16 July 2016 - District Superior's Letter
Second communique released after the meeting of major superiors, details of the upcoming rosary crusade announced by the Society’s superior general, Bishop Fellay and news of changes within the district
Dear Friends and Benefactors of the Society of St. Pius X,
In this month dedicated to the Most Precious Blood of Jesus, I wish to pass on to you the second communique released after the meeting of major superiors, the details of the upcoming rosary crusade announced by the Society’s superior general, Bishop Fellay and news of changes within the district.
For the glory of God, for the honor of Our Lord Jesus Christ and of His Most Holy Mother, for our salvation.
In the present grave state of necessity in the Church, which gives it the right to administer spiritual aid to the souls that turn to it, the Society of Saint Pius X does not seek above all a canonical recognition, to which it has a right because it is Catholic. The solution is not simply juridical. It depends on a doctrinal position that it is imperative to express.
When Saint Pius X condemned modernism, he traced the whole argument of the encyclical Pascendi back to one initial principle: independence. Now the world makes all its efforts to change the axis around which it must turn. And it is obvious to Catholics, as it is to those who are not, that the Cross is no longer that axis. Paul VI said it very well: man is (See Closing Speech of Vatican II, December 7, 1965).
Today the world turns around this, according to him, definitively established axis: human dignity, man’s conscience and freedom. Modern man exists for his own sake. Man is the king of the universe. He has dethroned Christ. Man exalts his autonomous, independent conscience, to the point of dissolving even the very foundations of the family and marriage.
The Society of Saint Pius X has always opposed this project of deconstruction of the universe, both the political society, and the Church.
To remedy this universal disorder, the Good Lord raised up a man, a Christian, a priest, a bishop. What did he do? He founded a society—a hierarchical society—the principle and end of which are just the antidote to this universal disorder: The Sacrament of Holy Orders. The purpose of the Society of Saint Pius X continues to be not only the actual remedy of the crisis but also thereby the salvation of all who cooperate in it. The Society is determined to keep doctrinal, theological and social rectitude, founded on the Cross of Jesus Christ, on His Kingship, on His sacrifice, and on His priesthood, the principle of all order and of all grace. Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre fought his whole life long for the triumph of these fundamental truths. It is incumbent on us at the present hour to redouble our efforts and to intensify the same fight on the same principles.
We are not “conciliarists”: for they deny that Christ’s cross is the world’s axis; neither are we dissenters who reject the social nature of the Church. We are a Society of priests of Jesus Christ, of the Catholic Church.
Is this truly the moment for the general restoration of the Church? Divine Providence does not abandon its Church, the head of which is the Pope, the Vicar of Jesus Christ. This is why an indisputable sign of this restoration will be the express desire will of the Supreme Pontiff to grant the means with which to reestablish the order of the priesthood, of the faith, and of Tradition, sign which will moreover be the guarantee of the necessary unity of the family of Tradition.
Christus regnat, Christus imperat, Deo gratias, Amen.
+ Bernard Fellay
Anzère, 28 June 2016
on the vigil of the Apostles Peter and Paul
(Source : FSSPX/MG –DICI dated July 16, 2016)
At the priestly ordinations in Zaitzkofen (Germany) on July 2, 2016, Bishop Bernard Fellay, Superior General of the Society of St. Pius X, announced another Rosary Crusade as a spiritual preparation for the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima (May to October 1917).
This crusade will be held from August 15, 2016 to August 22, 2017.
It follows the intentions indicated by the Blessed Virgin herself: (I) Jesus wishes to establish in the world thedevotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. In order to do so, all the faithful are invited:
1) to recite the rosary daily, alone or as a family;
2) to accomplish the devotion of the reparatory communion on five first Saturdays, and to multiply their daily sacrifices in a spirit of reparation for the outrages against Mary;
3) to wear the miraculous medal themselves and to diffuse it around them;
4) to consecrate their homes to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Besides the propagation of this devotion, we will also pray (II) for the triumph of the Immaculate Heartand (III) for the pope and all the bishops of the Catholic world to consecrate Russia to the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary.
And as a special intention we will add (IV) the protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary for the Society of St. Pius X and all its members in addition to all the religious communities of Tradition.
The goal set by Bishop Bernard Fellay is a bouquet of 12 million rosaries and 50 million sacrifices for Our Lady of Fatima. (Source: FSSPX/MG DICI July 4, 2016)
Within the district there will be a few personnel changes taking place over the next few months. Fr. Vachon, who recently celebrated his 25th anniversary of ordination, will be returning home to take up his new position in Montreal, Canada. Replacing him here in Sydney will be Fr. Laurent Desautard a French priest who has spent the last 6 years in St. Mary’s Kansas.
Sr. Ignatius Marie, also leaving Rockdale and the little community of sisters, will head to the USA to join the new foundation of the SSPX Sisters’ making their home next to the new seminary in Virginia. She will be replaced by Sr. Mary Joanna coming to us from Browerville, Minnesota.
I wish to thank both Fr. Vachon and Sr. Ignatius Marie for their dedication towards the work of the Society in Australia over the past ten years. May God bless them in their new assignments.
Sincerely yours in The Sacred Heart of Jesus,
Fr. John Fullerton