Message From Father Régis de Cacqueraythe, Superior of the District of France of the SSPX

Father R. de Cacqueray, Superior of the District of France, the largest district of the Society of Saint Pius X (FSSPX / SSPX), issued the following communiqué this evening, inviting his priests and faithful to silence and prayer:

All these were persevering with one mind in prayer with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.” Act. I, 14.

On this day of the Ascension, the apostles reassembled gently around the Blessed Virgin Mary to enter the Cenacle where they will persevere in prayer up until the feast of Pentecost. That is the example that is left by the Queen of all Saints and by those who were the columns of the Church founded by Our Lord Jesus Christ Was that not what they should have done at the night of Agony and on Good Friday in order to prevent their desertion and their dispersal? I therefore invite all members of the Society that are in the District [of France], all the faithful, and all those who would rather remain in this same detachment and with this same prayerfulness, around Our Lady of the Clergy, up until the Feast of Pentecost. In such dire circumstances, truth is made known to the souls who humble themselves before God, those who quiet down their passions and their inner excitement, in order to have no other thirst than that for the truth of God and no other will than His own.

I dare make the request, during these days that precede the Feast of Pentecost, that those responsible for forums accept to close them down. If they leave them open, may their readers abstain from visiting them and, if they nevertheless visit them, that they do not expect to find truth in the myriad of messages exchanged therein.

Let us even try to abstain from the Internet (an excellent penance to be offered!) and let us use the time that will be thus gained to read again the great books of Archbishop Lefebvre. Let us pray more and better by concluding with fevor the great Rosary Crusade asked for by our Superior General. Let us join to our prayers our penance, as the Blessed Virgin Mary always told us to do! Priests, brothers, religious men and women, let us show by example! Let us ask the Good God for forgiveness for our sins from all our heart and let us live in the state of grace. Let us bear with patience the sacrifices of our daily life. Let us not neglect our duty of state because all with have been lost then. Let us give generously to God something of our very selves that costs us somewhat in order to bind ourselves more firmly to Him.

We are living through a great test. But Our Lord is always present in the barque even when the storm is lashed out and when it seems to destroy it. Let us not fear if Our Lord seems to sleep again because, in reality, he does not cease to keep watch over us. We believe this with all our soul. Which is why we must remain serene within ourselves, quite certain that the Good God keeps watch over us.

Let us appeal to Heaven for our Superior General, for his Assistants, for our bishops, so that the graces of light and strength of which they have need may be granted to them so that they main remain firm in the good combat of the Faith in so dire circumstances. We owe our four bishops an immense debt of gratitude and we beseech the Good God to give us the joy of celebrating, on June 30, 2013, the beautiful silver jubilee of their episcopacy.

Let us also ask for graces for ourselves and for each other, we have the greatest need of it. In all the houses of the Society, we begin this evening the novena of the “Veni Creator” sung until the feast of Pentecost and which you may join.

By inviting you to conclude with the greatest fervor the great Rosary Crusade requested by our Superior General and expecting the joy of finding you all on the road to Orléans [the SSPX Pentecost pilgrimage] to feast our Joan, we entrust you all to the Dolorous and Immaculate Heart of Mary,

Father Régis de Cacqueray, Superior of the District of France of the SSPX

Thanks to Rorate Caeli

Original Source in French: La Porte Latine

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13 comments on “Message From Father Régis de Cacqueraythe, Superior of the District of France of the SSPX

  1. “I dare make the request, during these days that precede the Feast of Pentecost, that those responsible for forums accept to close them down. If they leave them open, may their readers abstain from visiting them and, if they nevertheless visit them, that they do not expect to find truth in the myriad of messages exchanged therein.”

    Yes father.

    We’ll also have Catholics abandon their newpapers and magazines. While we’re at it, lets keep them also from gathering at coffee shops and in large groups after Mass.

    This way, the only ones talking and disseminating information will be our enemies.

    :roll:

  2. Apparently Ignis Ardens has complied with the request.

  3. I don’t blame him at all. The priests are as frightened by all that is happening as we are. Everyone is trying to make sense of it all but it is happening so fast that it is impossible to process all of it. If I’m not mistaken, when the Holy Ghost is operating we should feel a sense of peace. When the bad spirit is operating we feel a disturbance.* I think I speak for a lot of people including many priests when I say that the current direction of the Society feels more like a disturbance than like a peaceful movement of the Holy Ghost. I think it will be good for everyone involved if things get slowed down a bit. It seems like a lot of Ecclesia Dei folks are chomping at the bit to squeeze an agreement out of Bishop Fellay while all the SSPX folks are dreading what looks like just another Campos-style situation. I bet there are at least a few people on Papa Stronsay who are wondering if they made a mistake or at least trying to reassure themselves that their doubts are unfounded. You would think that Michael Matt would be happy about this thing since he doesn’t attend an SSPX chapel but both he and John Vennari seem to be less than enthusiastic about a deal. The secrecy only serves to make everyone all the more nervous. The best-case scenario is that there is no deal. A personal prelature still requires that bishops be approved by the Vatican apparatus. How many traditional bishops have been approved by the Vatican since VII? Answer: none! Bishop Rifan is the only bishop even close to being traditional and he is in the habit of concelebrating Novus Ordo Masses. Anyone who thinks that the SSPX is some kind of special case is deluded. They underestimate the power of the conciliarists. That isn’t to say that truth has no power. But we ought to work on the principle that we don’t put ourselves into near occasions of sin nor do we tempt God.

    * True for people who are advancing in the spiritual life, but the opposite is true for those who are retreating in the spiritual life.

  4. “If I’m not mistaken, when the Holy Ghost is operating we should feel a sense of peace. When the bad spirit is operating we feel a disturbance.*”

    You are mistaken. Catholics have operated under great turmoil for over 2,000 years. That’s how we roll.

    There is a minority of SSPX priests who lack undertanding of technology and tend to lash out at it. They are the same who would have been against the printing press because Martin Luther used it to prostylitize.

    The answer isn’t to shut down the printing press, or to make sophomoric requests of our friendliest internet safehavens. The answer is to get our act together and exploit the technology to our great advantage, which we always wind up doing in the end anyway.

    For those who were hoping to see us taken out – friends and otherwise – AQ will shut down over my dead body.

  5. Don’t sugar coat it, Serv. We want to know how you really feel. ;-)

  6. I was just standing in ecs. Now that you’re back in action there’s enough fear in the membership for me to revert to being easygoing.

    Seriously, you know personally how close we came to not coming back. One reason I’ve spent nearly every waking moment over the last week restoring AQ is because of emails from members (some very heart rending) needing a place to be with others like them… praying and wishing we would come back up.

    Now, with all that’s going on, Father wishes for me to scatter and isolate the membership leaving the all online communications and gathering at this crucial time entirely to satan and our detractors?

    • I support your decision. Your first comment was right on the money. I just think it is understandable how the priests would want to regain some control over the situation because clearly they are getting hit with a lot of flack from the rank-and-file. But it was a naive attempt. Did FishEaters shut down? If not, the only one to comply was Ignis Ardens. Rorate Caeli refused to even consider that the request might have been directed at him. He runs a “moderated blog” not a forum. Oh, right. Didn’t Catholic World Report get the memo? Why is Andrea Tornelli still posting crap? Didn’t he hear? Did Sandro Magister shut down the comments on his blog? Maybe a few hours notice wasn’t enough? But still I feel bad for the priests including Abbe de Cacqueray and all the SSPX bishops. If it is hard for the rank-and-file how much harder is it for the priests? It must be a heavy burden.

  7. One more thing:

    “…do not expect to find truth in the myriad of messages exchanged therein.”

    I wonder what father thinks of father Rostand’s letter that was posted here. Not only was it one of the best letters I’ve read on the current situation, it was one of the best letters I’ve ever read in my life.

    Could we expect to not find truth there father?

    Catholics don’t thrive by rejecting technologies, like Moslems and Amish. We exploit them.

  8. “Rorate Caeli refused to even consider that the request might have been directed at him.”

    Good point. I think it’s safe to say that’s the case.

    I’ve like and supported Rorate Caeli. They really do get good stories and they’ve *kinda* kept the SSPX bashing to a minimum. However, it was wrong for them to do what they did.

    All that being said, it’s not Rorate Caeli’s fault the letter got out and caused such consternation. It’s the fault of someone inside the SSPX who lacked discipline and committed a sin.

    Father is blaming the bank robbery on the gun.

  9. QUOTE: Apparently Ignis Ardens has complied with the request.

    Thanks be to God!

    If there is one forum this request was likely actually movtivated by, based upon behavior during the debacle that would be it.

    Rorate Caeli did about as well with the mess as could be done. Other forums had already spread it far and wide and allowed and encouraged horrifying behavior. And NC didn’t and isn’t tolerating nonsense on this.

    • Agreed. IA have allowed themselves to be used as an outlet for the most outrageous attacks on Bishop Fellay and the Holy Father. A period of silence from those parts is to be welcomed.

      Now if only “Matthew’s forum” could be convinced to do likewise…

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