Newsletter of the District
Fellay Letter #56
to Friends and Benefactors
Friends and Benefactors,
few weeks ago a young priest who had only known the New Mass celebrated
for the first time the Tridentine Mass in one of our priories. After
his thanksgiving, a colleague asked him for his first impressions:
“This Mass is sacred, mysterious, full of grace. The other Mass
young priest, attending the Tridentine Mass for the first time,
cried out “We have been deceived for 30 years!”
Thirty years of the “Novus Ordo Missae”, thirty years of emptiness!
An emptiness which has emptied out Catholicism, emptying out the
churches and often people’s faith. Without any doubt, a major cause
of the appalling crisis the Church is going through must be the
loss of the spirit of faith and the spirit of sacrifice, each mainly
brought about by the Novus Ordo Missae.
innovators wanted a New Mass corresponding to the spirit of the
Council, an adaptation to the spirit of the world, a lever to push
forward ecumenism. Undeniably, the most effective means of inserting
the spirit of the council into the life of the Church has been the
New Mass. One may say that the introduction of the New Mass has
achieved its purpose, to the great misfortune of Our Holy Mother
Church. We cannot agree with those who would blame the disaster
only on the abuses.
Lefebvre wrote in 1980, “To the authorities in Rome we have always
stated that we considered the Novus Ordo Missae to be dangerous
for the faith of priests and people, and so it would be unthinkable
for us to gather seminarians together and form them around the altar
of this New Mass. Experience is proving us right. The sense of the
faith amongst the people, wherever it is not yet corrupted, approves
wholeheartedly of what we are doing, even amongst Catholics no longer
practicing the faith. I would go so far as to say that anyone who
still has a little common sense encourages and congratulates us.
What is a society or a family without any past or tradition? In
which case, what can the Church be, that is nothing other than Tradition?”
years after Archbishop Lefebvre wrote these words, the state of
the Church confirms his analysis a thousand times over. It would
be an over-simplification to reduce the Church’s crisis merely to
a question of the Mass. However, the Mass is a central pivot of
that crisis, being the carrier of a new spirit which breaks with
the spirit of the Church. The spirit of the Church is a spirit of
adoring the one true God to whom is due all honor and glory; it
is a spirit of sacrifice, of partaking in the sacrifice of the High
Priest and Redeemer, Our Lord Jesus Christ; it is a supernatural
spirit of faith and love which makes us see, as God Himself sees,
the realities of the world and God, sin and salvation, as they truly
the same text quoted above, the Archbishop also said: “We should
not be surprised if, in the storm devastating the Church, the frail
Society of St. Pius X should also be undergoing violent attacks.
On the one side it gets attacked for being too much opposed to the
Council and to Rome, too attached to Tradition in dogma and the
liturgy, too set against the conciliar reforms and ecumenism, etc….
On the other side it gets attacked for keeping on the contrary too
close to Rome, which turned into the seat of the Antichrist, a dependency
of Hell, and for opposing too weakly the conciliar reforms.
Mass is sacred, mysterious, full of grace. The other Mass is empty.”
The newly ordained Fr. Salvador gives his blessing
in one of his First Masses, here he is celebrating a Mass
at an SSPX chapel in Switzerland.
all these attacks we reply with deeds rather than words. For we
have a horror of sterile polemics. Our position has always been
clear and it has not changed since the Society was founded: we continue
to do what the Church has always done and always taught especially
when it comes to the formation of priests.
history teaches us how to act in these difficult circumstances,
and it teaches us above all to bear in mind that ‘Man frets while
God leads‘. What are we in the hands of God? Nothing! But with nothing
He can do anything. An unshakable faith in Jesus Christ is what
sustains and inspires us and nothing else. He holds events in the
hollow of His hand and His truth will not perish, even if the enemy
has worked his way into the heart of the Vatican.
Society is meant by God as all its history goes to prove, and all
the good that it has done, all the evil that it has prevented, show
where it came from and how it is needed.
nobody ask me to change position, be it the authorities in Rome
or the partisans of schism. This position did not come from me,
it draws its strength from the Church’s Truth and Wisdom, from her
dogmatic and historical Tradition, from the conduct of the Saints
and especially the last two Saints who were Popes, Pius V and Pius
Let us remain united in our convictions, let us not be deflected
by false arguments of disobedience or abstract logic, rather let
us keep the solid and simple faith of he just and faithful soul,
following the example of Mary and Joseph and all their imitators”
(Editorial of the Society’s in-house magazine, February 16, 1980).
is still our position today, 19 years later, and with the help of
God we mean not to change it. May the abundance of graces connected
to the mysteries and ceremonies of Holy Week have strengthened you
in the faith and nourished your souls in the love of Our Lord who
“did not hesitate to be delivered into the hands of His enemies,
and to undergo the torment of the Cross” (Good Friday prayer).
deeply touched by your generosity, from the goodness of God we beg
for you an overflowing blessing.
newly ordained Fr. Salvador during his first Solemn Mass
in Oberriet, Switzerland. Assisting him are: Fr. Berger – deacon;
Rev. Mr.Carlo Saa -subdeacon (a filipino seminarian),
Mr. Tom Bitsche (an Austrian who, with his brother, helped in
the KIA vehicle used by the Catechism children) in OLVC.