OF THE GENERAL CHAPTER
For the glory of God, for the salvation of souls and for the true
service of the Church, on the occasion of its Third General Chapter,
held at Ecône in Switzerland, from July 3 to 15, 2006, the
Priestly Society of Saint Pius X declares its firm resolution to
continue its action, with the help of God, along the doctrinal and
practical lines laid down by its venerated founder, Archbishop Marcel
his footsteps in the fight for the Catholic Faith, the Society fully
endorses his criticisms of the Second Vatican Council and its reforms,
as he expressed them in his conferences and sermons, and in particular
in his Declaration of November 21, 1974: “We adhere with
all our heart and all our soul to Catholic Rome, guardian of the
Catholic Faith and of the traditions necessary for the maintaining
of that Faith, to eternal Rome, mistress of wisdom and of truth.
On the contrary, we refuse, and we have always refused, to follow
the Rome of neo-modernist and neo-protestant tendencies, which showed
itself clearly in the Second Vatican Council and in the reforms
that issued from it.”
with Rome over the last few years have enabled the Society to see
how right and necessary were the two pre-conditions1
that it laid down, since they would greatly benefit the Church by
re-establishing, at least in part, her rights to her own Tradition.
Not only would the treasure of graces available to the Society no
longer be hidden under a bushel, but the Mystical Body would also
be given the remedy it so needs to be healed.
If, upon these
pre-conditions being fulfilled, the Society looks to a possible
debate on doctrine, the purpose is still that of making the voice
of traditional teaching sound more clearly within the Church. Likewise,
the contacts made from time to time with the authorities in Rome
have no other purpose than to help them embrace once again that
Tradition which the Church cannot repudiate without losing her identity.
The purpose is not just to benefit the Society, nor to arrive at
some merely practical impossible agreement. When Tradition comes
back into its own, “reconciliation will no longer be a problem,
and the Church will spring back to life”.2
On this long
road to re-conquest, the Chapter encourages all members of the Society
to live, as its statutes require, ever more intensely by the grace
proper to it, namely, in union with the great prayer of the High
Priest, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Let them be convinced, along
with their faithful, that in this striving for an ever greater sanctification
in the heart of the Church is to be found the only remedy for our
present misfortunes, which is the Church being restored through
the restoration of the priesthood.
end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph.
freedom for the traditional Mass, and withdrawal of the decree of
excommunication of the Society’s four bishops.
Letter from Archbishop Lefebvre to pope John-Paul II, June