The Fight for the Faith

The Catholic Faith is being eroded by the Conciliar Church, and by many groups who wish to compromise with it.   In this section you will find articles on this subject.

May 5

Full communion with conciliar Rome?

Full communion with conciliar Rome? We present this article concerning the confessions in the ... Read More
Feb 3

Questionable priestly ordinations in the conciliar Church

Questionable priestly ordinations in the conciliar Church — A letter of Archbishop Lefebvre: [ Editor’s ... Read More
Dec 10

Answer to Fr Simoulin SSPX: No practical agreement until there is a doctrinal agreement?

Answer to Fr Simoulin SSPX “No practical agreement until there is a doctrinal agreement?” Extracts ... Read More
Oct 31

For, or against the “agreements”?

For, or against the “agreements”? A text published in Le Sel de la terre 98 ... Read More
Oct 1

The Rights of Truth, the “non-rights” of Error

The Rights of Truth, the “non-rights” of Error [The report of R. P. Philippe C. ... Read More
Aug 24

Saint Thomas Aquinas in today’s combat for the faith

Saint Thomas Aquinas in today’s combat for the faith A Sermon given in the Dominican ... Read More
Jul 13

A Major Event in Tradition

A Major Event in Tradition A text available on gloria.tv aptly analyses certain consequences of ... Read More
Jul 13

The Religion of Man

The Religion of Man Since the Council there has been a new Church By Bishop ... Read More
Jun 28

Friends and Benefactors Letter number 22, May 2016 – Consoling Our Lord

Letter from the Dominicans of Avrillé No. 22: May 2016 Chrismal Mass on Holy Thursday ... Read More
Jun 11

Answer to Fr Bouchacourt (SSPX)

Answer to Fr Bouchacourt (SSPX) On July 1, 2015, on the Porte Latine, website of ... Read More
Jun 3

Open Letter to the Faithful of Quebec and the Maritime Provinces by Fr Pierre ROY (SSPX)

Open Letter to the Faithful of Quebec and the Maritime Provinces by Fr Pierre ROY(SSPX) ... Read More
May 26

APPEAL TO THE FAITHFUL (co-signed by [then] Father Thomas Aquinas with 40 priests and religious in 2014)

**APPEAL TO THE FAITHFUL**   (co-signed by [then] Father Thomas Aquinas with 40 priests and religious ... Read More
May 23

Presentation of Bishop Dom Thomas Aquinas O.S.B. (Part 2)

Presentation of Bishop Dom Thomas Aquinas O.S.B.  (Part 2) ( For part 1, click here ... Read More
Apr 21

Presentation of Bishop Dom Thomas Aquinas O.S.B. (Part 1)

Presentation of Bishop Dom Thomas Aquinas O.S.B.  (Part 1) Miguel Ferreira da Costa (the future ... Read More
Apr 7

62 Reasons to reject the new mass (“Novus Ordo Missae”)

62 Reasons to Reject the new mass (“Novus Ordo Missae”)  NOTES OF THE EDITOR : ... Read More
Mar 15

An Interview with Fr. Thomas Aquinas, OSB

An Interview with Fr. Thomas Aquinas, OSB Translated from the original Portuguese by Michael Fuller ... Read More
Feb 23

The False Mercy of Pope Francis

The False Mercy of Pope Francis by Alexandre Marie Last April, by the bull of ... Read More
Jan 1

Friends and Benefactors Letter number 21, January 2016 – The Importance of Principles, Part II

Letter from the Dominicans of Avrillé No. 21, January 2016 Group photo with H. E. ... Read More
Dec 13

Should we participate in the Jubilee of Mercy?

Should we participate in the Jubilee of Mercy ?   A.   It would appear that ... Read More
Dec 8

Satan’s master stroke (Part 2 of 2)

Satan’s master stroke (Part 2 of 2) (Editorial of Le Sel de la terre 94, ... Read More
Dec 3

Satan’s “master stroke” (Part 1 of 2)

Satan’s “master stroke”  (Part 1 of 2) (Editorial of Le Sel de la terre ... Read More
Nov 17

On the Deposition of the Pope (Part 2 of 2)

ON THE DEPOSITION OF THE POPE  - continued  (Part 2 of 2) Text of John ... Read More
Nov 8

On the Deposition of the Pope (Part 1 of 2)

ON THE DEPOSITION OF THE POPE Text of John of St. Thomas O.P. Translated from ... Read More
Sep 30

Sons of the Church (part II)

Sons of the Church  (part II) in a time of crisis By the Reverend Fr. ... Read More
  1. We can make an exception for the new rite of Confirmation that permits the use of oils other than olive oil, which introduces a doubt concerning the validity, by reason of a defect of matter.  We also point out that Fr Alvaro Calderon (SSPX), in the Spanish language review Si Si No No (#267, November 2014), speaks of a “slight doubt,” a “shadow” concerning the validity of the new rite of episcopal consecration in itself (see Le Sel de la terre 92, p. 172).
  2. Archbishop Lefebvre, Conference in Nantes (France), February 5, 1983.
  3. Archbishop Lefebvre, Conference in Ecône (Switzerland), October 28, 1988.
  4. We take this occasion to ask our readers who have knowledge of sacraments that are certainly invalid (notably baptism) to kindly send us their testimony.
  5. Abbé de Nantes is the founder of the Contre Réforme Catholique, in France.  He accused Pope Paul VI of heresy, schism and scandal, but disagreed with many of Archbishop Lefebvre’s positions, especially his telling the faithful to continue to attend the new mass in the parishes.
  6. God is speaking to St. Catherine of Sienna in The Dialogue, Treatise on Prayer, ch. 26.
  7. It was suppressed by Pope John the XXIII.
  8. Encyclical Letter Studiorum Ducem, June 29, 1923, on the occasion of the 6th century canonization of Saint Thomas Aquinas.
  9. L. H. Petitot O.P. Saint Thomas Aquinas, Editions Revue des Jeunes, 1923, p. 52.
  10. This concerns the Blesseds John-the Teuton (1241-1252), Humbert-de-Romans (1254-1263) and Jean de Verceil (1264-1283).
  11. Archbishop Lefebvre, The spirit of our statutes, Retreat preached to the seminarians in Écône, September 1988, fourth conference.
  12. Joseph Ratzinger, My Life, Paris, Fayard, 1998, p.51.
  13. Pope Jean XXII, Allocution to the Consistory for the occasion of the canonization of Saint Thomas, 1328.
  14. Msgr. Lefebvre, Spiritual Journey following Thomas Aquinas in the Summa, Angelus Press, Preface.
  15. These courses were edited into a book, under the title: Against heresies (Angelus Press).
  16. Archbishop Lefebvre, The spirit of our statutes, Retreat preached to the seminarians in Écône, September 1988, fourth conference.
  17. Fr Garrigou-Lagrange O.P., The Three Ages of interior life, Volume II, Fourth Part, chapter IV.
  18. http://www.dici.org/en/documents/interview-with-bishop-bernard-fellay-for-the-national-catholic-register/
  19. http://www.ncregister.com/blog/edward-pentin/video-sspxs-bishop-fellay-speaks-exclusively-to-the-register
  20. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqRd7914Jb0
  21. http://www.la-croix.com/Religion/Pape/INTERVIEW-Pope-Francis-2016-05-17-1200760633
  22. Note of the Editor : on this time, Fr Bouchacourt (SSPX) was Superior of District of South America. He is now Superior of District of France.
  23. Note of the Editor : Gustav Corçao, traditional Brasilian Philosopher, died year 1978.
  24. All these assertions come from bishop Fellay.
  25. Note of the Editor: The text is at the end of this article, as well as a separate article on this website.
  26. Note of the Editor : look at the article about the GREC on this Website.
  27. All the quotations come from the Bulletin of the friends of the Monastery of Santa Cruz, (supplements).
  28. Bishop de Castro Mayer and his priests suggested that we should leave Santa Cruz and set up in the diocese of Campos.
  29. Father Thomas Aquinas set off for Brazil again before the conclusion or at any rate the publication of Dom Gérard’s agreement with Rome.
  30. Paul PARFAIT, “The Arsenal of Devotions: Notes to Add to the History of Superstitions”, 4 Ed., Paris. Georges Decaux, 1876, p. 90.
  31. Let us recall the context:  On November 11th, 1974, two Roman envoys visit the Ecône seminary, provoking the Archbishop’s famous declaration of November 21, 1974;  the 25th of January, 1975, Archbishop Lefebvre is summoned before a tribunal of three cardinals (Tabera, Wright and Garrone);  the 6th May Bishop Mamie retracts the canonical approbation granted by his predecessor, and the same day three cardinals second this decision with the consent of Paul VI;  on the 24th and 25th of May the pilgrimage takes place.
  32. “I fear the Greeks, even when they are bearing gifts”. These words were put in the mouth of Laocoön by Virgil in his Aeneid at the moment when the Trojans caught sight of the famous Horse…
  33. “The talks and meetings with Cardinal Ratzinger and his collaborators, even though they took place in an atmosphere of courtesy and charity, have convinced us that the time for a frank and efficacious collaboration has not yet arrived” (Letter of Archbishop Lefebvre to John Paul II, 2 June 1988).
  34. For the story in English, see: Joy in Suffering by Rose Hu, SSPX Korea, 2011, pages 83-84.
  35. Document of Bishop de Galarreta following the meeting in Albano of October 2011.  Available in French on laportelatine.org
  36. To cite some recent examples:

    1. The sermon of Father de la Rocque (SSPX) of 6 September 2015, in which he said he did not want to participate in the Holy Year, was removed within 24 hours from the La Porte Latine website (website of the SSPX French District).

    2. The book by François-Xavier Péron entitled Le Synode sur la famille.  La Révolution du pape François (The Synod on the Family – Pope Francis’ Revolution), has been forbidden from being sold in the priories of the Society of Saint Pius X in France, whereas the book relates facts and texts in an objective manner and in a measured tone, is prefaced by Father Antoine (Superior of the Capuchins of Morgon, France) and whereas several priests of the Society of Saint Pius X collaborated in it, as well as Father Joseph, Capuchin, formerly Father Régis de Cacqueray (one time Society of Saint Pius X District Superior of France, before entering the Capuchins at Morgon, France).

  37. The Editorial of Le Sel de la Terre 92 was devoted to “The Importance of the principles”.  The text was reproduced in an abridged form in our Letter to Friends and Benefactors n° 20 (September 2015 ; on this Website).  In it, the following is notably affirmed: “The principles, even those which are practical, remain unchangeable”.  “One cannot say this without further qualification. Otherwise there would be confusion”, we read in the Courrier de Rome (June 2015, p.7).  But the confusion comes, rather, from the fact that the author of the latter article uses the word “principle” to designate the Minor of the syllogism, which is the principle of the conclusion.   But to speak in this manner is to give another meaning to the word “principle”.   In order to designate this Minor, Saint Thomas Aquinas (in the article quoted above) uses more correctly the word “primum” (which can be translated as “premise”) rather than “principle” (“principium”), according to the better editions (the Leonine Edition – which can be found on the website www.corpusthomisticum.org/ - and the edition, in French, of Father Pègues from 1925.  Only the Major of the syllogism of prudence can be called “practical principle”.
  38. See the previous note.
  39. Father Garrigou-Lagrange, relying on Billuart, says in his treatise De Verbo Incarnato that a heretical pope, while not being a member of the Church, may exceptionally continue to be the head.  Indeed, it is impossible in the case of a physical head, it is possible (while being abnormal) for a secondary moral head (See text attached below).
  40. Dissertatio de romani pontificis auctoritate super propositionem 29 damnatam ab Alexandro VIII.
  41. Dissertatio de romani pontificis auctoritate ..., p. 665 in the Jules JACQUES edition, 1869.
  42. All these authors agree on the fact that an occult heretical pope continues to be head of the Church. Some, like Cajetan, think that a heretic occult continues to be a member of the Church, so there is no difficulty. Others, like Father Garrigou think that an occult heretic ceases to be a member of the Church. Hence the difficult to be solved. (Ed.)
  43. This book edited in France by DPF (Chiré-en-Montreuil) in 1975 has in fact not been marketed at the request, it seems, of the author. Some copies were circulated and the book is still considered a serious reference.
  44. Decretal of Boniface VIII (in 6th), 1. 1, T. 7, cap. 1 De Renunciatione. In the Code of Canon Law of 1917, the Canon 221 says: “If it happens that the Roman Pontiff resigns from his office, neither the acceptance of the Cardinals, nor any other acceptance is necessary for the validity this renunciation.”
  45. We did not find this passage in the 1st Letter of St. Clement to the Corinthians, the only one considered authentic today.