I would like to take the opportunity of
keeping you up to date with the outcome of last month’s General Chapter of the
Fraternity of St. Peter. If I do this, it is not to exult in their tragedy,
which is certainly a tragedy for the Church, nor to say "I told you
so", but simply to learn the lesson that their sad experience has to
teach all Catholics.
Back in April an energetic and relatively young Cardinal was
appointed to head up the Ecclesia Dei Commission, Cardinal Dario
Castillion Hoyos, from Columbia. The reason for his appointment is clear from
the decisive action that he took concerning the government of the Fraternity of
St. Peter, action that makes it perfectly clear what attitude modernist Rome is
going to have towards any community that aspires to anything like traditional
life and liturgy.
In a letter addressed to the General
Chapter he decided to follow the ancient principle of "divide and
conquer". He did not fail to take advantage of the disagreement in
principle within their organization with respect to the compromise worked out by
the members last February, namely that they would concelebrate the New Mass, as
Rome requested, but only once a year, on Holy Thursday. Reminding them that if
they are to be logical with themselves and accept the legitimacy of the New
Mass, then no superior can forbid a priest from celebrating this Mass "which
is officially in vigor in the Latin Church". "A limitation of
the exercise of this right" to the New Mass "cannot be
inflicted on seminarians or be a reason for refusing them ordination".
Of course, he is entirely wrong because his principle is wrong. The New Mass is
NOT legitimate because it undermines and destroys the Faith, and does not
adequately express the dogmas of the Church concerning the Holy Sacrifice of the
Mass. Consequently, it cannot possibly be the official rite in vigor in the
Latin Church, but is a compromise with protestantism and modernism that has no
rights at all. There is nothing legal about a rite of Mass which does nothing to
bring about the end of the Church’s law, the salvation of souls.
The Cardinal President of the Commission
then went on to explain to the Fraternity’s members why he was obliging the
appointment of a new Superior General, and new Seminary Rectors and faculty, all
of a liberal tendency, of a mind to accept and promote the New Mass and to be
integrated into the post-Conciliar church. Clearly concerning by the
traditionalist tendencies of the younger of the Fraternity’s members, he had
this to say:
"In particular, you must avoid and combat a certain
spirit of rebellion against today’s Church, a spirit which easily finds
supporters amongst young students, who like all young people, are drawn to
extreme and rigorous positions…You cannot live in the Church and at the same
time distance yourselves from it."
He then promises to watch more closely
than in the past over the members of the Fraternity, that no groups be formed or
opinions be expressed which are different from those imposed by Rome, via the
puppet Superior General, Father Arnaud Devillers.
Back in 1988 Archbishop Lefebvre had
clearly seen the thinly disguised politics of the neo-modernist Roman
authorities. In his letter of May 24 to Cardinal Ratzinger he had stated the
"Upon reflection, it appears clear that the goal of
these dialogues is to reabsorb us within the Conciliar Church, the only Church
to which you make allusion during these meetings. We hoped that you would give
us the means to continue and develop the works of Tradition, especially by
giving us some coadjutors, at least three, and by giving a majority to
Tradition in the Roman Commission. Now on these two points, which we deem
necessary to maintain our works outside of all progressivist and conciliar
influence, we are not satisfied…1"
It is the least that he could have said.
The Fraternity has proven that Rome had no intention of granting truly
traditional bishops, free from the modernist hierarchy. Through the Ecclesia
Dei Commission it has proven that there would not only not be a majority,
but in fact not even one traditional Catholic working for that commission.
Finally, Cardinal Castrillion Hoyos has made it perfectly clear that his mission
is that of reabsorbing those who love the traditional Mass back into the post-Conciliar
He is quite explicit about this in his
discourse, which finishes with a "personal reflection". He
explained that the question of rite is only secondary, and not central to the
Church or to the unity of Faith. We know that this is entire nonsense, for "lex
orandi, lex credendi", namely that we pray as we believe and believe as
we pray, and that by deforming the way in which Catholics pray, the modernists
will end up by destroying the Faith. The Cardinal explains:
"The rite is not the celebration itself. It is only
one of its possible forms…Your role is not to modify the state of fact (that
the New Mass is the common rite) or to speak of this rite (the New Mass) as if
it were of less value, but to help those faithful who are attached to the old
rite to feel more comfortable in the Church."
If this is not an avowal of the policy of reabsorption, then what would be? He continues:
"You must not give priority to the form of the
liturgy in which you have the privilege of celebrating. It is much more
appropriate to see in it the particular contribution of your institute to the
common work of the Church."
So they must accept that the traditional
Mass is no better than the new Mass! The Cardinal finishes with an interesting
admission. There is no place in the Church, he explains, for contradiction,
leaving it to be understood that those who refuse the New Mass are in
contradiction with the modern Church. Here he is entirely right. How often we
have said the same thing! However, modernist that he is, he requires that the
Fraternity’s contribution not contradict the New Mass and the new spirit, but
that it complete it, and he continues, "by doing this you will
contribute at the same time to the New Evangelization…" ! Clearly,
then, those who stay in the Fraternity will contribute to the post-Conciliar
revolution. Did it not ever occur to them that the contradictions do not come
from the traditional Mass, nor from the dogmas that Catholics have always
believed, but from the infiltration into the modern Church of secular, liberal,
humanist ideals based upon the rights of man, in contradiction with the rights
Here again, I cannot help but be reminded
of the wonderfully clear-sighted statement of our founder to Pope John Paul II
on June 2, 1988:
"It is to keep the Faith of our baptism intact that
we have had to resist the spirit of Vatican II and the reforms inspired by it.
The false ecumenism, which is at the origin of all the Council’s innovations
in the liturgy, in the new relationship between the Church and the world, in
the conception of the Church itself, is leading the Church to its ruin, and
Catholics to apostasy.
Being radically opposed to this destruction of our Faith
and determined to remain with the traditional doctrine and discipline of the
Church, especially as far as the formation of priests and the religious life
is concerned, we find ourselves in the absolute necessity of having
ecclesiastical authorities who embrace our concerns and will help us to
protect ourselves against the spirit of Vatican II and the spirit of Assisi.
That is why we are asking for several bishops chosen
from within Catholic Tradition, and for a majority of the members of the
projected Roman Commission for Tradition, in order to protect ourselves
against all compromise.
Given the refusal to consider our requests, and it being
evident that the purpose of this reconciliation is not at all the same in the
eyes of the Holy See as it is in our eyes, we believe it preferable to wait
for times more propitious for the return of Rome to Tradition…2"
How right the Archbishop was, and how sad
it is to see that the situation in Rome has not improved over the past 12 years.
It has considerably worsened. Along with the Jubilee’s diabolical exacerbation
of ecumenism, from the Lutheran accord, to the public apologies for the Church!
to the promotion of non-Catholic "witnesses of the faith", goes the
determination to crush, by the abuse of authority, all traditional opposition.
Our confidence lies only and entirely in Our Lord’s words that He will remain
with His Church all days, even to the end of the world, and that in the end, Our
Lady’s Immaculate Heart will triumph.
Let the principles of our daily combat for
the Faith, for the Mass of all time, for a Catholic life of prayer, penance and
submission to the Church’s Magisterium be always before our eyes. This is the
only assurance of our unity, and of harmony, as also of our sanctity. May God
then grant that our perseverance flow forth from the clear-sightedness that is
given by the gift of Counsel, which warns of the deceits of the devil.
Yours faithfully in the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts,
Fr. Peter R. Scott