An Image of a New Faith

Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre
Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre

And we have the precise conviction that this new rite of Mass expresses a new faith, a faith which is not ours, a faith which is not the Catholic Faith. This New Mass is a symbol, is an expression, is an image of a new faith, of a Modernist faith. For if the most holy Church has wished to guard throughout the centuries this precious treasure which She has given us of the rite of Holy Mass which was canonised by Saint Pius V, it has not been without purpose. It is because this Mass contains our whole faith, the whole Catholic Faith: faith in the Most Holy Trinity, faith in the Divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, faith in the Redemption of Our Lord Jesus Christ, faith in the Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ which flowed for the redemption of our sins, faith in supernatural grace, which comes to us from the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, which comes to us from the Cross, which comes to us through all the Sacraments. Sermon of Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre for the Ordination Mass on the Feast of SS. Peter and Paul, Ecône, Switzerland, 29 June 1976.

Of Wars and Rumours of Wars

I have been informed of an upcoming clandestine meeting of clerics who were recently expelled from the FSSPX. These priests were invited to leave the Society after the intrigue and disobedience surrounding their opposition to the Superior General of the FSSPX and his cautious willingness to engage the Roman authorities regarding the doctrinal issues which have kept — and continue to keep — the Society in a canonically irregular state within the Catholic Church. They denounced Superior General, Bishop Bernard Fellay, as a traitor to the memory and mission of the Society’s founder, Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, for +Fellay’s mere willingness to communicate with the Holy Father and officials in the Roman Curia after the Supreme Pontiff liberated the traditional Mass and “lifted” Pope John Paul II’s 1988 excommunications of the Society’s bishops.

The report suggests that this meeting is to be held in two weeks’ time at Vienna in Virginia, being hosted by Fr. Ronald Ringrose. Bishop Richard Williamson, a former member of the FSSPX, will be in attendance. The purpose of the secret conclave is to reorganise amongst themselves what they see as being the “true” Society of St. Pius X, and, most distressingly, to consecrate a new bishop for their new hardline sect. It is rumoured that Fr. Joseph Pfeiffer is to be chosen a bishop at this time.

We Cannot!

Bishop Bernard Fellay, Superior General of the Society of St. Pius X.

Now, to speak about the future, what we will try to do with the Roman authorities is to tell them that it does no good to pretend, for the sake of the faith, that the Church cannot be mistaken. Because, at the level of faith, we are entirely in agreement about the assistance of the Holy Ghost, but you have to open your eyes to what is happening in the Church! It is necessary to stop saying: the Church can do nothing bad, therefore the new Mass is good. It is necessary to stop saying: the Church cannot err, and therefore there is no error in the Council. But look at reality then! There can be no contradiction between the reality that we apprehend and the faith. It is the same good God who made both. Therefore if there is an apparent contradiction, there is certainly a solution. Perhaps we don’t have it yet, but we are not going to deny reality for the sake of the faith! Now this is truly the impression that one has with regard to what Rome is trying to impose on us today.

And here we reply: We cannot. That is all.

— Bishop Bernard Fellay, from a sermon pronounced on 1 November 2012, in Écône.

h/t to Rorate Cæli.

Busy Sunday

Church was an all day affair today. After Holy Mass, there was the children’s All Saints’ Day pageant and a picnic. I brought quality wine to share — and stemware worthy of it — much to the people’s delight (last year was supermarket “wine” and silly glasses). After good conversation and judicious drinking came Solemn Vespers, chanted, with Benediction following. I learned that the Priory priests hold a wine and tobacco hour between 7:10 pm and 8:30 pm each week day.  I think that Bruce Rhea and I might attend on Wednesday. Perhaps this will become routine; it certainly does sound like fun. Fr. Vernoy, beware!

Mass and an Exorcism

After Holy Mass this morning at St. Thomas More Chapel, Fr. Vernoy prayed the very powerful and moving Exorcism of Pope Leo XIII.

External Solemnity of St. Pius X

This morning, at St. Thomas More Priory, we celebrated the external solemnity of the Feast of St. Pius X which fell on this past Monday, Labour Day.  Of course St. Pius X is the patron of the FSSPX, so all of the finest vestments, altar cards, and sacred vessels were employed as on Christmas or Easter.  Fr. Vernoy gave an excellent sermon against both Quietism and the Christian Materialism promoted by Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer and his Opus Dei.  Labour is simply a means to an end, and is marked by penance.  It hurts and this pain is a consequence of Original Sin.