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Bp. Faure's first ordination

Posted by The Editor on March 29, 2015 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Several photos can be found over on Non Possumus of the recent ordination of Fr. Andres Zelaya OSB, priest of Santa Cruz Monastery, Brazil, by BIshop Faure.

A new bishop in action. A new priest for the Resistance. May there be many more, soon! Deo gratias. 

Thank you Bishop Williamson!

Posted by The Editor on March 19, 2015 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (1)

Catholics fighting for Tradition have good reason to rejoice, whereas tonight in Menzingen and Rome alike there will surely be wailing and gnashing of teeth!


Bishop Williamson today consecrated a new Bishop for Tradition at Santa Cruz Monastery in Brazil. Fr. Jean-Michel Faure was ordained a priest by Archbishop Lefebvre in 1977 and was his close confidant and collaborator, as well as being the first SSPX superior in South America. Archbishop Lefebvre originally intended to consecrate Fr. Faure in 1988, but the latter demured, suggesting Fr. de Galarreta instead. He tells us a little more about himself in a conference, translated by us last year, which can be found here


Please remember both Bishops in your prayers and consider a donation to Santa Cruz Monastery (via their paypal) to help defray their costs. 


(More pictures of the ceremony can be found over at Non Possumus).

Deo Gratias! Thank you Bishop Williamson! 

Resistance Seminary Update

Posted by The Editor on February 18, 2015 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Below is a video of the recent ceremony of the taking of the cassock at Our Lady of Mount Carmel seminary, in Kentucky, on 2nd February, Feast of the Purification. Four seminarians and one Brother received the cassock . Please keep them in your prayers, and pray that more young men respond to the urgent call for priests to ensure the future of Tradition. 

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Outside the classroom in Boston, Kentucky:

On a recent trip to Philadelphia, PA, beneath the statue of St. Joan of Arc:

Visit to the tomb of St. John Neumann:

The time to prepare for the future is now, and since we all stand to benefit from a sucessful Resistance seminary, we all ought to support it in whatever way possible. Financial contributions, via this website:   ...and of course, most importantly, prayers. 

A Brief Hiatus and a quick catch-up

Posted by The Editor on February 17, 2015 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Our apologies to those readers who have been asking about the recent lack of updates to the website. Too much to do and too little time, combined with several computer problems are largely to blame for our recent hiatus. We will endeavour to keep things at least minimally updated from now on. In the meantime, what has been happening of note in SSPX-land in the last few months, I hear you ask? Well...
  • In November Bishop Fellay wrote another Letter to Friends and Benefactors in which he called Cardinal Ratizinger a prophet for forseeing way-back-when that things would get really bad in the Church. Apart from that, the letter is 90% mushy plattitudes.
  • The French SSPX District refused to allow the Requiem for General Franco and jose Antonio Primo de Rivera, which used to take place in St. Nicolas du Chardonnet every 20th November...  ...they did, however, allow some Ecclesia Dei monks to assist at Mass there a month or two later, they processed in and sat with the other priests in choir. 
  • Fr. Pfluger, the First Assistant, gave an interview to the amateur "Yoof Mag" of the KJB, "Der Gerade Weg" (the straight and narrow path), in which he said all sorts of liberal things. He had already been running around telling people that if priests lef the SSPX to join the Resistance, well good! We can replace them with priests from the Fraternity of St. Peter!   ...If only everyone were as candid and honest as he is! 
  • St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary (Winona, USA) offered a luxury $30,000 car as a raffle prize, raising all sorts of questions about who they think their fundraising target audience are as well as what sort of a spirit they are trying to encourage among their supporters...  And the SSPX Pilgrimage company "Regina Pilgrimages" sent out emails offering a "reward program" which seems to be rather like Tesco points or British Airways frequent flyer airmiles. Same questions apply. 
  • reported that a Dominican Nun (one of the two who left to join the Resistance) tried to attend Mass in St. Nicolas du Chardonnet, Paris, and was called into the sacristy and there told that she had been excommunicated by Bishop de Galarreta. Yes, alright, what was a Resistance nun doing in a neo-SSPX church in the first place, I agree... but nevertheless, excommunicated?!?
  • Conciliar Churchmen started making visits to SSPX seminaries. Caridnal Brandmuller visited Zaitskofen seminary in Germany, then Bishop Schneider visited Flavigny in France. This was announced in secret, and of course, the secret announcement was leaked onto the internet and can be read here. More recently it was announced publicly  that Bishop Schneider would also be visiting Winona. The substance, conversations, outcomes, or any other details of these visits and meetings seem to be being kept top secret. Just like the meetings in Rome. Hm. 
  • A Novus Ordo Bishop in South America wrote a letter excommunicating the Resistance in Ipatinga, Brazil. Hurray! Three Rousing Cheers! As Archbishop Lefebvre himself said, and as the SSPX superiors in 1988 wrote, to be excommunicated by such men is a badge of honour, and their failure to excommunicate the local SSPX a further cause for concern (as if any were needed!) The local Resistance wrote him a reply, which can be read here
  • Pope Francis continued to push the boundaries of outrage, with, as usual, nary a word of complaint or protest from the XSPX. For example, he told the crowds who gathered to see him in the Philippines that they ought not to "breed like rabbits". Charming. Watch the tumbleweed roll across in the wake of that one...
The latest Recusant (issue 23) is now being printed and will shortly appear in pdf format on the page where an archive of all back issue can also be found,

Many thanks for your ongoing support and God bless,


"Blessed" Paul VI - a weak response!

Posted by The Editor on October 19, 2014 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Today, Sunday 19th October 2014, Pope Paul VI of unhappy memory was supposedly "beatified". The response from the SSPX General House, which appeared at the last moment, a mere 48hrs before the ceremony took place, is incredibly weak and insipid. Like the response to the so-called "canonisations" of John XXIII and John-Paul II last April, it leaves the reader wondering what the attitude of the SSPX towards these pseudo-canonisations actually is: do the accept them or not? It would seem that in spite of the complaints, the answer must be yes. The press release from Menzingen speaks of "serious reservations". What does that mean, if not ultimately acceptance? It is certainly not a condemnation...

A translation of the page "REFLEXIONS SUITE AU COMMUNIQUE DU 17 OCTOBRE" from the website France Fidele is now available in English here and also on our Reference Materials page, as is the original Menzingen press release in English.

Reminder: Resistance Holy Hour

Posted by The Editor on October 18, 2014 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Friday 24th October  -  Saturday 25th Octoober

7pm  -  7am

Starting and finishing with Mass, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will take place in North London throughout the night, starting Friday night 24th October and ending Saturday 25th October (vigil of Christ the King), to beg our Lord to send more priests into the Resistance. 


"Ask and it shall be given to you,"(Mt. 7,7) says Our Lord. We all want there to be a greater availablilty of Mass and the Sacraments, for what Masses there already are to become more regular and for more people to wake up and realise what is happening and join us. And we all want to go to Mass confident that we will be subjected to nothing dubious in the sermon [E.g. "The Traditional Mass gives you a waterfall of grace, but from the Novus Ordo only trickle" - from a recent sermon in St. Joseph&Padarns's!] and knowing that we won't be compromising anything by our presence.


Please make the effort to support this through your presence and your prayers. Contact us for further details.

Two Dominican Sisters join the Resistance

Posted by The Editor on September 13, 2014 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (1)

From the website France fidele comes the news that two Sisters from the Teaching Dominicans of Brignoles have written a letter to the faithful explaining why they had no choice but to leave and start a new apostolate, in order to continue the original spirit of their order. They now plan to begin a school for girls.Please remember them in your prayers, and pray that others are brave enough to join them.

The letter can be read in English translation here, or in its French original here.

The Recusant 2014 Fiction Writing Contest!

Posted by The Editor on August 27, 2014 at 5:45 PM Comments comments (0)

The Recusant 2014 Fiction Writing Contest is now open! Send in your entries now!

Inspired by the admirable efforts at amateur fiction writing by the SSPX Rector of Winona, Fr. Yves le Roux, we wish to invite our readers to have a go at writing a short story in the Fr. le Roux - style of fiction. To see exactly what we mean, please see our article Fr. Yves le Roux: a Writer of Fanciful Fiction in the Latest Articles section. It's fun and it's easy: anyone can do it! 

Entries may be of any length, and prizes will be awarded for the most imaginative and most amusing entries. Send in your entries to:

Confirmations in Austria

Posted by The Editor on August 26, 2014 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (0)

From the website REX! comes the following report on confirmations at the newly under-construction Resistance chapel in Aigen, Austria:


"On 24 August Bishop Richard Williamson visited, at the invitation of Fr. Martin Fuchs and domestic traditional Catholics, the Austrian town of Aigen, to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation for several children ... "


More pictures and full report can be found here:

Another Little Piece of Good News...

Posted by The Editor on July 30, 2014 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (1)

Another little piece of good news comes to us via Fr. Chazal, who informs us that Fr. Picot, ordained in the SSPX in 2010, is going to join Fr. Chazal in the AustrAsian apostolate, primarily working in Australia. Fr. Picot must surely be the youngest priest to join the Resistance so far. Deo Gratias! Pray that there will be others like him.