Newsletter of the District
At the beginning
of December, we were very fortunate to follow a priestly retreat
given by Fr. Patrice Laroche, the first Society priest who came
to the Philippines (in 1988). It was a wonderful grace to leave
for a few days the worries of the apostolate and of the crisis in
the Church in order to meditate on the reality of the Kingdom of
Heaven, the ultimate goal of life.
With a knowledgeable
and expert hand, Father led us through the various wonders of Heaven,
through its Immaculate Queen: the Angels, Patriarchs, Prophets,
Apostles, Martyrs, Confessors and Virgins. Queen of all Saints,
pray for us!
It is noteworthy
that in the Ordo of the Conciliar Church in the Philippines, there
are no more confessors among the Saints. Even a St. Francis Xavier
is simply categorized as “priest”. Of course Saintly Kings, such
as St. Henry (July 15) are rather embarrassing Saints nowadays as
they proclaimed out loud the Social Kingship of Christ. So, the
authorities simply omitted his royal condition. As you can read
in Bishop Tissier’s analysis of Cardinal Ratzinger’s book, the Conciliar
Church has changed the very notion of “Saint”.
its possession, its heroic practice, its confession, no longer seems
to matter in a Saint. The new Martyrology who is being prepared
should contain a great number of these faithless Saints from all
religions. Of course, ecumenism obliges ...
What then remains
of St. Paul’s “with the heart, we believe unto justice, but with
the mouth, confession is made unto salvation” (Rom. X, 10)?
And, of Our Lord’s own word, “he that believeth not shall be
condemned” (Mk. XVI, 16)? And this one, “without faith it
is impossible to please God” (Heb. XI, 6)?
It is stranger
to see, in contrast with these faithless saints who may well be
in hell, (Martin Luther?) the teaching of some recent theologians.
They assert erroneously that, since, according to them, baptism
of desire does not exist, it is conceivable that, someone who dies
before the actual baptism of water, but after having been justified,
i.e. received sanctifying grace, such a one will nevertheless go
to hell! In the state of grace! (In “Who Shall Ascend,
by Fr. J. Wathen, O.S.J., 1992, p. 109). On one hand, we find “Saints”
in heaven without faith, on the other, souls in hell in the state
Let us thank
God, as 1998 comes to a close, to have put on our path a man such
as Archbishop Lefebvre, so imbued with the mind and doctrines of
the Catholic Church! He guided us on the “strait and narrow” path
leading to Heaven, and helped us, through that sound teaching, to
avoid the errors on the right or on the left.
Let us beg
the Divine Child, whose birth we will soon recall, and whose blessings
we implore for all our readers, friends and benefactors (mentioned
in general only, as in particular will be difficult due to retreats
and travels), to keep us close to His Heart throughout the New Year,
during which we finally hope to see the triumph of His Immaculate