Thursday, 12 July 2018

Living like aliens and other reflections

by Tradcatresist

I was recently taken advantage of in a small financial matter. It was not an enormous amount (no need for a paypal button at the bottom of the article!) but it turned someone I had considered an old friend into an acquaintance. In times like that it is hard to see the good in human nature and we often tend to despair of our neighbor. How often does the kindness one attempts, end up (admittedly possibly subconsciously) being picked up as a weakness to be exploited? However, to look at it from a different perspective, such experiences can sometimes help us recognize what our place as Christians in this world is meant to be. It bought to mind the following ‘letter to Diognetus’ and being considered an alien in one's own land.

"Christians are indistinguishable from other men either by nationality, language or customs. They do not inhabit separate cities of their own, or speak a strange dialect, or follow some outlandish way of life. Their teaching is not based upon reveries inspired by the curiosity of men. Unlike some other people, they champion no purely human doctrine. With regard to dress, food and manner of life in general, they follow the customs of whatever city they happen to be living in, whether it is Greek or foreign. 

And yet there is something extraordinary about their lives. They live in their own countries as though they were only passing through. They play their full role as citizens, but labor under all the disabilities of aliens. Any country can be their homeland, but for them their homeland, wherever it may be, is a foreign country. Like others, they marry and have children, but they do not expose them. They share their meals, but not their wives.  

They live in the flesh, but they are not governed by the desires of the flesh. They pass their days upon earth, but they are citizens of heaven. Obedient to the laws, they yet live on a level that transcends the law. Christians love all men, but all men persecute them. Condemned because they are not understood, they are put to death, but raised to life again. They live in poverty, but enrich many; they are totally destitute, but possess an abundance of everything. They suffer dishonor, but that is their glory. They are defamed, but vindicated. A blessing is their answer to abuse, deference their response to insult. For the good they do they receive the punishment of malefactors, but even then they, rejoice, as though receiving the gift of life. They are attacked by the Jews as aliens, they are persecuted by the Greeks, yet no one can explain the reason for this hatred. 

To speak in general terms, we may say that the Christian is to the world what the soul is to the body. As the soul is present in every part of the body, while remaining distinct from it, so Christians are found in all the cities of the world, but cannot be identified with the world. As the visible body contains the invisible soul, so Christians are seen living in the world, but their religious life remains unseen. The body hates the soul and wars against it, not because of any injury the soul has done it, but because of the restriction the soul places on its pleasures. Similarly, the world hates the Christians, not because they have done it any wrong, but because they are opposed to its enjoyments. 

Christians love those who hate them just as the soul loves the body and all its members despite the body's hatred. It is by the soul, enclosed within the body, that the body is held together, and similarly, it is by the Christians, detained in the world as in a prison, that the world is held together. The soul, though immortal, has a mortal dwelling place; and Christians also live for a time amidst perishable things, while awaiting the freedom from change and decay that will be theirs in heaven. As the soul benefits from the deprivation of food and drink, so Christians flourish under persecution. Such is the Christian’s lofty and divinely appointed function, from which he is not permitted to excuse himself.”

This beautiful apologetic for the Christian life in time of persecution is of great spiritual solace for those attempting to ‘hold the line’ of the great work of Archbishop Lefebvre as we witness the Fraternity he created imploding.

Occasionally I am told of (and also witness) the great trials of those who refuse to cave in and therefore return to the ‘comforts’ of wilful blindness in the Fraternity, instead continuing to support the occasional masses offered by the too few Resistant priests. How much easier it would be too be part of the, ahem, internal resistance and receive all the benefits of being part of the Fraternity whilst all the time being opposed to its ultimate, admitted, aim of reconciliation through a Personal Prelature.

Among the difficulties are the lack of spine in those who we would have always admired. Catholic Family News has recently appointed Menzingen apologist Brian McCall as Editor and recently I noticed in The Remnant Newspaper a ‘feel good’ article about the ordinations from traditional orders over the summer. Being as trad ecumenical as possible of course they are all there, SSPX, Good Shepherd, ICKSP, FSSP but wait, hold on, someone is missing!? Surely there must be some mistake? What about Father Juan Bautista OSB ordained by Dom Thomas of Aquino? Of course I jest, he is not there for a reason.

Now I must admit I like Michael Matt, I have followed his path from hard-line FSSP to SSPX apologist and I sincerely believe that he is opposed to a SSPX/Rome deal, possibly due to witnessing the FSSP protocol 1411 debacle. But his ‘deceit’ aids no-one. There can be no doubt that the General Chapter is a source of great concern to the hundreds of thousands of SSPX supporters worldwide, yet no priest who opposes such a move from the Resistance would be offered an opportunity to debate in the pages of The Remnant in-spite of the huge interest there would be in one. It would be uncharitable to assign this to financial concerns regarding paper sales, none of us are in a position to judge his intentions. However, if he is indeed opposed to a SSPX deal then why carry on the pretense that the resistance does not exist and that a priest who is a member of the SSPX one day and leaves over the same concerns that he has, is persona non-grata in The Remnant from that day forward?

As for those brave soldiers who find themselves in the wilderness through no other reason than geographical location and lack of resistant priests, the lack of community for these people can have long term harmful effects, for example despair. So what can any of us do to help?

Two small suggestions, not perfect, but a little help, are the two following radio stations which at least offer some small daily spiritual comfort. Traditional Catholic Radio simply offers spiritual music, sermons and catechism etc. What makes it interesting is that it quite often features Bishop Williamson and pre-resistance Fr Pfeiffer etc. This station regularly offers very interesting talks and should be in the background particularly of any stay-at-home Mom.

The second is actually by SSPX supporters but in most ways is decidedly ‘old-school’ and features interviews with the likes of Frs Peter Scott, Edward Black and Stephen Webber. It offers news as well as interesting interviews. It can be found here.

Networking is vital in our situation and everyone should be able to do a little to help those in the above mentioned situation whether it be a lift, a visit, loaning of literature, recommending websites etc. If we are truly living like aliens as mentioned in the ‘letter to Diognetusthen let us help our fellow aliens as much as we can.

Monday, 9 July 2018

Ireland facing God's wrath?

Sermon by Monsignor Patrick Perez

My dear faithful, it is a very sad week. For those of you who have not heard what happened in Ireland, they had a protection in their constitution which defended the unborn. In the old days they figured this was their safeguard against abortion ever coming into Ireland. Well, they had a referendum and decided by two-thirds majority to change their constitution to allow for the murdering of babies in that formerly Catholic country.

Since this news I’ve been so heartbroken and so furious at the same time. I know this doesn’t amount to much of a sermon but I’ve been so preoccupied with this, I can hardly think of anything else. First of all, heartbroken because I lived in Ireland for five years and I saw in front of my eyes their darned clergy apologizing for the existence and the history of the Church. There’s a common myth amongst the Irish now that the Catholic Church kept them in ignorance and kept them from advancing in the world for many centuries. And the priests were apologizing for keeping them ignorant and for keeping them from progressing into the modern world, when what they were doing was keeping them Catholic at the time.

I saw their clergy and their worthless bishops, the worthless clergy and worthless bishops destroying their Church and I am furious at them. I’m furious at the history of evil and worthless popes that we’ve had since Pius XII. These popes, these modernist so and sos have led the people of Ireland and of the world into the wilderness and there they have starved them to death. And that is what we’ve seen in front of our eyes. If I could have the pope here at this moment I would berate him for the evil, worthless, useless pope that he is, for destroying the Faith.

You know, this referendum happened: where was the pope? Where were the bishops? The pope plans for a visit -after- the referendum, to Ireland. He should have been there before. Had he been a pope like the popes of old, he would have said, I will place your country under interdict if you vote to change your constitution to allow for the killing of babies. That’s what a real pope would do who had guts. These guys have no faith, they have no guts, and they have no ability to lead the Church. They don’t believe in anything but their own modernist heresies and I’m sick to death. Why am I sick to death? You say, well, we have abortion in this country. Ireland was a Catholic(!) country fifty years ago; unquestionably. When I lived in Ireland there were so many pious and good and holy people who thankfully are dead now, thankfully, because they would have died of heartbreak seeing what has happened to their country.

The only age group, not surprisingly, who voted not to change the constitution to kill babies was the 65 and older group because they had some remnants of the Faith that were left to them when their priests and their bishops were Catholic. There’s nothing left. Our Lady of La Salette refers to the annihilation of nations. Ireland is annihilated; Ireland is no more, Ireland has reverted to a land of paganism that, like the Canaanites of old, will soon be murdering their own babies and they are joyful about it! I saw on the internet some of the news reports showing the people dancing in the streets over this wonderful liberation, women with signs, “At last we can do what we want to with our bodies and they’re not telling us anymore”.

Well, there is reason to be heartbroken. I lived for five years there and I can tell you I saw the last light of the sun as it disappeared over the hills. There is nothing left there (Father brought to tears). In 1907, Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson wrote a novel called The Lord of the World. Fascinating book, everybody should read it. It’s a future science fiction dystopia about the antichrist in the Church, and in it in 1907 even then Robert Hugh Benson could not have imagined that Ireland would abandon the faith. So for the whole world Ireland was this one hold-out of Catholicism in the entire globe and look at it now. Look at it now.

So my dear faithful I know by faith that I should accept this as the chastisement of the good God and I’m not angry at God. I’m angry at our worthless, despicable hierarchy and I tell you solemnly you had better pray for our place here and you’d better support us and beg God to spare our little island here because the rest of it is literally going to hell, literally going to hell.

I had a sermon prepared about the Holy Trinity but I’ve been so preoccupied and furious and heartbroken by this turn of events, I couldn’t even do it, I couldn’t think of anything else. But I did want to leave you with one thought because the Trinity is so offended by this. I don’t know if it’s my imagination but I have this premonition that God’s justice will be swift and sure to Ireland. I don’t have anything to go on; I kept on thinking of the three days of darkness and things that might happen but it would certainly be a witness to the world.

Full sermon here

Saturday, 30 June 2018

The SSPX and Ecclesia Dei

Last week Fr Morgan celebrated his thirtieth anniversary as a Priest, congratulations to him from all. One wonders what he thinks of his birthplace and the current trajectory of the SSPX there?

The closing of the Oxford Mass center, (which was founded by Fr Wrighton in the chapel of East Hendred House, home of the Eyston family who are descendants of St Thomas More) is apparently due to a failure to grow!? I thought the SSPX had supplied jurisdiction due to its laity being unprepared to risk their faith by going elsewhere? How can one justify closing a Mass centre that had weekly Mass? 

Easily, when one reads the latest copy of its magazine ‘Ite Missa Est

To quote Fr Brucciani
..”The Ecclesia Dei commission was erected in opposition to the Society and the moment the Society disappears or is neutralised, it will be open season on the Fraternity of St. Peter, the Institute of Christ the King and all the rest. It is indeed a blessing that we have not fallen into Satan's trap of making these communities, who are closest to us, our worst enemies as is often the case for groups who exist on the periphery. They are good and holy people and, for the most part, our differences are not in the domain of faith, but of prudence and fortitude.

Okay, fair enough in part. To demonize those who attend Ecclesia Dei as liberals is not fair. However, historically the SSPX has made it very clear, to its own detriment in the eyes of trad-ecumenists, that one risks his faith by regularly attending these groups without even taking Communicatio in sacris into the equation.

This editorial appears to be part of an ever increasing softness on behalf of the SSPX towards Ecclesia Dei groups whilst hardening towards those who have left the SSPX over such issues. For example, one may recall Fr Brucciani’s comments when laity rightly raised objections regarding the SSPX magazine ‘Flying Squirrel’

Unfortunately, I did not foresee the scurrilous campaign of the dishonourable priests who have the effrontery of calling themselves the "Resistance"

Well thank goodness he did not fall into Satan’s trap of of making these communities, who are closest to us, our worst enemies!!

But then perhaps that is the point. That the new SSPX actually do feel closer to the various Ecclesia Dei groups than the likes of Fr Morgan, Chazal etc. 

Also in the UK, Fr Pazat in Preston decided to use a recent article on liberalism in the traditional movement to say

..So often we see so called Catholic traditional people who do not hesitate to refuse the judgement of our General Superior, because it is not according their opinion, their reason or their perception of the common good.” (Context here)

Whenever I hear SSPX priest's cite obedience in an argument I cringe, as it truly is the one virtue that we cannot use without turning it on ourselves from the viewpoint of a conservative catholic. I have heard that the issue of obedience is now voiced to such an extent in the UK, whether on a retreat or day of recollection etc, that it is almost a caricature. How long before wags start to take bets on how long passes before it is mentioned?!

If the Superior General was consistent there would be no need for such lectures.  See here for Bishop Fellay's latest.

The SSPX is rapidly revising its opposition to Ecclesia Dei. Perhaps this also explains the following change in the well known SSPX published book “Christian Warfare”?

2006 version
Latest version: Spot the difference

(Please note. An earlier version of this post featured a claim by Sean Johnson that an SSPX priest was joining the army as a military chaplain, and therefore compromising regards the novus ordo. Thank goodness he has clarified that the priest is to leave the SSPX before joining. Whilst it is sad to see a priest leave tradition, better that than what was first posited. See here for full article.)

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

The consecrations, Bishop Williamson and the General Chapter.

This week marks the thirtieth anniversary of the consecrations of the four bishops by Archbishop Lefebvre. This ‘operation survival’ continues through the work of Bishop Richard Williamson, who sadly, is the only one of the four who continues to resist modernist Rome under the same principles as the Archbishop.

As Bishop Williamson celebrates his anniversary in America with a biography of himself written by Dr David Allen White, what can we learn from his tenure as a bishop?

I was told in the past that he was never as ‘hard-line’ in many regards as two of his fellow bishops, yet when the tough decision had to be made, to not compromise when it mattered most, he came through in spite of the fact that it had life changing consequences. For who can doubt that he did not foresee ending his time in Broadstairs, away from long time confrères including those he ordained. How it must hurt to see how few of those he taught, had the courage to stand up against discomfort. Many have no wish to hear his name and those who do, now only whisper his name publicly in case overheard and reported. Not only does he have that cross to bear, but even among those aware of Menzingen's treachery, do we find priests who under the guise of asking him ‘to lead’ in practice they wish for a cardboard cut-out bishop who will do their will.
Verbum from 1988 Here

What of his fellow bishops, Fellay aside, how will they celebrate this anniversary? In spite of many previous assertions otherwise, Bishop De Galarreta is now standing side by side with Bishop Fellay. What of poor Bishop Tissier de Mallerais? When one looks at his writing over the years, for example, here, and here, (not forgetting the letter of three Bishops) how can he acquiesce? His part in all this is perhaps hardest to explain as he more than almost anyone would appear least likely to capitulate. Emotionalism? Perhaps. But there is still time. The up-coming general chapter gives those religious an opportunity to once more stand up and refuse to accept that modernist bishops have a ‘right’ to interfere in SSPX weddings, that any deal with Rome must deal with doctrine first and that the SSPX has lost its way and must return to the (true) position of Archbishop Lefebvre.

If we can learn one thing from Bishop Williamson, it is this - that some people have an opportunity in life to be heroic. To make a stand when they have no material or any other gain to be made from it, other than testifying to the truth and by this, witnessing to Almighty God. Let us hope and pray that at the Chapter some may take that opportunity.

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

A new game for a new Society

Spot the mantilla!

Written by Tradcatresist

The upcoming priestly ordinations are being advertised and some using this picture from 2017 I believe.

Of course, there are a number of reasons why a large number of laity appear not to believe that head-covering is essential. Some could be extended family (non-trad) members etc etc..

It goes without saying that any sensible experienced traditionalist would know that externals do not necessarily guarantee holiness. Indeed the ‘Mrs Armstrongs' among the laity are one of my pet peeves. However, we now seem to be edging ever-so-slowly to the situation that mentioning such matters immediately result in eye-rolling and tut-tuts about ‘judging’.

It could be too harsh to accuse the SSPX of collapsing on every issue because of its new ‘branding’ campaign but one would have to be blind not to notice that many SSPX websites (and indeed bulletins) regularly contain images of attractive young women, in the obligatory skinny jeans, usually holding pro-life placards. I would posit to anyone not a newbie, could you imagine such pictures on the front of national bulletins/newsletters ten years ago? It appears that these images are included to say “Hey, I’m cool, I’m a hip-chick. You can enjoy the latin mass and still be in-with-the-in-crowd ! There’s no need for long-skirts or mantillas, don’t be too different, join our Instagram group and we can do selfies together!"

There will always be laity on a journey towards the fullness of truth attending mass and I detest the parish police who believe it to be their mission to ‘correct misdemeanors’ of their fellow parishioner. But this is not the same. Throughout its history the SSPX has used its imagery to reflect its values. Pictures of men and women featured, were dressed appropriately for Mass, even if it did not always reflect the reality in every parish. The point was gently made and gently reinforced by the priest when necessary.

Are we now in the situation where the SSPX care more about appearing ‘hip’ than holy? What next? Priests ‘Dad dancing’ at wedding receptions?! Were we fooling ourselves when we thought these things mattered? Were they simply the whims of Bishops Williamson and Tissier De Mallerais and are now no longer reflective of the new, branded SSPX-lite?

Friday, 15 June 2018

Cracks beginning to show before the General Chapter

First we hear that only three seminarians will be ordained in June in Econe (there were seventeen at the beginning in 2012-13). Despite there being candidates, there will be none from either Morgon or Bellaigues. A punishment?
Fr Bauvais

Then we have the quite outstanding document from 'L'encampado' newsletter from the SSPX priory in Marseilles,  where Fr Bauvais is superior.

"Some may think that a canonical recognition could make the voice of Tradition more resonant, the intentions are sincere, but we have seen that this is an illusion ."

Read it here

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Sisters of Our Lady CoRedemptrix Newsletter No3 May 2018

Tradidi have uploaded the latest bulletin from the Sisters but please download the complete pdf for details on how to donate to this worthy cause. I include here the end of the sermon on the occasion of the renewal of vows of Sister Marie Liesse.

Monday, 11 June 2018

Wonderful News from Fr Pivert

Ordination of Brother Marcel of the Cross to the sub-diaconate

Brother Marcel
Brother Marcel of the Cross will be ordained subdeacon by His Exc. Bishop Williamson Sunday, July 15 at 10 am at the priory Notre Dame du Christ Roi, La Villeneuve. The sub-deaconate marks the definitive and irrevocable commitment to the service of the altar by chastity and the recitation of the breviary.

On the same day, the Lord will deliver the religious habit and confer the ecclesiastical tonsure to Alexandre Billaud for our community. Then he will confer the first minor orders, according to Archbishop Lefebvre's desire for the brothers, to Brother Joseph-Athanase.

Original here 

Also more good news from Bishop Aquinas

Dear friends and benefactors:

We are writing you to give you good news: the PRIESTLY ordination of our Brother John Baptist OSB (now deacon), which is going to take place on June 24.

We ask for your prayers for him, so that he may be a holy priest, for the greater glory of God and the salvation of souls.

We also take this opportunity to say that communications with friends and benefactors will no longer be made from this e-mail account, but from the following:

United in prayers,

Renato Müller

Secretary of Bp Thomas Aquinas