Bishop Fellay answers some questions about the international priestly society and comments on some important activities in the United States District.
We are pleased to offer this extract of an interview with the Superior General of the Society of St. Pius X, Bishop Bernard Fellay, who has served the priestly society in this capacity since 1994. Continue reading
Here is another great book as Lent approaches: Cross and Crown: Thoughts for Lent, Christ’s Sufferings & Christ the King. Written by the famous preacher and newspaper editor, Fr. Robert Mader, this excellent work contains meditations on Resolutions, Spiritual Hunger, Crucifixion of Passions, Christ’s Sufferings, Spiritual Detox, Triumph of Suffering, Christ the King, Tabernacle as Paradise and many more timely themes. Continue reading
WWI is framed by two saints who offered themselves in holocaust to prevent or shorten it and to finally bring it to an end. In both cases, the Divine Judge accepted their offering.
The first is none other than âourâ St. Pius X. One of his last words was: âI will give my life to prevent war and to spare the death of such a great number of young menâ (Bishop Rumeau, Aug. 23, 1914, in SSPX Gastines Bulletin, Sept. 2014). Padre Pio added that this pope, the greatest after St. Peter said he, offered himself âas a propitiatory victim.â He died on August 20, 1914, practically the first victim of the dreadful calamity. Padre Pio wrote of Pius Xâs unexpected death that âhe was the first, the greatest, the most innocent victim of the fratricide war that deafened the whole of Europe with armies and weapons and filled it with terror.â Continue reading
At the February 2013 consistory of cardinals, Cardinal Walter Kasper gave a lengthy conference on the question of the family. At the sight of innumerable divorced and remarried Catholics he demands that the Churchâs doctrine on the indissolubility of marriage be reassessed and adjusted to reality.
While reading this conference, an association to C. S. Lewisâs The Great Divorce imposed itself. Two friends, one dwelling in heaven and the other in hell, are discussing their loss of faith in college, and the slow process that led up to it. The damned soul firmly maintains that his opinions on religion, while possibly wrong, were honestly formed, and therefore did not merit condemnation. Then his old friend replies: âOf course. Having allowed oneself to drift, unresisting, unpraying, accepting every half-conscious solicitation from our desires, we reached a point where we no longer believed the Faith. Just in the same way, a jealous man, drifting and unresisting, reaches a point at which he believes lies about his best friend: a drunkard reaches a point at which (for the moment) he actually believes that another glass will do him no harm. The beliefs are sincere in the sense that they do occur as psychological events in the manâs mind. If thatâs what you mean by sincerity they are sincere, and so were ours. But errors which are sincere in that sense are not innocent.â Continue reading
Archbishop Lefebvre and St. Pius X, by Bishop Bernard Tissier de Mallerais
The founder of the Priestly Society of Saint Pius X surely had reasons for placing the work of safeguarding the Catholic priesthood under the patronage of Pope Pius X.
– What were they?
– What bonds could have existed between the French prelate born in 1905, and therefore just eight years old when Saint Pius X breathed his last breath on August 20, 1914, on the eve of the first World War that he dreaded and had predicted?
When he was asked about the patronage of Saint Pius X over his priestly brotherhood, Archbishop Lefebvre invariably answered: âIt is not so much because St. Pius X condemned modernism and liberalism, than because he worked for the formation of priests, and especially their holiness of life; and because he promoted genuine âCatholic action,â which is the work of laymen for the social reign of Christ the King.â In a word, it is the pontifical program proposed and achieved by Pius X, Omnia instaurare in Christo, which was the model for the actions of the Prelate of EcĂ´ne and which continues to be the program of his priests in their apostolate. Such is the heritage of St. Pius X. Continue reading