37 June 2006
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HOLY CROSS SEMINARY
FATHERS OF THE SOCIETY OF SAINT PIUS X
and benefactors of Holy Cross Seminary,
The past few
weeks have been a busy time for the Seminary’s maintenance and construction
crews, with up to eight men working here at one time. After a delay,
the radiators and copper piping have been installed to conduct heat
to the classrooms. A breezeway has been constructed joining up the
St. Joseph House to the classroom wing, and a bungalow at the back
of a workshop has been remodeled as a self-contained apartment for
one of our workers. The work on the remodeling of the teachers’
construction of a walkway for the Seminarians,
joining up the St. Joseph house with the classroom wing.
great find of this Paschaltide was the purchase of three four metre
long vestment chests and two very large (2 m. high) hanging closets,
as well as a complete new set of pews for the nave of the chapel,
four new long tables for the refectory, and a large number of beds,
mattresses, desks, chairs and bookshelves. They were acquired just
after Easter from a former seminary in Sydney that is about to be
demolished, and brought down by Brother Joseph in three completely
We are grateful
for the volunteer workers, whose help enabled all these items to
be installed immediately. Two of the very large vestment cabinets
were installed in the vesting sacristy and one in the storage sacristy,
with one hanging closet in each sacristy. We were desperately in
need of the storage space, which space is essential to maintaining
the cleanliness and good condition of the vestments that enhance
the beauty of the liturgical ceremonies. However, these unexpected
(but so providential) expenses, combined with all the other maintenance
projects and the purchase of a 30 year old but very functional tractor,
have left the Seminary very short of funds at the present time.
We are indebted to our small number of regular benefactors but remind
our friends that the small tuition payment that we request (that
many of our seminarians cannot pay), barely covers food and incidentals,
and does not suffice to cover the running expenses of the Seminary.
I had not mentioned
in this newsletter the departure of three of our four Indian seminarians
at the end of last school year, just three weeks after having sacrilegiously
renewed their engagements in the Society of Saint Pius X for one
year, and just a few days after having received Minor Orders under
false pretenses. I call it sacrilegious, since they admitted afterwards
having secretly planned for many months to rejoin their Novus
Ordo diocese, that is they planned all along to break their
promises solemnly made before the Blessed Sacrament and in the presence
of the whole community, and they falsely requested in writing the
reception of Minor Orders as a step towards the priesthood in the
Society of Saint Pius X with which they had evidently no intention
of continuing. It is difficult to understand the deviousness underlying
this secrecy, since they would have been most welcome to leave at
any time. One cannot help but think that this was to keep both options
open, in case they were not received back by the diocese of Bombay,
as they were.
that I bring it up now is not just that their departure was a sword
of betrayal rending the heart of our little community, united in
mutual confidence and trust, but because it has now become a public
issue, and so much so that it has even been praised by none other
than Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos himself, President of the Ecclesia
Dei Pontifical Commission, and supposed intermediary for the
Society of Saint Pius X with Pope Benedict XVI.
How, you might
think, could a Cardinal of the Church praise such deviousness? Could
they have become a pawn in the politics of the modernists? This
is what Cardinal Castrillon had to say in a letter to Cardinal Ivan
Dias, Archbishop of Bombay, dated February 24, 2006:
“I wish to
acknowledge with gratitude your kind letter to me of 5 February,
2006 regarding the return to your flock of three seminarians who
had left your Archdiocesan Major Seminary in 2002 to enter to
the seminary of the Society of St. Pius X in Goulburn, Australia.
I am particularly appreciative of the memoranda by these seminarians
which you have enclosed and I rejoice with you that they have
responded to the grace to return to the fullness of the Catholic
faith and life in India. I am very pleased to know that they have
found in Your Eminence a paternal welcome back to the bosom of
the Catholic Church and I pray that their experience will make
them value even more the importance of being in full communion
with the Successor of Peter. The testimony of these seminarians
gives reason for great concern about the separatist mentality
which surrounded them in the seminary in Goulburn and which they
finally had the grace to reject. I sincerely hope that it will
be possible to save their vocations…”
made by the Cardinal are the gravest possible. He who last September
publicly stated that the Society “did not formally constitute
a schism” and on November 13 last “they are inside the Church….because
communion exists”, apparently in an effort to appeal to traditional
Catholics, is now accusing us of nothing less than schism in order
to appeal to modernist Catholics.
Joseph Van Strijp rebuilds a closet in the vesting sacristy.
FULLNESS OF CATHOLIC FAITH AND LIFE
What is the
“fullness of the Catholic Faith and life” that is supposedly lacking
in this Seminary. What could it be if not the intense spiritual,
disciplined life of a Seminary whose rule was praised by Rome (February
18, 1971), or perhaps the daily and even twice daily attendance
at the Mass of all time, or perhaps the thrice-daily common prayer
of the Divine Office, or perhaps the strict common life, the Gregorian
Chant and solemn ceremonies, the constantly ongoing series of Benedictions,
Processions, Ways of the Cross, Rosaries and devotions that punctuate
Seminary life? What could it be if not the study of the philosophy
and theology of St. Thomas Aquinas, so often commanded by the Church
(e.g. Leo XIII, St. Pius X, Benedict XV, Pius XII) and yet of which
these young Indian seminarians in 5 – 8 years each of Seminary life
before coming to Holy Cross had learnt nothing?
Or could this
“fullness of the Catholic Faith and life” possibly be the following
description of the Bombay Novus Ordo Seminary made by one
of three after leaving in 2002… and to which he has now returned:
in the Bombay Seminary is far from being the supernatural science
as has been well defined by the Angelic Doctor. It is completely
naturalised and horizontalized, to began and end in ‘this-worldly’
experience of ‘this-life’ (with eternal life forgotten, if not
erased). And therefore the modernists talk of ‘doing theology’
and as a natural consequence of such a ‘doing’, seminarians are
sent to Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’s) to get ‘in touch
with reality’, to mingle with those non-Catholic atheistic, sometimes
perverse social workers who themselves have loose morals and broken,
disintegrated family life. The seminarians are then fed with the
Marxist agenda of ‘classless society’ with rebellion against legislative
authority in the Church as well as in the State, sowing in them
the seeds of the ‘revolution’ against God’s natural order. Peace
and serenity of recollected religious life is now replaced with
agitation and dissipation of mundane concerns of the world in
the disguise of striving for social justice and ecumenism, supposedly
to create ‘communal harmony’ – another proof of the depravity
of the modernist mind. I shall provide a few samples of modernists
academics that demonstrate clearly the complete loss of faith
and movement towards the Great Apostasy…” (Mr. D’Souza).
Or could it
be, to quote another of the three, describing the “moderator groups”
that exist in the Bombay seminary:
the mass was said by the priest in his room. As a priest of inculturation,
he said it by squatting on the floor. A lot of novelties were
introduced at this mass, which included substituting the prayers
from the missal by spontaneous prayers, a group sharing on a topic
after the gospel, passing of the paten and the chalice for the
receiving of communion under both species individually by each
member and a replacement of the proper mass vestments by a shawl.”
Van Strijp with sections of two of the four metre vestment cabinets
in the vesting sacristy.
Make your choice. There seems to be no doubt as to where the “fullness
of Catholic Faith and life” lies, and yet Holy Cross Seminary is
condemned out of hand, precisely for living up to its mission as
received from the Church. Cardinal Castrillon’s letter further accuses
Holy Cross Seminary of not being in “the bosom of the Catholic Church”,
of not “being in full communion with the Successor of Peter”, on
account of its “separatist mentality”. These false accusations derive
from the statements of these seminarians of a “practical sedevacantism”
and of a “critical reaction towards the Papacy”. The further accusation
of a “separatist mentality” stems from the Rector’s decision not
to allow the Seminary to public participate in a Eucharistic adoration
in a local Novus Ordo church.
Yet these seminarians
all know full well that there is no practical sedevacantism here,
and that Pope Benedict XVI is prayed for publicly and by name at
every Mass, Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, Rogation days
and whenever the liturgy calls for it. They also know very well
that the Society lays no claim to ordinary jurisdiction, which can
only come from the Sovereign Pontiff, who has by divine institution
the fullness of the power of government over the universal Church.
Accusations of not being in full communion are consequently based
in part on the imaginary “excommunication” of Archbishop Lefebvre
and in part on our 35 year old refusal to accept the modernist spirit
of the post-conciliar Popes.
Yes, we are
obliged to have a critical reaction towards such Popes, and to separate
ourselves from those of their guidelines that undermine and destroy
the “fullness of Catholic Faith and life”, such as the post-conciliar
liturgy and ecumenism. Yes, we are bound to separate ourselves from
the Novus Ordo Missae, which is insulting to God Our Lord
and undermines the Faith. Yes, we owe it to God to be logical with
ourselves, and we must refuse the fruits of this Mass – namely Holy
Communion from hosts consecrated at such Masses and public participation
in the adoration of these hosts. Indeed, if we were to do these
things, we would thereby participate in a protestantizing, modernist
worship and show our approval of it. If this is what is meant by
having a “separatist spirit”, then we make no apologies for it.
We want to be separate from the Novus Ordo and to have no
part in it. It is the whole reason for our combat. However, this
does not in the least mean that we deny the validity of such Masses,
or that we judge the intentions of those who perform or participate
in such ceremonies, or that we fall into a critical bitterness.
Having understood by a special grace of God what is required to
maintain and live the Faith, we have the obligation to state so,
loud and clear, without ambiguity of any kind. This precludes even
a distant participation in the New Mass.
Hoyos has clearly not understood the principles, and is fact committed
to undermining them. Hence his blistering attack on the Seminary.
It is difficult to understand how he can be an effective intermediary
with the Pope, given that he believes that all these compromises
are necessary “to save their vocations”, whereas in fact
these principles are the guarantee of perseverance in our holy vocation
as Catholic priests.
the cement floor for the breezeway.
me to quote also from the public statement of Cardinal Ivan Dias,
Archbishop of Bombay, dated March 25, 2006. He has this to say of
the three seminarians:
were sent to a seminary in Goulburn (Australia), where they were
systematically indoctrinated against the Second Vatican Council,
the ‘modernist’ Popes John XXIII and his successors, including
Pope Benedict XVI (Pope John Paul II being accused of ‘silent
apostasy’), the New Mass introduced by Pope Paul VI, the Divine
Mercy devotion, the Catholic Church’s ecumenical and interreligious
dialogue etc...They were further told that the Holy See is vacant…”
The most preposterous
aspect of this mixture of truth and falsehood was the use of the
emotive term “systematically indoctrinated”. These young men would
not have been accepted in the Seminary if they had not already shared
our convictions, as they most assuredly did, and as the following
passages demonstrate amply. One of the three wrote this in his Seminary
my sadness, I found, once again by God’s grace that the mission
of the Novus Ordo Church was for the glory of ‘man’. Divine Providence,
once again through our Blessed Mother, led me to the Sacred Tradition
of the True Priesthood”. (Mr. D’Souza)
seminarian had this to say, describing his meeting with Cardinal
Dias on December 7, 2001, and is included in his testimony of why
he had turned to Tradition and left the post-conciliar Seminary:
the Cardinal, welcomed me warmly and then disclosed to me his
plan. He intended to give me a Jesuit priest as a counselor to
clash down all my funny ideas (of faith) and during this period
of one or two years, I would have to work and ‘rub shoulders with
Hindus, Moslems, and all types of people of various religions
and then realize that they too possess the truth’. In this way
I would be purified of all old and outdated ideas of faith, and
accept Vatican II with all its ecumenical orientations. He demanded
complete obedience to his authority. He himself would then come
to my parish and lay his hands on me and so that ‘I would climb
up the ladder’.- This phrase demonstrates the Masonic technique
of luring souls to the vanity of this world. Here is was
as though I came face to face with the devil who was saying to
me “I will give you all this, if you bow down and worship me.”
I went back home with a heavy heart, only trusting in God’s providence….The
next day…a friend…introduced me to the Society of St. Pius X.
Thanks be to God, for at last after a long journey through heresy
and so many traps of the devil, He led me to the Truth.” (underlining
& bold in original text).
It seems to
me that any objective person can see that these are not men who
have been indoctrinated or forced in any way to adopt traditional
positions. The very fact that they chose to abandon Holy Cross Seminary
is proof enough of this. It is not the Society of Saint Pius X that
has changed - but these three seminarians – and I fear greatly lest
they discover that Cardinal Dias has not changed either. This leaves
the curious question of how three young men, who were fully aware
of the evil and destruction being wrought in the post-conciliar
church, and who had the advantage of nearly four years formation
in a traditional pre-Seminary and Seminary, four years daily attendance
at the true Mass, four years intense prayer life, including a 30
day Ignatian retreat, four years study of traditional spirituality
and philosophy, would return to the humanist, indifferentist, inculturationist
confusion of the post-conciliar church.
The only answer
is a spiritual one. The devil attacks the priest and the priest-to-be
on every side, fully aware that if he can destroy any one of us,
he can cause many hundreds and thousands of souls to be lost. In
the midst of the abundance of spiritual treasures of a traditional
Seminary, it is very easy to start taking graces for granted. Presumption
sets in, then the critical spirit, then a naturalistic attitude,
and finally the vanity of this world, the devil saying: “I will
give you all this, if you bow down and worship me”. Such departures
are, alas, not uncommon in the Society.
begin to understand how entirely dependent we are on your prayers
and sacrifices. The Seminary is not just a training ground; it is
a spiritual battlefield, and every soul must be fought for and won.
Nor is this battle a one time event, but rather a constantly recurring
struggle. The fight is against indifference, lukewarmness, intellectual
pride, self-centeredness, abandonment of the spirit of mortification.
God has sent us some very good and extraordinary men, but we need
to always be on the lookout, for the devil, like a lion seeking
whom he may devour, is already to catch us out on a curved ball.
In our inadequacy, we commend ourselves to your prayers, and beg
that you would think of offering up at least a decade of the Rosary
every day for the perseverance of priests and seminarians, and for
vocations, as well as reciting these prayers requested by our Superior
General: O Lord, grant us priests; O Lord, grant us holy priests;
O Lord grant us many holy priests; O Lord grant us many holy religious
vocations; St. Pius X, pray for us.
in the Immaculate Heart of our Heavenly Queen,
of a large cabinet and hanging closet in the sacristy extension.
UPCOMING EVENTS AT HOLY CROSS SEMINARY
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 Mary:
High Mass for the taking of the cassock/habit, followed by lunch
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.
|| 3:00 p.m.
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.
of newly ordained priests.
of cupboards on the wall and at floor level in the science classrooms.
Mr. Cadogan has built these for storage.
IGNATIAN RETREAT DATES AT HOLY CROSS SEMINARY DURING THE UPCOMING
COME & BRING YOUR FRIENDS!
5 day: Monday
July 10 – Saturday July 15
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