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divide in 7 parts the
conference of Bishop Fellay given on the occasion of the 40th
Anniversary of the Society of St. Pius X, during the Angelus
Press Conference held October 15-17, 2010, in Kansas City,
Missouri. All the conferences may be purchased on CD from ANGELUS PRESS.
It is a
commentary upon three sentences of Archbishop Lefebvre’s last
book: Spiritual Journey.
Parts 1 & 2
of the Council is the ignorance of Jesus-Christ and of His Kingdom.”
(Spiritual Journey; Prologue, p. X, Angelus Press, 1991)
because the reign of Our Lord Jesus is no longer the center of
attention and of activity for those who are our prćpositi
[leaders], that they lose the sense of God and of the Catholic
Priesthood, and that we can no longer follow them.” (Ibid;
Preface p. IV)
Parts 4 & 5
“If the Holy
Ghost allows me to put in writing the spiritual thoughts which
follow, before entering —if
it please God—
into the bosom of the Holy Trinity, I will be allowed to realize
the dream of which He gave me a glimpse one day in the Cathedral
of Dakar. The dream was to transmit, before the progressive
degradation of the priestly ideal, in all of its doctrinal purity
and in all of its missionary charity, the Catholic Priesthood of
Our Lord Jesus Christ, just as He conferred it on His Apostles,
just as the Roman Church always transmitted it until the middle of
the twentieth century.” (Ibid;
Preface p. I)
At the end
of his conference, His Excellency explains what the position of
the Society of St. Pius X is (Part 6) and comments on the
current situation of the SSPX and of its relations with Rome and
the Holy Father (Part 7).
Introduction: two sentences of the spiritual testament of
Principles of Church crisis. Solution: a deep spirit, chance
for the future, today’s situation.
Principles of the crisis: ignorance of God, of sin and of
loss of the sense of the sin comes from a loss of Faith
declarations of the episcopal conferences about AIDs, and
use of the condom.
Council ignores Our Lord Jesus Christ. Loss of Faith in the
divinity of Jesus Christ.
removal of the crucifixes during Assisi II meetings.
Suppression of the words “false religions” in
official texts since Vatican II.
Comparison of the religions with airplanes. Who would stay
in a defective plane?
many priests believe in the real presence of Our Lord Jesus
Christ in the Eucharist?
Modernist faith in Christ’s divinity. Did man create God, or
did God create man?
philosophy pretends to create the reality, God included.
Modernism is the root cause of the crisis.
to be commented on.
Psychological analysis: how wrong acting changes the mind.
are the bishops’ preoccupations today?
Liturgy expresses the Faith. The New Mass does not express
Comments on His Excellency’s audience with the Pope in 2005.
The “realized dream” of Archbishop Lefebvre. Commentary of
the third extract.
Transmitting not only the priesthood and the doctrine, but
more so: transmitting the spirit.
truth about the priesthood, about the Christian spirit is
Analogy of a castle. What happened in the 50’s, in the 60’s?
spirit to be transmitted.
great prayer: soul of the apostolate, call to holiness.
lives in me,”
is when I am weak that I am strong!”
with God. Remedy for the renovation of the Church.
in the dependency upon God does one find the real stability.
Archbishop Lefebvre" said the nuncio of Austria.
Benedict XVI called him: “This great man of the Church.”
Attacks from two sides.
starting in the reasoning: “what the Pope says, is true.”
Sedevacantists/Ecclesia Dei adherents.
Distinction in the infallibility.
Vatican I said: “The Holy Ghost has not been promised for
Obedience. The authority is not an absolute, but it is
relative to the purpose.
highest law is the salvation of the souls.
Examples of misuses of the authority.
crisis in the Church described by the Paul VI, John Paul II,
Testimony of CardinalHoyos about the Society of
St. Pius X in 2000.
contradictory faces: official statements/practices.
policy for the reception of the priests leaving the Society.
Censures reserved to the Holy See.
Testimony of a priest of the Fraternity of St. Peter.
2003: meeting of conservative cardinals to elaborate a
2006: French bishops meeting in Lourdes: rejection of the
Motu Proprio. Opposition from the bishops.
of the lifting of the excommunications. “The Pope is
going to have trouble!”
Doctrinal discussions. The fruits are not immediate neither
Oppositions to the Pope.
one line to follow: to continue for the Church with this
of the Rosary Crusade: no answer.
Special beatitude for those who will have to suffer because
of His Name.