June 2nd, 2013
The reasons we have decided to leave Christ the King Priory and church in Langley, British Columbia, are not complicated or hard to grasp. Let us firstly say what has not been a part of our decision.
If I refused my punitive transfer to Montreal, and if a group of 27 adults and 11 children, representing about a third of the Langley parish, have decided to start a new parish and to ask me to become their pastor, it was not because of emotions. We are not angry, bitter, or resentful towards the SSPX, even if we have been betrayed by its management. We didn’t leave for the love of change or to seek some excitement either.
We basically have been forced out of a location we have helped to build and maintain, because we could not anymore stand the propaganda thrown at us by ways of action or omission. We realized that to remain silent and inactive in front of the evils besetting our beloved Society would be a grave sin. Not only because we would put ourselves in harm’s way, but also because we would thus contribute to the destruction of the traditional movement. We have spent a lot of time and energy researching and studying the documents that shed light on the actual crisis of the SSPX. Thanks to the good work of His Excellency Bishop Williamson, and of the many priests and faithful of the Resistance, we were able to understand what happened, and to make the right decision, with the hope that it will encourage more priests and more faithful to do the same.
What we came to realize was that, for all practical purposes, the Society of St. Pius X has become nor more no less than the 10th religious congregation to have rallied the Conciliar Church. Even if the deal has not been signed yet, the principle of such a deal has been adopted by the July 2012 General Chapter, and this is what constitutes the big Revolution in the Society. It doesn’t matter whether the Chapter asked for 3 or 6 or 200 conditions. They have decided that the Society could henceforward sign a pact with those who are unrepentantly, and unceasingly, destroying the Catholic Church.
No Catholic worthy of the name can accept to go along with such a plan. We cannot say that we are Catholic, and that we love Our Saviour, His mother, and the saints, if we accept to negotiate with those who are contributing, by their actions or by their silence, to the damnation of countless souls for which Our Lord gave His life. For example, how can we even accept to deal and talk with people who promote the Novus Ordo Missae? How can we not see with a deep horror that this Mass is an abomination to God?
I remember Archbishop Lefebvre quoting prophet Malachy when talking against the New Mass: “The son honoreth the father, and the servant his master: if then I be a father, where is my honor? and if I be a master, where is my fear? saith the Lord of hosts. To you O priests, that despise my name, and have said: Wherein have we despised thy name? You offer polluted bread upon my altar, and you say: Wherein have we polluted thee? In that you say: The table of the Lord is contemptible. If you offer the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil? and if you offer the lame and the sick, is it not evil? offer it to thy prince, if he will be pleased with it, or if he will regard thy face, saith the Lord of hosts.” (1:6-8).
The mission of the SSPX has never been to integrate the structure of the conciliar Church in order to “transform” it from the inside. Such an illusion has been condemned by Archbishop Lefebvre in 1988 after the consecrations. The Society’s mission is to train true Catholic priests. These priests will in turn preach the Truth and fight vigorously against error, without compromise or “talks”, “dialogue”, “negotiations”. Thus this little legion will be like a beacon attracting the souls of good will.
The faithful and the good priests have been betrayed by the actual management of the Society. A management that does not tolerate dissent or critics. The only way for us to receive the truth and to speak it loud and clear, is to separate ourselves from the new SSPX. We have to be ready to make a lot of sacrifices, and we have to pray a lot for the solution of the crisis, and for our perseverance in the good fight.
You will maybe ask me: when will be the time to join Rome? How could we know if we have a good Pope? The answer is quite simple: When the Pope publicly condemns the New Mass and forbids its celebration under pain of excommunication; when he publicly condemns and rejects the whole of the Second Vatican Council; when he throws to the garbage bin all the reforms that came since the Council; when he demotes all heretic and immoral Bishops and priests; when he repairs the injustices done against Archbishop Lefebvre and the faithful priests. In other words, when he will truly, by his actions, clean up the mess.
And when can we go back and trust the SSPX again? The answer is pretty much the same as the above: When Bishop Fellay, the other members of the 2012 Chapter, and all the priests of the Society who have promoted the new line will be demoted and barred from any future office; when the texts of the Chapter will be officially and legally condemned; when H.E. Bishop Williamson and the faithful priests will be vindicated by the new management; when a book on the history of this crisis will be published and read yearly in our communities; when a new General Chapter will condemn in the most strong manner the New Mass and Vatican II, and will forbid any contact with conciliar authorities, until Rome has cleaned its mess.
You will tell me this is not realistic and could never happen! I will answer simply: So what? What’s the problem? Let us only do our duty and glorify God, and let Him deal with the others. Pray and sacrifice for their conversion, sure enough. But compromise and put ourselves in harm’s way? Never!
God bless you all.
A copy of this Mission Statement has been sent to the Pastor and parishioners of the SSPX parish in Langley.
Fr. Patrick Girouard