Newsletter of the District
DECLARATION OF FAITH
His Holiness POPE JOHN PAUL II Bishop of Rome and Vicar of Jesus
Christ, Successor of Saint Peter, Prince of the Apostles, Supreme
Pontiff of the Universal Church, Patriarch of the West, Primate
of Italy, Archbishop and Metropolitan of the Roman Province, Sovereign
of Vatican City.
Bishop Salvador Lazo (1918-2000)
May 21, 1998
Most Holy Father,
On the tenth
anniversary of the consecration of the four Catholic bishops by
His Grace Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre for the survival of the Catholic
Faith, by the grace of God, I declare that I am Roman Catholic.
My religion was founded by Jesus Christ when he said to Peter: “Thou
art Peter and upon this Rock, I will build my Church.” (Mt.
my Credo is the Apostles’ Creed. The deposit of Faith came from
Jesus Christ and was completed at the death of the last Apostle.
It was entrusted to the Roman Catholic Church to serve as a guide
for the salvation of souls to the end of time.
instructed Timothy: “O Timothy, keep the deposit.” (I Tim.
6:20), the deposit of Faith!
it seems that Saint Paul is telling me: “Keep the deposit… the
deposit that is entrusted to you, not discovered by you. You received
it: you did not draw it from your resources. It is not the fruit
of any personal understanding but of teaching. It is not personal
use, but it belongs to public tradition. It does not come from you,
but it has come to you. With respect to it, you cannot act as an
author, but only a simple keeper. You are not its initiator but
its disciple. It is not for you to direct it, but your duty to follow
it.” (Saint Vincent of Lerins, Commonitorium, No. 21).
The Holy Council
of Vatican I teaches that “the doctrine of Faith that God has
revealed, was not proposed to the minds of men as a philosophical
discovery to be perfected, but as the divine deposit, entrusted
to the Spouse of Christ that she might faithfully keep it and infallibly
define it. Consequently, the meaning of the Sacred Dogmas which
must always be preserved is that which our Holy Mother the Church
has determined. Never is it permissible to depart rom this in the
name of a deeper understanding.” (Dogmatic Constitution Dei
Filius, Dz. 1800).
Ghost was promised to the successors of Peter, not that they might
make known new doctrine by His Revelation but rather that, with
His assistance, they mighty religiously guard and faithfully explain
the Revelation or deposit of Faith that was handed down through
the Apostles.” (Vatican I. Dogmatic Constitution Pastor Æternus
“the power of the Pope is not unlimited; not only can he not change
anything which is of divine institution (to suppress episcopal
jurisdiction, for instance), but he is to build and not to destroy
(cf. II Cor. 10, 8); he is enjoined, through natural law,
not to sow confusion in the flock of Christ” (Dict. De Théol. Cath.,
II, col. 2039-2040).
too confirmed the Faith of his converts: “But though we or an
angel from heaven preach a Gospel to you besides that which we have
preached to you, let him be anathema.” (Gal. 1:8)
As a Catholic
Bishop, briefly, this is my stand on the Post Conciliar reforms
of the Second Vatican Council. If the Conciliar reforms are according
to the will of Jesus Christ, then, I will gladly cooperate in their
implementation. But if the Conciliar reforms are planned for the
destruction of the Catholic Religion founded by Jesus Christ, then,
I refuse to give my cooperation.
in 1969, a communication from Rome was received in San Fernando
Diocese of La Union. It said the Tridentine Latin Mass was to be
suppressed and the Novus Ordo Missae was to be implemented. There
was no reason given. Since the order came from Rome it was obeyed
without any protest (Roma locuta est, causa finita est).
I retired in
1993, 23 years after my episcopal consecration. Since my retirement,
I discovered the real reason for the illegal suppression of the
traditional Latin Mass. The ancient Mass was an obstacle to the
introduction of ecumenism. The Catholic Mass contained Catholic
dogmas, which Protestants denied. To achieve unity with Protestant
sects, the Tridentine Latin Mass had to be scrapped, being replaced
by the Novus Ordo Missæ.
The Novus Ordo
Missæ was a concoction of Monsignor Annibale Bugnini, a freemason.
Six Protestant ministers helped Monsignor Bugnini in fabricating
it. The innovators saw to it that no Catholic dogmas offensive to
Protestant ears were left in the prayers. They deleted all that
expressed the Catholic dogmas fully and replaced them with very
ambiguous Protestantizing and heretical things. They even changed
the form of the consecration given by Jesus Christ. With these modifications,
the new rite of the Mass became more Protestant than Catholic.
maintain that the Mass is a mere meal, a mere communion, a mere
banquet, a memorial. The Council of Trent emphasized the reality
of the sacrifice of the Mass, which is an unbloody renewal of the
bloody sacrifice of Christ on Mount Calvary. “He, therefore,
our god and Lord, though He was about to offer Himself once to God
the Father upon the altar of the Cross… offered to God the Father
His own body and blood under the species of bread and wine… at the
last supper on the night He was betrayed, so that He might leave
to His beloved Spouse the Church a visible sacrifice (as nature
of man demands), whereby that bloody sacrifice once to be completed
on the Cross might be represented…” (Dz 938). The Mass is also
as a consequence a communion to the sacrifice previously celebrated:
a banquet where one eats the immolated Victim of the sacrifice.
But if there is no sacrifice there is no communion with it. Mass
is first and foremost a sacrifice and secondly a communion or a
It is also
noted that in the Novus Ordo Missæ, Christ’s Real Eucharistic Presence
is implicitly denied. The same observation is also true concerning
the Church’s doctrine of Transubstantiation.
with this, in the Novus Ordo Missæ, the priest has been demoted
from a priest who offers a sacrifice to one who merely presides
over the assembly. Now he is the President of the assembly. For
this role he faces the people. In the Traditional Mass, the priest,
on the contrary, faces the tabernacle and the altar where Christ
known those mutations, I decided to stop saying the New Rite of
Mass, which I was saying for more than twenty-seven in obedience
to ecclesiastical superiors. I returned to the Tridentine Latin
Mass because it is the Mass instituted by Jesus Christ at the Last
Supper which is the unbloody renewal of the bloody sacrifice of
Jesus Christ on Mount Calvary. This Mass of all times has sanctified
the lives of millions down the centuries.
with all the respect I have for you and for the Holy See of Saint
Peter, I cannot follow your own teaching of the “universal salvation”,
it contradicts Sacred Scripture.
are all men going to be saved? Jesus Christ wanted all men to be
redeemed. In fact, He died for us all. Still, not all men are going
to be saved because not all men fulfill all the necessary conditions
in order to be numbered among the elects of God in Heaven.
Christ ascended to Heaven, He entrusted to His Apostles the duty
of preaching the Gospel to every creature. His instructions already
hinted that all souls were not going to be saved. He said: “Go
into the whole world, and preach the Gospel to every creature. He
that believeth and is baptized shall be saved, he that believeth
not shall be condemned.” (Mk. 16:15-16).
supported this in his instruction to his converts: “Know you
not that the unjust shall not possess the Kingdom of God? Do not
err, neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterous, nor the
effeminate, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards,
nor railers, nor extortioners shall possess the Kingdom of God.”
(I Cor. 6:9-10)
should we respect false religions? Jesus Christ founded only one
Church in which one can find eternal salvation. This is the Holy
Roman Catholic and Apostolic Church. When He gave all the doctrines
and all the truths needed to be saved Christ did not say: “Respect
all false religions.” In fact, the Son of God was crucified
on the cross because He did not compromise His teaching.
In 1910, in
his letter “Our Apostolic Mandate”, Pope Saint Pius X warned
that the interdenominational spirit is part of the great movement
of apostasy being organized in every country for a one world church.
Pope Leo XIII warned that to “treat all religions alike… is calculated
to bring about the ruin of all forms of religion, and especially
of the Catholic Religion, which, as it is the only one that is true,
cannot, without great injustice, be regarded as merely equal to
other religions (Encyclical Humanum Genus). The process
is this: FROM CATHOLICISM TO PROTESTANTISM; FROM PROTESTANTISM TO
MODERNISM; FROM MODERNISM TO ATHEISM.
as practiced today, flies in the face of traditional Catholic doctrine
and practices. It places the one true Religion established by Our
Lord on the same base level with false, man - made religions – something
that Popes throughout the centuries absolutely forbade Catholics
to do: “It is clear that the Apostolic See can by no means take
part in these (ecumenical) assemblies, nor is it in any way lawful
for Catholics to give to such enterprises their encouragement or
support” (Pope Pius XI, Mortalium Animos).
I am for eternal
Rome, the Rome of Saints Peter and Paul. I do not follow Masonic
Rome. Pope Leo XIII condemned Freemasonry in his encyclical Humanum
Genus in 1884.
I accept modernist Rome. Pope Saint Pius X also condemned modernism
in his encyclical Pascendi Dominici Gregis in 1907.
I do not serve
the Rome that is controlled by Freemasons who are the agents of
Lucifer, the Prince of devils.
But I support
the Rome that leads the Catholic Church faithfully to do the will
of Jesus Christ – the glorification of the most Holy and Triune
God – God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Ghost.
myself fortunate because in this present crisis of the Catholic
Church I received the grace to have returned to the Church that
adheres to Catholic Tradition. Thank God, I am again saying the
Traditional Latin Mass – the Mass instituted by Jesus at the Last
Supper, the Mass of my ordination.
May the Blessed
Mother Mary, Saint Joseph, Saint Anthony, my Patron Saint, Saint
Michael and my Guardian Angel assist me to remain faithful to the
Catholic Church founded by Jesus Christ for the salvation of men.
May I obtain
the grace to remain and die in the bosom of the Holy Roman Catholic
Apostolic Church that adheres to the ancient traditions and be always
a faithful priest and bishop of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
Salvador L. Lazo, D.D.
Bishop Emeritus San Fernando Diocese of La Union