For this reason, although appearing different on the surface, in the depths of their very souls they nurture the cancer of Lucifer: NON SERVIAM! _I WILL NOT OBEY!
Lucifer takes on whatever disordered form a person's disordered passions suggest. Just as there are as many opinions as there are heads (Tot sententia quot capita), so too there are as many expressions of disobedience as there are individuals. And, when individuals of similar disorders meet, they form their own `church'. They seem to agree to disagree and this they consider "freedom, equality and brotherhood."
In reality, this is nothing more than the "Gospel of Satan" according to Antichrist.
Forced love unites the beast's community around the Antichrist. But love is an internal thing. It is true, it strongly binds a man to the beloved; it makes the loved one the center of concern and worry. However, of itself, love does not yet give a clear image of this bonding nor of these concerns.
Love is a spiritual entity and therefore it cannot encompass life in any clear external form. Nevertheless, without these forms it is impossible to have an earthly kingdom.
Life on earth requires guidelines, commandments and laws in order not to get lost on its many -faceted way.
This is the reason why every ruler of this reality gives this life an outward appearance..
Everyone takes this earthly life and fits it into his own mental frame; formulates an idea of it and then proceeds to realize this system in daily life.
Everyone has his own `gospel' _ that `good news' which he proclaims to the world and which people are expected to realize. This is how it has always been with those who change the world. It is also the same way that the Antichrist works.
The Antichrist creates his kingdom on earth. He does this by proclaiming his own gospel and realizing it.
The kingdom of Antichrist has its own gospel. It is the Gospel of Satan (Lucifer). And its apostles are Judeo-Freemasonry.
Like the Holy Scriptures, the Gospel of Satan is beyond criticism: either you believe it or you do not. Even Nietzche, that great hater of the Gospel, did not criticize it. He could only say: "You have lied well, Lion!" _ "Gut gelogen, Loewe!"
The Satanists spread the Gospel of Satan with the empty promise of "peace and security" from terrorism. Even religion is used for this deceptive purpose.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ also invites people to a way of peace and security. However, whoever desires to enter the life preached by Christ must obey the commandments. Whoever wishes to be perfect, must sell all that he has, and distribute this to the poor and coming must follow Christ. Whoever wishes to save his soul, must lose it for Christ. He must cast aside the works of darkness and must put on the armor of truth, which is Jesus Christ.
He must not love this world nor the things in it because " whoever loves the world, the Father's love is not in him".(I John 2,15). On the contrary, he must love his neighbor as himself, for by this the world knows that people are Christ's followers if they have love for one another.
The follower of Christ's Gospel must love his enemies and pray for those who persecute and calumniate him. Moreover, in doing good to his brother, he must not seek to attract attention to himself. He is not to show his prayers for everyone to see; he is not to show his fasting by sadness; he is not to worry about the morrow what he will eat or what he will wear. He must not judge nor condemn others.
He must be a light on the mountain so that his light may be seen by men and that they would worship the Father in heaven.
What does the Gospel of Jesus Christ wish to say by all these requirements? Nothing more than that the way of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the way of transcending oneself.
In a word: It is only by shedding the images of this world and putting on Jesus Christ that man can reach peace and security.
Jesus Christ stands above man as a higher reality toward which we must march if we wish to go the way of the Gospel. The Gospel of Christ does not leave us tied to this world. On the contrary, it tells us to reject in ourselves what is old; it tells us to leave all that ties us to this earth even if it should be our mother or father, son or daughter.
The fundamental goal of the Gospel of Christ is man's elevation and transcending of himself. This is the essential difference between the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Gospel of Lucifer.
The Gospel of Lucifer as expressed in the Antichrist does not require any sacrifice for truth; it does not demand him to rise above his Ego or to refuse himself anything. Nor does it require him to reject anything in himself, nor does it require of him to make up anything that is lacking.
If Christ's Gospel requires us to say with St.Paul: "Behold all has become new" then the Gospel of Satan forces us to say: "Behold everything remains the same."
What does this mean? It means that everyone who follows the Gospel of Satan finds himself, not as he ought to be, but as he is.
All this can be summed up in just a few words. There are two kingdoms on this earth: one is from hell and is the kingdom of Satan _ the kingdom of Judeo-Freemasonry; and the other is from heaven and is the kingdom of Jesus Christ _ the kingdom of the Roman Catholic Church.
One is the kingdom of disobedience and the other is the kingdom of obedience.
This is the essential difference between those who are with Christ and His Church and those who war against it in whatever way.
The greatest crime a creature can commit is against his Creator. This crime is expressed by disobedience. And the noblest homage a creature can render his Creator is obedience.
And this brings us to the crucial question of those who, in the name of religion and service to God, despise religion and mock God.
We leave aside all those heretics and schismatics who have necessarily taken on labels to distinguish themselves from all others. Our concern is more serious. It deals with those who label themselves "Catholic" but are not. We are treating here of those false christs and false prophets who seemingly do great wonders so as to deceive _ if it were not for the grace of God _ even the elect.
Assuredly, many who sincerely believe themselves to be Catholic will be shocked to learn that those whom they have been following and supporting financially are, in reality, among the false prophets of which our Lord spoke.
Keeping in mind that the true "lodestone" of a genuine follower of Jesus Christ is obedience to the Church which is His Mystical Body and is guided by the Holy Ghost, there will be no confusion in the minds of those who honestly seek the truth which leads to Truth itself.
Let us begin by refreshing our memories with the words of Jesus Himself.
When speaking of those things that are an obstacle to virtue, Jesus says:
"Enter by the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many there are who enter that way. How narrow the gate and close the way that leads to life! And few there are who find it." (Matt. 7, 13).
Then, our Lord immediately adds: "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves." (Ibid. 7,15).
And Jesus warns: "Not everyone who says to me, `Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the will of my Father in heaven shall enter the kingdom of heaven. Many will say to me in that day, `Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in thy name and cast out devils in they name, and work many miracles in they name?' And then I will declare to them, `I never knew you. Depart from me you workers of iniquity!' (Ibid.7, 21-23).
It is true, even the devils can quote Scripture. But, then, that is what our Lord meant when he referred to these false prophets as coming "in sheep's clothing" _ they will speak as if they were one of the flock so as to be accepted by the others; they will seek to gain the confidence of the faithful by flattering their piety, only to lead them to their spiritual destruction.
We have seen such "ravenous wolves" appearing in sheep's clothing. We have even suffered their deception for a while until, as our Lord Himself tells us "by their fruits you will know them," their true nature was discovered.
And those who followed such spiritual wolves have suffered destruction. Not only have they suffered spiritual loss, but also material loss.
Today, this is particularly true of those who style themselves "traditionalist" Catholics. They are deceived by renegade clergymen or arrogant laymen who `hire' such clergymen to perform as `liturgists' _ that is, to offer the Sacrifice of the Mass for the people, caring little that such a man may not even be a true and valid priest.
The Sacraments are the vital means of sanctification established by Jesus Christ. As Pope Pius XII teaches: "Now we see that the human body is given the proper means to provide for its own life, health and growth, and for that of all its members. Similarly the Savior of mankind out of His infinite goodness has provided in a wonderful way for His Mystical Body, endowing it with the Sacraments, so that, as though by an uninterrupted series of graces, its members should be sustained from birth to death, and that generous provision might be made for the social needs of the Church.
Through the waters of Baptism those who are born into this world dead in sin are not only born again and made members of the Church, but being stamped with a spiritual seal they become able and fit to receive the other Sacraments.
By the chrism of Confirmation, the faithful are given added strength to protect and defend the Church, their Mother, and the faith she has given them.
In the Sacrament of Penance a saving medicine is offered for the members of the Church who have fallen into sin, not only to provide for their own health, but to remove from other members of the Mystical Body all danger of contagion, or rather to afford them an incentive to virtue, and the example of a virtuous act.
Nor is that all; for in the Holy Eucharist the faithful are nourished and strengthened at the same banquet and by a divine, ineffable bond are united with each other and with the Divine Head of the whole Body.
Finally, like a devoted mother, the Church is at the bedside of those who are sick unto death; and if it be not always God's will that by the holy anointing she restore health to the mortal body, nevertheless she administers spiritual medicine to the wounded soul and sends new citizens to heaven _ to be her new advocates _ who will enjoy forever the happiness of God.
For the social needs of the Church Christ has provided in a particular way by the institution of two other Sacraments. Through Matrimony, in which the contracting parties are ministers of grace to each other, provision is made for the external and duly regulated increase of Christian society, and, what is of greater importance, for the correct religious education of the children, without which this Mystical Body would be in grave danger.
Through Holy Orders men are set aside and consecrated to God, to offer the Sacrifice of the Eucharistic Victim, to nourish the flock of the faithful with the Bread of Angels and the food of doctrine, to guide them in the way of God's commandments and counsels and to strengthen them with all other supernatural helps." (Mystici Corporis, 1943).
Now, there are many who would justify their behavior by appealing to the idea that these are "extraordinary times." Nothing could be further from the truth. On this score, Pope Pius XII stated: "In this connection it must be borne in mind that, as God at the beginning of time endowed man's body with most ample power to subject all creatures to himself, and to increase and multiply and fill the earth, so at the beginning of the Christian era. He supplied the Church with the means necessary to overcome countless dangers and to fill not only the whole world but the realms of heaven as well." (Ibid.).
It cannot be repeated too often: Only those who have hidden motives find it difficult to submit to the legitimate authority of the Church. The reason for this observation is because those who will not obey the Church eventually end up obeying someone other than the Church. And, to give one's allegiance to anyone other than the true Church is perhaps the greatest mistake anyone can make.
Some obsessively insist that it is necessary to be united with a Pope in order to be saved. They then present the heretic anti-popes as "popes" whom everyone must obey. But the irony of all this is that these very same individuals are even disobedient to those whom they loudly proclaim as legitimate pope or bishop.
We are not living in "extraordinary times." One might ask: When were the "ordinary times"? When was there ever a time when the Church was not being persecuted from without and undermined from within? One need only study each century to discover that there has never been a peaceful time for the Church. Yet, through all the attacks and intrigues, the Church has survived as promised by Jesus Christ.
Jesus, however, did not say how many would persevere to the end. But, that there would be a remnant and a "little flock" has been foretold. It is truly a sad sight, humanly speaking, to see those whom one had placed much confidence suddenly turn from the truth and embroil themselves in errors just to please "friends."
Although it has been said before, let us hear it again: Pope Pius XII clearly explained who are members of the Mystical Body, i.e., the Roman Catholic Church.
The Pope said: "Actually only those are to be included as members of the Church who have been baptized and profess the true faith, and who have not been so unfortunate as to separate themselves from the unity of the Body, or been excluded by legitimate authority for grave faults committed. `For in one spirit' says the Apostle, `were we all baptized into one Body, whether Jews or Gentiles, whether bond or free.'(I Cor. 12:13).
As therefore in the true Christian community there is only one Body, one Spirit, one Lord, and one Baptism, so there can be only one faith. (Cfr. Ephes. 4:5).
And therefore if a man refuse to hear the Church let him be considered _ so the Lord commands _ as a heathen and a publican. (Cfr. Matt. 18:17).
It follows that those who are divided in faith or government cannot be living in the unity of such a Body, nor can they be living the life of its one Divine Spirit." (Ibid.).
Observe carefully: Those who do not profess the same faith nor are subject to the one government are not members of the Mystical Body of Jesus Christ _ THEY ARE NOT CATHOLICS!
At the head of this list of non-Catholics who have separated themselves from the true Church by heresy and schism are those who call themselves the Society of St.Pius X.
We discount all those who have broken away from this heretical organization to either form their own particular sect or individual "independent" priest-for-hire business.
Marcel Lefebvre has been excommunicated by the anti-pope John-Paul II. Now, Marcel Lefebvre merely laughed at this excommunication counting it as nothing. But, he publicly claimed to recognize John-Paul II as a legitimate Pope. Therefore, he was bound to obey his pope. By his disobedience and gross ignoring of all authority, Lefebvre spawned an equally disobedient and arrogant sect that ignores all authority.
It has been accurately said that Lefebvre's sect was conceived in lies, was born of lies and can only continue in existence in a world of religious indifference by its lies. The apple does not fall far from the tree.
Every genuine movement in the Church has this sign of its genuineness: It is inspired by the Holy Ghost and is approved by the divinely instituted visible authority of the Church.
Has the "Society of St. Pius X" received the necessary canonical approval that would assure its recognition as a Roman Catholic society?
The answer is in the negative.
First of all, a local bishop does not have the authority to establish an "international" anything. The deception presented to the Bishop of Lausanne, Geneva and Friburg was a kind of boarding house for students preparing for the priesthood and studying at the local university. Lefebvre received permission from the local Bishop to establish a kind of hospice for such students. This is the reason why Mgr. Charriere gave authorization for a Pious Union. A "pious union" is not the same as a religious society or seminary.
Noteworthy, also, is that the Mgr. Charriere bases his authorization on the fact that Lefebvre intended a spiritual formation according to the decrees of Vatican II and not according to the traditional formation of priests according to the Council of Trent.
The first approval of August 18, 1970 says nothing about establishing a seminary. It states: "By these presents, We, Francis Charriere, Bishop of Lausanne, Geneva and Friburg, confirm the authorization which We have accorded to His Excellency Msgr. Marcel Lefebvre, in the audience of June 1969, namely: to open at Friburg a house of international character destined to receive aspirants to the Priesthood who follow courses at the University.
We implore for these future priests and those who watch over their formation the blessings of God.
Given at our episcopal house in Friburg on 18 August 1970."
There then follows the signature and seal of Msgr. Francis Charriere.
"Une Maison" is not "un Séminaire" because by definition a "seminary" is a "theological college" where such courses are followed. It is clear from the statement made by Msgr.Charriere that this was not an authorization to establish a seminary, but merely a kind of hospice where aspirants might reside while attending theological courses at the local university. If Msgr.Charriere would have stated something like "une Maison d'études," one might be able to equate that with a seminary. But, this was not the case because of two reason, one a material description of a seminary and secondly, the juridical definition of a seminary. In the case of Lefevbre's "authorization" for a "seminary," neither definition is applicable.
To pretend that Lefebvre received a "first written confirmation authorizing an international seminary" is simply not true. It is, therefore, a falsehood.
The next basis for claiming authorization is a "decree of erection" issued by the same local Bishop, Msgr. Francis Charriere, in which it is stated: "Given the encouragements expressed by the Second Vatican Council in the decree Optimum totius" concerning international seminaries and the distribution of the clergy:
"Given the urgent necessity of forming zealous and generous priests in conformity with the directives of the above-mentioned decree:
We, Francis Charriere, Bishop of Lausanne, Geneva and Fribourg, having invoked the Name of God, and all the canonical prescriptions having been observed, decree the following:
"1) The International Priestly Fraternity of St.Pius X is erected in our diocese under the title of a "Pious union".
2) The seat of the Fraternity is fixed at the House of St.Pius X, 50 rue de la Vignettaz in our episcopal city of Fribourg.
3) We approve and confirm the here-joined statutes of the Fraternity for a period of six years ad experimentum, a period that may be followed by another similar one tacitly renewed; after which, the Fraternity may be definitively erected in our diocese or by the competent Roman Congregation.
"We implore the divine benediction upon this Priestly Fraternity that it might attain its main purpose which is the formation of holy priests.
"Given at Fribourg at our episcopal residence the first of November 1970, on the Feast of All Saints.
+ Francis Charriere
Bishop of Lausanne, Geneva and Fribourg"
This is the "decree of erection."
What, in effect, does Msgr. Charriere authorize Marcel Lefebvre to do? Does he authorize him to establish a seminary or a society in the canonical meaning of the term? He does not.
Msgr.Charriere approved the establishment of a "Pious Union" which is clearly defined and regulated according to Church Law.
A "Pious Union" is not a "seminary" nor is it a "society" such as the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) as pretended by such former members as Mr. Clarence Kelly (AKA "Bishop" Kelly).
A "Pious Union" is even of a lesser rank than a "Confraternity" as outlined in Canon Law.
"Confraternities" can be established only by a formal decree of erection. But for pious unions the approval of the Ordinary is sufficient.
We will not consider at this point the fact that the authorities in Rome which Lefebvre recognized as such and had subsequently dealt with ordered this "Fraternity" to be dissolved. Lefebvre obstinately refused and thereby increased the scandal of disobedience to ecclesiastical authority. Even after Lefebvre's "Pope" excommunicated him, Lefebvre scornfully laughed at his "Pope's" declaration of excommunication! Such conduct is not quite what one would expect of a man whose followers would have elevated to the rank of "saint."
The Code of Canon Law states that "Confraternities or pious unions are not to be erected except in a church or a public or at least a semi-public oratory (c.712,§ 1).
Where was the "church or public or at least a semi-public oratory" ?
But, Lefebvre was not even authorized a Confraternity; he was authorized a Pious Union _ which is not the same thing.
The requirements for a seminary are quite different. The Canon Law states: "Every diocese should have, in a suitable place chosen by the Bishop, a seminary, that is, a college where, according to the resources and extent of the diocese, a certain number of young men are trained for the clerical state." (c.1354).
As a matter of fact, Lefebvre established what may justly called not a regional seminary, but an international seminary. And, for this, he had absolutely no authority.
Even the establishment of a regional seminary requires papal authority: "If it is impossible to establish a diocesan seminary, or to get adequate training, especially in philosophy and theology, in the one which is established, the Bishop should send his students to the seminary of some other diocese, unless an interdiocesan or regional seminary has been established by papal authority." (c.1354, § 3).
Because Marcel Lefebvre had no jurisdiction anywhere, he himself had no authority to establish anything. He knew this, and that is the reason why he approached Msgr. Charriere. But, Msgr. Charriere likewise had no authority to erect anything outside his own diocese.
The only Bishop who has universal jurisdiction is the Pope. No Bishop has authority outside his own diocese. Therefore, the best that Msgr. Charriere could juridically establish is a work limited to his own diocese. Unless there was collusion between Lefebvre and Msgr. Charriere, or, that Msgr. Charriere was tricked by Lefebvre's appeal to establish something "according to the desires of the Second Vatican Council" there is no reasonable way to conclude that the so-called "International Priestly Society of St. Pius X" had received legitimacy even in the eyes of the apostate hierarchy who, incidentally, continue to maintain some semblance of order _ which is totally lacking among the so-called "Traditionalists."
The organization spawned by Marcel Lefebvre (whose own validity is under a cloud) is not unlike that started by the layman Schuckart and foisted on the public under the pious-sounding name "Congregation of Mary Immaculate" _ or some such "Marian" title.
Using the same Talmudic technique as Lefebvre, this man Schuckart started his own "Religious" community. As will be noted, every one of these illegitimate organizations have this particular characteristic in common: They all begin in the darkness of deception and can only exist by continuous deception. And when a legitimate authority in the Church challenges them, they show who their real Father is: the Father of Lies.
Here, then, is an organization which, on the surface appears so "Catholic" in its outward appearances, but is devoid of life-giving supernatural grace. And this is the essential point that so many fail to comprehend.
Yet, all one ever heard was their hue and cry that they were canonically established and that Rome had no right to close them down. It is all very scary when such flagrant disobedience seeks to pass itself off as being the work of the Holy Ghost.
Without going into any detailed study of the eighteenth century and why the Jesuits were suppressed by Pope Clement XIV ( a Franciscan), the fact remains that they were suppressed by the highest authority in the Church.
But, even in this case, the Society of Jesus was a legitimately erected Religious organization working with the approval of the Pope and all the local Bishops in whose dioceses they were located.
The Jesuits were _ and still are _ a "Society" even though they are no longer in the Roman Catholic Church. They never were a Religious Order. And this is something most people do not know or understand.
Nevertheless, this legitimately erected Religious Society was likewise legitimately suppressed by a legitimate Pope. Despite the discontent of many powerful laymen and Churchmen, the Brief of Suppression was valid and effective.
As far as I know, the Jesuits themselves humbly accepted this painful decree even though in some parts of the world such as Russia and Poland, the public authorities would not allow the papal Brief to be executed.
However, despite the fact that Lefebvre's young men are, for the most part, talented young men, the lamentable fact remains: They are not members of any genuine Roman Catholic organization; their very ordinations are under a cloud and therefore, they cannot be accepted anywhere in the Roman Catholic Church as valid priests (much less as "bishops").
Their situation becomes more and more complex as they arrogantly and haughtily defy any and all authority. If one were to choose among the many "saviors" of the Church one group that most closely resembles those whom Jesus warned Christians to beware as false christs and false prophets, one would be forced to choose those who call themselves the "Society of St. Pius X."
Because it is a loosely-ordered group, they have no deep roots in any kind of tradition such as the genuine Religious communities of the Church. Certainly, they find "like-minded" persons who will support them in their proud deceptions.
But, the elect of Christ _ those who humbly persevere in the true faith _ will not be deceived. Not all that glitters is gold.
After gaining Msgr. Charriere's "authorization" for a Pious Union, Lefebvre almost immediately set about establishing a seminary. To the ordinary layman, this may not mean much. But, in the mind of the Church and in the good order that must be preserved, these distinctions are very important.
Then, it was not long before Lefebvre himself began to "ordain" these poorly-trained young men who, ignorant of much of Church tradition and law, eagerly embraced the ambitious vision of being the "saviors" of the Church.
Then the recruits to Lefebvre's "pious union" began to promote themselves as a Religious community. We also see Marcel Lefebvre traveling around the world and wherever he went, he never visited the local bishop. Instead, he pontificated independently of all those whose authority he publicly claimed to recognize. In effect, then, he made himself a "pope" and his followers certainly "divinized" him.
Something few people know is that when a bishop presides in his own diocese, he has the crosier turned outwards; and when he is in a visiting diocese, the crosier's crook is turned inside towards him.
It did not take long before their heretical and schismatic mentality began to reveal itself. Some members denied all the Popes from Pope Pius X onward. This would mean that they denied the dogmatic decrees of those Popes who followed after Pope Pius X.
Despite the efforts of his disciples, Lefebvre was not well-versed in philosophy or theology. Canon Law did not seem very important to him either. Yet, anyone who had the courage to unmask their religious charade was met not with valid logical arguments, but with ridicule. But, that is the tactic of the Talmudist and Freemason.
Much like the Finno-Turkish mongols who invaded Palestine and are actually squatters, the "Society of St. Pius X" amounts to the same thing in the religious arena. They are religious squatters who shout for rights which they never had.
For example, when they came to Rochester, NY, a television reporter asked about the necessity of having the local Ordinary's permission to function in his diocese, their leader, Mr. Clarence Kelly answered that they did not need the local Ordinary's permission because they were an Order like the Franciscans and the Jesuits. This, of course, was a bald, brazen lie. No one can function in any diocese without the permission of the local Ordinary, i.e., bishop. And, furthermore, as a Pious Union their only superior could be Msgr. Charriere of Lausanne, Geneva and Fribourg.
One can understand the ruthless and obnoxious conduct of this man whose "training" is overshadowed by his apparent dedication to the Communist front organization known as the "John Birch Society." When one knows the tactics and ideology of subversive political groups such as this Society established by Freemasons in 1958, it is not difficult to detect the same mentality in those who simply elevate the pride and ambition of a political organization to the religious level.
The "Society of St.Pius X" is not a legitimately approved religious institute in the Roman Catholic Church.
It has become an heretical and schismatic sect smacking of Jansenism.
Roman Catholics may not associate with this sect in any way, whether by attending their bogus religious services or supporting them in any material manner. Those who do must know that they do so in disobedience to the Church and at the peril of their salvation.
For the sake of those who would desire to know the Church's discipline in similar matters, the pertinent laws are presented here.
The Foundation and Suppression of a Religious institute (cc.492-493)
Art.1 Bishops only (exclusive of the Vicar Capitular and the Vicar General) have the power to found religious congregations. They may not, however, found or allow such congregations to be founded without consulting the Holy See. In the case of tertiaries living in common, aggregation to the first order by act of the superior general is likewise required (c.492,§ 1).
A congregation founded by a Bishop is and remains a diocesan congregation even though in the course of time it be extended to other dioceses, and it remains subject to the Ordinaries in whose dioceses it exists, according to the prescriptions of the law, until such time as it receives pontifical approbation, or at least the decree of praise (c.492,§ 2).
Although there are more laws regarding the establishment of a Religious congregation, the above should suffice to serve as a guide to understanding the mind of the Church in such matters.
Thus, all those who claim to be founders of some kind of Religious community among the "Traditionalists" are, in reality, disobedient to the Church. And, disobedience to the Church is the same as being disobedient to the Holy Ghost.
All those claiming to be some kind of Religious institute and are not subject to a legitimate Bishop are schismatic sects regardless of their origin. Even those priests who are members of long-established Religious congregations or orders may not administer Sacraments or preach to the faithful unless they are approved by the Bishop in whose territory they are located.
Those are to be strongly condemned who through a secret attitude of disobedience promote a similar spirit of disobedience in the people. The blame for the chaos, anarchy and anxiety of the general faithful is to be placed at the feet of recalcitrant, renegade clergymen whose disordered pride has led them and those who would foolishly follow them into heresy and schism.
And, heading the long list of such disloyal individuals is to be placed the bogus "Society of St.Pius X" and its spin-off, the "Society of St. Pius V."
What of the so-called "Thuc-line bishops" _ are they truly Bishops and are they truly Catholic? Generally speaking, those who have received valid consecration in the line originating from Msgr. Ngo Dinh Thuc are real Bishops. But, this does not prove that they are genuine Roman Catholic Bishops. Most of them, at least to the knowledge of this writer, have not been called to this office but have "stolen" it by some artifice or other. One must look at the intention of Msgr. Ngo in order to justly evaluate his actions.
It was already anticipated that after his death many would come in his name in order to seek some kind of legality for their dishonorable ambitions. Neither Msgr. Ngo nor the bishop who has remained faithful to his intentions and the duties of a Bishop can control the actions of others.
There are those who have not heeded the words of the Apostle and have "laid hands" upon some too lightly. And this to the detriment of souls seeking genuine spiritual guidance.
To be sure, Satan has not abandoned those who have had the courage to separate themselves from the apostate Church of Vatican II. On the contrary, all the devils of hell seem to have conspired against the small number of remaining Catholics who escaped the great apostasy.
The turbulence and turmoil existing among those who sought security for their faith by leaving the Modernist-occupied church buildings has been misunderstood. Certainly, Satan is the great master of deceit. By sowing his seeds of pride in the hearts of otherwise good people and priests, he has reaped a bountiful harvest of souls.
It may seem odd and perhaps even presumptuous to suggest that despite all the trouble and turmoil, God's purposes are being realized. While the faith of many is lost, the faith of the few is energized to heroic degrees. While our Lord gave the example of treachery in high places by choosing as an Apostle one who would betray Him, it appears that the divine providence that rules the world and the Church has seen fit to preserve Her by one faithful successor of the Apostles among the many unfaithful ones.
But, it may be asked: How can we know which of all these claimants is the true Bishop? Yes, it is true, the discernment is not all that easy because the devil will give us no rest. One need only read the life of St. Bernadette to understand the similar circumstances in which we find ourselves.
It was Bernadette alone who had received the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin. But, the devil began to inspire many others to pretend to have the same apparitions. Soon, the people no longer knew whom to believe. This, according to St. Bernadette, became her greatest cross: Because of the many false visionaries, she who had received the messages of God through the Blessed Virgin would not be believed.
It would be false humility to deny the truth. It is the truth that will make us free _ free of doubt and free of self-deception.
The Church will remain forever, even though Her numbers will be very small. One need only remember the wisdom of the saints and seek consolation in the words of our Lord. One drop of holiness is more precious in the eyes of God than an ocean of mediocrity. It is mediocrity that God vomited out of His mouth. While most people seek the superficial solace of an ocean of tepidity, the select few find it in the grace received in the true Mystical Body of Jesus Christ.
Because God is a God of right order, and because it is vital that there be visible clarity to avoid confusion and the many false christs and false prophets, the writer, Bishop Louis Vezelis, OFM, has been forced by these considerations to reject all those who have been either ordained or consecrated after his own consecration on August 24, 1982.
The practical reason for this course of action is motivated by the needs of the faithful. Since the first ones in the Church who should be a sign of solidarity for all the other are the Bishops, it is also the Bishops who gather and seek out candidates for the office of bishop. No one takes this dignity upon himself but he who has been called. Too many have taken this dignity upon themselves and were never called to it by the grace of God.
There were those who, after their own efforts to be consecrated failed, publicly expressed their rejection of the very bishops whom they had at first accepted with the pharisaical excuse: "Show me a mandate from the Pope or a first class miracle and then I will accept you as my bishop" _ were the words of Rev. Vida Elmer (now deceased). This man tried every way possible to get himself consecrated. He was rejected by the Bishops in the United States. By the way, he had already rejected John Paul II as a legitimate Pope. How, then, one might ask, did he expect a papal mandate from Rome?
The same is true of Rev. Fidelis McKenna, OP. Failing to achieve his goal of becoming a Bishop, he eventually got himself consecrated in France by an aging fellow-Dominican who had been consecrated by Msgr. Ngo. Whereupon he, who had voted for the consecration of Rev. Vida Elmer and had then retracted his decision eventually consecrated Rev. Vida Elmer. And on and on it went _ and still goes on.
Among the duties of a Bishop is that of upholding the laws of the Church _ not ignoring them.
The difference between Marcel Lefebvre and Msgr. Ngo Dinh Thuc is essentially this: Lefebvre (whose ordination and consecration are in doubt) provided the Church with doubtful priests and doubtful bishops; was concerned with the external pomp and ceremony that dazzled the masses and befuddled the ignorant. Msgr. Ngo, on the other hand, went to the very essence of the matter, ignored all the external pomp and ceremony and provided the Roman Catholic Church with that one external mark of the true Church which was dangerously on the verge of extinction: Apostolic succession.
The true Church is One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic. While many other Churches are able to claim with some reasonable accuracy some of the other marks of the true Church, none can provide the fourth mark _ Apostolicity _ except the true Church.
One true and orthodox Bishop remained in the entire Roman Catholic Church: Msgr. Ngo Dinh Thuc. Abandoned and forsaken by most, he lived in humble obscurity in Toulon, France. His love for the Church and good will were abused by those who sought to deceive him. Nevertheless, he had the courage to do what he certainly knew was a high risk action: He sought to provide for the Roman Catholic Church that essential mark which he clearly perceived endangered: Msgr. Ngo Dinh Thuc gave the Church genuine Roman Catholic Bishops as successors of the Apostles!
Despite the fact that many have come in his name but have not been called, does not change the fact that at least he would not be disappointed in one of them; that the office of the Bishop in the true traditions of the Church would continue.
It is a truly painful thing to see so many waste their lives chasing after illusions. These illusions were born either of the weakness of human nature or of the master of deceit, Satan. Whatever the cause, the effect is still the same: Loss of souls and victory for Lucifer.
As a final note and to assure our kind readers of our intentions and motives, let it be known that we do not recognize as legitimate Roman Catholic Bishops anyone who has been consecrated after August 24,1982; we do not recognize as a legitimate Religious institute of whatever kind any that has not existed at least from the time of Pope Pius XII; we do not recognize as Roman Catholic even those communities established by genuine Religious of whatever Order or Congregation that are not in union with the Bishop and from whom they must receive faculties to administer the Sacraements. This is the right order of the Roman Catholic Church.
And, as we read in the Athanasian Creed: "Whosoever wishes to be saved, before all else must hold the Catholic faith: which whoever does not observe wholly and inviolate, without a doubt shall perish for all eternity."
The Creed ends with these terrifying words: "This is the Catholic faith, which unless one shall believe faithfully and firmly, he cannot be saved."
An integral, inviolate doctrine of the Catholic faith is that Christ established a visible hierarchy to teach, sanctify and govern His Mystical Body. Those who do not believe this in their minds and express it in their actions cannot be said to "faithfully and firmly" believe in the Catholic faith and are not, therefore, Catholics.
Heaven and earth will surely pass away, but the words of our Lord will not pass away:
"Not everyone who says to me, `Lord, Lord' shall enter the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the will of my Father in heaven shall enter the kingdom of heaven.
"Many will say to me in that day, `Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in thy name, and cast out devils in thy name, and work many miracles in thy name?' And then I will declare to them, `I never knew you. Depart from me you workers of iniquity!'"
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