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HOLY CROSS SEMINARY
FATHERS OF THE SOCIETY OF SAINT PIUS X
June 25, 2005
and benefactors of Holy Cross Seminary,
As we now begin the second term of our school year, after a two
week break, we are very grateful for the rapid work that has been
done in the St. Joseph House over the past several weeks. Built-in
closets have been installed, much of the interior painting upstairs
has been completed, the electrical fixtures have been installed.
Fire escapes, floor coverings, plumbing fixtures and a few finishing
details are all that remains before occupancy will be possible.
of the remodeled chapel of Our Lady upstairs,
with its new Communion Rail, flooring and Stations of the
close up of the Communion Rail stripped,
stained, cut down to size and installed
during May and June by Brother Xavier.
Our friends are
especially invited to two upcoming events:
– the taking of the cassock of our two first year seminarians
on Monday August 15 (lunch and entertainment provided);
– the family weekend in September, which will also mark the
end of the second term of the school year. This year it will especially
commemorate the centennial anniversary of the birth of Archbishop
Lefebvre, for which Father Ortiz is preparing an audio-visual presentation.
You will have
without a doubt heard of the appointment of Archbishop Joseph Levada
as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. This
crucial decision in the appointment of Benedict XVI’s doctrinal
right hand man does not presage well. Inasmuch as we can judge by
past acts, he is a man who puts on the appearance of conservatism,
but who has not only never given any authorization for the traditional
Latin Mass, but to the contrary has shown himself to be entirely
devoted to ecumenism, and has excelled by his uncanny gift for opportunistic
compromise, as Philip Lawler of Catholic World News website has
nine years that he was Archbishop of Portland (1986-1995), he suspended
without hearing the one traditional priest of the diocese, Father
Eugene Heidt, for celebrating the traditional Mass. He turned a
blind eye to the problem of homosexual priests, and both protected
from criminal prosecution and restored to parish work priests whom
he knew to have molested children. The law suits that have since
caused the diocese to declare bankruptcy are in part a consequence.
following ten years as Archbishop of San Francisco, his astuteness
became clearly evident in his dealings with the homosexual activists
that control that city. Whilst on the one hand participating in
a public procession against same-sex marriages, he also refused
to deny Holy Communion to the “Catholic” Mayor (Gavin
Newsom), who publicly rejects the Church’s teaching on stem
cell research, abortion, homosexual marriages and contraception.
pro-abortion politicians. Whilst affirming that they should not
receive Holy Communion, he effectively refused to deny it to them,
by stating “you don’t start the path of dialogue by
telling people you are going to refuse them Communion” or
“Can a politician be guilty of formal cooperation in evil?
If the person intends to promote the killing of innocent life, he
would be guilty of such sinful cooperation? Should every Catholic
politician who has voted for an unjust law favoring abortion be
judged to have this intention? I hope not”. Such a clever,
sophistic argument pretends to exculpate politicians, on the grounds
that they do not intend each abortion. However, voting for a law
permitting abortions makes these abortions possible. It is giving
one’s approval to the perversity of abortion. It truly is
formal cooperation, and is not permissible for any reason at all.
Such persons are public sinners, and must be refused Holy Communion,
regardless of the consequences.
of Archbishop Levada’s gift for compromise with the enemies
of the Church was with respect to the 1996 San Francisco city law
obliging all employers to provide spousal benefits to homosexual
partners, under pain of losing government funding. Instead of standing
up against the gay rights lobby, and professing the Faith in marriage
as a sacred institution and sacrament, alone granting spousal rights,
he arranged for a compromise to extend benefits for employees in
such a way that an employee can designate any individual to receive
what had previously been considered as spousal benefits, hiding
behind the fact that this arrangement does not give explicit approval
to homosexual relationships. However, in practice it was nothing
less than a cunning way to allow for the economic acceptation of
homosexual relationships, a horrifying precedent indeed.
greatest and most concerning compromise is that of ecumenism, especially
in a man who is supposed to be the Church’s watch dog for
the orthodoxy of the Catholic Faith. Already in 1988, as Archbishop
of Portland, Archbishop Levada led a joint “concelebrated”
worship service with a Lutheran bishop for a combined congregation
of Lutherans and Catholics. He was the first U.S. bishop to visit
a synagogue, following John Paul II’s lead in this regard,
and has since participated in interfaith prayer services at synagogues.
In 1999 and again in 2003 he organized interfaith conferences with
the leaders of the world’s religions, and in 2003 an ecumenical
pilgrimage to Canterbury, Rome and Istanbul along with the leaders
of the Greek Orthodox and Episcopalian churches from San Francisco.
Furthermore, he has also given faculties (i.e. permission) for the
openly schismatic Chinese Patriotic Association priests to offer
Mass and to administer the sacraments in the diocese of San Francisco.
Seminary pilgrimage procession makes its way
through the grounds of the shrine of Our Lady of Mercy.
UNITY ACCORDING TO VATICAN II
then, Archbishop Levada is just as much an ecclesiastic of Vatican
II as the 1994 Catechism of the Catholic Church that he helped to
put together is a product of Vatican II. It is constantly the effort
to please men, to make arrangements, to help people to work together
on a common human ground, which is his focus, and not the supernatural
work of the Faith, the salvation of souls. This focus on a purely
human social unity amongst men is immediately the consequence of
the humanism of Vatican II, so aptly described in the document on
the Church and the modern world: Gaudium et spes:
“The Church, moreover, acknowledges the good to be found in
the social dynamism of today, particularly progress towards unity,
healthy socialization, and civil and economic cooperation. The encouragement
of unity is in harmony with the deepest nature of the Church’s
mission, for it ‘is in the nature of a sacrament – a
sign and instrument – that is, of communion with God and of
unity among all men’”. (§42).
Note the reduction
of the Church’s essential mission from that of a supernatural
unity to the purely, natural, human unity among all men, in which
it says that it is in accord with the anti-God humanism of modern
secular society. This is, alas, the spirit to be found in the new
prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
is the unity that the Catholic Church has the duty to promote, as
so precisely described by Pope Leo XIII in his 1896 encyclical on
the Unity of the Church, Satis Cognitum. This is a unity of Faith,
of exact same convictions, engendering the unity of government that
is the manifestation of the obedience and supernatural charity that
characterize the unity of the Church.
and union of minds is the necessary foundation of this perfect concord
amongst men, from which concurrence of wills and similarity of action
are the natural results. Wherefore, in His divine wisdom, He ordained
in His Church Unity of Faith; a virtue which is the first of those
bonds which unite man to God, and whence we receive the name of
the faithful – one Lord, one faith, one baptism, so should
all Christians, without exception, have but one faith…. For
this reason, as the unity of the faith is of necessity required
for the unity of the Church, inasmuch as it is the body of the faithful,
as also for this same unity, inasmuch as the Church is a divinely
constituted society, unity of government, which effects and involves
unity of communion is necessary by divine law…It is consequently
the office of St. Peter to support the Church, and to guard it in
all its strength and indestructible unity. How could he fulfill
this office without the power of commanding, forbidding, and judging,
which is properly called jurisdiction? It is only by this power
of jurisdiction that nations and commonwealths are held together.”
This is the
unity that Benedict XVI and Archbishop Levada have the duty before
God to promote, the extraordinary and holy unity of the Catholic
Church, that has been defiled by so many compromises. Let us pray
for their fidelity and ours: their fidelity to use their God-given
authority to command, forbid and judge, and our fidelity to the
Popes who have constantly used their authority not to work out human
deals, but to promote the true unity of the Church by commanding,
forbidding and judging. Let us never lose that amazing supernatural
peace of soul, of total submission, that Christ gives to us through
His Church, promising us that no man will take that peace from us.
May God reward
all of you who have been so regular and faithful in your prayers
and support for Holy Cross Seminary, and may the Precious Blood,
the infinite price of our eternal salvation, cleanse our souls from
dead work to serve the living God, to gain merits, and to offer
our lives in satisfaction for our own sins and ingratitude, as well
as those of the modernists.
in the Divine Redeemer and the Co-Redemptrix,
Father Ortiz carries the Blessed Sacrament for the public outdoor
procession for the feast of Corpus Christi.
Note the close up of the newly fabricated canopy, being used here
for the first time.
IGNATIAN RETREAT DATES AT HOLY CROSS SEMINARY DURING THE UPCOMING
COME & BRING YOUR FRIENDS!
5 day: † Monday
June 6– Saturday June 11,2005
January 2 – Saturday January 7, 2006
January 16 – Saturday January 21
Womenís 5 day:††††††† Monday September 19- Saturday September
January 9 – Saturday January 14, 2006
January 30 – Saturday February 4
Procession of the Blessed Sacrament on the feast of Corpus
makes its way around the Seminary building.
IMPORTANT UPCOMING EVENTS
15, 2005: 10:30 a.m.
Taking of the cassock for 1st year seminarians
September 17 & Sunday September 18, 2005:
in honor of the Blessed Virgin
Renewal of the Consecration of the Seminary to the Immaculate
Heart of Mary
Solemn High Votive Mass of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
provided by the Seminary for everyone
for the centennial of Archbishop Lefebvre
of the Blessed Sacrament & all night adoration
with the relic of the True Cross
Solemn High Votive Mass of the Holy Cross
lunch (bring your own)
Thursday December 8, 2005: 10:30 a.m.
First Engagements in the Society of Saint Pius X
23, 2005: 9:30 a.m.
Ordinations to the Tonsure and Minor Orders
December 27, 2005: 9:00 a.m.
Ordinations to the Diaconate and Priesthood
faithful are warmly invited to participate in all these important
in the life of the Seminary and of the Society of Saint Pius