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    We wish to thank our friends and benefactors for their constant and unfailing support towards our
    Monastery of St. Joseph, in the midst of the difficulties and crosses which God has lovingly sent to
    us. We deeply appreciate your unceasing help and prayers for us!

    Due to a crisis suffered by the Monastery in Colombia, we had to move. Just as the Most Holy
    Family had to flee into Egypt to save Jesus’ Life, so our monastery had to move south to Ecuador,
    near Cuenca City, in order to survive without obstacles in the practices of the monastic spirit of our
    most holy father St. Benedict.


    Thanks be to God that our monastery did not suffer shipwreck in the midst of the storm and with
    the help of the God’s Grace, we have been able to keep going, trying our best.

    We are under the protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary, both under her title Our Lady of Good
    Success (originating from her apparitions in Quito, Ecuador); and under her title Protector of the Holy
    Faith (originating in Cuenca, Ecuador). We are supported by the intercession of Mother Mariana
    de Jesus Torres and the whole Company of Ecuadoran Saints. With their help, the Monastery of St.
    Joseph continues its monastic work for the greater Glory of God and for the salvation of souls.

    The monastery is now Providentially located in the land of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, the
    country gloriously consecrated to Him by the great president of Ecuador of Holy Memory, Don
    Gabriel Garcia Moreno.1

    We are five monks and also have ten oblate men living our monastic life and joining us in our
    prayers and works. We are settled in our 10,000m2 (2.471 acres) monastery, with sufficient space to fit 12 monks.

    Also, we have been contacted by many young Catholic ladies, seeking our help to enter the happy
    and self-oblating life of fully-Traditional Benedictine nuns. We now have five of these ladies under
    our care, living this blessed life in a cloistered convent near us. Their convent, under the protection
    of Our Lady, is called “Convento Benedictino Nuestra Señora De La Soledad” (The Benedictine
    Convent of Our Lady of Solitude). Convent of Our Lady of Solitude).

    With the help of God, our monastery will continue defending the banner of a Faith without
    compromises, without regard for either conciliar or Episcopal leaders who deviate from Our Lord,
    and from the defense of the Faith.

    We invoke the shining principle, which has ever illuminated us and which was taught with great
    wisdom by Cardinal Pie, the teacher of Pope St. Pius X. Cardinal Pie declared this principle:

    Battles are won or lost at the level of principles. To wait until we see the consequences of false principles before we react, is to be too late. For at that point, the battle is already lost.

    Not to constantly fight this battle at the level of the Faith, of principles, has been the cause of the
    defeat, even beforehand, of the SSPX and of those “Resistants” who place personal interests before
    the defense of principles.

    With the help of God’s Grace, may He keep us in this fight for the restoration of His kingdom, and
    if He so decides, “unto death, even the death of the Cross”.

    In union of prayers, with my blessing,
    Padre Raphael, OSB
    Homepage: benedictinos.wordpress.com
    Email: benedictinosdesanjose@gmail.com




    Emphasis added by Cor Mariae
    Catholic Candle November 2016


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    Google Translation of Fr. Raphael's latest letter on OLMC website

    Dear family, friends and faithful who fight for the faith to "layer and sword". Lack of leadership and to
    combat the poison of confusion and ambiguity that makes us numb the weapons, which should be
    constantly sharpened, for the struggle for the defense of Christ the King and his Church and as part of
    my moral and spiritual responsibility Paternity that I have over you, I have written the following lines,
    this is what Divine Providence has wanted.

    You yourselves do not wish there to be division among us, members of the same traditional Catholic
    family, and it does not have to be because we all want to be part of the Mystical Body of Christ our
    Lord for all eternity !. So what's going on?

    You know that once, by the grace of God, I was a sacristan of the chapel San Atanasio of the SSPX,
    day and night for 5 years, and that I am now a monk and a priest, then will Father Rafael no longer
    want to serve To God nor save souls since it wants to move us away from the SSPX?

    I want you to reflect on the following fact that is known to all of you. I as a religious have perpetual
    vows of obedience in the Benedictine order, and in spite of that I had to leave and in conscience I still
    can not return to my monastery.

    This fact alone should leave you thinking that one of two things is happening: either Father Rafael
    suffered something extremely serious that made him leave the SSPX or the second option is that Father
    Rafael is crazy; Since he left his monastery with perpetual vows and that can not be done without
    putting in grave danger the salvation of his soul.

    Either one thing or the other is true, and as we are talking about a serious issue that has to do with faith
    and the salvation of souls, at least of the soul of Father Raphael, then you are bound to wonder what is
    happening and Begin to investigate or help by charity to Father Rafael so that he does not lose his soul.
    For my part I want to give you a little light so that you know what direction to take.

    "The righteous live by faith," says Our Lord Jesus Christ. That is, the Catholic must move by the light
    of faith rather than by the light of opinions or people or the SSPX, or appearances. Catholic principles
    should be our guide to follow above all else. If opinions, people or the SSPX or appearances conform
    to faith, principles, truth, then we follow. But if it is not so, then it is clear that we could not follow
    them because "without faith it is impossible to please God", and because only "he who believes will be
    saved ...".

    Now, you will ask me, at what point, dear Father Rafael, the SSPX is moving away from the faith so
    that I decide no longer to follow it and to turn away from it just as you are done when leaving your
    monastery ?. Answer: Endangering faith is a sin against the first and second commandments of the law
    of God.

    In matters of religion or with Christ or against Christ, there is no middle line or possible compromise,
    this is the first commandment of God's law, in this would be the accusation of "radicalism" with which
    they accused Monsignor Lefebvre and his Followers since Vatican II, who decided to embrace
    ecumenism and religious freedom.

    To be with Christ we must reject Vatican II and its devilish spirit that has created another religion with
    the appearance of Catholic. That religion must be condemned and combated, and we can not have part
    with it under pain or threat of betraying Christ.

    Now, the FSSPX since 1996 with the creation of GREC, has been systematically trying to rejoin this
    seemingly "Catholic" false religion. The Catholic gains or loses to the level of faith. At the level of
    faith, this attitude of commitment is totally reprehensible especially since it is a habitual thing and it is
    a policy of law established by the SSPX. "By the deeds you will know them." This attitude of adultery
    with another religion in a systematic way is what forces us to separate from the SSPX in a habitual

    1.- But we want to resist internally without leaving the FSSPX.
    Answer: The head of the SSPX changed the course of the boat, you can not resist inside the ship
    without fighting with the general of the boat. One could stay in that boat only if the general returned to
    the original course. Therefore there is the sin of OMISSION, when one does not do what one should
    do. Although those who go on the ship have not changed course, it is enough that the boat changes
    direction and that they do not react against the captain of the ship to consider accomplices of the
    diversion of the ship at least by omission. If the ship is heading for ruin (acceptance of VII, new mass,
    etc.) who would not jump just to please the captain? When the captain followed the principles of Jesus
    Christ we had the obligation to follow, help and pray for the captain.

    2. But we do not see any bad changes in practice.
    Answer: Faith is of the things that are not seen. The battle is at the level of principles. Waiting to react
    until you see the consequences of false principles is like wanting to leave the ship, which has already
    changed course, only when it is sinking; That would be too late to react.

    3.- But the superiors have the grace of state, just pray.
    Answer: Our Lord said "Watch and pray not to fall into temptation". He did not say, "Pray and trust in
    superiors." Rather he asked us to keep watch as there may be lobsters among the shepherds, among the
    sheep. That one has the grace of state does not mean that one is necessarily going to be faithful to that
    grace. "The righteous sin 7 times a day," says the Ecclesiastic.

    4.- You have to obey the superiors.
    Answer: Yes, always, except when they send us something against the faith or the commandments.
    Faith is above obedience. That is why blind obedience is forbidden. And that is why Jesus Christ said:
    "The righteous live by faith."

    5. But we need the sacraments, I will only go to the SSPX for the sacraments.
    Answer: The living of faith is the spirit of the sacraments. A communion or spiritual Mass can be worth
    more to a well-disposed person, than the sacraments to an ill disposed person. God is faithful and
    supplies our needs with His power, mercy, and goodness. "Without faith it is impossible to please
    God." A priest without faith or endangering faith is not pleasing to God and should not be followed.
    The priest's faith or lack of faith can foster or endanger the faith of the parishioner.

    It is a danger against faith to frequent a priest who himself is endangering his faith. And when the
    priority of the Congregation to which that priest belongs is no longer ladefensa of the faith and the
    teaching of the truth, it loses its flavor and its reason to exist. Or something brings us to Christ or drives
    us away. Or the priests take us to Christ or drive us away. "He who does not gather with me scatters",
    does scatter but gives valid sacraments then could he go to receive those sacraments? The answer is
    no!. Many priests of the Fraternity of St. Peter give valid sacraments, mons Lefebvre forbade to go with
    them, he said, those of St. Peter betray us in the struggle for the defense of the faith.

    It is a sin to jeopardize the faith. It is to endanger the faith by attending a priest whose religious Society
    no longer has as priority Christ, faith and truth, since it would no longer be with Christ but against
    Christ. And one becomes an accomplice of a sin by omission, when in serious matter one does not act
    or resist when he should act or resist.

    6. But we have to remain united, we do not want division.

    Answer: Our Lord Jesus Christ only promised union in faith, hope and charity. Supernatural union with
    Jesus Christ. To get out of faith or charity, or fight for faith and charity is to get out of the fight for
    Jesus Christ, is not to fight under his banner. When the defense of faith ceased to be a priority, the
    SSPX automatically divided with the sword those who want to continue fighting for faith in charity, of
    those who want to remain united by a different link from that of faith in charity. Which divide are not
    the resisters of modernism but those who compromise with modernism. That is, those who divide are
    not the real resistors, but those who want to keep unity apart from the struggle for faith (Bishop Fellay).
    God bless you, they are in my daily prayers and Masses.

    Live Christ the King!

  3. Fr. Pfeiffer also disclosed in a recent sermon (Min. 19:40), from speaking to one of the monks in the morning, who was one of his former seminarians, the update and circumstances of Fr. Raphael being thrown out of the monastery in Columbia he was in (owned by the faithful) who happened to write in a letter to inquiries of faithful if they can go to the new mass because BW said they could. Fr. Raphael said NO, you cannot go to the new mass. Period. That letter is above.

    That letter got to Bishop Thomas Aquinas who in turn influenced the Colombian faithful not to go to Fr. Raphael's masses and to throw him out of the monastery. Which is why Fr. Raphael and monks had to quickly pack their bags and then went to Ecuador. While there, providence had already prepared twelve Benedictine woman religious sisters being persecuted by Rome to change their constitutions; they said no. The traditional Benedictine priest Fr. Raphael just so happen to arrive from being thrown out of Columbia showed up "just in time"...the sisters asked him to take care of them. And then 15 Franciscan sisters in Columbia were being thrown out and heard of Fr. Raphael, at the same time a letter of Fr. Pfeiffer sent to Bishop Thomas Aquinas asking him why he is doing these things and also influencing faithful NOT to go to the masses of Fr. Cardozo. That letter got on the internet and someone translated it to spanish to were the Colombian faithful started to understand what is really going on in which Fr. Raphael was able to also go back to the monastery and those Franciscan sisters asked too for him to take care of them. The twelve Benedictine sisters are in process to go to Columbia too.

    What providence. When someone closes a door, God opens others to bear fruit when one is faithful to Him.

    Deo gratias...

    Here the rest of the details in Fr. Pfeiffer's sermon.

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    Fr. Raphael:
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    Thank you Fr Rafael for such a common sense, beautifully written explanation defining the crisis we are in. You hit on every point we are so often faced with.


    This seems to be the crux of the problem for many of the faithful and priests. Yes, we can say things are unstable. we dont have the Sacraments as often as WE FEEL are necessary. It is not what We FEEL that is necessary, but rather having absolute TRUST in Divine Providence. This is a dry martydom, which our Lord promises the graces needed to endure. We need only turn our hearts and unite our wills to the Most Sacred Heart and Divine Will of our Lord. And we remember the words of our Lord to the disciples afraid in the storm, when our Lord said "Why do you worry, ye of such little Faith" These are stormy times for us, and Our Lord wants to know that we Trust in Him in All things We keep our eyes and hearts fixed upon the Cross on Calvary and the sorrowful Heart of Our Mother. The Most Sacred and Immaculate Hearts of Our Most Precious Lord and His Mother suffered ALL for the love of us, how can we, so full of sin, expect any less!

    We are in this mess because many didnt think clear and resist from the beginning. We can only hope and pray for the return of these souls. for the Glory of God. This gift of the Faith is a priceless treasure to be guarded and protected with our lives. And we thank God for the wonderful holy Priests who give their all for the Defence of Christ the King.

    Deo Gratias!
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    August 11, 2017


    Polotitlán, México.

    Dear friends and benefactors:
    Your Monastery San Jose comes back to you to report, dear friends of Saint

    Benedict, our latest news. The persecution we have been receiving, due to our doctrinal positions, has led us to change to another trench in this fight for the defense of the eternal reign of Christ the King. Necessary defense as we gaze with perplexity on all sides by the widespread apostasy among the so-called "Catholics" of today. We have joined a trench of tireless Cristeros fighters; on the land a hundred times blessed, that of our Mother of Heaven, Our Lady of Guadalupe, in Mexico. This is our new place of residence and resistance to which Divine Providence brought us to continue the good battle. Battle that reminds us of the one who fought the Holy Family when they had to flee to Egypt and then to Nazareth. We have also had to flee from persecution, to endure hatred, to endure incessant slander, on the part of the very same men who were former combatants, former soldiers who now preferred to remain in their comfortable trench but infected already with serious liberalism . Following the example of our Father and Patron Saint Joseph, we prefer to flee together with him to save the life of the Child Jesus, his word of Life, of Truth, that is, the Sacred faith. To defend it against those who want to destroy it, negotiate it, sell it, or simply to defend it against those who love its life more than the Life of the Child. We prefer the exile and the spoil that they have imposed on us, of our house in Colombia, in order to follow the Way of the Holy Family. Coincidentally, we too, like them, have had to change places of residence for 3 times.

    The crisis is prolonging itself while modernism advances like a tsunami destroying everything it finds in its path. This crisis of satanic proportions that has affected many Catholics, can only be fought on the level of faith, as our father and teacher, the illustrious Bishop Marcel Lefebvre, taught us: "It is a strict duty for every priest (and for the faithful) who wants to remain Catholic to separate from this conciliar church, as long as it has not found again the Tradition of the Magisterium of the Church and the Catholic Faith. Our battle is on the faith, but in a faith which must be pure, without profanation, without mixing it up with the errors of the conciliar church that is no longer Catholic. Our strength is in this faith; our victory is in it. The light to follow in this darkness is holy faith, our charity will live and survive only through this sacrosanct faith without which "no one can please God" (Heb. 11,6). From this faith depends our perseverance on this battle. Those who have taken a different flag rather than faith have fallen or have lost divine help. The Holy Ghost had already warned us: “The antichrist will seduce you ... for lack of LOVE OF THE TRUTH, that could save you. And therefore God sends them powers of deception, that they may believe the lie“ (2 Thes. 2: 10-11). This love of truth compels us in this struggle to reject whatever wishes to be put to the same level than the truth or reject whoever wants to falsify or adulterate it. The struggle is at the level of faith, at the level of the divine, at the level of the sacred, at the level of truth. That is why in this struggle we cannot accept to fight for other interests, for people, for human interests, when it happens that they themselves are an obstacle to the struggle for faith in all its strength and integrity. For this reason, we cannot consider that those who accept in one way or another the new apostate religion of the Second Vatican Council fight for the faith. We must necessarily have RED LIGHT against all those who approve this religion (Dioceses); Against all those who submit to it (Ecclesia Dei communities); Against all those who make or receive concessions from this new religion (FSSPX); And even also against those who put only YELLOW LIGHT to those who approve, mingle, or have concessions with the new religion (fake resistance of Bishop Williamson).

    Let us keep fighting the good battle even if we found ourselves alone: Jesus Christ demands it from us, the Solitude of the Immaculate Heart of Mary at the foot of the Cross demands our company and reparation. I encourage the last resistant soldiers of Christ! I encourage the remnant soldiers of the Immaculate Heart of Mary! Let us never forget what this same holy faith teaches us: even if we lose everything, as long as we have Jesus, Joseph and Mary, we have everything! We lack nothing!


    With our blessing and daily prayers for each of you. Father Rafael OSB (Prior) and the monks of the monastery.

    P.S. For more information about us please see our website at benedictinos.wordpress.com
    We also inform you that we have already a piece of land of 3.7 hectares to start building the Monastery. We count with your help.


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    Newsletter of San José Monastery May 2017
    6 agosto 2017 / monasteriosanjose / Deja un comentario

    “The religion that comes from heaven is charity, and consequently, full of tolerance towards people.” Card Pie

    Dear friends and benefactors:

    On this anniversary of the centenary of the apparitions of the Virgin Mary at Fatima, it is convenient to remember again what is what makes one to be called in spirit and in truth children of the Blessed Virgin Mary: The charity of Christ. This is a hot topic especially in “traditional” circles where charity has grown cold significantly.

    Let us once again listen to Cardinal Pie:
    “It is proper to the Catholic Church, my brothers, to be firm and unshakable about principles and to be sweet and indulgent in their application. What is amazing about it? Is she not the bride of Jesus Christ and, like Him, not possessing both the fearless courage of the lion and the peaceful meekness of the lamb? And does not she represent on earth the supreme Wisdom, which tends to its end while applies everything smoothly? Ah! It is also by this sign, it is above all by this sign, that the religion descended from heaven must be recognized: by the indulgences of charity, by the inspirations of its love. ”

    Again Cardinal Pie gives us the guideline by which reminds Catholics what is the mark or spirit by which Catholics have to be distinguished
    The quiet majesty with which the Catholic Church affirms what is certain, and on the other the moderation and discretion with which she leaves to the free opinions everything that is not defined.

    “No, this is not how men teach the doctrines of which they are the inventors. That is not how they express the thoughts which are the fruits of their genious”. Those who are not true Catholics, or are false “Resistants” or fighters against the enemies of Jesus Christ, are not expressed. Here it is recognized whether anyone is fighting for Christ or in favor of their ideas or systems.
    When a man has created a system, he maintains it with absolute tenacity, it does not yield on any point. When he has taken hold of a doctrine born of his brain, he seeks to make it prevail authoritatively: do not object to one of his ideas. This is how those who have the false Catholic spirit, to defend “their” ideas, focus on themselves, their treasure is their ideology and end up defending it against wind and tide. In this category are those who have defended Monsignor Fellay and Monsignor Williamson despite their mistakes. The violence of this defense, and the absence of charity towards those who contradict it, is the sign that they do not defend Christ but themselves. For in order for one to receive help from them one must be silent about the “defects” of their leader and be part of their group.

    Cardinal Pie continues:
    With which she leaves to the free opinions everything that is not defined.
    “No, this is not how men teach the doctrines of which they are the inventors, that is not how they express the thoughts which are the fruits of their ingenuity.” Those who are not true Catholics, or the false “Resistants” or fighters against the enemies of Jesus Christ, are not expressed. Here it is recognized whether anyone is fighting for Christ or in favor of their ideas or systems.
    When a man has created a system, he maintains it with absolute tenacity, it does not yield on any point. When he has taken hold of a doctrine born of his brain, he seeks to make it prevail authoritatively: do not object to one of his ideas. This is how those who have the false Catholic spirit, to defend “their” ideas, focus on themselves, their treasure is their ideology and end up defending it against wind and tide. In this category are those who have defended Monsignor Fellay and Monsignor Williamson despite their mistakes. The violence of this defense, and the absence of charity towards those who contradict it, is the sign that they do not defend Christ but themselves. For in order for one to receive help from them one must be silent about the “defects” of their leader and be part of their group.

    Cardinal Pie continues:
    “When I contemplate on the forehead of the Church that serene conviction and benign indulgence, I throw myself into her arms and say: You are my mother. This is how a mother teaches, without passion, without exaggeration, with a calm authority and a wise moderation. And that character of the teaching of the Church will find it among her most eminent doctors, whose writings she adopts and authorizes little more or less than without restrictions. ”

    One does not identify his Mother, the Catholic Church, in the “Shepherds” lacking in charity.

    St. Augustine said:
    “Send me, Lord, send to my heart the sweetness, the moderation of your spirit, so that, led by love of truth, I may not lose the truth of love.”
    And he who does not have the truth of love, does not have the love of truth!
    San Francisco de Sales teaches:
    “The truth that is not charitable ceases to be truth, for in God, who is the supreme source of truth, charity is inseparable from truth.”

    Charity is what will keep us in the doctrine. Legion are people who lost charity also lost the truth.
    Our zeal must never resemble hatred, treating the adversary as an enemy. And this happens to us when our impetuous words do not have the fervor of charity or the accent of love.
    The true children of God never endure evil doctrines, but they are tolerant without measure towards people; Never confuse error with those who teach it, nor sin with those who commit it.
    The Cardinal continues: “The Church condemns error, but continues to love man; To sin he denigrates him, but the sinner pursues him with his tenderness, striving to make him better, to reconcile him with God, to bring peace and virtue into his heart. ”
    We only have to reject false principles. Do not be like the enemies of Christ; They reject people.
    “The same mouths that reproach us for intolerance reproach us for our excessively credulous and excessively simple goodness, and our inexhaustible patience for people is almost as much a struggle as our inflexibility to doctrines.” Cardinal Pie
    However, let us never lose sight of the fundamental principle that DOGMA UNITY, and not UNITY OF PEOPLE, is the only link of peace on earth.

    With deep gratitude for your prayers and persevering help.
    Father Rafael OSB

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    by Father Raphael, OSB
    Revised and released for publication by
    Fr. Raphael on June 21, 2018
    Polotitlán, México​

    Dear friends and benefactors,

    We want to inform you, dear friends, that Divine Providence has caused us to grow in the number of secular oblates of the monastery (more than 60 in 5 countries) and also in the missions Our Lord has commended to our help. This service to souls that we have undertaken is in accord with the will of our congregation’s founder, Rev. Father Jean Baptista Muard (1809-1854), founder of the Benedictines of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Our Lord Himself was his constant Guide.

    Part of this will of Our Lord was that the monks of this Benedictine branch were asked to become missionaries also. Our Lord wanted silent and prayerful monks living in the solitude of the cloistered life, as dictated by the Holy Rule of our most holy father, St. Benedict. But Our Lord willed that this hidden life would alternate with the exterior charity of preaching missions.

    This follows the spirit of St. Bernard of Clairvaux, who very often had to leave the delights of the cloistered life to help the Catholic Church in her great needs. St. Bernard even led the preaching of the Second Crusade to conquer the Holy Land for the Church. And now, in our times, Divine Providence has led us on this same road due to the grave state of necessity in the Church.

    With the approach of the N-SSPX general chapter in July, which will elect a new superior general, we want to emphasize an important plan of Archbishop Lefebvre for the “old” SSPX’s welfare.

    Without doubt, Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre was a Providential tool to protect the Holy Catholic Church, especially the faith, the priesthood, and the most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Many of Archbishop Lefebvre’s spiritual sons now know that since his death, his work (i.e., the “old” SSPX) has been decaying and weakening. The “new” SSPX has already compromised in many ways with the enemies of the Church and too often hides the light of the truth from people’s eyes.

    On this occasion we only want to point out one of the causes which surely has caused the N-SSPX’s shipwreck.
    Msgr. Marcel Lefebvre clearly stated that he wished that an SSPX priest be elected superior general, rather than a bishop. Archbishop Lefebvre himself chose Father Franz Schmidberger (a priest, not a bishop) as the first superior general. (Regrettably, it is true that Fr. Schmidberger was discovered later to have betrayed Catholic Tradition by his role working in GREC (which was an attempt to submit the SSPX to the practical control of Rome without Rome coming back to the Traditional Catholic Faith).
    There are two crucial reasons why Archbishop Lefebvre chose that the SSPX superior general would be a priest but not a bishop:
    1. The archbishop wanted this choice to constantly remind us (both priests and laymen) that we are in a state of necessity due to the general apostasy of the official hierarchy.
      This state of necessity caused the impossibility in conscience of obeying the liberal directives of this official hierarchy. But on the other hand, the SSPX leaders do not have ordinary jurisdiction, but only supplied jurisdiction on a case-by-case basis.
      These particular extraordinary circumstances caused the Archbishop to choose a priest rather than a bishop as the head of the SSPX. The Archbishop acted this way to reduce the risk of the priests and faithful losing sight of the state of necessity.
      The SSPX has been governed by a bishop (Msgr. Bernard Fellay) for 24 years. This has caused SSPX members and followers to forget our situation and begin seeing the SSPX as a hierarchy with jurisdiction, with a structure, with authority equivalent to what exists in ordinary times (where a bishop governs his flock). This would mean that we are no longer living in a state of necessity.
      Little by little, this inescapably created a new mentality in which the SSPX priests and followers felt themselves to be “normal”, with the necessity of being accepted “as we are”. This new mentality caused them to forget (and want to forget) that Rome has not been converted. Having lost sight of our present state of necessity, the “new” SSPX does not see the extraordinary character of the circumstances. For this reason, the “new” SSPX has been gradually accepting from modernist Rome an “ordinary” indult-approach for conferring the sacraments, as if we lived in ordinary times!
    2. By desiring the SSPX superior general to be a priest and not a bishop, the archbishop also prudently sought to reduce the risk that, in the future, the four bishops consecrated by him might demand for themselves any authority of jurisdiction over priests and faithful. Those four bishops were meant to remain only as auxiliary bishops while the crisis lasted.
      The archbishop did not consecrate those four bishops to govern. He consecrated them to administer the true Catholic sacraments to any members of the Catholic Church who request them and who have the right intention, formation, and dispositions. (The need for the true Catholic sacraments is especially great because we know that the new modernist “sacraments” were substantially adulterated in the time of Pope Paul VI, causing them to be highly doubtful).
    We want to stress this point: The four SSPX auxiliary bishops consecrated by Msgr. Lefebvre are all only auxiliary bishops of the Catholic Church who were consecrated because the state of necessity exists within the Catholic Church. They were consecrated bishops to serve not merely the SSPX, but also all other Catholics with the right intention, formation, and dispositions). We are all here to help the Catholic Church—nothing less than that. We must all help anyone and work to save the souls of everyone, even those who are not members of a given group. Obviously, though, priests and bishops act wrongly by giving the sacraments to those who are openly and scandalously in a grave state of error or vice. Obviously also, a faithful and informed Catholic cannot receive the sacraments from a bishop or a priest who is liberal,
    modernist, sedevacantist, feeneyite, etc. *

    In the present state of necessity of the Church, it should be enough for a Catholic bishop or priest who has no jurisdiction, and in order to administer the sacraments, that those sacraments are requested from them by Catholics who have the right intention, formation, and dispositions.

    We invite all Catholic faithful to implore Heaven’s graces, especially light and strength, so that the state of necessity of the Church may again guide the conduct of the SSPX. Their loss of this basic principle has contributed to them losing their way and losing their very reason for existing.

    Let us beg the Blessed Virgin Mary to guide the SSPX to elect a worthy priest as the new superior general in the upcoming general chapter. Let us beg Our Lady to make him a worthy servant of God, without human or practical compromises, who will follow the path marked by Archbishop Lefebvre. Let us beg Our Lady that this priest would be one who will constantly defend the faith with charity, constantly resist modernism and liberalism, and habitually denounce the wolves in sheep’s clothing. Let us beg our Lady to make this priest one who will fulfill his obligation to defend the rights of Christ the King.

    For charity’s sake, we also ask all of the Archbishop’s spiritual children, especially the bishops and priests, to remember their mission towards the Church: to stand firm without compromise, to not belong to any compromise group, to be servants of the Holy Catholic Church and not just of the Catholics in one group.

    Ever grateful towards you for all your prayers, charity, and continual support,

    Father Raphael OSB

    Catholic Candle note:
    This is the reason why Bishop Williamson’s advice is wrong that we should attend the sedevacantist and N-SSPX masses. Read Bishop Williamson’s own words, cited from his own sources, here: Bishop Williamson broadens his ecumenism. He now approves of attending the Masses of sedevacantists

    This is why Fr. Raphael advised all of us to stay away from the sacraments of the N-SSPX. Here are his words in the April 2016 Catholic Candle (emphasis in the original):

    Besides the scandal caused simply by membership, the SSPX priests of the so-called “internal resistance” fail in the duty of every priest and every Catholic to completely resist the disease (modernism, ecumenism, liberalism, etc.), and use his maximum efforts to protect the whole Tree (the Common Good of the whole Church) and not merely protect his own friends or his own little parish (his own little “branch” of the Tree). Some in the so-called “internal resistance” of the SSPX do “speak out”, but they speak quietly and timidly enough so that they are tolerated by their liberal SSPX superiors.

    Uncompromising Catholics must consider this as a “red light” to attending the Masses of all SSPX priests because they all cooperate with our Lord’s enemies at least by being members of the new-SSPX and also by softening their opposition to SSPX liberalism to the lower level tolerated by their SSPX superiors.​

    This is also why Fr. Raphael advised Catholics to not receive the sacraments from the Fake Resistance (as well as the other compromise groups. Here are his words in the September 2017 Catholic Candle:

    [W]e cannot consider as fighting for the Faith, those who accept (in one way or another) the new apostate religion of Vatican II. We must necessarily give a red light, warning you to stay far from:

    • those who embrace this new religion (e.g., dioceses);
    • those who submit to it (Ecclesia Dei groups);
    • those who make or receive concessions from this new religion (FSSPX); and even
    • those who give only a yellow light for any of the above groups, viz., the fake resistance of Bishop Williamson, who himself teaches heresy.

    Last edited: Sep 27, 2018
  11. Ecclesia Militans

    Ecclesia Militans Well-Known Member

    Fr. Rafael is a true Resistance priest. He has gone through many trials in his keeping to the position of Archbishop Lefebvre. Please pray for him.
  12. MaryM

    MaryM Well-Known Member

    God bless him.
  13. Admin

    Admin Administrator

    Catholic Candle note:

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  14. Admin

    Admin Administrator

    Sep 29, 2018

    As most of you are aware, His Excellency Bishop Richard Williamson and the Kentucky Fathers (Fr. Joseph Pfeiffer and Fr. David Hewko) are at odds with each other. Things really started to heat up after His Excellency’s infamous comments regarding active attendance at the Novus Ordo Mass spoken in June 2015. Eventually it got to the point where the term “Fake (or False) Resistance” was applied by the Kentucky Fathers and their supporters towards Bishop Williamson and his supporters. The Winter 2017 Issue of Gladium published by the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Seminary defines the Fake Resistance as such:

    “The Fake Resistance was a movement, beginning in 2013, engineered to neutralize the real Resistance, and lead souls in the very same direction of compromise, while at the same time appearing to be ‘conservative’.”

    Then it continues:

    “What is wrong with the Fake Resistance? Why are their teachings so unclear? The answer is in the DOCTRINAL errors of the Fake Resistance. Led by Bp. Williamson, it is meant to channel Traditional Catholics to the novel idea that the New Mass and Vatican II are indeed bad and harmful, but that they are merely a secondary problem. So they will insist that the New Religion can help you live your faith, but not that it is really deadly to souls. They insist that the problem of Vatican II is that it is ‘ambiguous’ but not that it is erroneous and heretical.”

    Prior to the publication of this issue of Gladium, Fr. Pfeiffer and Fr. Hewko gave conferences (see here, here, and here) in September 2017 on the errors of Bishop Williamson. Fr. Hewko, on August 28, 2016, preached (see here) that we should tell Bishop Williamson not to come to the missions to give confirmations until he renounces his errors. Here is a clip from this August 28, 2016 sermon:

    Fr. Hewko has also preached on several occasions that we should not attend the Masses of Bishop Williamson. Now I must admit that I have never heard Fr. Pfeiffer publicly say these things. However, I remember driving Fr. Pfeiffer to the Toronto airport after Mass on March 12, 2017 and I asked him whether he would celebrate Mass with Bishop Williamson. Fr. Pfeiffer responded that he doesn’t think he would. Nonetheless, the true (and even fake) Resistance faithful know that if a bishop or priest publicly teaches errors we should avoid his Masses. We apply the red light to neo-SSPX Masses and the same we do to fake Resistance Masses.

    Given, then, what I have written above, I was disturbed to read on The Catacombs forum a post made by a forum member, who goes by the name of Machabees and is an avid proponent of the Kentucky Fathers, that Fr. Pfeiffer and Fr. Hewko wrote in May 2018 to Bishop Williamson to come administer the sacraments at the Our Lady of Mount Carmel church and seminary, and that they have been doing this every year. Here is the quote:

    “The SSPX-mc priests (Frs. Pfeiffer and Hewko) wrote another letter (sent via confirmed email) this past May 2018 to Bishop Williamson, as they do every year, requesting Holy oils, Confirmations, and elevations to priesthood for the Traditional Catholic seminarians present serving the Church.”

    When I read this, I said to myself, “What!” How could Fr. Pfeiffer and Fr. Hewko preach that Bishop Williamson teaches errors and, in the case of Fr. Hewko, preach that we should not go to his Masses, and yet write to him to come administer the sacraments? Another forum member, Fidelis, in the very next post iterated some of my thoughts on the matter:

    “Shouldn’t BW recant first his heresies regarding the New Mass and openness to the Sedevacantist before one receives the Sacraments from him or it doesn’t matter considering the dire circumstances? If that is the case then what is the problem of going to the Orthodox Bishop or NovusOrdo for the ordination? The way I see it and please clarify, the False resistance must be treated with caution like the NeoSspx until they convert back to the stance of combat for the Faith!”

    My friends, please consider this. Imagine if Fr. Pfeiffer and Fr. Hewko wrote to Bishop Fellay to come to the Our Lady of Mount Carmel church and seminary to administer the sacraments despite the fact they preach that Bishop Fellay teaches errors. What would be your reaction? I hope it would be one of shock! Now if Bishop Williamson is the leader of the fake Resistance, does that not place him in the same category as Bishop Fellay? Yes; it does. The common ground is that they both teach errors. The difference between the two bishops, then, is only a matter of degree and not of substance. So for Fr. Pfeiffer and Fr. Hewko to preach one thing and then do another is very troubling. Furthermore, the Kentucky Fathers’ willingness to have Bishop Williamson come administer the sacraments is a variant of tradecumenism, which was also condemned by them (see here). Therefore, the question needs to be asked whether or not Fr. Pfeiffer and Fr. Hewko are also part of the fake Resistance. I wrote to the Fathers at least twice regarding their letters to Bishop Williamson and neither of them responded to me.

    Now some defenders of the Kentucky Fathers might argue that the need for future true Resistance priests takes precedence over Bishop Williamson’s errors. If that is the case, then those defenders should have no problem with the Kentucky Fathers asking a neo-SSPX, Sedevacantist, or a Vatican II adhering bishop consecrated before 1968 to come and perform ordinations for the Our Lady of Mount Carmel seminarians. After all, as long as we have a moral certitude of validity, what’s the problem? Well, the problem is that doctrine comes first. Our fight first and foremost is a doctrinal one. To set aside doctrine is no better than what the neo-SSPX is doing with Modernist Rome. To set aside doctrine really undermines the very basis of our decision to be in the true Resistance in the first place. How, then, will the Catholic Church continue without future priests? This is not the concern of Fr. Pfeiffer or Fr. Hewko because being simple priests they do not have the sacerdotal power to make new priests. A seminary requires a bishop because the output of that seminary are priests. A priest has a moral obligation to run a seminary only if he is commanded to do so by a legitimate superior, but it is that superior that must provide the bishop. Since Fr. Pfeiffer, a simple priest, runs the Our Lady of Mount Carmel seminary, but is not being commanded to run it by any legitimate superior (who would anyways need to provide a bishop), he has no moral obligation to run it. Yet he speaks and acts as if he does have moral obligation to do so. This leads him to seek out the ministerial services of a compromising bishop (or even one that has questionably valid orders). This places in danger the Faith (or even the validity of the sacraments) for the sake of a seminary. In essence, that which Fr. Pfeiffer is morally obliged to provide (e.g., the Faith and valid sacraments) becomes endangered by that which he is not morally obliged to provide (e.g., a seminary).

    In my communications with Fr. Rafael, O.S.B., regarding this matter, he stated that Fr. Pfeiffer should not set aside doctrine for the sake of the sacraments and should be willing to lose each and every seminarian rather than compromise with the fake Resistance or questionably valid bishops. I must agree.

    Let us keep the Kentucky Fathers in our prayers.


    Benedictine Monastery of St. Joseph

    Last edited: Oct 3, 2018