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.

Jun 25

Little catechism of the Second Vatican Council (Part Eight) – The Nine Decrees (decrees 1-5)

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May 14

Letter from the Dominicans of Avrillé # 28: May 2018

Letter from the Dominicans of Avrillé No. 28: May 2018 Chrismal Mass at the Friary ... Read More
Apr 12

Little catechism of the Second Vatican Council (Part Six) - The Four Constitutions (continued): Constitution Sacrosanctum Concilium on the liturgy

Little catechism of the Second Vatican Council (Part Six) - The Four Constitutions (continued):  Constitution ... Read More
Mar 22

Little catechism of the Second Vatican Council (Part Five) - The Four Constitutions (continued): Dei Verbum (on sources of Revelation)

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Feb 26

Little catechism of the Second Vatican Council (Part Four) - The Four Constitutions: Lumen Gentium on the Church

Little catechism of the Second Vatican Council (Part Four) - The Four Constitutions: Lumen Gentium ... Read More
Feb 5

Little catechism of the Second Vatican Council (Part Three)

Little catechism of the Second Vatican Council (Part Three) by Fr. Pierre-Marie, O.P. Dominican in ... Read More
Jan 18

An interview with Fr. Paul Morgan, Former Superior of the SSPX District of the UK

An interview with Fr. Paul Morgan, former superior of the SSPX District of the U.K. ... Read More
Dec 27

No one is exempt (excused) from the fight!

No one is exempt (excused) from the fight! By Fr Calmel O.P. Christian spiritual combat, ... Read More
Dec 18

Little catechism of the Second Vatican Council (Part Two)

Little catechism of the Second Vatican Council (Part Two) by Fr. Pierre-Marie, O.P. Dominican in ... Read More
Nov 27

Little catechism of the Second Vatican Council (Part One)

Little catechism of the Second Vatican Council (Part One) by Fr. Pierre-Marie, O.P. Dominican in ... Read More
Aug 3

The Canonical Recognition in Question

The Canonical Recognition in Question About the Conciliar Church (Editorial of Le Sel de la ... Read More
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
  1. "Bishops receive their actual jurisdiction not with the priestly ordination but, directly or indirectly, with the juridical mandate" (1st schema of Vatican I on the Church). See Le Sel de la terre 29, p. 41-44.
  2. Romano Amerio, Iota Unum: A Study of Changes in the Catholic Church in the XXth Century, Kansas City, Angelus Press, 2004, § 151.
  3. "Similarly the teaching of Canon law and of Church history should take into account the mystery of the Church, according to the dogmatic Constitution De Ecclesia [Lumen gentium] promulgated by this sacred synod. […] Sacred liturgy […] should be taught according to the mind of articles 15 and 16 of the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy [Sacrosanctum Concilium]."
  4. The reader can fruitfully compare these two these two decrees with the two chapters of the schema on the Church that Cardinal Ottaviani proposed on the same subject. (See: « Les religieux et les laïcs dans l'Église » in Le Sel de la terre n° 31, winter 1999-2000, p. 6-25.). Between the two chapters of the schema and the two Decrees is the distance that separates the Catholic Church from the Conciliar Church.
  5. The word "perfection" is employed once in a citation of saint Paul to designate charity ("bond of perfection") and the word "sanctity" once for characterizing the contemplatives who lend "luster to the people of God which is inspired by their example". The expression "religious state" only appears once, at the end of the document.
  6. Whereas the old 1917 code divided people into three categories (clerics, religious, laity), the new code of 1983 – applying Vatican II – divides the « People of God » (sic) into three groups ordered thus: the faithful of Christ, the hierarchical constitution of the Church, and the institutes of consecrated life (in which the religious are diluted).
  7. "That all the members be more closely knit by the bond of brotherly love, those who are called lay-brothers, assistants, or some similar name should be drawn closely in to the life and work of the community.  Unless conditions really suggest something else, care should be taken that there be only one class of Sisters in communities of women." (§ 15).
  8. "Therefore let constitutions…be suitably re-edited and…adapted to the Decrees of this sacred Synod." (§ 3).
  9. "The religious habit…should be…suited to the circumstances of time and place and to the needs of the ministry involved. The habits of both men and women religious which do not conform to these norms must be changed." (§ 17).
  10. Certainly clerics can abuse the superiority they have because of their clerical state. There can be a reprehensible clericalism. But it is one thing to battle against the abuse of a legitimate hierarchy and another thing to want to suppress this hierarchy.
  11. One reads in this same § 7: "All those things which make up the temporal order, namely, the good things of life and the prosperity of the family, culture, economic matters, the arts and professions, the laws of the political community, international relations, and other matters of this kind, as well as their development and progress, not only aid in the attainment of man's ultimate goal but also possess their own intrinsic value." Certainly natural realities have a (natural) value, but the principal value of these goods is to serve as a means to the supernatural end!
  12. See the dossier on the Syllabus appearing in Le Sel de la terre 90 (autumn 2014).
  13. Cardinal Ratzinger, Les Principes de la théologie catholique, Paris, Téqui, 1985, p. 426-427. This book was reedited without changes in 2005, after the election of the author to the Sovereign Pontificate, with a preface by Cardinal Poupard.
  14. French anti-liberal prelate of XIXth century.
  15. Liberty, equality, fraternity.
  16. Le Sel de la terre 90 (autumn 2014), p. 80-81. Msgr. Gaume explains in details these three reasons.
  17. See the reviews of the works by the professor Johannes Dörmann, L'Étrange théologie de Jean-Paul II et l'esprit d'Assise (The strange theology of John-Paul II and the spirit of Assisi) in Le Sel de la terre 5, p. 185; 16, p. 186; 33, p. 218; 46, p. 191.
  18. In reality, there is no longer "dignity of man" after original sin; there is only dignity of man regenerated by grace, i.e., of a Christian.
  19. Fideliter, no. 94, p. 7.  Compare GS 12 with the second part of the "principle and foundation" of Saint Ignatius (Spiritual Exercises, no. 23B).
  20. See Pius VI, Quod Aliquantulum of 10 March 1791, which refutes and condemns the Declaration of the Rights of Man of 1789.
  21. See the response of Archbishop Lefebvre to Cardinal Seper in Mgr. Lefebvre et le Saint-Office, in Itinéraires 233, p. 68-81.  See also Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, They Have Uncrowned Him: From Liberalism to Apostasy, the Conciliar Tragedy, Kansas City, Angelus Press, 1988.
  22. On the question of the rights of men, see abbé Guillaume Devillers, « L'idéologie des droits de l'homme » in Le Sel de la terre 30 (autumn 1999), p. 56-61; text republished and improved in his book Politique chrétienne available from Éditions du Sel.
  23. "…the plague which now infects society. We refer to the plague of anti-clericalism, its errors and impious activities." (Pius XI, Quas Primas, 11 December 1925).
  24. The Book of the Apocalypse (Ap 13) predicts that the "Beast of the earth", a pseudo-Church, will serve the "Beast of the sea", i.e., the satanic world government.  See Josef Pieper, De la Fin des temps, Éditions Ad Solem, 2013, p. 96-97; Fr. R-Th. Calmel O.P., « de l'Antéchrist » in Itinéraires 111, March 1967, p. 156.
  25. § 48, 1 and 50, 1.  See also § 49 on conjugal love placed before § 50 on the fecundity of marriage.  This inversion was promulgated by the new Code of Canon Law: CIC 1983, can. 1055, § 1.
  26. In the table of contents of the editions of Centurion, at the word "democracy", one reads: "The word is not employed in the conciliar documents, but one does find there the affirmation of its exigencies."  See above, p. 10, with the note.
  27. Pius XII, Lenten pastoral instruction to the priests and preachers of Rome, 17 February 1945, AAS 37 (1945), p. 39.
  28. Saint Pius X was the first, it seems, to have spoken of “the active participation in the sacrosanct mysteries and in the public and solemn prayer of the Church” in his Motu proprio Tra le sollicitudine on sacred music (22 November 1903) where he encouraged Gregorian chant: “it is necessary to reestablish Gregorian chant in the use of the people, so that the faithful may again take a more active part in the ecclesiastical office, as in ancient times.” This is far from the guitar masses that followed the Council.
  29. See Abbé Franz Schmidberger, « La protestantisation du concil Vatican II », Autorité et réception du concile Vatican II — 4e Symposium de Paris 2005, Vu de haut hors série, Paris, 2006, p. 208-210.
  30. Decree of the Holy Office Lamentabili (approved and confirmed by St. Pius X) on 3 July 1907, proposition 21 (condemned): "Revelation, constituting the object of the Catholic faith, was not completed (completa) with the Apostles."
  31. John Paul II, Ecclesia Dei adflicta, 2 July 1988, § 5 (which DV § 8 cites): "The root of this schismatic act can be discerned in an incomplete and contradictory notion of Tradition. Incomplete, because it does not take sufficiently into account the living character of Tradition, which, as the Second Vatican Council clearly taught, 'comes from the apostles and progresses in the Church with the help of the Holy Spirit. […]'"
  32. Benedict XVI, 22 December 2005, address to the curia: "On the other [hand], there is the 'hermeneutic of reform', of renewal in the continuity of the one subject-Church which the Lord has given to us. She is a subject which increases in time and develops, yet always remaining the same, the one subject of the journeying People of God."
  33. Father Brandler SSPX, in his study [published by Le Sel de la terre 7, 10 and 12] "De Dei Filius à Dei Verbum: un progrès?" (From Dei Filius to Dei Verbum: a progress?), remarks that the text of DV favors three errors: — The negation, or even the confusing, of the natural and supernatural orders (DV 6); — The faith viewed as a sentiment, a trust, and not as an intellectual knowledge (DV 5); — The Holy Scripture which is no more a «myth»: a way to think that it is not without any error (DV 19).
  34. DV 22: "And should the opportunity arise and the Church authorities approve, if these translations are produced in cooperation with the separated brethren as well, all Christians will be able to use them."
  35. See for example: frère Pierre-Marie, « Ecclésiologie comparée », Le Sel de la terre 1, summer 1992, p. 25.
  36. See Pius XII, Mystici Corporis, 29 June 1943.
  37. Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Church, Ecumenism, & Politics: New Endeavors in Ecclesiology, Ignatius Press, 2008, p. 24: "Some (German theologians) wondered (in the 1930s) whether the image of the Mystical Body was not too narrow as a point of departure to define the manifold forms of affiliation with the Church that have actually existed in the confusion of human history. The image of the Body provides only one notion of affiliation, that of the 'member'; someone is a member or else he is not, and there are no intermediate degrees. Yet—people asked—is this image not too restrictive precisely in its point of departure, since there are quite obviously intermediate degrees?  So they hit on the expression 'People of God', which in this respect is roomier and more flexible.  The Constitution on the Church Lumen Gentium  adopted it for this very purpose when it described the situation of non-Catholics who wrongly claim to be “Christians”, by saying that they are somehow 'joined' (coniunctio) to the Catholic Church and and those not even claiming to be Christians by saying that they are 'related' (ordinatio) to the Church; in both instances, the document relies on the idea of the People of God (nos. 15 and 16)."
  38. See Pius XII, Mystici Corporis, 29 June 1943: "…this true Church of Jesus Christ—which is the One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic and Roman Church" (Humani generis repeats this affirmation and makes it obligatory: Dz 2319, absent from DS).
  39. On this and the following question, see the note by Cardinal Larraona published in Msgr. Lefebvre, I Accuse the Council!, Kansas City, Angelus Press, 1998, p. 51, 55: "From being monarchical, the Church becomes episcopalian and collegiate, and this by divine right and by virtue of the episcopal consecration. […] if the doctrine proposed in the schema were true, the Church would have been living in direct opposition to divine law for centuries!"
  40. See Pius XII, encyclical Ad Apostolorum Principis of 29 June 1958, which refers to the encyclicals Mystici Corporis (1943) and Ad Sinarum Gentem (1954).
  41. See Sì Sì No No, 31 January 2013, which adds: "The body of bishops is thus not a stable and permanent group who with Peter and under him has the supreme power of teaching and governing the whole Church.  As one can see, collegiality is closely related, even if it is more attenuated or mitigated, to conciliarism and theological Gallicanism."
  42. Article 7 of the Institutio Generalis of the new mass according to the typical edition of 1969 [English translation]. See also Daniel Raffard de Brienne, Lex Orandi, lex credendi - La Nouvelle Messe et la Foi, 1983 (available on the site of the Latin portal, or in number 107, May-June 1984, of Lecture et Tradition): "The supper (a protestant word) or mass is thus uniquely the assembly of the people of God; the priest is only a presider; a work of the community, the Supper is only the celebration of the memorial of the Lord; according to the second phrase, the presence of Christ, purely spiritual, is accomplished by the assembly.  Luther spoke no differently."
  43. See Ralph M. Wiltgen, The Rhine Flows into the Tiber, Charlotte, North Carolina, TAN Books, 2014, p. 32 (Fr. Schillebeeckx, O.P., succeeds in opposing the first four dogmatic schemas on 16 October 1962) and p. 71-75 (the rejection of the schema on the sources of Revelation).
  44. John XXIII, Gaudet Mater Ecclesia, 11 October 1962 (from the Italian text [Komonchak translation]).
  45. Acta Synodalia Sacrosancti Concilii Œcumenici Vatican II, Volumen I (Periodus prima), Pars IV (Congregationes generales XXXI-XXXVI), Typis polyglottis Vaticanis, 1971, p. 653 et sq. [Komonchack translation: "On defending intact the deposit of faith" in The Council that Might Have Been].
  46. John XXIII, Gaudet Mater Ecclesia, 11 October 1962 [Komonchak translation]
  47. Ibid.
  48. The Conciliar Church is the collection of Catholics who accept the Council as a norm of thought.  On the contradiction between the schema for a "dogmatic Constitution on the deposit of the faith" and the teaching of the Conciliar Church, see «La Révélation et la foi», Le Sel de la terre 92, spring 2015.
  49. John XXIII, Gaudet Mater Ecclesia, 11 October 1962 (from the Italian text [Komonchak translation]). The same text in: John XXIII – Paul VI, Discours au Concile, Paris, le Centurion, 1966, p. 64.
  50. This expression signifies the neo-Modernist  theology of the 1940s. See Fr. Réginald Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P., "La nouvelle Théologie où va-t-elle?", Angelicum 23 (1946), p. 126-145, translated in Réginald Garrigou-Lagrange, “Where Is the New Theology Leading Us?,” trans. by Suzanne M. Rini, Catholic Family News Reprint Series #309.
  51. Cardinal Ratzinger, "Magistère et théologie", ORLF, 10 July 1990, p. 9: "In the details related to the contents, [the anti-Modernist decisions of the Church] were outmoded, after having fulfilled their pastoral need at a certain time."
  52. Ralph M. Wiltgen, The Rhine Flows into the Tiber, Charlotte, North Carolina, TAN Books, 2014, p. 288-9, reports it in a slightly different manner.
  53. Regarding these secret agreements, see Abbé Matthias Gaudron, Catéchisme catholique de la crise dans l'Église, 5e éd., Le Sel, Avrillé, 2012, question 26.
  54. "Cardinal Tisserant received formal orders to negotiate the agreement and supervise its exact execution during the Council. Each time that a bishop would raise the question of communism, the cardinal, from his table where he presided, would intervene" (Msgr. Roche, Itinéraires 285, p. 157). There was in 1962 an agreement between the Vatican and Moscow according to which, in exchange for the presence at the Council of schismatic Russian observers, it would refrain from speaking of communism. See on this subject Le Sel de la terre 53 (summer 2005), p. 68-70; Le Sel de la terre 62 (autumn 2007), p. 189-194; Jean Madiran, «L'accord Rome-Moscou», Itinéraires n° 280, February 1984 and n° 285 of July-August 1984, p. 151-160; Sì sì no no, 15 September 1984.
  55. "The Jews, held after almost twenty centuries in the margin of Christian society, often treated as subordinate, enemies, and decides—demanded their complete rehabilitation. Issuing directly from the Abrahamic stock, from where Christianity came, they asked to be considered like brothers, partners of equal dignity, of the Christian Church." Lazare Landau in n° 1001 of Tribune Juive (of 25-31 December 1987).
  56. See Sel de la terre 34, p. 196: «Comment les juifs ont changé la pensée catholique» (Joseph Roddy, Look, 25 January 1966).
  57. "During the last council session, the bishop of Monaco, Msgr. Rupp, in a very short discourse, asked that the Council be content with taking up these seven requests and of confirming them with its own authority […]. In reality, the Council did not do it. Not only did it make these seven requests its own, in equivalent terms, but it solidly justified them […]." Msgr. Willebrands, in Vatican II – La liberté religieuse, collection Unam Sanctam, Paris, Cerf, 1967, p. 241-242.
  58. Cardinal Ratzinger, interview with the monthly Jesus, November 1984, p. 72: "The problem with the 1960s was to acquire the best expressed values of two centuries of 'liberal' culture.  There are values that, even if they are born outside of the Church, can find their place—purified and corrected—in its vision of the world.  This is what was done."  The cardinal only specifies what the Council itself said: "This council, first of all, wishes to assess in this light [of the faith] those values which are most highly prized today and to relate them to their divine source.  Insofar as they stem from endowments conferred by God on man, these values are exceedingly good.  Yet they are often wrenched from their rightful function by the taint in man's heart, and hence stand in need of purification." (GS 11,2) [www.vatican.va translation].
  59. John XXIII, Gaudet Mater Ecclesia, 11 October 1962, DC 1383 (4 November 1962): "While it [the Council] focuses the Church's chief energies and earnestly strives to have people accept more favorably the message of salvation, it is, as it were, preparing and consolidating the path that can bring about that unity of the human race" [Komonchak translation §20].
  60. Cardinal Ratzinger, interview with the monthly Jesus, November 1984, p. 72.
  61. See notably Le Sel de la terre 34, p. 248 ; Le Sel de la terre 45, p. 36-41 : « Jean Madiran et l’Église conciliaire » ; Le Sel de la terre 59 (Winter 2006-2007), p. 3-8 : « Une hiérarchie pour deux Églises » ; Le Sel de la terre 85 (Summer 2013), p. 1-16 : « Y a-t-il une Église conciliaire » par Mgr Tissier de Mallerais ; Le Sel de la terre 97 (Summer 2016), p. 24-44 : « Ecclésiologie comparée ».
  62. Editorial, Le Sel de la terre 59 (Winter 2006-2007).
  63. Abp Marcel Lefebvre, Spiritual Journey according to St Thomas Aquinas in the Summa Theologica, chapter 2.
  64. Abp Marcel Lefebvre, Spiritual Journey, chapter 3.
  65. Msgr Giovanni Benelli, 1921-1982, Substitute at the Secretariate of State, created Archbishop of Florence and Cardinal by Pope Paul VI in 1977, wrote on behalf of the Pope in a letter dated June 25th, 1976 to Abp Lefebvre: “[If the Ecône seminarians] are of good will and seriously prepared for priestly ministry in the true fidelity to the Conciliar Church, we will find the best solution for them.”
  66. Bp Bernard Tissier de Mallerais, Marcel Lefebvre, Étampes, Clovis, 2002, p. 510.
  67. “We cannot be satisfied with some particular discipline for the Society; we refuse this new Code because it is detrimental to the common good of all the Church, which we want to defend”, Fr Jean-Michel Gleize, Courrier de Rome No. 499, May 2017.
  68. 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).
  69. Archbishop Lefebvre, Conference in Nantes (France), February 5, 1983.
  70. Archbishop Lefebvre, Conference in Ecône (Switzerland), October 28, 1988.
  71. 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.
  72. 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.
  73. God is speaking to St. Catherine of Sienna in The Dialogue, Treatise on Prayer, ch. 26.
  74. It was suppressed by Pope John the XXIII.
  75. Encyclical Letter Studiorum Ducem, June 29, 1923, on the occasion of the 6th century canonization of Saint Thomas Aquinas.
  76. L. H. Petitot O.P. Saint Thomas Aquinas, Editions Revue des Jeunes, 1923, p. 52.
  77. This concerns the Blesseds John-the Teuton (1241-1252), Humbert-de-Romans (1254-1263) and Jean de Verceil (1264-1283).
  78. Archbishop Lefebvre, The spirit of our statutes, Retreat preached to the seminarians in Écône, September 1988, fourth conference.
  79. Joseph Ratzinger, My Life, Paris, Fayard, 1998, p.51.
  80. Pope Jean XXII, Allocution to the Consistory for the occasion of the canonization of Saint Thomas, 1328.
  81. Msgr. Lefebvre, Spiritual Journey following Thomas Aquinas in the Summa, Angelus Press, Preface.
  82. These courses were edited into a book, under the title: Against heresies (Angelus Press).
  83. Archbishop Lefebvre, The spirit of our statutes, Retreat preached to the seminarians in Écône, September 1988, fourth conference.
  84. Fr Garrigou-Lagrange O.P., The Three Ages of interior life, Volume II, Fourth Part, chapter IV.
  85. http://www.dici.org/en/documents/interview-with-bishop-bernard-fellay-for-the-national-catholic-register/
  86. http://www.ncregister.com/blog/edward-pentin/video-sspxs-bishop-fellay-speaks-exclusively-to-the-register
  87. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqRd7914Jb0
  88. http://www.la-croix.com/Religion/Pape/INTERVIEW-Pope-Francis-2016-05-17-1200760633