of Authority is to direct minds and wills towards the goal of
that society, and by so doing to ensure the society's unity.
Now in the case of the two so-called “perfect societies,” human
authority depends on the goal and, for most of the time, on the
structure and means of the society. Being then itself dependent
on these, how can it change them? It cannot. “The Church's right
to command the faithful is restricted within the limits constituted
by what is needful or useful to the eternal salvation of souls.”8
So if the
Church authority took in hand such changes, it would be overstepping
its bounds, there would be an abuse of authority, and in that
case Church members are no longer bound to obey, but to resist
according to the gravity of the abuse.
authority is that of the Pope, the highest on earth, sovereign
and universal, its limits are fixed not only by its goals
(the continuation of the saving mission of our Lord), by the commandments
of God and of our Lord its founder (for example, “Going, teach
all nations,” etc.), but also by the divine Constitution of the
If this authority,
meant to be exact reflection of our Lord himself (“Who hears you,
hears me"), undertook to overstep those limits, there
would be an abuse of authority and we should have to respond as
St. Peter did to the Sanhedrin, “We must obey God rather than
we blame the Council and post-Conciliar reforms for its precisely
that they undertake to change firstly the nature of the
church, one and only bride of Christ our Savior, one and
only source of the means of salvation which are supernatural and
entrusted to her by her divine spouse; secondly the Church's structure
(to be replaced by a crippling and anonymous collegiality); thirdly
the Church means of grace, Mass and sacraments (to be reduced
to merely human activities). Nor are all these changes merely
imaginary on our part, but they are recognized and admitted by
the Church authorities in place.9
That is the
reason why we cannot obey. We are refusing the demolition order
because it is an abuse of power.
It is not
we who have changed. In all centuries, starting with St. Paul,
the whole Church has warned against this kind of change. In the
name of the infallible Church's teaching of all time, we refuse
to co-operate in the Church's self-destruction.
As long as
Rome refuses to deal with this gravest of problems, we shall go
round and round in a vicious circle, an on-going dialogue of the
scare us with all the threats of excommunication it likes, but
we shall continue to cry out at the top of our lungs to our Mother
for the milk of pure doctrine, for the Faith not hacked to pieces,
for the right to praise and adore God without resorting the folklore
or show business, but worthily of Him, as did our forefathers;
for the right to receive the substantial food of grace through
sacraments not doubtfully valid, the right to be led and directed
towards eternal pastures instead of through the desert of innovation
constantly evolving in accordance with Paul VI's saying: “We have
been given the word 'novelty' like an order, like a programme"10.
is dying, torn apart by divisions hidden under the deceitful slogan
of "We are in communion with the Pope"; the Church is
being poisoned with the deadly teachings of heresy being scattered
abroad "by the handful" in the words of John-Paul II
in 198111! Rome itself is lost in the maze of a "theology
of worldly values" instead of reminding us of the luminous
demands and interests of our Creator and Savior.
It is time
for the sorcerers' apprentices to give up their ruinous experiments
and to come back to the age-old wisdom from which the Church has
never defected, to give us back the Faith, grace, holiness, priesthood,
Mass, papacy, all those Catholic treasures in which our Roman
Catholic hearts take rest. They belong to us, we have a strict
right to them, and no human authority can ever deprive us of that
right, not even post-Conciliar Rome.
May the Immaculate
Heart of Mary, watching over the Church, deign to obtain for us
that faithfulness to death which is the guarantee of salvation:
“Only he who has been found faithful to the end will be saved.”
of the Lord is our strength!”12 May He deign to bless
Feast of Michael Archangel, 1997
“Evangile et Mission,” #21, May 29, 1997.
Letters #153/96 of 11/12/96, #667/89 of 12/1/96, #90/97 of 6/21/97,
Concerning the date of the decree of excommunication, the text
said, “our decree of June 1st, 1988.”
Exaudiat May 1997 (Catholic paper from the Somme region).
Test of the International Theology Commission on the question
“Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus," #31, La Documentation
Catholique, # 2157, April 6, 1997, p. 323
Cardinal Ratzinger, Le Sel De La Terre, Flammarion, 1987,
The philosopher Gredt holds authority to be proper to society,
in such a sense that authority is something that cannot not go
along with the essence of society, just as a sense of humor is
proper to man. Joseph Gredt, Elementa Philosophiae, Vol
II, Herder, Barcelona 1961, p. 459.
Cardinal Ottaviani, Institutiones Iuris Publici Ecclesiastici,
Vatican Polyglot edition, Rome 1958, p. 177.
Bishop Polge of Avignon: "The Vatican II Church is new and
the Holy Ghost is constantly preventing it from remaining static,”
Osservatore Romano, Sept. 3, 1976. (Cf. "Iota Unum,"
Schmitt of Metz: “The stage of civilization we are going through
involves changes not only in our outward behavior, but also in
the very concept we form both of creation and of the salvation
brought by Jesus Christ.” (Cf. Iota Unum, #37, p.
66; Itineraires, #160, p. 206.) The whole book of Romano
Amerio, Iota Unum, Study of Catholic Church Variations in the
20th Century" needs to be quoted.
there is a conflict between people and the Faith, it is the Faith
which must give way” - “What God the sacraments are signs of.”
Centre Jean Bart, Paris, 1975, p. 14-15.
especially since the Conferences of all Orthodox Christians and
the Second Vatican Council, the rediscovery and up-grading of
the Church as communion by both Orthodox and Catholics has radically
altered people's outlook and hence their attitudes.” Declaration
of Ballamand, June 23, 1993, Art. 13 La Documentation Catholique,
#2077 (1993), p. 712.
— John Paul
II: “Vatican II has given us a new vision of the Church, a more
open view of the universality of the people of God.” To the clergy
of Rome, Osservatore Romano, March 8, 1991.
Osservatore Romano, July 3, 1974.
John-Paul II, February 6, 1981. Osservatore Romano, February
II Esdras VIII, 10.