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DICI downplays Argentine sellout

Posted by The Editor on April 14, 2015 at 9:10 AM Comments comments (0)

And yes, in case anyone is wondering, "sellout" is the right expression, and no, it is not in any way an exaggeration. Consider that we are talking about the SSPX founded by Archbisho Lefebvre. To remind yourself of how the Archbishop thought of the conciliar church and how he viewed them, take a look at the letters and interviews by him on our Reference Materials page. Does this sound like anything less than a man at war with the conciliar church?


Next consider that the only reason why the Argentine state agreed to recognise the SSPX as part of the "Catholic Church" is that the conciliar authorities told them to do so. Without the urging of the conciliar cardinal, there would be no recognition. Consider that "Catholic Church" in the minds of such men as these means "conciliar church". In reality, therefore, the Argentine state has now officially recognised that the SSPX is part of the concilair church.


...And as for the SSPX, which is supposed to be at war with that same conciliar church - where is their reaction to being "recognised" as part of the thing they are meant to be at war with...?


Here is the only reaction we have seen so far, put out yesterday afternoon by DICI.

"Argentina: The State of Argentina Recognises the Society of St. Pius X Administratively"


Without delving into the body of the text (which is designed to downlplay the significance of this development and to distance themselves from its consequences and hide it implications), even the title is a piece of equivocation. The word "administratively" is almost superfluous. How else are they supposed to recognise them? But if the Argentine State Recognises the SSPX Administratively" the question begged is: "Recognises what about them?" (Answer - that they are part fo the conciliar church.)   What this does therefore admit, intentionally or otherwise, is that the Novus Ordo Archdiocese of Buenos Aires (Pope Francis's old See) and the SSPX are no longer "two different religions which are fighting it out to the death," but two different corners of the same big tent, two side altars in the Masonic Cathedral of Diversity. 


SSPX laity, for God's sake wake up now, do something before it is too late!


Argentina: SSPX re-enters the conciliar church

Posted by The Editor on April 13, 2015 at 7:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Our friends over at Non Possumus report a very important development in Argentina, where an official recognition of the SSPX by the conciliar hierarchy is being reported by Argentina's largest daily newspaper Clarin (the same newspaper to whom Fr. Bouchacourt made his infamous remarks). 

"Lefebvrists re-admitted to the Church in Argentina"

"In Argentina, members of the ultra-conservative group founded by French bishop Marcel Lefebvre – excommunicated by Pope John-Paul II in 1988 along with four other bishops – have formally returned to the Catholic Church.  ... "

The whole article in English can be read here

Given that Bishop Fellay and his defenders have stated numerous times that "there will be no agreement", ought we to expect an immediate Press Communiqué from Menzingen condemning its own South American District Superior and the SSPX priests in Argentina, and informing the world that they are no longer in the SSPX? After all, it took them less than 24 hours to condemn the consecration of Bishop Faure... 

Or will the Bitter Cynics and Prophets of Doom be proved right yet again? Will more such 'local agreements' follow, before finally Rome and Menzingen formally announce what has already de facto taken place? 

Fr. Edward MacDonald joins the Resistance

Posted by The Editor on April 12, 2015 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Some good news comes to us from the Australian Resistance who inform us that Fr. Edward MacDonald has left the neo-SSPX and joined the Resistance. Fr. MacDonald was until very recently stationed at the SSPX retreat house in Bristol, here in England, and before that was the prior of the SSPX priory in Athlone, Ireland. He said Easter Mass for the Brisbane Resistance which was followed by a conference at which he spoke about the "deepening crisis in the Society of St. Pius X" and encoruaged the faithful to keep doing what they are already doing:  "I think it's the right thing to do obviously, or I wouldn't be here." 


Please say a quick Hail Mary in thanksgiving, remember to pray for Fr. MacDonald, and contniue to pray that more priests will find the courage to bravely follow his example in standing up for the truth and trusting in Divine Providence. Deo Gratias.


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.