|Liturgy: Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost - My Son, Thy Sins Are Forgiven Thee|
|Fri, 21 Sep 2018 19:39:42 +0000|
This Sunday was in former times left vacant, for since the liturgy of Ember Saturday continued into Sunday morning, today had no Mass text of its own.
|Archbishop Lefebvre’s Sermon in Fatima on August 22, 1987|
|Thu, 20 Sep 2018 12:19:44 +0000|
Ask Our Lady of Fatima for These Graces
On August 22, 1987, Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, accompanied by a large number of priests and 2,000 faithful, went on pilgrimage to Fatima. During the Solemn Mass, the Archbishop consecrated Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and gave this magnificent homily, a reflection of his devotion to the Woman who is Mother of the Church.
|Happy Feast of Our Lady of La Salette|
|Wed, 19 Sep 2018 19:13:29 +0000|
Over 170 years ago, on September 19, 1846, Our Lady appeared to two children on the mountain of La Salette in the Isère region of France.
|A Day of Rejoicing for the Society’s Oblate Sisters|
|Tue, 18 Sep 2018 22:00:00 +0000|
On September 15, 2018, feast of Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows, the Superior General of the Priestly Society of St. Pius X, Fr. David Pagliarani, received the oblation of three sisters stationed at the General House in Menzingen, in the canton of Zoug (Switzerland).
|Taking of the Cassock at the SSPX Seminary in Argentina|
|Mon, 17 Sep 2018 22:00:00 +0000|
On the morning of September 16, 2018, during the 10:00 high Mass, Fr. Álvaro Calderón, assistant director of the Seminary of Our Lady Coredemptrix in La Reja (Argentina), gave the cassock to seven first-year (Spirituality) seminarians.
|300 Priests in the United States Suspected of Abuse Between 1947 and 2010|
|Sat, 15 Sep 2018 22:00:00 +0000|
In the United States, an investigation by the prosecutor of Pennsylvania has revealed that between 1947 to 2010, over 300 priests are suspected of abusing a thousand minors. Worse yet, they were supposedly protected by their superiors. The information spread quickly and has been commented on by the media throughout the entire world.
|Angelus Press Releases Video Detailing Speakers & Topics for Next Month's Conference|
|Fri, 14 Sep 2018 23:08:51 +0000|
The 9th annual 2018 Conference for Catholic Tradition begins on Friday, October 12th, in Kansas City Missouri, on the topic of "Life"
|Liturgy: Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost - Love Thy Neighbor as Thyself|
|Fri, 14 Sep 2018 19:35:45 +0000|
The commandment to love our neighbor is similar to that by which we are bound to love God, since it is for love of Him that we love our neighbor at all.
|The Story of Archbishop Lefebvre’s Resignation (3)|
|Thu, 13 Sep 2018 22:00:00 +0000|
The Year of All Dangers
On March 7, 1968, the weekly Rivarol published an article by Archbishop Lefebvre entitled: “Some Light on the Present Crisis in the Church.” This public stance caused quite a stir among the members of the Congregation of the Holy Ghost. The Superior General denounced the “doctrines that question the truths considered until now to be the immutable foundations of the Catholic Faith” and expressed his dismay at seeing them spread inside the Church by the action of her ministers. He recalled the divine foundation of the institution of the Church and the assistance of the Holy Ghost, promised to the Magisterium in order to reject error and heresy. He lashed out at the “joint efforts of the Communists and Freemasons to modify both the Magisterium and the hierarchical structure of the Church.” In their eyes, collegiality and the spirit of democracy are the perfect means to “ruin the Faith by corrupting the Magisterium of the Church, to stifle personal authority by making it depend upon multiple organisms that it is far easier to infiltrate and influence.”
Archbishop Lefebvre recalled how Christ asked persons, the Apostles, and not a collective group, to feed his flock. The Magisterium can never be made subject to a majority. In both teaching and governing, collegiality paralyzes authority and makes the salt of the Gospel lose its savor:
Lucid and clearsighted as it was, the article was bitterly discussed in the congregation and earned its author and the Provincial of France several letters of protest. At the seminary of Chevilly, the director, professors and students voiced their unease and their refusal. Fr. Hirtz, General Councilor, wrote to Fr. Morvan, the Provincial of France, on April 12 to tell him just how well he understood and shared the various reactions. He believed that the Superior General’s declarations, publicly expressed in a “classified” journal, “cause a serious prejudice, sow division and disarray among the members of the Congregation and, alas, compromise the success of our upcoming General Chapter” (Béguerie, p. 405).
The Opening of the Chapter
This was the atmosphere when the General Chapter began in Rome on Sunday, September 8, 1968.
In his report, Archbishop Lefebvre proposed several reforms, such as entrusting the General Assistants and Councilors with more responsibilities, reorganizing the provinces, postponing the date of religious professions, accepting non-religious missionary candidates, etc. He also presented the resignation of the General Council, but this did not mean that the congregation was without a head.
In fact, the Chapter was supposed to be purely administrative, since the superiors had been elected in 1962 for a twelve-year term. Archbishop Lefebvre intended to go to the end of his term, but in 1967, he began to consider resigning. After an interview with Cardinal Antoniutti, prefect of the Congregation for Religious, on March 14, 1968, he wrote to tell him on May 7 of his decision to resign from his charge. Indeed, it would have been difficult for him to remain, as his Assistants had announced to him their intention of resigning as soon as the Chapter opened, “no matter what” (Perrin, p. 167).
During the first work session, on Monday, September 9, the chapter members neutralized the powers of the Superior General in the direction of the Chapter. In order to do so, they abolished the two-thirds majority rule prescribed in the Constitutions. A simple majority was then enough to adopt the following motion to relegate the Superior General to the role of an honorary president and hand the direction over to an elected central committee. Archbishop Lefebvre protested, asking that the Superior General be president by right of this Committee in charge of directing the Chapter’s work. In the end, his request was refused by a vote of 63 to 40 on Wednesday, September 11. What a humiliation!
The chapter members did, however, accept the presence of the Secretary General with a vote of 54 to 52. Whatever denials were later made, it is clear that the Chapter was organized democratically in order to “make a profound reform by returning to the Gospels, to the founders, and by adequately adapting to today’s world” (Fr. Morvan’s report on the departure of Archbishop Lefebvre).
At 11:30 a.m., the First Assistant announced that he would preside over the session, and Archbishop Lefebvre left the Chapter. The work continued in a peculiar atmosphere. The rules in effect were suspended, the secrecy on the deliberations was abolished, the novitiate was replaced by periods of spiritual formation and internships, obedience gave way to co-responsibility, dialogue, team work, and group dynamics, and the missions became a “dialogue of salvation” in the ecumenical spirit of the times. Some students and young fathers appealed to the Chapter as “experts on the mentality of young people” and this appeal was voted in (Béguerie, p. 442).
On September 30, at the 4:00 p.m. general assembly, Archbishop Lefebvre reappeared and read a text he had prepared during his stay in Assisi, where he had gone to reflect and pray. He exhorted his brethren to remain faithful to the spirit of Fr. Libermann and to strive for holiness, which is essentially apostolic. The means to do so are “the religious life and community life which bring about the life of self-denial, the life of prayer, and the life of fraternal charity...”. He lamented the state of mind that was spreading and leading to the rejection of these means:
On October 4, the freshly resigned Superior General went to the Sacred Congregation for Religious. In the absence of the prefect, Cardinal Antoniutti, he was received by Archbishop Mauro the new secretary. Archbishop Lefebvre explained to him that he was no longer a member of any committee and that he was no more than a simple spectator of the revolution in progress. The secretary responded:
The authority of the Superior General collapsed because it was not supported. There was nothing left but to throw in the towel. The final word had been spoken!
For the Honor of Archbishop Lefebvre
During the Chapter, very few defended Archbishop Lefebvre and the authority of the Superior General. Luc Perrin quotes the beautiful declaration of the Brazilian Fr. Cristovao Arnaud Freire on September 20:
Archbishop Lefebvre continued to take care of the day-to-day business and strived to maintain cordial relations with all. He even made suggestions to the Chapter as to the nature and end of the institute. In the end, Fr. Joseph Lecuyer was elected Superior General on October 28. On November 1, Archbishop Lefebvre left the General House and took refuge at the Institute of the Holy Ghost, on Via Machiavelli. Thus ended his mandate as superior, reduced to naught by the conciliar torment.
The last public act of Archbishop Lefebvre was to appear at an audience granted by Pope Paul VI to the members of the Chapter on November 11, 1968. After that, he withdrew for good. Providence had its plans. One day, he had confided to Fr. Michael O’Carroll: “If ever I have to leave the congregation, I will found a traditional seminary and in three years I will have 150 seminarians” (Bishop Tissier, p. 375).
A new chapter was about to begin. It would be written in Ecône.
-- Fr. Christian Thouvenot
|September 12: Feast of the Holy Name of Mary|
|Wed, 12 Sep 2018 22:00:00 +0000|
A few days after the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Church celebrates the Holy Name of Mary, the name given to her by her parents, Anne and Joachim.