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As the general chapter of the SSPX approaches, an open and signed letter has just been published. It aims to demand the cessation of the causes of the crisis that undermines the SSPX. This elective chapter is an opportunity, probably the last. The letter can be read on the dedicated website and signed online.
A Call for Fidelity
Ask the members of the General Chapter of the Priestly Fraternity Saint Pius X –
We are companions from the beginning, or yesterday’s converts, fathers or mothers, priests, religious men and women, or simple faithful who wish to remain so; we applauded the 1974 declaration, also noting that modernist Rome had lost faith and was spreading deadly errors for souls more than ever.
We understood the state of necessity that led Archbishop Lefebvre to disregard the unjust condemnations given him by priestly ordinations and the coronations. We mourned with him the betrayal of those who now bear the name of rallies for abandoning the fight against the destruction of the faith, and for the reign of Christ the King. We understood that this state of necessity gave a truer jurisdiction than that resulting from a new code of canon law in opposition in many respects with our faith.
We loved to form a great family of families, peacefully united by the truth, and as Archbishop Lefebvre allowed this union, in spite of the disorder caused by Rome, so we want to reform this peaceful union by this same truth free from compromise with the error.
So it is with the strength of our convictions, with the right of those who participated to build materially and humanly this Fraternity, our Fraternity, with our material means, our time, our dedication, our religious commitment, priestly or that of some of our children, with our friendship and our fidelity to the best advice of its founder Monseigneur Lefebvre, that we ask to be heard as it is right that we are, like adult children have the right to be heard from their parents; it is with respect but firmly that we ask chapter members to hear our appeal and to read it publicly on this occasion:
1. That the proposals for partial regularization concerning confession, ordinations and marriages, proposals which were to be presented to a deliberative chapter before being accepted, according to the decisions of the General Chapter of 2012, not be accepted,
2. May the rule left by Archbishop Lefebvre become ours again, as it was decided in 2006: no practical agreement before agreeing on the doctrine, for the good of the Church,
3. May charity regain its rights in the fraternity, offering those who wish to return to the place they thought they should leave or have had to leave, and renewing the ties of friendship with the independent communities who have deemed it necessary to express their disagreement with the acceptance of practical agreements devoid of the doctrinal prerequisite,
4. That unity rebuilds itself in a common struggle against doctrinal errors and liberalism gradually invading our families and schools because if there is division, these years of unrest are one of the main causes.
Archambaud de Vençay Michel
Forest Divonne (de) Christian
Mérode (de) Robert
Germay (de) Patrice
Peron Arnaud (12 children including 1 priest and 1 nun)
Let’s be reminded in this 30 year Anniversary for the ceremony of June 30, 1988 in which had given rise to the false excommunication latae sententiae of the two bishops, Archbishop Lefebvre and Bishop de Castro-Mayer, and the four new bishops consecrated on that day for the “survival of the Tradition And safeguarding the Catholic priesthood”.
And on July 6, 1988, in a movement of valiant indignation, the twenty-four priests in charge of the Fraternity of the time (including the Superior General, Fr. Franz Schmidberger), had signed an open letter to Cardinal Gantin, prefect of the Congregation of Bishops, to ask to be struck by the same canonical sentence, considering it as “a mark of honor and a sign of orthodoxy before the faithful”.
July 6, 1988
Open Letter to Cardinal Gantin
Prefect of the Congregation
Ecône, July 6, 1988
Gathered around our Superior General, the Superiors of the Districts, Seminaries and autonomous houses of the Priestly Society of Saint Pius X think it good to respectfully express to you the following reflections.
You thought it good, by your letter of July 1st, to inform Their Excellencies Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, Bishop Antonio de Castro Mayer, and the four Bishops whom they consecrated on June 30, at Ecône, of the excommunication latæ sententiæ.We let you judge for yourself the value of such a declaration, coming from an authority who, in its exercise, breaks with all its predecessors down to Pope Pius XII, in worship, teaching and government of the Church.
As for us, we are in full communion with all the Popes and Bishops before the Second Vatican Council, celebrating precisely the Mass which they codified and celebrated, teaching the Catechism which they drew up, standing up against the errors which they have many times condemned in their encyclicals and pastoral letters. We let you judge on which side the rupture is to be found. We are extremely saddened by the blindness of spirit and the hardening of heart of the Roman authorities.
On the other hand, we have never wished to belong to this system which calls itself the Conciliar Church, and defines itself with the Novus Ordo Missæ, an ecumenism which leads to indifferentism and the laicization of all society. Yes, we have no part, nullam partem habemus, with the pantheon of the religions of Assisi; our own excommunication by a decree of Your Eminence or of another Roman Congregation would only be the irrefutable proof of this. We ask for nothing better than to be declared out of communion with this adulterous spirit which has been blowing in the Church for the last 25 years; we ask for nothing better than to be declared outside of this impious communion of the ungodly. We believe in the One God, Our Lord Jesus Christ, with the Father and the Holy Ghost, and we will always remain faithful to His unique Spouse, the One Holy Catholic Apostolic and Roman Church.
To be publicly associated with this sanction which is inflicted upon the six Catholic Bishops, Defenders of the Faith in its integrity and wholeness, would be for us a mark of honor and a sign of orthodoxy before the faithful. They have indeed a strict right to know that the priests who serve them are not in communion with a counterfeit church, promoting evolution, pentecostalism and syncretism. In union with these faithful, we make ours the words of the Prophet: “Præparate corda vestra Domino et servite Illi soli: et liberabit vos de manibus inimicorum vestrorum. Convertimini ad Eum in toto corde vestro, et auferte deos alienos de medio vestri—Open your hearts to the Lord and serve Him only: and He will free you from the hands of your enemies. With all your heart return to Him, and take away from your midst any strange gods” (I Kings 7:3).95
Confident in the protection of Her who has crushed all the heresies in the world, we assure Your Eminence of our dedication to Him Who is the only Way of salvation.
Fr. Franz Schmidberger, Superior General
Fr. Paul Aulagnier, District Superior, France
Fr. Franz-Josef Maessen, District Superior, Germany
Fr. Edward Black, District Superior, Great Britain
Fr. Anthony Esposito, District Superior of Italy
Fr. François Laisney, District Superior, United States
Fr. Jacques Emily, District Superior of Canada
Fr. Jean Michel Faure, District Superior of Mexico
Fr. Gerard Hogan, District Superior of Australasia
Fr. Alain Lorans, Superior, Seminary of Ecône
Fr. Jean Paul André, Superior, Seminary of France
Fr. Paul Natterer, Superior, Seminary of Germany
Fr. Andrès Morello, Superior, Seminary of Argentina
Fr. William Welsh, Superior, Seminary of Australia
Fr. Michel Simoulin, Rector, St. Pius X University
Fr. Patrice Laroche, Vice-Rector, Seminary of Ecône
Fr. Philippe François, Superior, Belgium
Fr. Roland de Mérode, Superior, Netherlands
Fr. Georg Pflüger, Superior, Austria
Fr. Guillaume Devillers, Superior, Spain
Fr. Philippe Pazat, Superior, Portugal
Fr. Daniel Couture, Superior, Ireland
Fr. Patrick Groche, Superior, Gabon
Fr. Frank Peek, Superior, Southern Africa
No answer was received.
95. Antiphon at Matins, read in the beginning of July.