"God forbid that I should glory save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom the world is crucified to me, and I to the world." (Gal. 6: 14)

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Pastoral Letter of the Two American Bishops
Sincere greetings to all Roman Catholics wherever they may be and united with the remnant Bishops. 

Our Lord, Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Son of God, promised to be with the Church Militant on earth until the end of time. He has never ceased to fulfill this promise to be with her as with His beloved Spouse. He has never abandoned the Church even in what seem like the darkest hours.

Jesus Christ is the invisible Head of the Roman Catholic Church. It is He who never ceases to be present to guide the Church when teaching, to bless her when at work, and to aid her in time of danger.

We have been forced out of the churches built by our fathers and forefathers, not by any perversely proud choice, but by virtue of our sound conscience that cannot tolerate dogmatic error nor sound discipline. In a time when we Catholics are constantly plagued with heretical ideas and urged to “respect” heretics and schismatics, there is hardly anyone with the courage to stand up for the unadulterated Faith.  It is not enough, as you know from the words of St. Paul that “Faith without works is dead” to merely talk about certain, select elements of the Faith; it is necessary to LIVE in this world with our daily lives influenced by the truths of our Faith.

The history of the Church is replete with examples of heroic virtue. We are surrounded by the great monuments in all countries that speak of the faith of those who lived in the time when such houses of God were built; when supernatural faith spurred on generous souls to take on every form of corporal and spiritual work of mercy.

It is with deep and bitter sorrow that we see around us so much grave evil because the Scriptures, Tradition and teachings of legitimate Popes and Councils are ignored. The heresies of the past are equally responsible for the heresies of the present. What are these heresies that have entered the Church as a “Satanic smoke”?

These heresies have rejected the divine teaching of the Church. From this flows as a logical consequence the usurping of the sacred authority of the visible Church by those not called to this function. We speak of the rebellious spirit of clergymen of all kinds. Whether regular (belonging to Religious communities) or secular clergy (belonging to a diocese), all have made themselves the final decision in matters of doctrine and discipline. Particularly do we have in mind those who style themselves as “Traditionalists”.

The Fathers of Trent had addressed the same heresies we face today. The Fathers of the true Vatican Council likewise addressed the errors that have become so common today. It was Pope St. Pius X who condemned the error of Modernism on the one hand, and we Bishops condemn the error of Traditionalists today.

The only Bishop of our times to make an heroic effort to preserve the Church was Bishop Ngo Dinh Thuc, the elder brother of the assassinated President of South Vietnam. It is through him that valid Bishops were consecrated in order to maintain the mark of Apostolicity so essential to the true Mystical Body of Jesus Christ. We cannot blame this heroic Prelate for the terrible proliferation of so-called “bishops” who suddenly appeared like mushrooms after a rain.

We must recognize the fact that Satan tries to corrupt every good work for the salvation of souls. Just as good parents cannot be blamed for their disobedient and wayward children, so also no one can blame this brave Prelate for those who have stolen Holy Orders through deception.

The old proscribed doctrine of naturalism never really died despite the efforts of holy Mother, the Church, to expose it for the work of Satan that it is.

This doctrine feeds the Modernist anti-Church and, under the guise of religion, destroys religion itself. This disguised naturalism opposes itself in every way to the Christian religion as a supernatural institution and works with great zeal to exclude our sole Lord and Savior from the minds and memories of men, and from the life and moral acts of nations.

After forsaking and rejecting the Christian religion, and denying the true God and His Christ, the minds of many have sunk into the abyss of Pantheism, Materialism and Atheism, until denying rational nature itself, and every sound rule of right, they work to destroy the deepest foundation of human society.

It is our wish as shepherds of that “little flock” of which Our Lord spoke that the Infant of Bethlehem pour His divine grace upon each and every member of the family of faith 

Bishop Giles Butler, OFM and Bishop Louis Vezelis, OFM
Christmas of 2011

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Audio Sermon for the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

Friday, August 19, 2011

A remedy for domestic discord

A wealthy couple, in spite of all their riches, lived in constant discord and daily disputes. The married state was anything but a happy state for them; the wife especially often shed bitter tears. One day she happened to come across a manuscript book which was entitled: "Simple Remedies for the Household." It was in her grandmother's handwriting. As she idly turned over the leaves, to her surprise her eye fell upon the heading: "A household remedy against discontent." She read it eagerly; it ran thus: "Whenever you feel miserable or are out of temper, go to the picture of the "Ecce Homo," and place yourself at its feet. Contemplate it attentively for the space of three minutes, and recite three Our Fathers before you go away: this will restore peace and content to your mind. My confessor advised me to do this. I have tried the remedy for thirty years, and I have never found it to fail." The lady remembered that by a mere chance she had kept the picture in question, which had belonged to her grandmother; it was upstairs in the garret. She went up at once, dusted it carefully, and hung it on a nail in her room. Whenever she felt that a quarrel was impending, she tried the simple remedy her grandmother recommended. Through gazing at the countenance of Our Lord, so sorrowful and yet so gentle, she became so much more forbearing and complaisant that her husband remarked upon the change. She answered him with a smile: "I have found an excellent teacher." He wanted to know who that teacher was. So she told him everything quite frankly. Before long her husband also had recourse to this same remedy, when he foresaw that some household annoyance was in store for him. Thus in the course of time peace and happiness prevailed in that family circle.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Monday, July 11, 2011

Monday, July 04, 2011

Monday, May 16, 2011

Audio Sermon for the Third Sunday after Easter

Monday, April 25, 2011

Dear Friends,

Here are some audio sermons from the past few days.

Holy Thursday
Easter vigil Mass
Easter Morning Mass

May God bless you.
+Bishop Giles OFM

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Thursday, January 20, 2011

I came across this quote in a book and though it would be worthwhile for the women of today to consider their vocations a little more carefully. It is rather dated but I think still of interest.

A Challenge to the Woman

“Many American women must choose between individual careers on the one hand and the family and race survival on the other. Motherhood is the greatest career ever known for woman in ancient and modern times, and fatherhood alone can bring men to the highest development of soul.

The greatest job on the planet today is that of mothering. To do it well requires the highest qualities of hand, brain, and heart. All the grace and traditions of the ages and all of the science and psychology of the times here find their noblest opportunity and constant demand. Mother should know the chemistry of foods, for she feeds the family, balances the rations, stokes the human furnaces for the daily work of father and the growth of the children. She holds their life, endurance, longevity and success in her hands. She must be physiologist, physician, sanitary expert, bacteriologist, dietician, physical culturist, nurse, ready to give first and last aid. Mother is on the job all the time, but the doctor only a few minutes, so that intelligence in her counts for a hundred times more than it does in him. Mother must be psychologist, educator, historian, religious leader and story teller; when the children are grown up she should be eugenist and vocational director.

Just for a moment, compare the brains and education necessary for the high class mother’s job with that required for copying letters on a typewriter, selling ribbons over a counter, teaching history from a text book, or even drilling Latin declensions in to reluctant boys. The expansion and intensification of woman’s education for the great job of home and motherhood builds a foundation on which every structure of health, morals, culture, material and spiritual welfare of the society must stand.

If our women fail in their willingness or preparation for motherhood, the race must go down, and our power, property and institutions will pass to other races that have sounder and more normal views o this vital matter.”

“Race Suicide Destroying Native Anglo-Saxon Stock” Professor Robert J Sprague, of the Department of Economics and Sociology of the Mass. Agricultural College. (Boston Herald, Sunday July 31, 1921)

Monday, January 03, 2011