You have the premises – but we have the Apostolic Faith.

This is the answer to those clothed in the robes of authority in the Church who despise and marginalize those faithful Catholics who refuse to participate in the Modernist exercises prevalent in the “new springtime” being foisted upon us following Vatican II. Along with the Letter of St. Athanasius we should also mention the doctrine of “ecclesia supplet” which is that the Church supplies faculties to validly-ordained clergy, especially when the salvation of souls, the “lex suprema” or supreme law of the church is at stake. Now the institutional church will admit that faculties are supplied to a suspended or laicized cleric when he performs the sacrament of Extreme Unction (Last Rites) to those in danger of death but not to a validly-ordained priest who is administering sacraments to those suffering a “spiritual death” or the inability to receive those same sacraments according to the rubrics in effect before Vatican II. There is even a case when a local bishop granted faculties for Confession (a misnomer since it’s the Sacrament of Penance and Confession is only a part of that sacrament but has since withdrawn those faculties). That same bishop promised that he would administer the Sacrament of Confirmation to a group of laypeople associated with the priests and later reneged on that promise. By the way, neither he nor his predecessor has administered the Sacrament of Confirmation to these people since 1977. But this is the church of the “new springtime” or the church of “Who am I to judge?” has the full letter of St. Athanasius on the subject

The famous convert to the Church, Ven. John Henry Newman, described St. Athanasius as a “principal instrument, after the Apostles, by which the sacred truths of Christianity have been conveyed and secured to the world.” Often referred to as the Champion of Orthodoxy, Saint Athanasius was undoubtedly one of the most courageous defenders of the Faith in the entire history of the Church. If anyone can be singled out as a Saint for our times, surely it is Saint Athanasius. The following letter of his could, almost word for word, have been written yesterday.

“May God console you! … What saddens you … is the fact that others have occupied the churches by violence, while during this time you are on the outside. It is a fact that they have the premises – but you have the Apostolic Faith. They can occupy our churches, but they are outside the true Faith. You remain outside the places of worship, but the Faith dwells within you. Let us consider: what is more important, the place or the Faith? The true Faith, obviously. Who has lost and who has won in the struggle – the one who keeps the premises or the one who keeps the Faith? True, the premises are good when the Apostolic Faith is preached there; they are holy if everything takes place there in a holy way …
“You are the ones who are happy; you who remain within the Church by your Faith, who hold firmly to the foundations of the Faith which has come down to you from Apostolic tradition. And if an execrable jealousy has tried to shake it on a number of occasions, it has not succeeded. They are the ones who have broken away from it in the present crisis. No one, ever, will prevail against your Faith, beloved Brothers. And we believe that God will give us our churches back some day.
“Thus, the more violently they try to occupy the places of worship, the more they separate themselves from the Church. They claim that they represent the Church; but in reality, they are the ones who are expelling themselves from it and going astray. Even if Catholics faithful to Tradition are reduced to a handful, they are the ones who are the true Church of Jesus Christ.”

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