His Holiness POPE JOHN PAUL II Bishop of Rome and Vicar of Jesus
Christ, Successor of St. 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.
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:
Peter and upon this Rock, I will build my Church. (Mt.
Holy Father, 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.
St. Paul instructed Timothy: "O Timothy, keep the
deposit." (I Tim. 6:20), the deposit of Faith!
Holy Father, it
seems that St. Paul is telling me:
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.
(St. Vincent of Lerins, Commonitorium, No. 21).
The Holy Council
of Vatican I teaches that
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 from 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 Dz.
Moreover, "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.
St. Paul 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."
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.
Holy Father, 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
The Novus Ordo Missae 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 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.
The Protestants 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 meal.
It is also noted that in the Novus Ordo Missae, Christ’s
Real Eucharistic Presence is implicitly denied. The same
observation is also true concerning the Church’s doctrine of
Connected with this, in the Novus Ordo Missae, 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 is.
After having 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
Holy Father, with all the respect I have for you and for the
Holy See of St. Peter, I cannot follow your own teaching of
the "universal salvation", it contradicts
Holy Father, 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
Before Jesus 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."
St. Paul 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)
Holy Father, 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 St. 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.
Ecumenism, 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
Ss. Peter and Paul. I do
not follow Masonic Rome. Pope Leo XIII condemned Freemasonry in
his encyclical Humanum Genus in 1884.
Neither do I accept modernist Rome. Pope
St. 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.
I consider 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, St. Joseph, St. Anthony, my patron saint, St.
Michael and my Guardian Angel assist me to remain faithful to
the Catholic Church founded by Jesus Christ for the salvation of
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
+ Salvador L. Lazo, D.D.
San Fernando Diocese of La Union