Claim: The Carmelites of Brilon-Wald were misled by their chaplain (...) A period of one and a half years of influencing preceded this move.
Correction: There was no influencing, however, sound catechesis, in the form and content similar to the instructions we were commonly used to receive 15 years ago from the Society St. Pius X. Behind this background it was inevitable that the current deviations of the Society St. Pius X from sound doctrine became obvious. Our practical conclusion, the step to separate ourselves from the Society, was not discussed with our Chaplain, he was merely informed of it, excluding the practical question whether he was to go and stay with us in this case.
Claim: We were religious nuns in seclusion who are only “informed” from one side.
Correction: Up until March 2013 we received the Mitteilungsblatt and the Kirchliche Umschau and therefore we were familiar with the official statements of the Society.
Claim: In the last months, subversive and slanderous writings were apparently circulating in the monastery. (...)
Correction: The main object of our studies were in recent months:
Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre: Sermons, talks and books (especiall: “They have uncrowned Him”)
Don Félix Sardá y Salvany: "Liberalism is sin" (recommended by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre)
Father Michel Lelong: "Pour la nécessaire réconciliation - Le Groupe de Reflexion Entre Catholiques (GREC)" (Report of a priest of the official church of the secret talks between the SSPX with Rome for 15 years)
To complement the one-sided reporting of the Mitteilungsblatt we used (without the mediation of our Chaplain) the writings of the SSPX- Resistance. These are flatly condemned by the SSPX as subversive.
Claim: Step by step their (i.e.: our) trust was undermined, ie by said subversion.
Correction: Our trust was undermined by the Society itself. The contradiction and deviation from the clear line of the Archbishop of which abundant statements can be found, were irrefutable documented by the Resistance. That the Mitteilungsblatt did not even want to publish the letter of the three bishops Tissier de Mallerais, de Galarreta and Williamson to the General Council in April 2012 as well as the response of the General Council ( 14.04.2012) , corresponds certainly not with truthful reporting. On the side of the Resistance we meet an objective way of arguing, whereas it is mere subjective arguing on the side of the SSPX.
Claim: Without literal reference but from its context unambiguously applied to us we are subject to: stubbornness, self-righteousness, condescension, criticism, false dialectic, mockery and malice .
Correction: A documentation of our exchange of letters with Bishop de Galarreta and Rev. Fr. Schmidberger which was kept from our side as short and polite as possible would completely relieve us in this regard. We forgo a publication in order not to unnecessarily put personalities of the SSPX in the light of their own allegations.
Proof of liberalism in the Society
That liberalism has entered the Society can be demonstrated by many statements of Bishop Fellay and other well-known representatives of the Society which can be read in their official statements or more clearly compiled on the website of the resistance. The willingness, indeed the pursuit of a practical agreement with still a modernist, conciliar Rome, is the most telling and alarming proof. As complicity in liberalism Don Félix Sardá y Salvany mentions: “Complicity have the fathers, confessors, spiritual directors, directors of institutes, professors and teachers, when they if asked about such things either remain silent or simply not explain where they are obliged to instruct the conscience of their subordinates. “(Chapter 17, No. 6) In Sarto-Verlag (publishing company of the German SSPX) dubious books are distributed. In the Mitteilungsblatt and the Kirchlichen Umschau appear constantly disputable articles by conservative representatives of the official church without being corrected.
Are we sedevacantists?
No, we are not. A decision on whether the dubious popes since the Council were ie. are legitimate popes or not cannot be in any way incumbent on us. Therefore, we pray for the pope, without however being able to submit to his still modernist authority.
Our canonical situation
According to the letter of the then Superior General of the SSPX, Rev. Fr. Schmidberger, to the monasteries of tradition on 28.05. 1991, the situation for all monasteries associated with the SSPX is as follows: The SSPX itself has no power of jurisdiction over the religious communities. The bishop in charge of the religious communities executes his office not as a member of the SSPX but simply as a Catholic bishop by virtue of an extraordinary jurisdiction which arises as the communities call on him due to the state of emergency. The communities are completely free to do so. We have therefore forwent in freedom due to the above mentioned liberalism to make use of Msgr. de Galarreta’s supplied authority. In its place we are in contact with Msgr. Richard Williamson.
The quest for a rational assessment of the situation of the SSPX, enlightened by faith, has suggested to us after much prayer the following decision: For the love of truth, of the Church and the SSPX as the from God blessed work of the Archbishop, we see it as our duty, to withdraw from the dangerous influence of liberalism which has become apparent in the latter. The life of contemplative sisters has as its goal the contemplation of truth and the union with God, who is truth itself. Half-truths and compromises can impossibly be means to reach this goal. In order to work for the triumph of our Holy Church through the triumpf of the Immaculate Heart of Our Lady , to remain faithful to the mission of the Archbishop and to obtain for us and for many souls the highest good, the union with God, we see ourselves forced to confess and protect our faith by distancing ourselves from the Society. We will return with pleasure, as soon as it returns to the line of Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre.
What about the future of the monastery?
Due to the loss of benefactors who cannot understand our step and also due to fact that our external sister left us hastily, we are now in a distressed situation. For over 30 years the district was unable to provide us with a chaplain who could have been able to operate pastorally. Due to a lack of faithful who could help us, we now have to leave our cloister regularly in order to ensure for our livelihood. That we were heading towards this precarious situation was already communicated eight years ago to the then District Superior, without however, appointing a house-chaplain who could fill the empty post. Therefore, we envisage to relocate our Carmel to the south where help is assured. Since our monastery cannot be sold – it reverts back to the SSPX as soon as it is no longer used as a Carmel – we need new financial means to rebuild. Even with a very humble beginning with a smaller building at least 700,000 Euro are necessary. We urgently ask you for your donations to help ensure that the continuation of our monastery in Bavaria or surroundings can be guaranteed. For the faith we have thrown ourselves in the arms of Divine Providence: “ In te, Domine, speravi – non confundar in aeternum - In you my Lord I hope – I shall not be confounded."
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Guardian of the Faith, pray for us!
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