ordinations of June 29 last brought the number of priests in the
Society of St. Pius X up to 100. The first seminarian of the Society
to be ordained priest, Father Paul Aulagnier, was ordained on October
17,1971, ten years ago, in Econe’s local parish church at Riddes.
a mere one hundred is not very many to come to the help of all the
Catholics who realise they have been led astray by their shepherds
from the true Catholic Faith, especially if one reflects that such
Catholics are to be found all over the world, in Poland as elsewhere,
thanks to the propaganda of the Pax Movement, supported by both
government and clergy. Alas ! How many Catholics have already lost
the Faith, how many have joined the sects now spawning all over parts
of the world where they were unknown twenty years ago!
souls everywhere are regaining their balance, deepening their
Catholic Faith, regrouping around the priests who are, in ever
greater numbers, coming back to Catholic Tradition. Devotion to the
Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, all night vigils of adoration, spiritual
exercises, the recitation of the Rosary all are springing up again in
chapels, well arranged and cared for, and in which the Faith finds
expression in the beautiful altars and church furnishings, more often
than not rescued from ransacked churches, in the crucifixes and
statues, the Stations of the Cross given pride of place once more all
of which favor genuine piety and raise souls up to God in this world
of ours emptied of the sacred and given over to the profane.
these groups are coming priestly and religious vocations, which are
filling our seminaries and the monasteries and religious houses
keeping the Catholic Faith. The whole Church is coming back to life
in this way, especially in France, Switzerland, the U.S.A., and
Germany; and now this re birth is spreading to the most far flung
lands, to South America, South Africa, Kerala in Southern India,
Catholic Church will not be occupied forever by the Modernists and
progressives who are taking advantage of their authority to push
through all these innovations destroying the Faith.
innovations, as you well know, continue apace! Let me pick one out at
random: the Second Vatican Council has henceforth authorised the
cremation of corpses. Let us consult the Code of Canon Law containing
the laws of the Church.
Canon 1203 we read: “There is an obligation to bury the corpses of
the dead. The cremation of corpses is condemned. If anyone has in any
way whatsoever given orders for his corpse to be cremated his wish
may not be carried out. If this wish be signified in a will or
similar document, no heed is to be taken of it.” And, in Canon
1240: “Ecclesiastical burial must be refused to those who have
asked for their corpse to be cremated.” All the commentaries give
the same reason for this law; here, for example, is what Jone says:
“The reason for which the Catholic Church condemns the cremation of
corpses lies first and foremost in the fact that the violent
destruction of the human body is opposed to the respect due to the
body which was the temple of the Holy Ghost and which will rise again
on the Last Day in glory.”
this reason any less valid today? And we could go through all these
innovations in the same way, showing that they are causing the
Catholic Faith to disappear.
the only ones who are called “dissident,” “disobedient,” or
“rebels,” are the ones who are keeping the Faith; while those who
are destroying it are called “faithful,” “submissive,” and
“obedient.” How much longer is this lie this massive imposture to
last? Only God knows.
travel at regular intervals down to Rome in the hope of putting an
end to this lie, deadly for so many souls, but I rely upon God rather
than upon men. Tomorrow fifty seminarians leave for Albano. Even
without seeking to do so, they will give witness in Rome itself to
the efficacy and holiness of Catholic Tradition.
us keep true to the Faith, and let us pray to Our Lady to come to our
aid. We rely upon your prayers and generosity for our priestly work,
so essential for the Church and the salvation of souls.
Mary and Joseph bless you.
+ Marcel Lefebvre
On the Feast of St. Matthew 21