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SSPX-Rome - Appeal from the Asian District Superior
"How the devil tempts good souls"

Father Daniel Couture, Superior of the Asian District of the Society of Saint Pius X (FSSPX / SSPX), sent this appeal to his priests and faithful.

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May 31, 2012
Feast of the Queenship of Mary
Let us implore the Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary for our Superior General, for his Assistants, for our Bishops
« All these were persevering with one mind in prayer with the women, and Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and with his brethren. (Acts 1,14)

On this last day of May, feast of the Queenship of Our Lady and eve of the month dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, I am making an urgent appeal to all the members of the Society of St Pius X of the Asian District, to all our faithful and to all those who want to join with us, to continue “persevering with one mind in prayer .. with Mary the Mother of Jesus”, our Immaculate Queen, Queen of the Clergy, Mother of the Church, for the Retreat and important Chapter of the SSPX which are scheduled to take place next July 1-14.

In the present difficult circumstances, truth will be made known to souls who humble themselves before God, to those who control their passions and their interior agitation in order to have no other thirst than that for the truth of God, and no other will than His. This is not the first time the Society of St Pius X goes through stormy days. Back in 1977, after a major crisis had hit the seminary of Ecône, the Archbishop wrote the following lines which radiate the peace and fortitude of the Holy Ghost present in him even in times of trial. What he said under Paul VI, he would certainly substantially repeat again today under Benedict XVI.

“Born in this period of confusion, the Society was bound to be persecuted by the Church’s destroyers. Whatever they have done against the Society, has been motivated by the fact that we refuse to scale down the Kingship of Our Lord Jesus Christ. This Kingship is splendidly expressed within the traditional liturgy, confirmed by Theology and the other Sacred Sciences, in the Law of the Church. (…)

It is certain that the Pope is imbued with liberal principles. Cardinal Daniélou himself and his friend Jean Guitton, both affirm this. This deplorable influence seems sufficient to explain the unfortunate incoherence and contradictions coming from the Pope and his circle. However, if that forbids us to follow him when he speaks or acts in an erroneous manner, it must not lead to disrespect or contempt, for he sits on the throne of Peter. We must pray for him, so that he teaches the Truth and works exclusively towards re-establishing the reign of Our Lord. Let us avoid taking extreme positions that no longer correspond to reality but to our own a priori judgments , which needlessly troubles our conscience without enlightening it. Let us avoid the bitter zeal condemned by St Pius X in his first encyclical:

But in order that the desired fruit may be derived from this apostolate and this zeal for teaching, and that Christ may be formed in all, be it remembered, Venerable Brethren, that no means is more efficacious than charity. ‘For the Lord is not in the earthquake’ (3 Kings 19:2). It is vain to hope to attract souls to God by bitter zeal. On the contrary, harm is done more often than good, by taunting men harshly with their faults and reproving their vices with asperity. True the Apostle exhorted Timothy: ‘Accuse, beseech, rebuke,’ but he took care to add ‘with all patience’ (2 Tim 4:2). Jesus has certainly left us examples of this: ‘Come to Me’, we find Him saying, ‘Come to Me all ye that labour and are burdened, and I will refresh you’ (Mt 11:28). And by those who labour and are burdened, He meant only those who are slaves of sin and error. What gentleness, was that shown by the Divine Master! What tenderness, what compassion towards all kind of miseries!

That is why it is impossible for us to approve the attitude of those who have only bitter words for their neighbour, who judge them rashly and thus create a division amongst those who are fighting the same fight. (…) Let us keep our souls in a spirit of patience, gentleness, humility, as well as strength and firmness of faith. Our establishments, our priories and above all our seminaries, must breathe this atmosphere of charity, and devotion towards our divine King, and atmosphere of loyalty, friendliness and fraternal understanding.” (from Cor Unum, Letters and Conferences of Arch. M. Lefebvre, SSPX USA, Letter 3, Christmas 1977)

It is worth recalling the wise rules of St Ignatius for the Discernment of Spirits, especially the 2nd and 5th rules. The 2nd describes how the devil tempts good souls. The classic signs are: anxiety (ex. what if... ? panic attacks, etc.), sadness, obstacles, false reasons, trouble, and discouragement. We do find all these signs at present in our ranks. It means the devil is nearby “as a roaring lion seeking whom to devour”. But then, we must remember the 5th rule which tells us what to do in times of spiritual desolation: pray, meditate, do penance, and examine yourself! This ought to be our program in this month of June, much better both for us and for our cause than rash judgments and idle gossip.
Finally, I would also like to make mine this time the words of the French District Superior, Fr. de Cacqueray, who made a similar appeal recently, last May 17, on the feast of the Ascension:
“Let us join to our prayers our sacrifices, as the Blessed Virgin Mary has always urged us to do! Priests, Brothers, Sisters, let us give the example! Let us ask forgiveness with our whole heart to Our Blessed Lord for all our sins and let us live in the state of grace. Let us bear with patience the daily crosses, let us not abandon our duty of state on the pretext that all is already lost. Let us even give generously to God a little extra of ourselves that is a bit costly, painful, in order to cling more strongly to Him.

We are living a very great trial, but Our Lord is still present in the ship even though the storm is fierce and seems about to drown it. Let us not be afraid if Our Lord again seems to be sleeping, because in reality, He never ceases to watch over us. We believe it with our whole soul. That is why we must remain in serenity, deeply convinced that the Good Lord watches over us.

Let us implore, and storm Heaven for our Superior General, for his Assistants, for our four Bishops that they may receive the graces of light and strength which they need to remain firm in the good battle of the Faith in these difficult circumstances. 
We have a great debt towards our four Bishops and we beg God to be able to celebrate their episcopal silver Jubilee on June 30, 2013. 
Let us also ask these graces for ourselves, for one another, because we have all much need of them.”

For all the priests of the Asian District, during the whole month of June, on all 3rd and 4th class days, an extra commemoration will be added (oratio imperata) which will be that of St Pius X, September 3rd. May our great Patron Saint intercede with the King of kings and the Queen of Heaven to save this Society which was put under his powerful patronage. For all, I recommend fidelity to the daily rosary, even its 15 mysteries, the Litanies of the Sacred Heart, and if possible some fasting, perhaps once a week.

During this month which is also the month of the ordinations, let us remember the deacons who will be receiving the grace of the sacred priesthood in our various seminaries.

“Public prayers have great power with the Sacred Heart, which turns away the rigors of Divine Justice by putting itself between Justice and sinners to obtain pardon” (St Margaret Mary).

Entrusting the whole Asian District to the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary and to St Joseph.

Fr. Daniel Couture, Asian District Superior

22 comments:

Cruise the Groove. said...

I joyfully await the Holy Fathers recognition of this holy Society, in the month May.

New Catholic said...

May?

Cruise the Groove. said...

Yes May.
Was that not the word from the Holy See a while back, around Pentecost?

Cruise the Groove. said...

I have written the PCED, the Apostolic Signitura and the Holy Office, each twice in the past two years kindly asking if I may go to confession to an SSPX priest and have recieved no reply.
Nothing.

New Catholic said...

Not exactly, it was one of several possibilities mentioned by the Italian media - but no date or specific time frame was ever really mentioned officially.

someone said...

so... when? I hope before the holidays... maybe 30.06? It will be a symbolic date.

Frances said...

To pray is infinitely more salutary than making comments.
My thanks to you Fr.Couture for your fine letter of encouragement. We must do as our Lady asks , prayer and the penance of our daily duty.

Edgar said...

Father Couture has to reign in some of his priests that have gravely and loudly attacked Bishop Fellay and the rest of the leadership of the FSSPX from the pulpit based on hearsay and rumors.

Just yesterday in heard in youtube a 1Hr+ sermon from last Pentecost of father Joseph Pfeiffer in the Philippines where he attacks the Holy Father, any type of deal with "modernist Rome" and all the leadership of the FSSPX accusing them of traitors.

Also circulating around the web are sermons and letters from father Francois Chazal where he also attacks and deal and his superior along with the rest of the leadership.

The Holy Father has to hurry with his decision before the opposition among cripto sedevacantist of the FSSPX increase and get more organized to oust +Fellay and derail the whole deal.

New Catholic said...

Edgar, certainly the appeal and these events are related.

Peter said...

This letter should touch all who read it. It is nobly written, from the heart.

Obviously it is written to rein in members of SSPX who have taken/are taking more extremist positions.

Clearly, it is not fruitful or desirable to speak contemptuously of the Pope, whose position is terribly difficult.

Clearly, it is useless to speculate about the date of an announcement, although peoples' frustration and sense of anticipation is understandable.

Presumably, there will be a decision from Rome (perhaps not a public announcement) before the General Chapter of the SSPX in July. SSPX would hardly have a General Chapter if there was nothing to discuss. Or perhaps the Pope wants to hear from the Superior General the outcome of the Chapter before he makes a decision ? An intriguing possibility.

So, it's pray and wait, avoiding all extremist positions, and speaking only in charity.

If we trust in God and in is Holy Mother, whose intercession we implore, we shan't go far wrong, whatever difficulties and trials we face.

Martin Blackshaw said...

I share Peter's view entirely and I firmly believe that Our Lady will respond generously, as she has on two previous occasions, to the latest rosary crusade of the SSPX.

Fr. Couture's letter is indeed nobly written, a pleasant change from the less charitable utterances of others who should know better.

Let us hope it helps to calm the passions of those who have lost sight of the spirit of Archbishop Lefebvre. It's not only from the ranks of the liberals in the Roman Curia that hostility towards legitimate authority presently emanates! There are extremes at both ends of the spectrum.

Was it St. Paul who said "The anger of man worketh not the justice of God?" Fr. Couture is basically saying the same, and he is so right.

Long-Skirts said...

Fr. Daniel Couture said:

"It is worth recalling the wise rules of St Ignatius for the Discernment of Spirits, especially the 2nd and 5th rules. The 2nd describes how the devil tempts good souls. The classic signs are: anxiety (ex. what if... ? panic attacks, etc.), sadness, obstacles, false reasons, trouble, and discouragement. We do find all these signs at present in our ranks. It means the devil is nearby “as a roaring lion seeking whom to devour”."

and Peter said:

"Obviously it is written to reign in members of SSPX who have/are taking more extremest positions."

OF
BRIGADES
AND
BRIGANDS

The fife and drum
Another did come
Wearing his jaunty beret -

They held down their thumb
At the Conductor's hushed hum
For him they would not play -

The Conductor did urge
"It is not a dirge
Should be music a balm for each nerve" -

But the fife and drum surge
With beret he did merge
The Conductor's baton they'd not serve -

So alone on their way
A brigade gone astray
They'll play and recite their sad rune -

Not seizing the day
In Mary's month May
Please pray that these brigands change tune!

pancrasraja said...

Fr. Couture,
The “Society of Reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary” is with you to pray and offer sacrifices in this crisis of the SSPX.
“In the end My Immaculate Heart will triumph ....”, said Our Lady on July 13, 1917. St. Louis De Montfort says: “Finally, Mary must become as terrible as an army in battle array to the devil and his followers, especially in these latter times.” (True Devotion No. 50)
This triumph of the Immaculate Heart over the devil cannot be easily realized, unless a planned action is organized under the leadership of the Blessed Virgin Mary Herself. For “the most fearful enemy that god has set up against the devil is Mary His Holy Mother.” (True Devotion No. 52)
The more the number of souls gathered around Our Lady for the intense practice of devotion to Her Immaculate Heart, the sooner this triumph will be realized. According to Sr. Lucia (1946), “ a sufficient number of people should comply” with the practice of Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary - the First Saturday devotion with the intention of MAKING REPARATION for the sins committed by their blasphemies against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Fr. Pancras M. Raja
Director
pancrasraja@rediffmail.com

Anonymous said...

The crisis of the SSPX is that of Our Lady's Immaculate Heart.
“In the end My Immaculate Heart will triumph ....”, said Our Lady on July 13, 1917. St. Louis De Montfort says: “Finally, Mary must become as terrible as an army in battle array to the devil and his followers, especially in these latter times.” (True Devotion No. 50)
This triumph of the Immaculate Heart over the devil cannot be easily realized, unless a planned action is organized under the leadership of the Blessed Virgin Mary Herself. For “the most fearful enemy that god has set up against the devil is Mary His Holy Mother.” (True Devotion No. 52)
The more the number of souls gathered around Our Lady for the intense practice of devotion to Her Immaculate Heart, the sooner this triumph will be realized. According to Sr. Lucia (1946), “ a sufficient number of people should comply” with the practice of Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary - the First Saturday devotion with the intention of MAKING REPARATION for the sins committed by their blasphemies against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Fr. Pancras M. Raja
pancrasraja@rediffmail.com

Watcher said...

Edgar said...
Father Couture has to reign in some of his priests that have gravely and loudly attacked Bishop Fellay and the rest of the leadership of the FSSPX from the pulpit based on hearsay and rumors.

Just yesterday in heard in youtube a 1Hr+ sermon from last Pentecost of father Joseph Pfeiffer in the Philippines where he attacks the Holy Father, any type of deal with "modernist Rome" and all the leadership of the FSSPX accusing them of traitors.

Also circulating around the web are sermons and letters from father Francois Chazal where he also attacks and deal and his superior along with the rest of the leadership.

The Holy Father has to hurry with his decision before the opposition among cripto sedevacantist of the FSSPX increase and get more organized to oust +Fellay and derail the whole deal.

Edgar - Yes, I agree, it is very necessary for Fr. Couture to reign in the renegade priests in his district, as it is also for the other District Superiors to do the same.

I don't know anything about Fr. Chazal. I have never heard of him. However, Fr. Pfeiffer (Jospeh, not Timothy) is another story. He has a history of being a renegade, of being insubordinate, and disobedient. It does not surprise me at all that he gave that sermon on Pentecost. He should have been reigned in along time ago and in a much stronger fashion. Although I doubt it matters now. He will likely use this situation to set up his own little independent chapel, no doubt. No need to boot him if he boots himself.

St. Michael's little friend said...

"Veni Sancte Spiritus"

Reverend Fr. Couture, just beyond the crucifixion of his humble, docile daily martyrdom in this temporal exile, will enjoy the celestial peace of the Interior Garden of Paradise walking with Christ, Our King and Our Blessed Mother, the Queen of Peace.

As for those who are beset by rebellious temptations supported by intellectual assertions, let us recall that Lucifer had the highest of intellects also. Then we behold Eternal Wisdom's words:

Incarnate Wisdom: "humbled Himself, becoming obedient unto death, even to the death of the cross." (Phil. 2:8)It was through this means that the devil was vanquished. Would Divine Providence require less of the Master's servants?

"And now there remain faith, hope, and charity, these three: but the greatest of these is charity." (I Cor. 13:13)

May St. Michael, the Archangel- "Vanquisher of rebel spirits" surround the Vicar of Christ, H.E. Bishop Fellay and all those affiliated with SSPX.

Matt said...

Cruise the Groove. said, "I joyfully await the Holy Fathers recognition of this holy Society, in the month [of] May."

Well, it's June, so now what? I had been hoping also for the end of May as being the reunion date but--BUZZZ!--guess not.

This stupid butler thing, I think, threw a wrench into the fan. Maybe it was done on purpose to mess up things. It would be great though if this whole thing has wrapped up already and Rome and +Fellay are just sitting back waiting for the right time to announce they'd been done a while ago. :)

Matt

Matamoros said...

Readers shouldn't be too quick to put down to diabolical influence the legitimate concerns of those who don't trust what's on offer from Rome. The Pope might have the best of intentions, but the virtue of prudence also demands the SSPX not allow itself to mangled by elements which do not have quite such good intentions.

The double-dimension spirit of conciliarist clerics still affects the Pope also, as has been noted by Archbishop Lefebvre and the other four Society bishops.

Yes, a few preists are out of line in their actions against the agreement with Rome, but the action of the three Bishops in writing privately to their Superior is quite in line with the normal workings of a religious order and is an edifying example in this time of crisis.

While those few priests (to be counted on hte fingers of one hand and without important positions in the Society) who have publically criticised Bishop Fellay are disappointing, I have to say that the very shrill denunciations of all those who question the agreement, by certain priests who do have positions of greater responsibility, may turn out to much more damaging in the long run.

The simple fact is,traditional Catholics have never been very impressed by the "shut up and be docile" line dished out by Church hierarchs. We heard it too much after the Council. It just won't work as a deciding argument when it come to such an important question as the one under discussion.

Unfortunately, while Pope Benedict is the most sympathetic Pope towards tradition since Vat II, and has changed greatly himself in that period, the ideas he still follows means that he cannot expect to be immune from the kind of rebuke that one of the first bishops of the Church addressed to St. Peter. Bishop Fellay is right to say he does not yet have sufficient elements to agree to sit in silence at the table of Peter's successor.

Our Lady's little child said...

To Matamoros:

Your reflective words of calm musing are a gentle breeze from the Holy Spirit to refresh souls.

Please rest before the throne of "She who crushes the serpent" requesting her intercession for all.

Prudence requires silent prayer allowing only discretionary comments. There is no question that H.E. Bishop Fellay has the grace of state to prudently discern the Will of the Holy Trinity. May all of the souls attached to his find peace of soul in this confident reliance on the graces bestowed to him from the Mediatrix of all Graces.

John R said...

I personally knew both Frs. Pfeiffer when I was in the SSPX. I don't know about being a renegade or insubordinate, but he changed ever since he came back from a summer camp in which two boys drowned (1998). He was severely depressed, wouldn't even speak to anyone, and says Requiem Masses for those boys for the entire month of August (even when the rubrics forbade doing so). I was a sacristan at the time. Some of this may linger in his psychological state to this day.

As for Fr. Chazal - I was the MC at an Easter Vigil in which he was the deacon. At the "Exultet" he clearly inserted the name of Bernard instead of the local Ordinary. The previous day at the Good Friday liturgy, again as the deacon, he ostensibly did NOT genuflect at the prayer for the Jews, even while the Celebrant and SD did. I think these antics speak volumes to where his position is today.
As fie

Matamoros said...

John, Should Christians really be concerned with the "psychological" causes of people's opinions? Many people have difficult circumstances and make the right choices while others are given a great set of cards yet make terrible decisions. People have free will and their internal goings-on are not our business. I thought I would say this because a lifetime among Catholics has proved that one of their favourite pastimes is worrying about what what goes on in the hearts of others.

Can't we just stick to what people do and say in public, and accept them at face value?

To Mary's Little Helper I can only say, I'm not sure what I can say, but thanks for your kind wishes.

1917 said...

John R, I agree with what Matamorros says, internal goings-on are not our business (and to Matamorros, please be assured we really don't all have this is as a favourite pastime).

I would also add that any personal knowledge you have should remain so and your position of privilege to serve at Mass should not allow you to speak so freely. You may have mis-heard, he may have made an honest mistake, according to tradition there is no genuflection, there may be another reason.

May Our Lady Bless you always