support and encouragement after the last newsletter was most appreciated.
We also received a great consolation on the feast of Corpus
Christi, when the entire Seminary, along with some of our
faithful, professed its Faith in the real presence of Christ our
Savior, Life of the world, in the divine bread of life. For after
an outdoor Mass in Goulburn itself, the community processed with
solemnity, carrying the monstrance with the Blessed Sacrament
through the streets of the city, ending up with a Benediction
of the Blessed Sacrament in the courtyard of the old cathedral
of Saints Peter & Paul.
A view of the entire community, seminarians, brothers, priests,
teachers and lay workers,
assembled after lunch in the St. Ignatius Hall.
Seminarians were grateful to receive a short, and somewhat delayed
break during the first two weeks of July. It was the end of Semester
break for the Seminarians, who have now completed two quarters
of the year, but the end of the first term for the Major Seminarians.
The dates were chosen to coincide with the Society’s General Chapter
in Switzerland, that was attended by all Major Superiors and ten
of the oldest members of the Society, in total 36 priests and
4 bishops. Preceded by a five day retreat, preached by the traditional
Capuchin superior, Father Antoine, it was a time of great unity
and harmony amongst the Fathers, with a clear sense of purpose:
the salvation of souls and the restoration of the all things in
Christ through the true Catholic priesthood.
were convinced of the extraordinary leadership of His Excellency,
Bishop Bernard Fellay over the past 12 years, which has seen such
constant growth of our Society and development of our work. All
were likewise very grateful for the firm but realistic position
that he has maintained in his contacts with the authorities in
Rome. It was consequently not surprising that the Chapter requested
that he assume this responsibility for a further 12 years, which
he accepted. Two new assistants were also elected to help him
in his task of governing the Society. Father Niklaus Pfluger,
a Swiss priest, 48 years of age, ordained in 1984 and presently
District Superior of Germany, was elected First Assistant. Father
Alain Nély, a Frenchman, 56 years of age, ordained in 1985, and
presently District Superior of Italy, was elected Second Assistant.
They are both very experienced and much appreciated, especially
for the care they have shown for their fellow priests.
rest of the General Chapter dwelt largely with matters internal
to our Society, and in particular the means to take to remain
faithful to our vocation. They concerned the community life, the
apostolate, fidelity to our statutes and various measures of prudence
to keep our Society from becoming affected by the spirit of the
modern world. As expected, the Chapter finished by making a declaration
concerning the Society’s relationships with Rome, confirming Bishop
Fellay’s judgment concerning these contacts and that their purpose
is not for us to obtain some kind of canonical approval, for such
an approval is neither possible nor desirable until such time
as Rome acknowledges the Society’s positions as truly Catholic
ones. To the contrary, the purpose remains that of making traditional
Catholic doctrine better known in Rome. This public declaration
made by the General Chapter is attached at the end of this newsletter,
along with the letter of H.E. Bishop Bernard Fellay to our faithful
worldwide, explaining the Chapter and its request for a million
Rosaries for the Sovereign Pontiff by the end of October.
A view of the new pews in the Seminary chapel,
with the community reciting the Noon Office of Sext.
PROVIDENCE & THE DIVINE WILL
conclusion of this Chapter was a profound trust in Divine Providence,
a perfect abandonment to the Divine Will, which has chosen the
Society as its instrument despite all our individual weaknesses
and imperfections. It is the recognition of how the Church continues
faithful to its mission, in the supernatural unity of Faith, inspired
by Charity, even through such a group of inconspicuous, unremarkable
and ordinary men as are found in the Society, for “the foolish
things of this world has God chosen to put to shame the wise,
and the weak things of this world has God chosen to put to shame
the strong” (I Cor I:26).
it is conformity of our human wills with the divine will that
is true happiness and peace of soul, in which consists all human
perfection and goodness, and which is the sacrifice most acceptable
to Almighty God. Here lies the whole purpose of our holy religion,
as it was for our Divine Savior’s coming upon this earth: “My
food is to do the will of Him who sent me, to accomplish His work…For
I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will
of Him who sent me” (Jn 4:34 & 6:38). If the Blessed Mother
practiced such perfect conformity at the moment of the Incarnation
by her wonderful consent: “Behold the handmaid of the Lord.
Be it be done to me according to Thy word” (Lk 1:38), she
has become the perfect model of this abandonment by which we conform
ourselves in all things to God’s will. It is for this reason that
when His Mother was outside seeking to speak with him, Our Divine
Lord used the occasion to instruct us that we will be as close
to Him as we imitate her embracing of the Divine Will: “Whosever
shall do the will of My Father that is in heaven, he is My brother,
and sister and mother” (Mt 12:50).
this present crisis in the Church, the miracle of the Society,
its growth and development, despite the affliction of constantly
being treated as “outside”, is proof enough of its conformity
with the Divine Will. Nor is there any human explanation. How
we ought to desire with special fervor to say every day that simplest
of prayers “Thy Will be done on earth as it is in heaven”,
not simply that God should do what He Himself wills, which He
cannot help but do, but that we also should do what God wills.
Surely this is the purpose of our assistance at the true Mass,
that our will might be conformed to that of the Divine Victim
embracing His Cross. Indeed, this is the reason why we refuse
to compromise our Faith, that we might find thereby the path to
heaven. Let us, then, embrace the divine Will in all things with
perfect purity of intention, lovingly, readily, cheerfully, perfectly
faithfully in the Immaculate Heart of Mary,
Peter R. Scott
view of the new pews in the Seminary chapel.
UPCOMING EVENTS AT HOLY CROSS SEMINARY
make a note of the following public events, in which all our friends
and benefactors are invited to participate:
August 15 , feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin
High Mass for the taking of the cassock/habit, followed by
lunch and drama.
weekend: Saturday September 16 & Sunday September 17:
in honor of the Blessed Mother, renewal of the consecration
to Her Immaculate Heart & Solemn High Mass for the Solemnity
of Our Lady of Sorrows.
of the Blessed Sacrament, followed by All Night Adoration.
with the relic of the True Cross & Solemn High Mass for
the Solemnity of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.
to the Minor Orders and to the Subdiaconate.
Masses of newly ordained priests.
IGNATIAN RETREAT DATES AT HOLY CROSS SEMINARY DURING THE UPCOMING
COME & BRING YOUR FRIENDS!
5 day: Monday
January 1 – Saturday January 6, 2007
January 15 – Saturday January 20
Women’s 5 day: Monday
September 18 – Saturday September 23
January 8 – Saturday January 13
January 29 – Saturday February 3
Procession of the Blessed Sacrament approaches Saints Peter &
A close-up of the Rector carrying the Blessed Sacrament.
Outdoor Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament alongside the Cathedral.
SUPERIOR GENERAL’S LETTER
Sacerdotale Saint Pie X
Allow me to begin this first letter by thanking you for your many
prayers for our General Chapter. We indeed felt the spiritual
support that you gave to us throughout the whole Chapter, in an
atmosphere that was serene, but at the same time also intense.
I would like to explain to you some of the fruits of your prayers
and of the Chapter.
First of all were the elections. The Chapter then decided to entrust
to me once again, and this despite its length, a new term as Superior
General. I come to request of you an increase of prayers in order
that, with this precious help, I might better consecrate myself
to the fulfillment of this task that is at the same time burdensome
The Chapter also elected two Assistants.
Father Niklaus Pfluger, who has two brothers and two nephews
as priests with us, a third being a religious brother, without
counting two religious sisters! He is Swiss, to whom was entrusted
the responsibility of District Superior (in Switzerland and then
in Germany) and Seminary Rector (Zaitzkofen). He has thus acquired
a great deal of experience, both in the formation of priests,
and also in the government of two districts.
Father Alain Nély, first of all teacher at the school of
Saint Joseph des Carmes, then Prior in Marseille, and finally
District Superior in Italy, has also acquired a profound knowledge
of youth and of priests, as well as the government of a district.
The two Assistants will both reside at Menzingen in Switzerland,
where our General House has been since 1993. They will be invaluable
collaborators for the Society’s good functioning, and will have
the opportunity of traveling throughout the world, thus enabling
the General Headquarters to keep in closer touch with the Society’s
members, as well as with the faithful.
The Chapter is not just a question of elections. It is also the
opportunity of assessing our situation, of analysing the weaknesses
that ought to be improved, of establishing rules in order that
our priests might always live their priesthood better according
to our statutes, and thereby obtaining more effectively grace
and Heaven’s gifts.
also, quite obviously, considered the state of our relationships
with Rome. Out of a desire for the greatest clarity possible,
and also with the intention of avoiding all false hope and every
illusion, the Chapter unanimously decided to make the declaration
that you will find as an annex.
Along the same lines, the Chapter asks me to communicate to you
the following ambitious project: The Society has the intention
of presenting a spiritual bouquet of a million Rosaries to the
Sovereign Pontiff for the end of the month of October, month
of the Rosary.
These Rosaries will be recited for the following intentions:
We are calling you, therefore, to a true Crusade of the Rosary.
This prayer has been so many times recommended by the Most Blessed
Virgin Mary herself, and has been presented as the great means
of support, of protection and of salvation for today’s Catholics
in this time of crisis. For centuries, since the opposition between
the world and the Church has become more and more clearly apparent,
this prayer has appeared as the weapon given by Heaven for us
to defend ourselves, to sanctify ourselves, and to vanquish.
We consequently request urgently that you begin without delay
to bud forth the spiritual roses for our bouquet. Shortly, the
priests will give you the directions required to put together
By this obviously symbolic quantity, we desire also to make it
clear to the authorities in Rome, as well as to Heaven, that we
have the will and the determination “to pay the price”.
Confident that our good Mother in Heaven will hear the assiduous
prayer of her children, and that she cannot but be touched by
the harshness of the present time, as well as the spiritual misery
that surrounds us, and that sooner or later she will hear our
prayer and respond to our cry, we have entrusted all the Chapter’s
decisions to the motherly kindness of the Immaculate Heart of
Mary and to the protection of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in order
that He might bless them, and make them more efficacious for the
greater glory of God and for the salvation of us all.
Nos cum prole pia benedicat Virgo Maria.
feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
DECLARATION OF THE GENERAL CHAPTER
For the glory of God, for the salvation of souls and for the true
service of the Church, on the occasion of its Third General Chapter,
held at Ecône in Switzerland, from July 3 to 15, 2006, the Priestly
Society of Saint Pius X declares its firm resolution to continue
its action, with the help of God, along the doctrinal and practical
lines laid down by its venerated founder, Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre.
in his footsteps in the fight for the Catholic Faith, the Society
fully endorses his criticisms of the Second Vatican Council and
its reforms, as he expressed them in his conferences and sermons,
and in particular in his Declaration of November 21, 1974: “We
adhere with all our heart and all our soul to Catholic Rome, guardian
of the Catholic Faith and of the traditions necessary for the
maintaining of that Faith, to eternal Rome, mistress of wisdom
and of truth. On the contrary, we refuse, and we have always refused,
to follow the Rome of neo-modernist and neo-protestant tendencies,
which showed itself clearly in the Second Vatican Council and
in the reforms that issued from it.”
held with Rome over the last few years have enabled the Society
to see how right and necessary were the two pre-conditions 1
that it laid down, since they would greatly benefit the Church
by re-establishing, at least in part, her rights to her own Tradition.
Not only would the treasure of graces available to the Society
no longer be hidden under a bushel, but the Mystical Body would
also be given the remedy it so needs to be healed.
these pre-conditions being fulfilled, the Society looks to a possible
debate on doctrine, the purpose is still that of making the voice
of traditional teaching sound more clearly within the Church.
Likewise, the contacts made from time to time with the authorities
in Rome have no other purpose than to help them embrace once again
that Tradition which the Church cannot repudiate without losing
her identity. The purpose is not just to benefit the Society,
nor to arrive at some merely practical impossible agreement. When
Tradition comes back into its own, “reconciliation will no longer
be a problem, and the Church will spring back to life”. 2
the long haul to victory, the Chapter encourages all members of
the Society to live, as its statutes require, ever more intensely
by the grace proper to it, namely, in union with the great prayer
of the High Priest, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Let them be
convinced, along with their faithful, that in this striving for
an ever greater sanctification in the heart of the Church is to
be found the only remedy for our present misfortunes, which is
the Church being restored through the restoration of the priesthood.
In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph.