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District Superior's
Letter to Friends & Benefactors

September 2012

Dear Friends and Benefactors,

Returning from the General Chapter of the Society of St. Pius X, I would like to thank you for your generous prayers for the intentions of this important meeting.

The Chapter, gathering all superiors and elder priests of the Society, went very well. As you may have already read in the official declaration of the Chapter, a profound unity was recovered - unity in our essential mission, unity in our actions, as well as unity of government under our Superior General, His Excellency Bishop Bernard Fellay.

This is a great grace for which we must be very grateful. Once again, thank you for your prayers.

It is now time for us to reflect on the events of the past few months, and why this unity was shaken in some.

The first reason is obviously the delicate situation we are in. Our relationship with Rome has always been a sensitive and complicated situation. However, it is not the first time we have had to deal with such complex affairs. So how did it become, for at least a few, so uncomfortable that some lost confidence in the Society and, in particular, our Superior General?

Looking back on those events, it is clear that there was an organized agenda on the part of some, intending to destabilize the Society of St. Pius X. For years, some small groups - with increasing aggression in recent months - have attacked and tried to undermine the Society. The Superior General and those who supported him were criticized from every angle. Everything was analyzed, not to find the truth, but in order to sow division. It is obvious that some have used every means they could to plant discord within the Society.

The first avenue used was to discredit the superiors; to lead step by step to a loss of confidence. They used continual attacks, calumnies, and distorted truths, repeating them again and again, following the well-known revolutionary adage: “Lie, lie, something will always remain.” This means that by repeating false accusations, something will eventually be believed as true; little by little, these attacks sunk into the minds of some.

This trend is nothing new. For years, primarily sedevacantist websites have disseminated their poisonous venom with the goal of dividing and even, if possible, destroying the Society of St. Pius X. For years they have accused, in a most fallacious way, that Bishop Fellay governs the Society with a small group of priests, with the majority of priests opposed. They allege that Bishop Fellay wants to “sell out” the Society; that his goal is not the restoration of the Church or of Tradition - but to betray the work of Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre. They spread the rumor that the Society has already betrayed its founder. For years they have prophesied that Bishop Fellay is going to compromise.

All these rumors and false accusations have been spread on the Internet with many insults.

Over the past months, during which these attacks have intensified, it is noteworthy that most of the “indiscretions,” “leaks” and rumors about the Society were released on sedevacantist sites and newly-opened sites animated by the same spirit.

The fury and relentlessness of these attacks - and for the most part, anonymously - is clearly obvious. They have demonstrated by their work of destruction how they are, in reality, enemies of Tradition and of the restoration of all things in Christ the King. They try to appear in sheep’s clothing, but in reality they are wolves trying to scatter and divide the flock. They in fact show more hatred toward the Society than the anti-Catholic media!

I caution the faithful not to be deceived - especially on the Internet. Please be aware of “cyber-gossip” which is even more damaging than if it is done in person because it can be done anonymously and because of how many eyes it can reach in a short period of time. As a matter of fact, “cyber-gossiping” should be taken as a moral fault and as seriously as any kind of rumor, not only in spreading them but in going after them as well.

The declaration of the General Chapter shows once again, and against all the false prophecies, that the Society of St. Pius X remains united behind our Superior General. The Society remains faithful to its essential mission and to the work and spirit of our founder Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre.

The United States District will continue to inform you faithfully and truly on our websites ( and about the fight for the restoration of all things in Christ the King.

With my prayers and blessing in the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

Fr. Arnaud Rostand © 2013                    home                    contact