuel the institutions
Our Blessed Lord had established in His spilt Blood, to give them
new life. These wonderful institutions: the family, Catholic marriage,
Catholic schools, the Catholic state, monasteries, seminaries, the
Catholic priesthood. To strengthen the apostolic spirit in the souls
and eventually find out if the mass media could not be utilized
in spreading the kingdom of Our Lord, in announcing His gospel.
the authorities in the Church have very often taken the opposite
way. They began to question their whole mission and their own identity.
They had a manner of self-criticism, of questioning themselves.
They doubted the divine structure and essence of the Church and
they said that in the midst of a completely secularised world, the
Church cannot just maintain its position. The Church also must change.
characteristic of this attitude are the words of Hans Urs van Balthasar,
a former Jesuit Father, from Switzerland, who died last year. He
said in the beginning of the 1950’s, that "The Catholic bastions
must be dismantled." What are these Catholic bastions? They
are: the social bodies in the Catholic culture, a whole Catholic
civilization. They comprise the family, marriage, especially the
system of Catholic education and the Catholic state. "These
bastions", he says, "must be dismantled". That means
they must be destroyed. Cardinal Ratzinger in his book, ‘Theological
Principles’ edited in 1982, in Rome, refers to this word of Urs
van Balthasar saying that in fact it was "a duty to dismantle
the Catholic bastions".
modern exegesis became more and more inspired especially by Bultman,
the Protestant theologian, a complete rationalist and scepticist,
who rejects whole parts of the holy gospel. His influence reached
the minds of the priests, especially the future priests, the candidates,
in the seminaries.
Rahner, the German Jesuit, began to speak about the anonymous Christian,
saying that everybody is Christian and many understand by this,
that everybody is therefore, more or less, automatically saved.
Reform of the Church
began to speak about the reform of the Church but did not mean by
this, the reform of the hearts and the spirits, a true interior
conversion; but they meant by this, the changes in the structure
of the Church, laid down by Our Divine Saviour and Founder - so,
a true revolution.
John XXIII then gave the word of order with his ‘Aggiornamento’.
"We must update the Church", he says, "to the new
living conditions in the modern world, making us acceptable to modern
man." And you know who this modern man is? He is an atheistic
man. He is a man that does not accept any authority, any law; he
wants to be free; he is a selfish man, a man who is living by sensuality,
not by faith, not by his spiritual capacities and faculties. He
is a materialistic man.
the Pope thought that the Church simply needs to be at the service
of this modern man and he said that there exist prophets of gloom
and that he does not agree with them. We must take a much more positive,
Speech of Vatican II
me just read what he said in his homily at the opening of the Council,
on October 11th, 1962:
the daily exercise of our pastoral office, we sometimes have
to listen, much to our regret, to voices of persons who, though
burning with zeal, are not endowed with too much sense of discretion
or measure. In these modern times they can see nothing but prevarication
and ruin. They say that our era, in comparison with past eras,
is getting worse, and they behave as though they had learned
nothing from history, which is, none the less, the teacher of
life. They behave as though at the time of former Councils everything
was a full triumph for the Christian idea and life and for proper
feel we must disagree with those prophets of gloom, who are
always forecasting disaster, as though the end of the world
were at hand."
says, "We must disagree with those prophets of gloom".
It is clear that this time before the Council and during the Council
itself was characterised by two enormous errors, which had been
already indicated and denounced by Donoso Cortes, the Spanish philosopher
in the last century. He said: "There is one error concerning
God and one error concerning man". One error concerning God:
God is not absolute! It is the rejection of His Sovereignty, of
His Majesty, of His unchangeable substance, of His presence in the
world and of His appearance in human history, in the life of the
individuals and people. They see God much more in the light of the
deistic philosophers, who say that God created the world but that
then He retired and is sitting behind the clouds, behind the sky,
doing nothing about the world, leaving the world to itself.
second error, concerning man, is as dangerous as the first. It says
that man is born without original sin, ‘immaculate’; that our souls
have not been wounded, not spoiled by evil, not touched by it, that
we are all good, and so, man does not need redemption. He just needs,
perhaps, some education. But it means that man does not need the
Cross of Our Lord, that the character of expiation of the Holy Sacrifice
of the Mass is quite fruitless and is not needed. It means that
man does need penance, does not need to deny himself, to practice
mortification, to die to the old Adam in him; that the grace of
God is not necessary. So these people arrive at the axiom of Rousseau,
saying that we just have to return to ‘pure nature’ and all problems
will be resolved and everything will be grand.
means, now, in education that there is no principle of authority;
that there can be no punishment; that, the task, the mission, the
duty of a teacher and of an educator is merely to develop the good
ground in the children and not to restrain bad tendencies and passions
because they do not exist.
means in human society that we have to orientate ourselves towards
a mission of passivism, believing enemies do not exist, that there
is no evil in the world, simply some political, diplomatic, psychological
misunderstandings which can be resolved with patience. This means
that, generally, people dream about an unlimited progress by technique,
by natural sciences, by psychological and other human sciences.
They dream about unlimited salvation for everybody. They dream about
paradise on this earth.
the midst of this general situation, of this illusion, was born
the Second Vatican Council, which I will describe as the biggest
disaster of this century, if not of the whole history of the Church;
and at its very beginning, it certainly committed three enormous
first sin is that the Council has not really defined any Catholic
truth, while at the same time not rejecting the opposite errors.
second sin of this Council was that it has adopted ambiguous notions,
ambiguous statements or sentences which are absolutely contrary
to one another. I will give you examples of this, later on.
third mortal sin of this Council was that it has established some
doctrines which are very close to heresy.
let me show you, taking five decrees of this Council, how these
accusations can be verified within the texts themselves. We will
have a look at the Decree about ecumenism, ‘Unitatis Redintegratio’;
about the Church itself, ‘Lumen Gentium’; about non-Christian religions,
‘Nostra Aetate’; about religious liberty, ‘Dignitatis Humanae’;
and about the Church in the modern world, ‘Gaudium et Spes’.
dear friends, I am very well aware that this conference will ask
of you a great spiritual and intellectual effort, in order to follow
the different developments but I think it is necessary to expose
the roots of these errors, which have led to all the abuses and
the decline after the Council and to the whole destruction of the
- Decree on Ecumenism: ‘Unitatis Redintegratio’
let us first take a look at the Decree on Ecumenism. For every Catholic,
it is clear that there is an inseparable union between God, Jesus
Christ and the Catholic Church. In fact, the Father sent His Son,
who took a human nature for the work of Redemption, and this Son,
this incarnate God, founded a visible Church, of which He Himself
is the Head. He created one Church and since Our Lord is absolute
and unique, since He is really God, the only true God, there is
also only one Church, which is absolute and unique, as her Founder
and Master is. "One Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and
Father of all", says St. Paul in his epistle to the Ephesians
Church is the sign among the nations; she is the temple of the living
God; she is the spouse of the slaughtered Lamb, the new Jerusalem
which has descended to this earth. The Church is truly the Emmanuel,
that is to say, God among us, God with us, the divine nature amidst
the human nature. She is really the Mystical Body of Our Lord and
so, she is a divine institution, since Our Lord is God and so all
He says and does is divine and all that He has founded is established
as a divine foundation.
the Church is assisted by God in her life, in her teaching, in her
worship, in her government and she has not the mission to involve
herself with other religions for a better social world, for progress
on this earth, for better culture or whatsoever. The mission of
the Church is described by the words of Our Lord just before His
Ascension: "Go ye into the whole world and preach the gospel
to every creature, to all nations, make every man a disciple, teaching
them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you and baptise
them. He that believeth shall be saved: but he that believeth not
shall be condemned." (Mt. 28: 19-20, Mk 15-16)
Decree on Ecumenism of the Second Vatican Council gives us a very
different understanding of the Church, of her divine mission and
of her relations with the other religions. First of all it speaks
of different Churches. My dear friends, that is already an expression
which is very close to heresy.
is clear that already before the Council, the idea of different
churches existed. But what was meant by this expression? It meant
the different local churches around the bishop and his clergy: viz.
the church of Paris, or the church of Dublin, or the church of Westminster,
or the church of Cologne, or the church of Rome: the bishop with
his clergy, surrounded by his flock. But this notion ‘Churches’
in the plural, was never used and applied to other denominations.
Second Vatican Council endorses the new meaning of this expression
follows that these separated Churches and Communities, though
we believe they suffer from defects already mentioned, have
by no means been deprived of significance and importance in
the mystery of salvation. For the Spirit of Christ has not refrained
from using them as a means of salvation which derive their efficacy
from the very fullness of grace and truth entrusted to the Catholic
Church." (No. 3)
salvation outside the Church
and Gentleman, it is clear that followers of other religions can
be saved under certain conditions. That is to say, if they are in
invincible error. If they are trying to the best of their abilities,
God will give them actual graces and if they are faithful to these
graces and work with these graces, God will finally give them sanctifying
grace and so, they might be saved. But they are always saved as
individuals. Although they are saved in the other religions,
they are never saved by the other religions.
is not possible that errors should lead to the kingdom of truth.
It is not possible that God, having descended to this earth, having
become incarnate and having appeared among us, having founded one
Church which continues Himself, which represents Himself, which
is His Church, His spouse, that anybody can be saved by false religions
not founded by Him. Because He says about Himself: "I am the
Way, the Truth and the Life. Nobody comes to the Father but by Me."
This applies also to His Church.
false religions were not founded by Him but rather by men and very
often have been inspired by the devil. So, if one can be saved eventually
as a member of another religion, or in another religion he will
always be saved by the Catholic Church, by the Cross of Our Lord,
by His sacrifice and by His prayers. So, he is not saved by other
religion but in spite of the other religion.
this statement that the Holy Ghost has used these other religions
and denominations as a ‘means of salvation’ is almost heretical
and I think it is one of the worst statements from the Council,
absolutely contrary to the teaching of the Church to the present
day. It is absolutely contrary to what was previously taught, to
what the Holy Scripture says, to what the Fathers of the Church,
the theologians, the Councils and the Popes have always said. Absolutely
it is established that these other religions also have a significance,
an importance towards salvation, it is clear that Catholics are
then invited to work together with these other religions, to collaborate
with them, to eventually pray together with their members. This
is exactly what the Council says:
(the faithful and followers of other denominations) also come
together for common prayer where this is permitted." (No.
little further on it says:
certain special circumstances, such as in prayer services ‘for unity’
and during ecumenical gatherings, it is allowable, indeed desirable,
that Catholics should join in prayer with their separated brethren.
Such prayers in common are certainly a very effective means of petitioning
for the grace of unity, and they are a genuine expression of the
ties which even now bind Catholics to their separated brethren."
must we say about those prayers? First of all it is clear that the
prayers of members of other religions can be agreeable to God, according
to their interior disposition. But it is sure that the prayers of
other religions, as other religions, are never agreeable to God.
It is not possible because there is only one Mediator. Our Lord
is "semper vivens ad interpellandum pro nobis": He is
always living and pleading the cause of His Church and His elects,
says St. Paul. (Heb. 7:25)
the prayers of these other religions, as religions, are fruitless.
They have no efficacy and so, it is harmful to the fruitful to join
these other religions in common prayer services. It is harmful because,
there, the prayer is useless and this brings a lot of confusion
and in practice, an enormous number of abuses will flow forth from
this custom; it means finally to put all religions on the same level.
is very common nowadays to see Catholics go to receive the Protestant
meal and to see the Protestants come to receive the Catholic Communion.
It is common to hear of inter-celebrations, during which the Catholic
priest pronounces the words of the Consecration over the bread and
the Protestant pastor over the wine. Things like this are the final
result of these texts of the Council.
is to blame?
is very astonishing to see the Council putting the blame, for the
separation, for the divisions among Christians, only on Catholic
shoulders. It is very clear, my dear friends, that Catholics do
not always live according to the commandments of God, that they
do not always live according to their baptismal promises, that they
are not always living according to the Creed they profess. But it
is wrong to blame them for the divisions and the separations.
fact, the fault is on the side of those who have separated themselves
from the See of Peter, from the sacrifice of our altars, from the
is a very important point. These people are always confusing the
objective and the subjective order; confusing the other religion
or religions with the individual members; the knowledge of the truth
(Catholic Dogma) with the realisation of this truth (morality and
say that in other religions you find very kind people engaged in
social work, very friendly and smiling. Well, that might be. What
follows from this? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. It is also true
that in the Catholic Church, you find Catholics who are not taking
very seriously their belief and do not appreciate it as they should.
What flows forth from this? That they are bad Catholics. That is
all. No aspersion on the Catholic faith or on the Catholic Church.
I will give you an example showing that there are statements and
phrases, in the Council documents, which are quite contrary to one
another. Here are two statements which follow one another:
manner and order in which Catholic belief is expressed, should
in no way become an obstacle to dialogue with our brethren."
is, of course, essential that doctrine be clearly presented
in its entirety." (No. 11)
we take the first sentence, it removes all obstacles for any dialogue.
What are these obstacles for dialogue? All that Protestants reject.
What do they reject? The priestly character, the supremacy of Peter,
the sacrificial character of the Mass, transubstantiation, the intercession
of the saints, the dogmas about the Blessed Virgin Mary, purgatory,
etc. So, if you want to dialogue with them, you must remove these
obstacles, the Council says, you must be silent about them. We have
to consider them as secondary truths which are not so important
and eventually they can simply be omitted.
next sentence says: "It is, of course, essential that doctrine
be clearly presented in its entirety". So, who is right? If,
after the Council, a progressist reads this Council text he will
say: "Well, you have it here, the Council itself says that
we have to be silent about things which are embarrassing for dialogue".
If a conservative man reads the text he will say: "No, the
whole doctrine has to be expressed". Who is right? Both of
them. Both can refer to the Council. So, you see how divisions and
misunderstandings and a lot of embarrassment are already pre-programmed
by these texts of the Council.
- Decree on the Church: ‘Lumen Gentium’
this context, let us look at another decree of the Council, the
decree ‘Lumen Gentium’, about the Church itself. There is one word
in this text which is, perhaps, the most harmful word in the whole
Council. In the Latin text, it is: "Ecclesia Dei subsistit
in Ecclesia Catholica" (No. 8), this means ‘the Church of God
subsists’ or takes its concrete form, is realised ‘in the Catholic
will say: "That’s quite right, that’s absolutely true".
But that is far from the whole truth. The whole truth is much more.
The whole truth is: ‘Ecclesia Dei est Ecclesia Catholica
- the Church of God is the Catholic Church’. If you say that
the Church of God subsists in the Catholic Church, you mean that
there are two entities: the Church of God and the Catholic Church
and it is quite by chance that these two entities come together.
Church of God subsists, is realised, takes its concrete form today,
under the present conditions, in the Catholic Church. Perhaps in
future times it could be otherwise and in fact it could also be
that the Church of God is shared between different religions, nobody
having the full truth but only some elements of truth.
Council itself already gives this idea. Here is the exact text:
Church, constituted and organised in the world as a society,
subsists in the Catholic Church, which is governed by the successor
of Peter and by the bishops in union with that successor, although
many elements of sanctification and of truth can be found outside
of her visible structure." (No.8)
it is already very clear that there is a relativisation of the truth
and of the Church in its very essence.
Paul says that the people will lose the love for the truth and for
that reason God will send them spirits of error by which they will
be deceived (2 Thess. 2:10). This is exactly what is happening in
our days. We are seeing, my dear friends, a spiritual punishment
from God, a blindness of spirit as well as a hardening of hearts,
especially among the leaders of the Church and the leaders of human
- Decree on Non-Christian religions: ‘Nostra Aetate’
us now look at non-Christian religions, which is the third decree
I want to discuss with you. It is clear that these non-Christian
religions have a number of natural truths. For example, to respect
older people, to help those who are in misery, to be wise in your
behaviour, prudent in your actions, etc. It is also clear that those
religions have sometimes elements, although much hidden, which are
remnants of the primitive revelation of God to Adam and Eve. Thirdly
it is clear that sometimes these religions have taken elements from
the Catholic Church. For example, Islam which confesses one, unique
God, takes this belief from the Christian religion.
on the other hand, we must say that these non-Christian religions
not only do not lead to salvation but, very often, are obstacles
to finding the truth, systems of resistance to the Holy Ghost. Very
often, they have such a hold on their followers, on their members,
that they hinder them to leave. Take for example a Moslem. It is
very difficult to convert him. He is completely held by his system,
by his surroundings, by his clan, by his Islamic state. It is much
easier to convert a pagan in the bush. So, these other religions
not only do not lead to salvation, but very often are systems by
which the father of lies holds the souls in error, far away from
does the Council say about these other religions? I will give you
in Hinduism, men contemplate the divine mystery and express
it through an unspent fruitfulness of myths and through searching
philosophical enquiry. They seek release from the anguish of
our condition through ascetical practices or deep meditation
or a loving, trusting flight toward God." (No. 2)
dear friends, that is a definite lie because Hinduism does not recognise
a unique God but many idols. You know that they worship different
animals, creatures, all sorts of things, especially holy cows, which
must never be slaughtered because to do this would be sacrilegious.
have great consideration for mice and rats. They consider the rats
to be the vehicles of their gods. They believe in reincarnation.
People owe a debt during their lifetime and if this is not discharged,
they have to clear it in further incarnations in animals. So, you
do not touch the rat because it might be your grandmother!
is another very serious consequence of this belief. In Hinduism,
you find no mercy and pity. Why not? Because those who are in misery
are clearing their ‘Karmar’, their debt and if they do not clear
it in this human existence, they have to clear it afterwards. Therefore
if you help them you only delay their redemption; and so, in no
way do you find Christian charity among the Hindus.
most embarrassing thing you see when you visit India, is not that
there are people living in poverty and misery, living and dying
on the road, but it is to see how the Hindus pass by these poor
creatures and are not moved at all at the sight. They find this
quite normal, quite reasonable, according to their religion.
second religion which the Council treats is Buddhism.
in its multiple forms acknowledges the radical insufficiency of
this shifting world. It teaches a path by which men, in a devout
and confident spirit, can either reach a state of absolute freedom
or attain supreme enlightenment by their own efforts or by higher
assistance." (No. 2)
of all, it must be said that this is absolutely contrary to our
Catholic religion. In our Catholic religion, we confess the absolute
necessity of a Redeemer and His grace and we confess that we cannot,
by ourselves, obtain this grace or redeem ourselves. It is said
there that Buddhists think attaining their ‘supreme enlightenment
by their own efforts’. Their whole redemption is by their own efforts.
This is absolutely contrary to the Christian faith.
the ultimate aim of Buddhism is to enter into the ‘Nirvana’ i.e.
into nothingness, to be dissolved, to be released from everything.
It is like an annihilation of the person. That is the ultimate aim
of their efforts.
Catholic religion is absolutely the opposite. What is our ultimate
aim? To love God and be transformed by His grace and His charity
so that we ourselves, our souls, become love and charity. So, our
end is finally to enter in the uncreated charity, which is God.
Our ultimate aim is the fulness, the highest virtue, the highest
value you can imagine, that is to say love, charity; whereas Buddhism
is absolutely the opposite.
is also clear that in Buddhism, as in other Asiatic religions, the
axiom of contradiction is not recognised. What does this mean? This
means that a thing can exist or not exist at the same time. For
instance, either there is a glass or there is no glass on this table,
but it is not possible that, at the same time, there be a glass
and no glass.
a look at Japan. You find more followers of religions in this country
than the total number of the population. How is this possible? Well,
several people belong to different religions at the same time and
they find this quite logical. They belong to this religion and that
religion because if one is false, the other might be true.
dear friends, these Asiatic religions are penetrating at an enormous
rate into our countries, into Europe and the United States, with
their ideas and practices, with all their system, their Hindu gurus,
with yoga, transcendental meditation and with their idea of reincarnation.
All this is being spread in our day, having an enormous influence
on private and public life. They are acting, especially, through
this movement called ‘New Age’ which has its symbol in the rainbow
and is now penetrating everything, everywhere. It is very dangerous
because it is a creature of esoterism originating from theosophy
in the last century and from anthroposophy in our day.
does the Council say about Islam?
the Moslems, too, the Church looks with esteem. They adore one
God, living and enduring, merciful and all-powerful, Maker of
heaven and earth and Speaker to men. They strive to submit wholeheartedly
even to His inscrutable decrees, just as did Abraham, with whom
the Islamic faith is pleased to associate itself.
they do not acknowledge Jesus as God, they revere Him as a prophet.
They also honour Mary, His virgin mother; at times they call
on her, too, with devotion. In addition they await the day of
judgement when God will give each man his due after raising
him up. Consequently, they prize the moral life, and give worship
to God especially through prayer, almsgiving, and fasting".
do you think when you read this text? You probably think that there
are just some slight differences between us and the Moslems. They
do not recognise the divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, that is
true, but that is not a very important thing! They venerate Him
as a prophet, they give devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, they
even believe in the last judgement, they give alms, they have a
they are not saying is that a Moslem can have several wives and
that happiness in heaven, for them, is indicated by having many
wives. The more wives you have, the happier will be in heaven.
is also not said in this text they are fighting against us and consider
us as blasphemers and idolators because we adore Our Lord. They
reject absolutely the Holy Trinity. All this is not mentioned, at
consequence of such text is that the German bishops have ordered
all the parish priests to let the Moslems use their parish halls
and kindergartens for their worship.
follows from this that every year Rome itself, the Holy See, gives
an address of greeting to the Moslems at the beginning of their
fasting months, the Ramadan, calling the blessing of Allah upon
consequence of this is that a few years ago, the Lord Mayor of Rome
gave about two hundred thousand square feet of land as a gift to
the Moslems for the construction of an Islamic centre there, with
its enormous mosque, the biggest mosque outside the Islamic world.
It will be finished shortly and for the laying of the corner stone,
the Holy See itself sent delegates to assist at such an important
dear friends, what Islam did not achieve and succeed in the sixteenth
and seventeenth centuries, it achieves today by peaceful means,
by immigration, in invading all our countries. For example, I just
read an article saying that in England a new mosque is opened every
two months. Every two months! That is incredible. Imagine if we
were to open a new Mass centre every two months!
immigration of Pakistanis to England and Scandinavia, of the Turks
to Germany, of the Arabs to France is completely destroying our
national identity and furthermore the whole Christianity.
did our ancestors fight against the Turks on October 7th, 1571,
at the Battle of Lepanto? Why did they fight on September 12th,
1683, at the gates of Vienna? Because they realised the full danger
at stake, especially the danger to their faith, and so, they fought
against those who do not recognise the divinity of Our Lord, nor
the Church, nor the Holy Trinity and so who do not have the same
does the Council say about the Jews? This decree deals with the
matter in its No. 4. It is a very delicate subject but let us look
at it a little in the light of theology.
is clear that God had chosen one people to prepare for the coming
of the Messiah and the time having come, this Messiah, prepared
for by the prophets, was rejected by His own people who even crucified
Him. It is clear that we, the Christians, are heirs to what the
prophets have announced and to what Our Lord Jesus Christ has brought.
have the faith of Abraham. He is really our father. We have the
same faith: Abraham believed in the future Redeemer, we believe
in the same Redeemer who has come. The same Redeemer, the same faith.
is also clear that the Jews of our day cannot be called our elder
brothers in the faith. How could the Pope say such a thing when
he visited the synagogue, in Rome, three years ago?
is one other question. Can we say that the Jews are guilty of Deicide?
We must say yes because it is they who asked for Our Lord’s death
and called for His blood upon their heads and the heads of their
children. I want to make it very clear: I do not speak about the
Jews as a race, I speak about the Jews as a religion. So, what about
the Jews of our day? Well, as long as they do not withdraw from
this crime, from this action of their ancestors, they are also guilty
of it. They must disassociate themselves from it and recognise Our
Lord; they must be baptised and become His disciples.
dear friends, such a sympathy towards the other religions must necessarily
lead to events like Assisi, when the Pope gathered together all
the religions in order to pray for peace in this world.
will destroy the supernatural order. There is no longer any concern
for faith and sanctifying grace but all this is replaced by matters
such as fighting against racism, singing for peace in this world,
taking care of the environment, developing techniques, social progress
in different countries, in the third world, etc.
spirit of indifferentism is penetrating everywhere to the utmost
parts, to the smallest village in the world. I was just recently
in Sri Lanka, island south of India, and the faithful there told
me, on my arrival, that the very Sunday before, their parish priest
had preached that in the future, there will be one world religion,
that what up to this day we have rejected as idols we must in future
adore and worship and that those who had shed their blood for the
faith were a little bit insane.
- Declaration on Religious Liberty: ‘Dignitatis Humanae’
us now have a look at the question of religious liberty, the Declaration
‘Dignitatis Humanae’. What does Catholic doctrine say about this
subject? It says that there is only one God, maker of all things,
one Jesus Christ, one Church and that this Church and this Jesus
Christ must be recognised by every creature, each and every individual
and also by the social bodies: families, schools, states, etc.
must recognise Our Lord, by bringing Him into their constitutions,
their laws, their lives. This means that all countries, especially
those with a majority of Catholic citizens, should officially recognise
Our Lord and His Church as the only religion and put limits to the
public manifestations of other religions. You might say that it
is unacceptable and terribly unjust for the state to restrain other
will give you some examples of analogy in the moral sphere. If someone
wants to commit suicide, has the state the right to prevent him
from doing so? Yes it has. Has the state the duty to prevent him?
Yes. If someone wants to have an abortion, has the state the right
to prevent her from doing this? Yes. Has it the duty to do this?
these other religions are spreading their errors, harming souls.
They are even dissolving, in a certain manner, the social order
of the state. So, why should the state not have, under certain circumstances,
the right and even the duty to put restrictions on these other religions?
was the case, for example, in the Spanish constitution before the
Second Vatican Council. In a first paragraph it was said: "In
Spain, the Catholic religion is the religion of the state".
Second paragraph: "Nobody in his private life will be in any
way embarrassed because of his belief". Third paragraph: "In
public life, only the religion of the state has a right to be presented".
This helped, a lot, to protect the faith of Catholics.
is precisely what the Islamic world is doing in our day. They are
establishing Islamic states and it is very difficult to live there
as Christians. So what they do towards the furtherance of error,
why don’t we do for the truth?
Lord does not reign any longer in our parliaments, in our constitutions,
in our courts, in the affairs of our governments. He is put on the
same level with the other religions in the constitutions, in the
life of the social bodies. This is exactly what the Second Vatican
Council has asked and demanded, that no religion should be hindered
from spreading its errors, that every religion is to be treated
with equality before the law.
to what the Council says on this subject:
Vatican Synod declares that the human person has a right to
religious freedom." (No. 2)
religious freedom would be a natural right! This has always been
rejected by the Church.
freedom means that all men are to be immune from coercion on
the part of individuals or of social groups and of any human
power, in such wise that in matters religious no one is to be
forced to act in a manner contrary to his own beliefs."
to this point, we can and must agree. In fact, the Church has always
said that nobody can be forced to embrace the faith. Faith, by the
way, is an interior act. But what follows is completely new.
is anyone to be restrained from acting in accordance with his
own beliefs, whether privately or publicly". (No.
the question: can anybody be hindered from openly spreading his
false religion, his false ideology or can he not? He can and he
must be in certain circumstances.
unlimited freedom, this liberty, gives way to an unlimited freedom
of conscience, of opinion, of the press and even in moral matters.
This gives the reasons behind, for example, the whole story of abortion,
which has reached incredible figures now. The people who introduced
it argued like this: no one is forced to have an abortion, the law
simply removes some restrictions and thus freedom is given. But
that is precisely the crime: no law can give anyone the right or
freedom to have an abortion.
exactly what Pilate did when he made the people choose between Barabas
and Our Lord Jesus Christ. You have the freedom: whom do you want:
Barabas or Christ? Abortion or no abortion? A false religion or
a true religion? It does not matter!
- Decree on the Church in the Modern World: ‘Gaudium et Spes’
now come to the fifth decree of the Council which I want to discuss
with you, that is ‘Gaudium et Spes’, the Church in the modern world.
This decree gives a very optimistic vision of our world and is in
complete accordance with the opening sermon, the opening homily
of Pope John XXIII. (See ‘Opening speech of the Council’ above.)
You will realise this immediately.
spiritual agitation and the changing conditions of life are
part of a broader and deeper revolution. As a result of the
latter, intellectual formation is ever increasingly based on
the mathematical and natural sciences and on those dealing with
man himself, while in the practical order the technology which
stems from these sciences takes on mounting importance.
scientific spirit exerts a new kind of impact on the cultural
sphere and on modes of thought. Technology is now transforming
the face of earth, and is already trying to master outer space.
To a certain extent, the human intellect is also broadening
its dominion over time: over the past by means of historical
knowledge; over the future by the art of projecting and by planning.
in biology, psychology, and the social sciences not only bring men
hope of improved self-knowledge. In conjunction with technical methods,
they are also helping men to exert direct influence on the life
of social groups. At the same time, the human race is giving ever-increasing
thought to forecasting and regulating its own population growth.
itself speeds along on so rapid a course that an individual
person can scarcely keep abreast of it. The destiny of the human
community has become all of a piece, where once the various
groups of men had a kind of private history of their own. Thus,
the human race has passed from a rather static concept of reality
to a more dynamic, evolutionary one. In consequence there has
arisen a new series of problems, a series as important as can
be, calling for new efforts of analysis and synthesis."
if you are accepting this, you are free to believe that by letting
things go a little bit further, every problem will be solved. There
will be perfect paradise on this earth. They are now even able to
regulate the whole population growth by means of contraception.
This seems at least indicated.
is then said that we must collaborate with all men and understand
their feelings, their thoughts and their wishes, that we must live
in very close union with the men of our time. Who are they? They
are the Communists, the Freemasons, the heretics, the materialists.
the faithful, therefore, live in very close union with the men
of their time. Let them strive to understand perfectly their
way of thinking and feeling, as expressed in their culture.
Let them blend modern science and its theories and the understanding
of the most recent discoveries with Christian morality and doctrine.
Thus their religious practice and morality can keep pace with
their scientific knowledge and with an ever-advancing technology.
Thus, they will be able to test and interpret all things in
a truly Christian spirit." (No. 62)
if you do not live with all these things, you can not have a truly
Christian spirit. Thus our ancestors who did not know technology,
had no true Christian spirit. These are the consequences.
rejecting atheism, root and branch, the Church sincerely professes
that all men, believers and unbelievers alike, ought to work
for the rightful betterment of this world in which all alike
live. Such an ideal cannot be realised, however, apart from
sincere and prudent dialogue." (No. 21)
Paul, contrary to this, admonishes the Christians of all times not
to bear the yoke with unbelievers: "For what participation
hath justice with injustice? Or what fellowship hath light with
darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? Or what part
hath the faithful with the unbeliever?" (2 Cor. 6:14-15).
is also very astonishing that the Council inverts the aims of marriage.
The first aim of marriage, according to the traditional teaching
of the Church is and has always been the procreation of children.
The second aim of marriage is mutual love. The Council is inverting
these aims: In paragraph 49 of ‘Gaudium et Spes’ they are first
of all speaking of conjugal love and in paragraph 50 of the fruitfulness
must not be astonished that in 1968, when Pope Paul VI published
his encyclical ‘Humanae Vitae’, there was an enormous storm of protest
against this papal teaching because the Council gave a completely
false idea and illusion.
Ratzinger himself has called this decree of the Council, ‘Gaudium
et Spes’, ‘an anti-Syllabus’. Now what is the ‘Syllabus’? It is
a collection of false sentences, of false statements, of errors,
condemned under the pontificate of Pope Pius IX.
last of these sentences, the eightieth, states the following:
Roman pontiff can and must reconcile himself with human progress,
with liberalism and with modern and human culture".
the Roman pontiff must establish a union between the spirit of Our
Lord and the spirit of this world!
is exactly what happened during the Second Vatican Council and especially
in this decree. It is a marriage, a sort of reconciliation between
the world with its corruption, its non-belief and the Catholic religion.
dear friends, in these circumstances I have to warn you against
illusions and false solutions to this problem. The problem will
not be resolved in appointing here and there a conservative bishop
who is still wearing the collar or who is still a little Marian
or has personal devotion to the Pope.
will the solution to this problem be to establish a Society, such
as that of St. Peter’s (formed by priests who have left the Society
of St. Pius X after the consecration of bishops) and giving to this
Society here and there, the right to celebrate the Old Mass.
will the solution be to be content with an Indult Mass here and
there, which, in its first condition, puts the New Mass on the same
level with the true Catholic Mass.
true solution, my dear friends, will be to re-establish Our Lord
Jesus Christ as the Principle of all things, to re-enthrone Him,
to give Him back His crown and His sceptre as snatched from Him,
and to declare that He is the only Way of salvation, the only King,
the only Redeemer, the only Saviour, the only High Priest and Victim,
the only Judge of the living and the dead; that He must reign and
that He alone is the solution to all the world’s problems.
we are singing: "Christus vincit, Christus regnat, Christus
imperat" and we want Our Lord to reign. St. Paul says to the
Corinthians: "Opportet illum regnare - it is necessary that
He reigns" and St. Peter says in the Acts: "Non est in
alio aliquo salus - there is no salvation in any other".
you ask the Blessed Virgin Mary what she thinks about Jesus she
will say, "He is the only Saviour. My divine Son is the only
God and His Church is the only divine religion, instituted by God
Himself. You must recognise and believe this in order to be saved."
the Faith - Pray"
dear brethren, be very strong in this confession, in maintaining
your faith. I can assure you that everywhere in the world there
are groups like your group here, who have the exact same desire,
the same aim.
have just been travelling around eight Asian countries. I was in
South Korea where there is a group of people in the capital, Seoul,
who only heard about Archbishop Lefebvre two years ago. What did
they do? "Ever since", they told me, "we have been
praying one hour every day, for the Archbishop and the Society."
are the fruits of such a prayer? Seven young ladies, between the
age of twenty and thirty want to enter the convent of the Society
of St. Pius X and become nuns. Wonderful vocations. They were the
ones who prepared the altar for the celebration of the Mass. They
had also prepared another young lady for baptism, who had been a
was about to celebrate holy Mass in the evening when they asked
me if I would leave the Blessed Sacrament, over night, until the
early morning. I said: "I will leave it, if there is somebody
to watch". They said: "Father, we will have adoration
all night". And so I left the Blessed Sacrament and they adored
Our Beloved Lord all night. A wonderful testimony.
find the same attitude in Japan. We already have two Japanese seminarians
in our seminaries and during my trip, I was able to baptise three
adults in that country.
there are also everywhere the same obstacles and the same trials.
So, for example in Singapore, the local Archbishop threatened to
excommunicate the whole group if they continued to support the priests
of the Society.
Sri Lanka, formerly Ceylon, a parish priest told me: "My bishop
is threatening me, if I do not accept to give Communion in the hand
and employ lay ministers of the Eucharist etc., that I will lose
my parish." He had the biggest parish in the whole diocese.
He was former director of the seminary for boys and thirty-five
of his former students are now priests. So, he is a very well-educated
priest, an excellent priest.
the same country, a nun came to me saying: "I cannot live in
my convent any longer; it is not possible. I am absolutely isolated
because I cannot accept all these new things." That’s what
is going on everywhere.
dear friends, you must pray. You must pray for a clearer understanding
of your beliefs and to be firm in your convictions and see how the
roots of the destruction are not just some abuses after the Council
but are already in the Council itself. One day the true solution
will be to examine the Council teachings, to reject what is against
Tradition, to maintain what comforms to the teaching of the Church,
to make clear what is ambiguous and only in such a way will the
Church find again its identity. So, let us be very firm in this
regard, together under the protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary.