Newsletter of the District
- Dec 2001
Lady of Manaoag,
Pangasinan , Philippines
Kingdom of the Rosary!" Pius XII
If there is
a specific aspect that distinguishes these islands of the Philippines,
it is no doubt that it is the only Catholic country in the vast
Asian continent. "The most Catholic country in the world" at
present," in the words of a bishop who has traveled the five
In the light
of religious liberty continually promoted by the Church’s authorities,
a liberty that has dethroned Our Lord Jesus Christ in so many countries
in the last forty years, it is most interesting to look at the reverse
process. How should we put Our Lord back in His due place, how
can we give Him "the primacy in all things"(Col.1) even political?
No need to reinvent the formula. In fact, St Pius X has explicitly
stated that there are no other ways to build society than the ways
the Catholic Church has built it in the centuries.
Brethren, We must repeat with the utmost energy in these times
of social and intellectual anarchy when everyone takes upon himself
to teach as a teacher and lawmaker - the City cannot be built
otherwise than as God has built it; the society cannot be setup
unless the Church lays the foundations and supervises the work;
no, civilization is not something yet to be found, nor is the
New City to be built on hazy notions; it has been in existence
and still is: it is Christian civilization, it is the Catholic
City. It has only to be set up and restored continually against
the remitting attacks of insane dreamers, rebels, and miscreants.
Omnia Instaurare in Christo (To restore all things in Christ)."
(°Our Apostolic Mandate, no. 11, August 25, 1910).
We can see
before our own eyes how in the last forty years, so many countries
have been de-Catholicized. We unfortunately never see, or have
forgotten how to Christianize a whole nation. Closer than the XVIth
- XVIIth century Philippines, there is the story of Garcia Moreno,
President of Ecuador, who was well on the way to restore all things
in Christ in his country, when the Freemasons of Germany ordered
his murder in 1875.
There are many
reasons why history is studied. Some - often in our modern schools
- learn events of the past for the simple sake of knowing the historical
data. Others, from the same knowledge, seek to produce something,
to build on that past experience. There is no need to reinvent
the wheel: you just use it. There is finally a third category of
historians who search bygone days for the sake of improving their
and society’s life, for the sake of being wiser. Such were the
Greeks of old, and such, says St Thomas, ought to be the prudent
he says, "is the result of many memories and therefore
prudence requires the memory of many things. Hence memory is
fittingly accounted a part of prudence. (...) It behooves us to
argue, as it were, about the future from the past; wherefore memory
of the past is necessary in order to take good counsel for the
future." Summa Theologica, II-II, q.49, a.1
We will address
the interesting topic of the evangelization of the Philippines in
more than one issue of the Newsletter since the material to be covered
is so vast. The present issue of our Newsletter explains by what
right and how did the Spanish Crown succeed in making of the Philippines
a Catholic Nation. In the next issue, we examine the Revolution
and the anti-Catholic agenda of XIXth -XXth centuries, and how they
dismantled much of the good done for over 300 years. Then, a third
issue, published to coincide with the 10th anniversary
of SSPX’s arrival in these lovely Islands, will review that which
has been achieved by the grace of God and our limited resources
in these last 10 years.
Philippines, Nov. 1, 2000 - Led by Fr. Emerson Salvador
(now in Singapore), the faithful from South Mindanao,
on their pilgrimage to the Cathedral of Davao to gain
the indulgence of the Jubilee Year.
Cross Seminary, Australia, January 2001 : 3 Filipino
seminarians (left to right)
Gerald Falarcuna, Albert Ghela, Roy Dolotina visiting
of Ste Therese of the Child Jesus, Salvan, Switzerland,
Sept. 3, 2000Ceremony of the taking of the veil of two
Filipina Novices (white veils, left Sr. M. Paula, right
Sr M. Philomena) assisted by Sr. M. Victorias (far left)
and S. M. Concepcion (far right) and their Novice Mistress.
Fr. Onoda (SSPX Japanese priest) can be seen on the
right in the back row, with H.E. Bp Fellay and Fr. Ettelt
(assigned in Polland).
Asia and the Asian Missions in your prayers in the knowledge that
your prayers are reciprocated.
May God bless
you in this Christmas Season and throughout the New Year.
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