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District Superior's
Letter to Friends & Benefactors

March-April 2012

Dear Friends and Benefactors,

Qui diligitis Dominum, odite malum: “You that love the Lord, hate evil” (Ps. 96:10).

In these few inspired words from Holy Scripture, we have a truth which is more and more foreign to the modern world, a real condemnation of prevailing ideas. There is, indeed, a radical opposition between good and evil, truth and error, God and Satan. These are realities which are incompatible and irreconcilable: “Whosoever loves the truth, hates error.” A false notion of charity has infected nearly all minds today. We are so easily inclined to be “tolerant,” to accept the craziest beliefs or behaviors under the false principle of religious liberty.

We have a great example in the recent battle over the new healthcare laws. It was nice to see the bishops of the United States of America voice their protest against these immoral and evil laws. We associate ourselves with that opposition and encourage you, dear faithful, to oppose these new laws as much as possible for the good and upright of our country.

It is sad, however, to see this opposition done for the wrong reasons:

Since January 20, when the final, restrictive HHS Rule was first announced, we have become certain of two things: religious freedom is under attack, and we will not cease our struggle to protect it.... We have made it clear in no uncertain terms to the government that we are not at peace with its invasive attempt to curtail the religious freedom we cherish as Catholics and Americans (Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops).

It is not because of religious freedom, a principle promoted by Vatican II, that we should oppose such a law, but because it is sinful and against the natural and Divine law. “You that love the Lord, hate evil.”

Vatican II “declares that the human person has always a right to religious freedom” (Dignitatis Humanae, No. 2). To state that religious freedom is a natural right has always been rejected by the Church. The Syllabus, for example, condemns such a position: “Every man is free to embrace and profess that religion which, guided by the light of reason, he shall consider true.” Men have no right to embrace the religion they think is good; on the contrary, every man has the duty and obligation to embrace Our Lord Jesus Christ and the true Church. We have here two propositions: one condemned by Pius IX and the other stated by Vatican II. Catholic Doctrine teaches that there is only one God, one Jesus Christ, the only Savior, and one Church by which we are saved: the Catholic Church. Everyone, therefore, must recognize Our Lord in their private life, but also in their country’s constitutions and laws; not only privately but also publicly. “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved: but he that believeth not shall be condemned” (Mk. 16:16). “Teach ye all nations” (Mt. 28:19). The Syllabus also solemnly condemns anyone who believes that “the Church ought to be separated from the State, and the State from the Church.” Are we not easily affected and corrupted by this modern world? Is it not more and more difficult to read these condemnations of liberalism and its consequences?

It is not, therefore, because of a false principle of religious freedom that we should fight against certain laws, but because they are evil and opposed to God’s laws. The problem today, especially here in America, is that these false principles are written in the Constitution itself. The first amendment indeed prohibits the making of any law impeding the free exercise of religion or abridging freedom of speech. This leads to an unlimited freedom of conscience, opinion, and even of choice in moral matters. It is not our purpose here to go into political considerations, but it is our duty to remind you of the Catholic principles reiterated by the Popes prior to Vatican II. Christ the King is the only Savior, and He only has a right to reign over nations. It is because the new healthcare laws are opposed to God’s laws that we cannot accept them and must fight them as much as we can.

Once again, dear friends of the Society of St. Pius X, I wish to encourage you to oppose these evil laws. To repeat the message of last year’s conference on Christ the King, it is the responsibility of the laity to take political problems into their hands and organize themselves to resolve them. Let us all pray for these intentions and remain firm in the Faith, in the Immaculate Heart of Mary. I wish to take this opportunity to invite you again to be generous in the actual Rosary Crusade. Pray the Rosary so that the reign of the Immaculate Heart of Mary comes.

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