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It has been approximately 14 months since many have vehemently voiced their collective opposition against the agreement between the SSPX and the Vatican based purely practical concessions as opposed to doctrinal considerations. In that time has arisen, from the grassroots, of a handful of clerics and a large group of laity who, up until now, have had as their primary focus pointing out the errors and inconsistences of the current SSPX hierarchy and its virtual capitulation to the ideals of the misguided mainstream Novus Ordo Church …in short, submission to errors of Modernism. Though seemingly at a place where nothing is happening and negotiations have reached a stalemate, nevertheless, no retractions of the acceptability of the Novus Ordo Missa and the declaration by His Excellency Bishop Bernard Fellay has been forthcoming. Indeed, there has been no retraction of his Doctrinal Preamble of April 2012, (http://www.therecusant.com/doctrinalpreamble-15apr2012 ), in which he clearly accepts the validity and legitimate promulgation of the so-called, New Mass, New Theology, and the ever changing Magisterium of the Church; the continuance and expansion of Catholic tradition within the declarations of Vatican Council II, religious liberty, and so forth.
Suffice it to say that these interim months have been occupied with an open assault by the so-called resistance against the errors stumbled into, willingly or unwillingly, by the leadership of the traditional Catholic Movement. This was a necessary step because the direction of the leadership of the SSPX has been cloaked in ambiguities, therefore, the laity, most especially the young, have not had the clarity of sight to see the transition of the traditional leadership into the liberality of the NewChurch. The older generation, having heard all this same balderdash before, though with different wrapping, was not so easily deceived. It seems by design that the Neo-SSPX foresaw this would be so, and pre-emptively dismissed the elder veterans of the Liberal Wars within the Catholic Church. Instead they focused on, and are continuing to focus on, inculcating the young, individuals and families alike, into a liberal conditioning; a ploy right out of the Saul Alinsky handbook, Rules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals.
Aside: I might add these elders were the co-combatants with the very same prelates who valiantly fought alongside the good Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre and are now advocating capitulation.
As time progresses it has become evident, even to those who choose not to acknowledge it, that the new liberal direction of the SSPX is clear. By their free choice they’ve not only betrayed the memory of the holy and noble founder, Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, but also the Church of Christ and His Apostles, that is, the traditional Catholic Church. It is now time for those who remain true to the traditional Catholic Faith to expand into a second phase, if you will, of re-establishing a formidable monolith of Catholic tradition. We, the laity (always under the guidance of the priests) must shift the burden of this much, as do our courageous priests, who against severe set-backs persevere to maintain the true Faith. Since our priests are pressed to do several Masses in far-flung locations and we have ample space available, be it at a hotel, someone’s living room, basement, or garage, it is essential to begin to establish a parish life within each of our mission.
With this in mind I propose the following be implemented in all missions of the resistance, otherwise known as the Marian Corp, (a term eminently more appropriate for the second phase of the restoration of the monolithic traditional Catholic Church):
1. Generally, since we have time after Mass when the priest has left for the next mission we must establish, according to each mission’s need, a catechism instruction for children and a preparation for the reception of their Sacraments;
2. We must also establish regular conferences for adults, with the twin goal of informing our Faithful and training each of us as apologists for the traditional Catholic Faith;
3. We must establish the formation of a men’s study group in each mission, preferably under some title of Christ the King, these will involve reading and studying of various documents, encyclicals, books, lives of the Saints, readings from the Liturgical Year for the Feast day Mass just attended, etc. ;
4. We must establish annual or semi-annual regional conferences featuring our priests but also including the laity who will have had time to build their apologetic strength through the local mission conferences. These will be thematic conferences based on the Catholic Faith and Catholic Culture;
5. We must form a men’s and youth’s group within the missions modeled on the old Boy Scouts, possibly called Catholic Rangers, coordinated by the fathers to train our youth in manly Catholic virtues and skills, but also the roles of truly Catholic men as husbands, fathers, brothers, and sons with primary emphasis on developing the priestly vocation.
6. We must see to the forming of women’s groups to handle:
a. The altar and the coordination of light breakfasts for both priest and laity;
b. The coordination of elder women for the training of young women in Catholic womanly roles, cultivating the natural women’s inclination of nurturing, primarily by example, followed by actual teaching of various truly feminine skills, putting special emphasis on the life of a religious vocation. Using The Virgin Mary as a role model such a group might be called Daughters of Our Lady;
c. Establish a network of homeschooling parents for the purpose of education in general and Catholic education in particular. Also to establish a social structure for the children and most especially the mothers who at times feel so isolated since being shunned by former traditional friends.
7. Establishing contacts with other Marian Corp missions with the express intent of re-forming and solidifying the monolithic goals of the traditional Catholic Movement. This can be done through religious and spiritual gatherings such as pilgrimages, or even regional picnics and other venues to re-establish solid Catholic friendships.
These action will have a manifold effect: first, it will solidify the varied Mass attendees into a truly “parish life” atmosphere; second, it will help alleviate the burden on our already over-taxed priests; third, it will make our new mission chapels more inviting to those already in tradition but reluctant to leave their comfort zones; and finally, it will establish a strong network of missions loosely associated under the Marian Corp of dedicated priests to carry on the banner of Christ by re-strengthening the traditional Catholic Movement within the Church.
It is time for not just moral, spiritual and financial support of the activities of the Marian Corp of traditional priests, but it is time for an fully informed proactive laity, always under the direction of our priests, to shoulder the burden of restoring all things in Christ to the greater glory of God and re-establishing the one, holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ as His Excellency Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, of happy memory, intended.
Richard of Danbury, D.S.G.