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News from Ireland

Posted by The Editor on June 8, 2015 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (0)

(Fr. Ballini)


From a correspondent in Ireland comes the following encouraging news:


There are currently three Resistance priests in Ireland. Fr. Bufe is joined by Fr. MacDonald, back from Australia, both of whom are in turn jonied by Fr. Giacomo Ballini (an Italian priest who had been stationed in Cork under Fr. Wailliez, and before that in Preston).


At the 11.00 Mass in Cork yesterday, Fr. Ballini explained his departure to the faithful, and handed out documentation to better explain what is going on in the SSPX and why he felt that he had no choice but to leave. Fr. Wailliez is reported to have gone down to the chapel shortly afterwards in a rage to change the locks on the church (why would that be necessary?) and otherwise prove himself as vindictive as possible. 


Meanwhile, Fr. MacDonald offered Mass in Wexford yesterday for around 45 people, in the chapel currently used by the Resistance which was once used by Dom Marmion some 100 years ago. Three chapels: Wexford, Cashel (Tipperary) and Tralee (Kerry) are now lost to the SSPX and with the Resistance. This is in addition to the other Resistance chapels where Mass is regularly offered: Kesh (Fermanagh), Longford (where Fr. MacDonald will be offering regular Mass) and Dublin (at the Skylon Hotel, where Fr. Bufe will be offering Mass next Sunday at 10am).


Remember to pray for Fr. Ballini, and pray that more priests and faithful will have the courage to stand up to the modernism of the neo-SSPX and do likewise.

France: 83-year old lady double-excommunicated!

Posted by The Editor on May 17, 2015 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Via the French Resistance website "Reconquista" comes this story:


“We have just learned that the new [SSPX] prior of Fabregues has upped the ante with excommunications. The 83-year-old lady who was excommunicated (literally) by Fr. de la Motte for having welcomed Bishop Williamson into her home, Fr. Rousseau upped the ante by declaring that this excommunication would also stand were she to dare to welcome anyone at all connected with the Resistance to her home.

Apart from the odious denial of sacraments to an elderly person in need, there is the juridical absurdity of such a sanction. What does Fr. Rousseau mean by “welcome into her home”: if Fr. Pinaud stopped by for a cup of tea on the veranda, would she be excommunicated for that?

What does he mean by “resistance person”? Is there a black list of bishops, priests, brothers and laymen who are considered “people of the resistance”? Are Enoch and Eli on it?

Beyond this aberration and this and inhumanity on the part of an SSPX prior, we see a very dangerous spirit emerging, the spirit of a shop which no longer admits the possibility of any other way of eternal salvation than Bishop Fellay, the SSPX and its new spirit.

An SSPX priest who is currently in a very important post in the French district recognised that such a punishment was falling on the congregation.

Outside the Church no salvation! That’s a dogma, it’s absolutely true!

Outside Bishop Fellay and the SSPX no salvation – that is an obvious schism. Think about it.”



Post Script - We also learn via NonPossumus that Fr. de la Motte was replaced mid-year because he recently left the SSPX to go and join the local conciliar diocese. He is not the first. How many more, before Bishop Fellay saves them the trouble...?

Is this what one calls "spin"...?

Posted by The Editor on May 12, 2015 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)


What is the SSPX reaction to the departure of Frs. MacDonald and King?

From a reader comes the following:


   'At St. Joseph's [in London] it was announced that: "Father King had walked out


   on his parish responsibilities, leaving [Father Vandendale] to look after the whole

   of Central England single-handedly."


Given that Fr. King made sure to inform both Fr. Morgan and Bishop Fellay in advance of his intention to leave the SSPX, this is somewhat dishonest, to put it mildly. Notice also the lack of any hint of why Fr. King left - he just walked out, the implication being 'for no good reason.' This despite the declaration which Fr. King made public. As for "parish responsibilities", surely a responsibility towards the truth and towards the salvation of souls must rank highest amongst these, to say nothing of the fact that very many of his former parishioners are now (still) his current parishioners, having followed him out of the SSPX. 


Regarding Fr. MacDonald, in the latest district newsletter, Fr. Morgan writes:


   " Fr MacDonald’s departure

   On a sadder note, I regret to announce the departure of Father Edward

   MacDonald from the District just after Easter following his decision to

   undertake an independent apostolate in Australia."


Once again, note what is not said, and what is implied thereby. Fr. MacDonald is currently, to use his own words, "with the Resistance in Australia." Why is there no mention of the Resistance by Fr. Morgan? Why is there no mention by Fr. Morgan of the crucial reason why Fr. MacDonald left? Why Fr. Morgan lead the ususpecting reader to believe that Fr. MacDonald simply left on a selfish whim, for no reason - is this not uncharitable as well as dishonest? Given that Fr. MacDonald decided specifically to go and help Fr. Chazal and Fr. Picot, and that (again, in his own words) he did so at the request of Fr. Ortiz, is it not extremely misleading to say that he left to undertake "an independent ministry" - as though Fr. MacDonald simply could not be bothered to put up with obedience and superiors any longer?


Why the lack of honesty and candour? What is there to hide? Ironically, by going to such great lengths to avoid mentioning the Resistance or the crisis in the SSPX, Fr. Morgan has only drawn everyone's attention to it still further. It shows that the actions of Fr. MacDonald and Fr. King have dealt a serious blow to the "everything's-alright" / "everything's-still-the-same" version of 'reality' subscribed to by those who are living in denial. More worryingly, however, is the adoption by the SSPX of the sort of "spin" beloved of corrupt political parties and secular media. Let your "yes" be "yes" and your "no" be "no".

Fr. Bouchacourt: "It's all thanks to the Pope"; Pozzo: "The Journey Continues!"

Posted by The Editor on May 6, 2015 at 12:35 PM Comments comments (0)


We refer the reader to an article which appeared a week ago in the French weekly magazine "Famille Chrettienne" ('Christian Family' - a magazine which is not even 'conservative novus ordo' - it is widely regarded as liberal even by the standards of the Novus Ordo!), a translation of which can be found here or on our Reference Materials page.


As one might expect, most of it is not "news", but it does contain some snippets of interview with Fr. Christian ("the-Jews-did-not-commit-Deicide") Bouchacourt, who takes the opportunity to praise Pope Francis as being very helpful in the matter of the SSPX recognition. Remember that it was Fr. Bouchacourt who first asked for the recognition back in 2011. He asked the then Cardinal Bergoglio (now Pope Fancis), the man, he says, "...who made things easier [for the SSPX to be recognised]." "Without him, it would have been impossible."


There are also some snippets of interview with Archbishop Pozzo in which, amongst other things, he says that the "journey" of "dialogue" between the SSPX and Rome "is continuing." 


Would anyone like to ask Fr. Daniel "Resistance-to-What?" Themann what this all means? 


Would anyone like to ask Fr. Jacques Emily, who insisted that "There is no accord and there will be no accord!"  (and who said that anyone who says otherwise must be "of such bad faith" see here) what this might mean?


Would someone like to ask Bishop Fellay, who said in talks in England, Ireland and elsewhere that everything is over between the SSPX and Rome, and that the talks are at an end, what this might mean?

Statement from Fr. King

Posted by The Editor on May 3, 2015 at 12:35 PM Comments comments (0)


To readers living in England, Scotland and Wales, Fr. Brendan King will need no introduction. For the benefit of people from other parts of the world, he was ordained in 1987 by Archbishop Lefebvre and has been prior of Preston, covering the chapels of Northern England, until today when he announced his departure from the SSPX due to its new direction. His statement can be read here.


Deo Gratias. Please keep him in your prayers, and pray that more priests follow his example.

"SSPX Argentina - What Does it Mean?"

Posted by The Editor on May 2, 2015 at 8:05 AM Comments comments (0)


"The Society of Saint Pius X recognized in Argentina: what does it mean? Much more than you may think!"


We are grateful to our friends over at Non Possumus for drawing our attention to this very interesting piece of evidence concerning the recent recognition of the SSPX on the part of the conciliar church in Argentina. The article's source, the website "Rorate Caeli" will be known to many readers as being of 'indultish,' 'modernist-Rome-friendly' alignment, in a similar vein to the Fraternity of St. Peter and various other 'Ecclesia Dei' groups. If we promote this particular article, therefore, it is not because we share their sentiment, it is not because we are in agreement with them on the desirability of an SSPX-Rome agreement. Quite the contrary, it is because we are not in agreement with them that it is so interesting to note their conclusions. 


Menzingen, in its DICI press release, wishes to downplay this event, to create the impression that the Argentine conciliar “recognition” is a matter of small or no importance. These people clearly think otherwise, as even the title of their article suggests ...and they are supporters of Menzingen’s new direction! We have been warning for some time about Menzingen’s very serious problems with honesty and telling the truth. Here is a “hostile witness” who agrees with us in doubting Menzingen’s candour and honesty, especially in their last paragraph. Has ‘Rorate Caeli,’ pillar of the indultish/Ecclesia Dei internet chattering class, gone all “reactionary,” “bitter” and “hate-filled” and ended up joining the Resistance? Or could it just be that The Recusant and others were telling the truth about Menzingen and DICI all along…?!?


See for yourself and make up your own mind.



R.I.P. Fr. Gruner

Posted by The Editor on April 29, 2015 at 10:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Of your  charity, please pray for the repose of the soul of Fr. Nicholas Gruner, founder and director of the International Fatima Rosary Crusade, who died of a heart attack last night.


Eternal Rest grant unto him, O Lord

And Let Perpetual Light Shine Upon Him

May He Rest in Peace


Fr. MacDonald sermons

Posted by The Editor on April 22, 2015 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Our friends over at Ecclesia Militans have uploaded some recent sermons from Fr. MacDonald at the Resistance in Australia (here). Keep praying that more priests do likewise. 

Fr. Girouard on the Argentine Sellout

Posted by The Editor on April 14, 2015 at 8:30 PM Comments comments (0)

We draw the reader's attention to the latest update to Fr. Girouard's website, in the form of an article on the Argentine recognition "From Argentina With Love"

In his editorial he writes:


"Dear friends,

After a year of absence from the website, I am introducing my latest editorial, which deals with the recent administrative recognition of the Neo-SSPX by the government of Argentina, thanks to the help of the Conciliar Church.  ..." 


...the rest of which may be read here

After a hiatus, we are glad to see the return of his website and the influence of his intellect and experience which it brings with it.