The Recusant

An unofficial SSPX newsletter, fighting a guerilla war for the soul of Tradition!

"Keep It Simple!"

Sermon by Fr. Patrick Girouard (old SSPX)
16th March, 2014
Aldergrove, BC, Canada


In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen


So last week... As you know, last week after the Mass here, I started a trip to our Resistance Mission in Seattle. Actually it is at Gig Harbor which is South-West a bit from Seattle, for an evening Mass, and there was between 25 and 30 people there including the children. And I got lost a little bit at some point, and got into the back roads where the road signs are bigger than the roads themselves, and I realized that this was the wrong direction, as things were becoming smaller and smaller all the time, and I tracked back and finally got on the right path, and I arrived there on time for confessions. And it's a very nice group there and we had a good talk afterwards. We had a nice meal.


And the next day I left the house of that family where I stayed, at about eleven o'clock, and I went to Post Falls and there was some rain, and on the mountains there was some wet snow falling, but nothing too bad compared to the Coquihalla Mountains (Note: In the BC Rockies, with a highway going up to 5,677 feet). So after you have done the Coquihalla circuit for 4 years, you can go through that little mountain. And then I arrived at Post Falls at 4:20 p.m. and we had confessions at 5:30, so I was well in advance, and they rented a big conference room in a hotel, and they have a nice setup. At Seattle, they had a nice setup too. In the living room there was a nice little chapel there, but in Post Falls they are more numerous, there were about 70 people so they have a big room, and a smaller altar than what we have here, but nice. And they are, (in both groups), well organized with vestments and all that, and then they had a pot-luck. And the next day I had Mass at 8:30 in the morning and I left at 11:00, and I arrived back here at 6:00 PM. And the round trip, from this church here to all these places, back to my home, it's exactly 1,500 kilometres (= 937.5 miles).


Okay… And it's weird to me: I'm talking to you now, and it seems it was like a year ago, and it was just last week! And both groups are very fervent, and it helped me to realize their need, and because, well, here you are providentially lucky. You have mass every week, confession every week, and you are fervent, yes and all that, but there, they also, they, I could feel, I could see that, you know, they missed all that. And they really were eager and very happy to have this visit, and it encouraged me indeed to go ahead with the plan of going to that circuit twice a month, starting in May.


So I would like to just say a few words now, as I will not talk about the Gospel of today. I will talk a bit on what's going on in the Society, and make a kind of a summary of it. A quick one. There is nothing new, really, to announce right now, but

so that we can have a perspective about these things that will be easy to remember. And that we do not get lost into 10,000 documents to read. There are a lot of documents to read. You have read a lot of these documents, of course, but in fact the situation is pretty simple to figure out, and this is what I would like to emphasize today.


Because, as you probably remember, last year on March 17th, (which will be tomorrow), was the first day of my suspension from active duty in the Society of St. Pius X. On March 13th, I had been ordered to transfer to Montreal, at the District Headquarters, and to keep silent. And to make sure I was silent they suspended me straight away, and they sent a priest of the Society, from Post Falls, to replace me on Sunday March 17th, so they were pretty quick in their moves. And so, as you remember, I had a low Mass on that day, without a sermon, and then we went to celebrate my suspension to a restaurant in Langley, and all that. And, after that, I packed my things and I went into hiding for 2 months, while you prepared yourselves by studying the documents. And when you've been ready, I came back. So that is history.


But because of this, I would like to go back to these questions, these important questions, and to summarize them, and I think I would say to the people...  I would say to all of you and to everybody: "Keep it simple!" Keep it simple in your minds, and when you talk with the people, because in fact the choice to make is a pretty simple choice. The choice to make is: Do we want to be recognized by crooks and heretics? Should we want them to give us the title of Catholics?

No! I am a Catholic. I know I am a Catholic. My catechism tells me I am a Catholic. And all the documents of the traditional Popes, so I don't need people who promote the heresies of Modernism and Liberalism, which have been condemned by previous Popes, I don't need them to give me the label, or not give me the label, of Catholic. I don't care what they think about me. I want to do what is right. I want to do the will of God. I am a Catholic, and with the help of God I will be a Catholic until my last breath. I will not change! With the grace of God! But I don't need these people, who are destroying the Church, to give me a label; a good one or a bad one, I don't care.


In fact, if they would give me a bad one, I would be more happy! If they would tell me: “You are no good... You are not a part of our Church”... I would say: “Well, I know I am not a part of your Church, and I don't want to be a part of your Church, but I'm grateful that you publicized this. Okay? And if you would excommunicate me from your Church, I would be even happier! Because right now I excommunicate myself. That means I put myself outside of your modernist

structure, because I don't want God, when I die, to judge me, and to say: ‘You have given your little finger to these people. You have collaborated in the destruction of my Church, and in the perdition of millions of souls. You have given your name to that organization that is destroying my people; that is scattering my sheep!’ I don't want to have that accusation against me!”


And the situation with the Society is very simple. They will tell you: “Well, we have not signed an agreement!” As far as I know that's true. They have not signed an agreement, yet. But if you look at the Declaration of the General Chapter

of 2012, and if you look at the Declaration of Bishop Fellay, Bishop Tissier and Bishop Galaretta of June 27th last year, 2013, you read these two documents and they both say the same thing. They open the door to an official recognition,

and to an official canonical regularization of the Society, without putting, as a condition, that Rome has to convert first.

This was our position until 2012, expressed by the Archbishop and expressed by the General Chapter of 2006. No agreement with Rome. No, to a practical agreement.


What is a practical agreement? That means a canonical regularization, that means an agreement that does not concern doctrine, and this was confirmed, and this is confirmed even today by the Society, in the words themselves of Father Rostand in his interview "Against the Rumors". It is still on his website. He makes the real distinction. I told you; I wrote an editorial two or three weeks ago about it (Feb. 22, 2014). He makes the distinction: what is an agreement. So without agreeing on doctrine, now the Society accepts the principle of being recognized. They opened the door. Now it only depends on Rome. They don't even ask, in their letter of June, they don't even ask to sign anything. They say: If Rome wants to just approve us, fine!


And then they would go to the Roman structure. Which kind of structure? The Novus Ordo structure! That's all! There is only one structure that we're talking about here. It is the Novus Ordo structure. There is no such thing as a traditional Church in Rome. It is a Novus Ordo, Vatican II, Church, and when you deal with them that's what you are dealing with. You're dealing with the Novus Ordo. The Vatican II Church. The Conciliar Church. And if you want that Church to approve of you, what you are saying is...I don't care what: "Oh, yes, we want to continue to defend doctrine; and Tradition; and we want to continue to fight the errors, blah, blah, blah...” This has... You can talk pages and pages about it, but when you say: "We want heretics to give us the seal of their approval", in practice, you accept these heresies! You talk big on the one hand, but your action, on the other, contradicts your talk.  You say you want to fight for the Truth, but you want to be recognized by heretics! You want to be recognized by the Vatican II Church. So the contradiction is there: the words versus the actions.


So the situation is really simple.  Since the General Chapter of 2012 the Society has officially opened the door to this. The door had been closed by the Archbishop. The Archbishop said: We cannot shake hands with them. We cannot have any kind of agreement with them unless they go back to Catholic Truth. Unless they go back to the teaching of the Traditional Church. Unless they condemn Vatican II. And now Bishop Fellay believes the contrary. You see the contradiction in Bishop Fellay. (You can find all these documents on the Recusant website)… Two years ago, in March, he sent to us priests, in the Cor Unum bulletin, a big letter about, yes, how he is so strong against Modernism and he wants to fight errors, and blah, blah, blah. Yes, yes, yes, yes! Two pages, and then, oops!! The last page: Oh yes, I am still in keeping with the decision of the Chapter of 2006 that there should be no practical agreement with an unconverted Rome, but the situation has changed in Rome! So he doesn't say that the Chapter of 2006 was no good. No, no. It was good for 2006! But in 2012 it is not good anymore, because the complete situation has changed! And then he goes into his big dream and fantasy: That he knows many bishops who don't like Vatican II anymore, and there is a change, and the new generation doesn't even know about Vatican II, and all these kinds of things, and they are not attached to it, like the older generation, and that things are changing and “I receive secret encouragements from people who are close to the Pope”, and all these kinds of things, so now, it has changed, we could have such an agreement. And we could help changing the Church from the inside. So he lives in a complete dream! In a complete illusion!


Because between 2006 and 2012, and today, what did we have? We had Assisi III. We had, I don't know how many World Youth Days, by Benedict XVI, and the new Pope. Do you see a change in the Novus Ordo Church? No! No! Not me. It is the same Novus Ordo, Vatican II, Liberal, Modernist, Church. So the situation is exactly the same. And therefore things are not complicated. The Society, because of its leadership living in a dream, and in an illusion, unfortunately they have changed the laws of the Society. They have changed the Society themselves. They have opened the door to this. So when you open the door, one day, something is going to happen! Just the fact that you opened the door means what? It means you have renounced your principles. A door is there to protect your home against the invaders. We are in a time of war! We're not surrounded by the friends of Christ here!


And that opening of the door of the Society reminds me of John XXIII opening the windows of the Church. In 1959, he said: "We need a breath of fresh air!" Remember? And he said: "I want to open the windows of the Church." Later on his successor, Pope Paul VI, said: "I wonder what happened to the Church...but somehow, through some cracks in the walls, the smoke of Satan has entered the Church!" But I if I would have been there, I would have said: "Well, your Holiness, it was not through some cracks in the walls that the smoke of Satan has entered the Church. It was through the windows that John XXIII has opened!" And now we have Bishop Fellay, and the 40 Capitulants who signed the Declaration of the General Chapter, who have opened, not only a window, no! That was not enough for them! They opened the door of their house! The door of the castle that has been erected by Archbishop Lefebvre to protect, and to fight, as a base of operation, to fight outside and to protect inside, for Christ the King, for the Catholic Church. Now they have opened the door. When will the enemy come in? I don't know. I am not a prophet. But if you leave your door open, the enemy will come. You are basically raising the white flag. That's what you're doing: You are surrendering yourself!


This is... When you read history, you read about... It's even in the Bible, there's many histories and stories of sieges in the Bible. And when you read all the other history, the conquerors always asked one thing to the cities that they were besieging: "Open the gates! If you open the gates, we will not kill you. We will not utterly destroy the city but, if you resist, we will continue the siege and then, when we get in, nobody will survive!" That was always the same choice that they put. And now what do we have with the General Chapter? We have all these Superiors of the Society on the ramparts, on top of the wall, looking down at the army besieging the Society and saying to them:“We are against you! We are against you! We don't like your doctrine!”But they have opened the door! What will these words, these fighting words, what effects will they have, if you open the door of your castle to the enemy?


They are, right now in Rome, I am sure, laughing at the Society, and they are really having a good time! Because they know that the Society has been defeated! That's all! They're laughing at Bishop Fellay! They're laughing at Bishop Williamson! They're laughing at everybody! They have their field day, and it doesn't matter how long it's going to take before they get inside the castle, but the door is open. So the situation is very, very simple. And I will finish with quoting for you from a document of Archbishop Lefebvre addressed to his priests, on September 6th, 1990. So, two years after the Consecrations and six months before his death. So it's only a few parts of it. You can find it on the Recusant website.

But I will... I have selected a few quotes to show you what was his mind and that, really, what we are doing here and in Seattle, and Post Falls and everywhere else, we are only following what the Archbishop said.


So he says here: "Certainly the question of the liturgy and the sacraments is important, but it is not the most important. The most important question is the question of the Faith. This question is unresolved in Rome. For us it is resolved. We have the Faith of all time, the Faith of the Catechism of the Council of Trent, of the Catechism of St. Pius X, hence the Faith of the Church, of all the Church Councils, of all the Popes prior to Vatican II. Now the official Church is persevering, we might say pertinaciously, in the false ideas and grave errors of Vatican II, that much is clear." (It's the same thing today: they are still believing Vatican II.)


"And it is striking to see how our fight now is exactly the same fight as was being fought then by the great Catholics of the 19th century, right after the French Revolution, and by the Popes, Pius VI, Pius VII, Pius VIII, Gregory XVI, Pius IX, Leo XIII, and so on, Pius X, down to Pius XII. Their fight is summed up in the encyclical 'Quanta Cura' with the ‘Syllabus’ of Pius IX, and 'Pascendi Dominici Gregis' of Pius X .These are the two great documents, sensational and shocking in their day, laying out the Church's teaching in face of the modern errors, the errors appearing in the course of the Revolution, especially in the 'Declaration of the Rights of Man'.”


“This is the fight we are in the middle of today. Exactly the same fight, and Cardinal Ratzinger has said that as far as he is concerned Vatican II is 'an anti-Syllabus'. Therewith the Cardinal placed himself clearly amongst those who are against the Syllabus. If then he is against the Syllabus,(our so-called traditional Benedict XVI) he is adopting the principles of the Revolution. And besides Cardinal Ratzinger goes on saying, 'Indeed we have now absorbed into Church teaching, and the Church has opened herself up to, principles which are not hers, but which come from modern society.'”(So we have two Churches. The one that has accepted the principles of 1789, the French Revolution, and the one, the Catholic Church that still fights them! The situation is not really complicated).


And he talks about illusions. He talks about dreams, like those Bishop Fellay has, and he says:"Well, we find ourselves in the same situation. We must not be under any illusions. (Let us not dream. Let us not have wishful thinking. Let us see what is real.)Consequently we are in the thick of a great fight, a great fight. We are fighting a fight guaranteed by a whole line of popes. Hence we should have no hesitation or fear, hesitation such as: 'Why should we be going on our own? After all why not join Rome, why not join the pope?'Yes, if Rome and the Pope were in line with Tradition. (That is the condition!)If they were carrying on the work of all the Popes of the 19th and the first half of the 20th century, of course, yes! But they themselves admit that they have set out on a new path.(It's not only us saying it!)It is the fight of Satan against the City of God.(See how strong he is!)So we do not have to worry. We must trust in the grace of God."


And he said that "we must choose." (I told you the choice is simple, I will quote Archbishop Lefebvre, what he said to Paul VI):"We have to choose between you and a Council on the one side, and your predecessors on the other; either we go with your predecessors who stated the Church's teaching, or with the novelties of Vatican II."(This is the choice. The Catholic Church or the modern, heretic, liberal Church. And here's what he says about those who want to be recognized, and those who left us to be recognized... The Fraternity of Saint Peter):"They are betraying us -they are shaking hands with the Church's destroyers. They are shaking hands with people holding modernist and liberal ideas condemned by the Church. So they are doing the devil's work!" (The words of Archbishop Lefebvre about those who are recognized by those crooks and heretics of Rome: "They are doing the devil's work!" And they are! And then he says): "One cannot both shake hands with modernists and keep following Tradition. It is not possible." (And I repeat: "It is not possible." This condemns the dream of Bishop Fellay and his friends. I repeat): "One cannot both shake hands with modernists and keep following Tradition."


I continue his quote: "This is what causes us a problem with certain lay folk (and today I would add with priests of the Society and with the hierarchy of the Society), while very nice, very good people, they are all for the Society, they accepted the Consecrations, but they have a kind of a deep down regret that they are no longer with the people they used to be with, people who did not accept the Consecrations and who are now against us.  They say: 'It's a pity we are divided. Why not meet up with them. Let's go and have a drink together, reach out a hand to them.'(And he says): That's a betrayal! Those saying this give the impression that at the drop of a hat they would cross over and join those who left us. They must make up their minds."But unfortunately they did make up their minds. Bishop Fellay, and all that. They opened the door to the enemy. Wide open, with the General Chapter. They made up their minds. What they want is the whole of the Society following them. Instead of leaving us, like those who founded the Fraternity of St. Peter, instead of leaving us alone to continue the fight, they are trying to bring with them all the Priests, all the Sisters, all the Brothers and all the lay folks.


So it's pretty clear, you see? There is only one more quote…Here! About what should we do in the future and all that, and he says about Rome:"However..." (if we continue, the Society, to be faithful to the Catholic Church, to the Popes of all times), "However, one day they will be obliged to recognize that the Society represents a spiritual force and a strength of the Faith which is irreplaceable and which they will have I hope, the joy and satisfaction to make use of, but, when they have come back to their traditional Faith." Until then there is no shaking of hands. There's no having drinks or meals even with them. We should not even talk to them. You go back to the Catholic Faith, to the traditional Faith, and then we talk!


And we should close the gate of the castle before it’s too late. And since they don't want to close that door, that they have opened two years ago, those who want to save their souls, those who want to remain faithful to God, to the Catholic Church, those who do not want, in anyway, to participate, to give their names to the destruction of the Church,

those will have to get out of the Society. As we had to get out of the official structure of the Modern Church, now we have to get out of the official structure of the Modern SSPX. Because we don't want God to say: "You have remained silent! You have remained inside! And, therefore, you have cooperated in the destruction of the Church!"


In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.