Spiritual ties and birthday greetings

 

Spiritual ties and birthday greetings

Spiritual ties and birthday greetings

(tradcatresist) THE FORTY MARTYRS were soldiers quartered at Sebaste in Armenia, about the year 320. When their legion was ordered to offer sacrifice they separated themselves from the rest and formed a company of martyrs. After they had been torn by scourges and iron hooks they were chained together and led to a lingering death. It was a cruel winter, and they were condemned to lie naked on the icy surface of a pond in the open air till they were frozen to death. But they ran undismayed to the place of their combat, joyfully stripped off their garments, and with one voice besought God to keep their Tanks unbroken. “Forty,” they cried, “we have come to combat: grant that forty may be crowned.” There were warm baths hard by, ready for any one amongst them who would deny Christ. The soldiers who watched saw angels descending with thirty-nine crowns, and, while he wondered at the deficiency in the number, one of the confessors lost heart, renounced his faith, and, crawling to the fire, died body and soul at the spot where he expected relief. But the soldier was inspired to confess Christ and take his place, and again the number of forty was complete. They remained steadfast while their limbs grew stiff and frozen, and died one by one.

So what is the point of this reflection?  In his Minature Lives of the Saints, Henry Bowden makes the following reflection. “All who live the life of grace are one in Christ. But besides this there are many special ties- of family, of community life, of aspirations in prayer and good works. Thank God if he has bound you to others by these spiritual ties; remember “of what spirit you are” (Luke ix, 55) and pray that the bond which unites you here may last for eternity.

There are many people out there, lay and cleric alike, who suffer for their loyal adherence to the stand of Archbishop Lefebvre. Refusing to ignore the new trajectory of the SSPX, they have often lost the friendship of friends or family. Many of those friends often agree that the SSPX has changed but choose comfort over principles and this makes such a stand all the more tough.

Therefore, occasional ‘gathering of the clans’ can be a fortifying moment of joy for such brave souls who otherwise can feel isolated. A moment of ‘togetherness’ and a reminder that there are others not suffering from a willing blindness to betrayal. Such a wonderful occasion occured on the eighth of March in London, where Bishop Richard Williamson decided to celebrate his eightieth birthday in style.

Supporters travelled from all over the world, priests, bishops, nuns and laymen alike took the opportunity to wish His Lordship congratulations on reaching this milestone and a wonderful time was had by all.

Entertaining speeches were heard (some of which we may be able to post in the future) and testimonies given of the effect that the Bishop has had on their lives. One of the most touching was from the Bishop himself thanking God for his priestly life and stating that “if you want to be happy for three hours, get drunk; for three months get married, for the rest of your life, become a priest

However possibly the most important was from Bishop Zendejas, whilst reminiscing about Archbishop Lefebvre he mentioned a supporter promising the Archbishop to follow him to the ends of the earth. The Archbishop showed the man the door after explaining that it was the truth not the person that mattered. If anyone echoes that example it is Bishop Williamson who has spent his earthly life worrying little about what the ‘party line’ is and simply spent it spreading the unvarnished (or un-branded!) truth about the enemies of God and his Church. When one day he passes on to his heavenly reward let his supporters never forget this.
Happy birthday Bishop Williamson!

Brexit Diagnosed – I

 

Brexit Diagnosed – I

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People of once Great Britain, do beware –
Without God, Mammon’s slaves will strip you bare!

 

For months now the British Parliament, once virtual master of the world, has been presenting an unworthy spectacle of division and irresolution to the same world. Why has the question of leaving the European Union caused such confusion and upset? Surely because when in 2016 the political class gave to the people the opportunity to vote in a referendum on their New World Order politics, the people voted in heavier numbers than ever in Britain, and took the political class completely by surprise when they voted down its NWO by 52 to 48 per cent. The vote for Brexit (Britain’s exit from the EU) made that class lose its bearings and it has been floundering ever since, so completely and for so long has it been bewitched – or bought – by the NWO.

Bought, because the European Union and its parliament in Brussels represent Mammon, or the politics of money. Because the whole idea behind the European Union was by material prosperity to buy the support of the very different European peoples for the submerging of their national differences into one international European State, which is in its turn to be a key component of the one international world-State, the New World Order. Thus the Judeo-Masonic money-masters behind the NWO assumed that the politics of union could be brought about by the economics of their single currency, the Euro, and they calculated that Europeans would be so in love with the banksters’ materialistic handiwork that they would not object to the dissolution of their nations by uncontrolled immigration from non-European sources.

But “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God” (Mt. IV, 4). In fact in the nature of things, religion (man to his God) is primary, politics (man to his fellow-men) are secondary, and economics (man to money) are only tertiary. Therefore it is anti-natural for economics to lead politics, and so nature may be reversed by Revolution, but nature is always liable to re-assert itself, as with the Brexit vote, which was directly provoked by the politicians’ unnatural admission into Britain of hordes of unassimilable foreigners. However, when nature does re-assert itself, modern politicians, atheistic materialists almost to a man, can be taken completely by surprise, as by the Brexit vote. They make war on nature. How can they possibly lead it?

But who voted all these anti-natural politicians into office? Who else but the peoples (not only of Britain), in accordance with the sacrosanct principle of democracy? Sacrosanct? Yes, because today’s reversal of nature is complete, so that as modern economics are made to overturn politics, so modern politics are made to overturn religion, and democracy becomes a substitute religion, and the will of the people replaces God. This means that the Brexit vote was not valid just because it was the will of the British people, 52 to 48%, but because it favoured what is natural, the God-given identity and various gifts of the European nations, designed by God to make up the symphony of Europe, as was achieved in the Catholic Middle Ages. “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness (religion) and all these things (politics) shall be yours as well” (Mt. VI, 33).

Does that mean that the British people who voted for Brexit are at all religious? Hardly! For the most part they are atheistic materialists ripe for the Communism of the tyrannical bureaucracy in Brussels, with little more true vision than the politicians they habitually vote for, and just as confused. But the English Channel gives them a certain distance from, and perspective on, what goes on in Europe, so that when it came to the Brexit vote, some ancient natural instincts came into play, the same as those by which they have preserved the semblance – not the substance! – of a Catholic monarchy. However, if the British people are not careful, if they do not “watch and pray ” for their country, the fruits of their original Brexit vote will be stolen from them by the banksters in one way or another. No doubt these are already plotting how to circumvent what seem to them the stupid and backward Brexiteers. God is supremely generous, but He is not mocked, nor is He short-changed!

Kyrie eleison.

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Liberalism is a Killer

 

Dear Friends and Benefactors,

Next month includes (August 4) the 100th anniversary of the election to the Papacy of Cardinal Giuseppe Sarto, i.e. St. Pius X, patron of our Priestly Society. Digging out for a colleague a past Seminary Letter on the true charity of Pius X, I see that in August of 1996 I told briefly the story of his clash with Cardinal Ferrari of Milan, but I did not draw out all the implications. The problem is central to our times. In honour of St. Pius, let me tell the story again, still more briefly, with a secular parallel from the post-war United States.

In 1910, three years after the appearance of Pope Pius X’s great anti-modernist Encyclical letter “Pascendi”, two loyal Italian Monsignors, The Scotton Brothers, published in their anti-modernist review an article declaring – not without foundation – that the Seminary in Cardinal Ferrari’s Archdiocese of Milan was “a seed-bed of modernism”, i.e. of that mother of all heresies which preserves the appearances of Catholicism but empties out the substance, in order to adapt the Catholic Church to the modern world.

The Cardinal was indignant. How could a supposedly Catholic journal so attack the honour and integrity of the Seminary Professors and their Superiors, including himself? When Pius X replied through his Cardinal De Lai, amongst other things, that there was not a little modernism in the archdiocese of Milan, the Liberals profited by the controversy to create a media uproar. In early March, both parties appealed to Rome, and Cardinal Ferrari defended the Liberal Catholic paper of Milan, “The Union”, because he sensed it was being called in question.

At the end of March, Pius X wrote himself to the Cardinal, saying that the modernism provoking the Scotton brothers in the archdiocese of Milan might not be doctrinal but it was practical, i.e. good doctrine might be taught, but it was not being applied in practice, for instance when so many of the Milan clergy supported “The Union”, a newspaper leaving much to be desired from a Catholic point of view. Yet less than three weeks after receiving this letter, the Cardinal vigorously defended “The Union” in front of his Milan seminarians, and said that this defense was in accordance with the Pope’s will! When Pius X learned of the Cardinal’s reaction, he was scandalized and deeply hurt: here was a Cardinal deceiving his future priests as to the will of the Pope, so that they would soon be spreading Liberal ideas throughout the Archdiocese in the name of the Pope! When in turn the Cardinal learned of the Pope’s reaction, he replied with a flood of tears, and now I must quote the August 1996 letter in full:

“He was broken-hearted to have offended the Pope. He was humiliated. He would be saddened to the end of his days. He begged forgiveness. He never meant to hurt the Pope. He never said a word disrespectful to the Pope, etc., etc… As for what he said to his seminarians, he never meant it to be copied down or published. All he meant to say was that “The Union” should go on improving. There had been no significant scandal in the Archdiocese. He was ready to take back anything he said, and would come to Rome if necessary. When Pius X read this letter, he replied that there had in fact been great scandal in the Milan Archdiocese because the Cardinal’s defense of “The Union” had been clear, and clearly understood. So let the Cardinal correct the scandal by conveying the Pope’s real thinking to all concerned, but let him not come to Rome.

“This last instruction was intended to calm the agitation, so that the controversy might die a quiet death, but the Liberals turned it into a refusal of the Pope to listen to his Cardinals! Thus when on the death of Pius X Cardinal Ferrari went down to Rome for the conclave to elect his successor, to an Italian senator remarking on the people’s emotion and veneration for the deceased Pope, the Cardinal sternly replied: “Yes, but he will have to give an account to God for the way in which he would abandon his bishops in the face of accusations being made against them”! Truly, as Msgr. Begnini said, Cardinal Ferrari had understood nothing.”

Now what are the implications that I did not spell out in 1996? Between Pius X and Cardinal Ferrari we have a clash between two worlds: one of Catholic reality, of man serving God; the other of Liberal dreamery, of God serving man. Pius X is concerned with the issues, the Cardinal is concerned with personal feelings. Pius X worries that the good doctrine is not put into practice in Milan; that the Cardinal’s defending “The Union” would spread liberal ideas; that the Cardinal should straighten out the scandal of mistaken thinking. On the contrary the Cardinal takes the Scotton accusation as a personal attack upon his subordinates and himself; when the Pope is scandalized by his defense of “The Union”, he is overcome with personal feelings (“broken-hearted”, “humiliated”, “saddened”) and fanfares his good intentions: when the Pope does not want to see him, he feels personally betrayed (“abandoned”) by his Superior.

There is a famous quotation of the arch-Romantic English poet, John Keats (1795-1821):- “I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the heart’s affections and the truth of imagination” (Letter to Benjamin Bailey). Now when a young poet in a Revolutionary age allows his feelings and imagination to take over, that is, in a manner of speaking, his prerogative. But when an eminent Prince of the Catholic Church allows questions of doctrine to be overtaken in his mind by the conviction of the holiness of his own heart’s affections, then we are in trouble! The Revolution is taking over the Church, and the Catholic Faith is being washed out. Sure enough! – the Pius X – Cardinal Ferrari clash was finally resolved in 2001 when Pope John Paul II beatified Cardinal Ferrari! In effect, he was declaring the Cardinal’s affections to be Blessed! A Catholic Saint? A saint of the world of Keats!

The secular parallel from the post-war United States is the clash which took place in Washington , D.C., in the late 1940’s between Whittaker Chambers and Alger Hiss. Whittaker Chambers’ book “Witness” is a classic of U.S. history, culture and literature, which should be studied in every American school, but because it refuses the modern dream, it is disappearing down the memory hole. Chambers was not a Catholic, but he had real and deep insight into the soul of modern man.

Born in Philadelphia, PA, in 1901, and reared in a more or less unhappy middle-class home on Long Island, NY, Chambers had a serious and searching mind which led him as a university student in the 1920’s to tour Europe’s centers of culture in pursuit of an answer to what seemed to him a grave crisis of Western Civilization. But post-WWI Europe had no answer either, which is why in the 1930’s, like many another desperate young man, he joined the Communist Party. Within the Communist underground which he served with distinction for several years, he met and befriended an equally brilliant rising D.C. bureaucrat, by name Alger Hiss. The two worked together, until Stalin’s Great Purge in 1937 and 1938 opened Chambers’ eyes and drove him out of the Communist Party and out of Communism. He went to ground until the Communists no longer risked killing him, and had quietly re-surfaced in the late 1940’s as a journalist with “Time” in New York. Meanwhile Alger Hiss had gone on to make a brilliant wartime and post-war career in Washington, partaking for instance at the highest level in the Conference of Yalta and in the constituting of the United Nations.

Chambers and Hiss met again in August of 1948 when Chambers stepped forward out of his obscurity into blazing publicity in D.C. to give witness that Hiss, while in the US Department of State, had helped to transmit confidential government documents to the Russians. Hiss denied that he had ever even met Chambers! But Hiss was finally convicted of perjury in January of 1950, and sentenced to a five-year prison term. He died only a few years ago, still protesting his innocence, remaining no doubt still convinced of the holiness of his heart’s affections! Chambers died a sad man in 1961, sure that his cause was doomed to perish.

The Chambers-Hiss clash was again a clash between two worlds, between two Americas. As Pius X represented the centuries-old true Church while Cardinal Ferrari represented in effect the looming Church of Vatican II, so the dumpy little Chambers represented all the decent little folk across the United States while Hiss, darling of the DC and NY Establishment, represented the Liberal-Communist march towards the New World Order. When Chambers quit Communism, without the Catholic Faith, he clearly saw that he was joining the losing side. His agonizing decision to testify against Hiss was a noble but desperate gesture, made in the hope of obtaining for civilization no more than a slight reprieve. In this Chambers succeeded when we think of US anti-communism in the 1950’s, but, of course, anti-communism without the Catholic Faith has no long future, so by the 1960’s the Liberal-Communist march to the Brave New World was more irreversible than ever.

Insights abound in Chambers’ “Witness” but here are two that could come straight out of pre-Vatican II Papal Encyclicals: communism is a religious problem, and all liberals are virtual communists. That is why, regardless of the truth or facts of the case, the DC-NY Establishment of liberals rallied to a man behind Hiss, because they knew that if he was condemned, so were they, and their substitute-religion of liberalism. That is why, to this day, they will maintain that Hiss was innocent, just as Pope John Paul II innocented Cardinal Ferrari.

Dear readers, the whole world can go the way of Alger Hiss, and nearly all the churchmen can go the way of Cardinal Ferrari, but God remains God and He is neither deceived nor mocked. We may for the moment be like crushed beneath the juggernaut-dream of Alger Hiss and Vatican II, but it will come to an end, whereas God will not come to an end. Patience. Prayer. Tradition is gently stirring again in many a Catholic breast.

Let us pray that the Precious Blood of Jesus descend in July as a laver of regeneration upon more and more souls.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

P.S. Watch out for August’s Letter, my last from the Seminary. It will be a poem!

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The Power of Darkness

 

Dear Friends and Benefactors,

In this hour of the Devil “and the power of darkness” (Luke XXI, 9) as we see all around us the seemingly unchecked advance of “all seduction of iniquity” (II Thess. II 10), seducing the best of men and even of Priests into doing wrong while apparently convinced they are doing right, we must on Our Lord’s own instructions, not judge if we would not be judged (Matt. VII,) we must overcome evil with good (Matt.V, 44) and we must be patient (Luke XXI 9).

 God has willed to allow this Passion of His Mystical Body, the Catholic Church, just as He willed to allow the Passion of the physical body of His only-begotten Son; out of the latter came our Redemption, out of the former, according to many signs, will come in God’s good time an unparalleled triumph ,of His Catholic Church. This we must believe, and we must wait, patiently praying for the Holy Father, the Head of the Catholic Hierarchy, who alone can redress Our Lord’s Church which He Himself made. May God deign to liberate the Pope from all his enemies, internal and external!

Nevertheless, Our Lord in that same hour of darkness told us not only to pray but also to watch (Matt XXVI, 41). In the anguish made universal inside the Catholic Church by these troubles at its very summit, countless Catholics are being deceived into quitting the Church. Many are falling into Protestant sects, becoming Baptists, Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses; others repudiate Protestantism and wish to remain Catholic. By repudiating also virtually all of the present Catholic hierarchy, they too run a grave risk of cutting themselves off from the vine and of quitting the Catholic Church, notably the “sedevacantists” for whom the See of Rome is vacant, i.e. we have no Pope.

Here is the true heart of the dispute between Archbishop Lefebvre and the nine Priests from the North who quit the Society of St. Pius X. This dispute is continuing to cause confusion and bitter dissension amongst many faithful Catholics, and here is where we must watch. On separate sheets, readers may follow the arguments in court in August of this year of Fr. Kelly and his Attorney. They can watch him arguing his way out of the Society, which is part of the Catholic Church, and into civil Corporations dependent merely upon himself and his colleagues. In contrast to this version of the Society fabricated by Fr. Kelly, the foot-note on those sheets which sets out what has always been the Archbishop’s position, according to which all priests belonging to the Society and all who follow them are securely inside the Church and under its jurisdiction, outside of which there is no salvation. But how can the same be said now saying he deliberately placed outside the of these Corporations realize where they are for civil corporations which Fr. Kelly is jurisdiction of the Church? Do followers being led?

These court-room arguments and the similar flow of equally misleading propaganda from Oyster Bay, show that Fr. Kelly and his colleagues and followers through failing to distinguish between the official Church, vine of Our Lord, and the Conciliar Church, gangrened with heresy, are at the very least in grave danger of schism. Now the danger of heresy inherent in the Novus Ordo Missae excuses Catholics from the obligation of attending it, and once they are aware of the danger, obliges them not to attend it. It follows that Catholics aware of this ever more real danger of schism in the Masses celebrated by Fr. Kelly and his colleagues, are obliged not to attend them.

On a more positive note, there are also enclosed details of the early visit of Archbishop Lefebvre to his flock in the Northern United States. These details have been so long in suspense because only in the last few days have a brave group of Long Islanders decided to go ahead with the purchase in Farmingville of a large building for a Church, highly suitable for Ordinations and Confirmations. Let traditional Catholics come in large numbers to this grand occasion where the Archbishop will also consecrate the world to the Immaculate Heart of Our Lady. By showing their loyalty and affection to the Archbishop, they will warm again his heart chilled on his last visit!

In conclusion, many thanks from all of us at the Seminary to all of you who have pledged your regular support. We need still more help, but you will have a report next month when most of the Pledge Cards have come in.

Meanwhile may Almighty God bless you and may Our Lady protect you!

Fr. Richard Williamson