The Recusant

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

Profession of Faith
Fr. Jean OFM Cap. (Morgon)


1. In view of the present situation, in the 50th anniversary year of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, the year in which Pope Benedict XVI has inaugurated the “Year of Faith” “dedicated to the profession of the Faith and its correct interpretation” and in which the faithful are being encouraged with Indulgences to study the Acts of the Council and the articles of the New Catechism which put them into accessible language; this same Council of which Cardinal Ratzinger wrote, 30 years afterwards “a chasm separates the history of the Church into two irreconcilable worlds: the preconciliar and the postconciliar.” (‘In the Presence of the Angels I Will Sing Your Praise’; The Regensburg Tradition and the Reform of the Liturgy, pp.130)

2. In view of the recent declaration broadcast on the radio by the Prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Mgr Müller, who has not really abjured his errors (not to mention heresies!) regarding Transubstantiation, the Virgin Mary, and Protestants belonging to the Church, and who has just recently accused the priests and faithful of Tradition of being outside the Catholic Faith, affirming: “We cannot abandon the Catholic Faith in these discussions [with the SSPX].” (Interview with NDR, 6/10/2012)

3. In view of the categorical exhortations of the Apostles to be intransigent on Doctrine, not only the obligation to guard the entire deposit of the Faith which has been transmitted (1 Tim. 6,20; 2 John, 9) but also to be wary of false teachers (Acts 20, 29; 2 Peter 2,1), to anathematize those who teach a divergent doctrine (Gal. 1,9; 2 John, 10) and even to resist the highest authorities if they are not following a straight path in the Faith (Gal. 2,11).

4. In view of the prophesies worthy of belief which have announced to us a general apostasy from the Faith in the last days of the Church: in particular, the Biblical prophesies of Our Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 18,8) and the St. Paul (1 Tim. 4,1; 2 Tim. 3, 1-8) and the prophesies of Our Lady in apparitions recognised as authentic by the Church (Quito, La Salette, Fatima); prophesies which were confirmed by the 20th Century Popes deploring the official apostasy of Catholic nations up to Vatican II, and then encouraging it thereafter.

5. In view of the constant and inviolable law of the Church, which dictates that “Christ’s faithful are bound to profess openly () the Faith in all circumstances where their silence, their equivocation or their behaviour might imply an implicit denial of the Faith, contempt of religion, an insult to God or the scandal of their neighbour.” (1917 Code, canon 1325, §1)

6. In view of the timely exhortations of our predecessors in the ongoing struggle for the defense of the Faith against the neo-modernists, such as Archbishop Lefebvre: “We have to fight against the ideas which are currently in vogue in Rome, in the mouth of the Pope, in the mouth of Cardinal Ratzinger” (Econe conference, 06/09/1900; Fideliter No. 87, p.3), such as Mgr. De Castro Mayer: “To be faithful to the Mission with that God has entrusted to us, to resist the prevailing modernism” (Declaration at Consecrations, 30/06/1988; Fideliter No.64, p.9)

7. In view of the serious and unavoidable differences in matters of the Faith, noted the last time the doctrinal discussions happened in Rome between the Conciliar theologians and those of Tradition, differences which in essence had already been expressed by Archbishop Lefebvre in his Episcopal Manifesto (21/11/1983), and widely exposed in our seminars, conferences and doctrinal articles, our study circles and our preaching to the faithful.

   II – Profession of the Catholic Faith

In the present situation, and view of the things mentioned above, as a Catholic priest and in spite of my unworthiness, may I be permitted this day, in front of the faithful who have a strict right to know what is the interior faith of those who preach to them, to publicly reaffirm the following:

1. I renew until my death the public profession of Faith made by my odparents on the day of my baptism, and on my own at my solemn communion, twelve years later.

2. I renew until my death my Tridentine profession of Faith, and the Anti-Modernist Oath which I swore publicly, hand on the Gospels, before the Blessed Sacrament, on the day of my ordination.

3. I profess until my death the Apostles creed, recited every Sunday at Mass, as well as the Athanasian Creed which, before the Council, the Church required all those consecrated to her to recite every Sunday in the breviary.

4. I profess until my death each and every defined dogma of the Roman Catholic Faith, as well as each and every truth of Catholic Doctrine, noted as such by all the theologians (cf. Dz. 2880) before the Council, truths whose denial would imply the sin of rashness against the Faith.

5. I profess, and will always, all the truths that have been attacked in the history of the Church, and I reject all the opposing errors which have been duly censured by the Magisterium of the Popes, the Councils and the Roman Congregations

6. I profess, and will do so for my whole life, the sure and traditional doctrine outlined in the catechisms of the Council of Trent and of St. Pius X, as well as in every other pre-Vatican II catechism which reproduced them faithfully and integrally

7. Finally I profess, and wish to profess until my last breath, the Faith of the Fathers and Doctors of the Church, faithfully transmitted by the Magisterium of the Popes and Councils as a formulation of absolute truth which is certain and fixed once and for all, and which cannot evolve over time in its substance.

   III - Profession of Faith against Present Day Errors

The main duty of every priest is not only to profess and teach the true Catholic Faith, but also to defend it against the attacks of the enemy, whoever they may be, therefore:

1. I profess the traditional definition and Catholic Faith, i.e. that it is a supernatural virtue, a gift of God by which my entire soul, intellect and will, submits to every truth revealed by God and transmitted by His one Church, which can neither deceive nor be deceived.

Also, I condemn and reject the neo-modernist doctrine, which presents the Faith as being “born in the depths of my own self” (John Paul II, “N’ayez pas peur!” Laffont, p. 39) or as an “experience” that can only be “community” (Prof. Ratzinger, “The Christian Faith ...” p. 110 and “Principles of theology ...,” p. 35)

2. I profess the Traditional Catholic doctrine of the Social Kingship of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and the necessary implication of a harmonious union between Church and State, so that Divine and Ecclesiastical law governs all human institutions, for the glory of God and the salvation of souls, a doctrine based on Scripture (Isiah, 55,4; 1 Tim. 6,15; Ap. 1,5) and Tradition, particularly the Encyclical “Quas Primas” of Pope Pius XI.

I also condemn and reject the liberal doctrine of Vatican II, “Gaudium et Spes” (Ch. 4) proclaiming the autonomy of the state from the Church by the false principle of religious liberty, a doctrine which the previous Pope has already previously described as “a kind of anti-Syllabus”, and more recently, in a public speech to ambassadors, as “a great leap in human progress” (13/12/2008)

3. I profess the Traditional Catholic doctrine of true ecumenism, which is to say the return of lost souls to the one fold of Christ, a doctrine based on Scripture (John 10,16; Acts 2,38)and constant Tradition, in particular the Encyclical Mortalium Animos” of Pope Pius XI.

I also condemn and reject the contrary doctrine of the conciliar churchmen, who teach that the ecumenism of return is “obsolete” (Balamand Agreement, 24/06/1993), that we must no longer seek to “convert” others (Cardinal Kaspar, 22/01/2001), and that to do so “would be to deny others their own heritage of faith” (Benedict XVI, 18/07/2005).

4. I profess the traditional definition of the Roman Catholic Church as the Mystical Body of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and only Ark of Salvation, to which one cannot belong without Baptism and the Faith; doctrine revealed by God (Col. 1,18; John 3,5; Mc. 16,16) and Transmitted by Tradition, in particular the encyclical “Mystici Corporis” of Pope Pius XII.

I also condemn and reject the divergent doctrine of Vatican II that “The Church of Christ subsists in the Catholic Church” (L. G. 8) and and made ​​explicit by the New Catechism (§ 836), that “All men are called to this catholic unity of the People of God.... And to it, in different ways, belong or are ordered”.

Furthermore, I condemn and reject the new conciliar doctrine (UR 3) reiterated in the New Catechism (§ 819) that “Christ's Spirit uses these [separated] Churches and ecclesial communities as means of salvation”. For these false religions are not inspired by the Good Spirit but by the Evil One (Ps. 95,5; 1Cor. 10,20; Ap. 2,9).

5. I profess the Traditional Catholic doctrine of the substitution of the Old Covenant by the New Covenant, the former being by that very fact revoked, which is explicitly affirmed by the Word of God (2Cor. 3,14; Hb. 8,13) and by Tradition, as for example “Hebraeorum Gens” of Pope St. Pius V (1569). This traditional understanding of this belief is that the Judaic religion has been revoked by Almighty God, but without excluding the possibility of Israelites converting to Him, individually over time, or en masse at the end of the world (Rom. 11,25).

I also condemn and reject the contrary doctrine of Vatican II (Nostra Aetate), subsequently reiterated by John Paul II (17/09/1980) and the New Catechism (§ 121) in this statement which is offensive to Our Lord Jesus Christ, divine Founder of the Church of the New and Everlasting Covenant: “The Old Covenant has never been revoked”.

6. I profess the Traditional Catholic doctrine that Hell exists, and that all those who die unrepentant in mortal sin are eternally damned; doctrine revealed by God (1Cor. 6,10; Ap. 21,27), and constantly transmitted by Tradition, in particular the Second Council of Lyons (1274). I also believe what Our Lord has revealed, that many take the broad way which leads to perdition (Matt. 7,13; Luke 13,24), revelation confirmed by Our Lady at Fatima that many souls, especially in our era, are damned, and that we must pray and do penance for their salvation.

I also condemn and reject the opposite theory, that hell exists but is empty (Urs Von Balthasar, quoted by John Paul II in "Crossing the Threshold of Hope” p. 200) or that the judgment and damnation mentioned in the Gospel concerns only Satan and the fallen angels (John Paul II, Encyclical “Dominum Vivificantem”, 18/05/1986, n° 27-28) or that Hell contains “only a few characters from history.” (Benedict XVI, Encyclical “Spe Salvi”, 30/11/2007, n ° 45)

7. Finally, as it would be tedious to enumerate all the serious post-conciliar errors committed, encouraged or endorsed by churchmen in positions of authority, following Archbishop Lefebvre and the other bishops and priests loyal to the Church of all time, I condemn and reject any and all theories and practices which work to gradually undermine the Faith in souls, not only in matters of doctrine, but also matters of morals (inverting the ends of marriage and approving of tens of thousands of annulments every year), the liturgy (New Mass concocted with the help of six Protestant pastors), canon law (Archbishop Lefebvre said that they are destroying the Church with laws which are fundamentally inspired by modernism in the New Code of 1983), ecumenism (Assisi, John Paul II kissing the Koran 14/05/1999, Benedict XVI getting “blessed” by a Rabbi 11/05/2007), biblical (overcritical exegesis, new ecumenical translations of the Bible), sacramental (no more genuflection in front of the Blessed Sacrament, which weakens faith in the Real Presence), etc... theories and practices which I condemn and therefore reject, in as much as they are contrary to the spirit of the Catholic Church, offensive to God and scandalous to souls.


I must say that if I condemn all these unhealthy and more or less heretical novelties, I do not mean to question the function, authority and respect for the pastors in question, having no jurisdiction over their persons, and I also pray for them, the Pope and the Bishops, as being those responsible before God for our souls, over which they have ordinary jurisdiction. But with St.Paul, St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Robert Belarmine, I feel in good conscience that if those in authority are seriously damaging the Church in its Faith, then not only is it permitted but it is a duty to resist them to their face and to tell them publically that they are not treading a straight path according to the Gospel, and to disobey them in everything contrary to God which they seek to impose on us.

Considering that this Faith of which I am proud is a pure gift of God, received without my having deserved it; considering the history of the Church and the tragic falling away of many clerics who were far more learned, fervent and prudent than I am; considering finally my past weaknesses, the present apostasy and future persecutions, I can only ask and beg you, my dear faithful, to pray also for me, not only that I persevere in this Roman and Catholic Faith which I have just professed anew, but also and even more so in Charity, since “If I have Faith to move mountains and have not Charity, I am nothing” (1Cor. 13,12). Pray also that I can thus fulfill in the best way possible my priestly duty to God and to souls, and cooperate in however little a way in the Reign of God here below while awaiting the final triumph of the Most Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary.