Doubtful sacraments must be avoided.

Commentary from the Dominicans of Avrille, France who are faithful to Archbishop Lefebvre’s mission.  Meanwhile, in the Society of St. Pius X, there are now today Novus Ordo priests functioning within their chapels who have not been conditionally ordained.   For more information on the Traditional Dominicans,  visit them at

Questionable priestly ordinations in the conciliar Church

— A letter of Archbishop Lefebvre:

[ Editor’s note:  In this transcription, we have left unchanged the spelling and style found in the handwritten letter of the Archbishop. ]

Ecône, 28 oct. 1988

Very dear Mr. Wilson,

thank you very much for your kind letter. I agree with your desire to reordain conditionnaly these priests, and I have done this reordination many times.

All sacraments from the modernists bishops or priests are doubtfull now.  The changes are increasing and their intentions are no more catholics.

We are in the time of great apostasy.

We need more and more bishops and priests very catholics.  It is necessary everywhere in the world.

Thank you for the newspaper article from the Father Alvaro Antonio Perez Jesuit!

We must pray and work hardly to extend the kingdom of Jesus-Christ.

I pray for you and your lovely family.

Devotly in Jesus and Mary.

Marcel Lefebvre

Handwritten Letter from Arch Lefebvre - necessary to conditionally ordain


Archbishop Lefebvre relies on two principal arguments to assert that the new sacraments, especially ordinations, are henceforth questionable:

* the evolution of the rites;

* and the defect in intention.

The new rites of the sacraments promulgated by the conciliar Church, promulgated in the typical editions in Latin, are probably valid 1But that does not prevent numerous sacraments from being invalid in practice, for the two reasons quoted above.

Archbishop Lefebvre said that in his opinion a great number of new masses were invalid – while admitting the validity of the new rite in itself.

Bp Tissier de Mallerais, in his sermon from June 29, 2016 at Econe, spoke as follows concerning the rite of ordination for priests:

“Clearly, we cannot accept this faked new rite of ordination that leaves doubts concerning the validity of numerous ordinations done according to the new riteThus this new rite of ordination is not Catholic.  And so we will of course faithfully continue to transmit the real and valid priesthood by the traditional priestly rite of ordination.”

In an article that appeared in Le Sel de la terre 54 on the subject of the validity of the new rite of episcopal consecration, after showing that the rite in itself is probably valid, we added:

Due to the generalized disorder, both at the liturgical and dogmatic levels, we can have serious reasons to doubt the validity of certain episcopal ordinations.”

And we quoted the remarks of Archbishop Lefebvre on the subject of the episcopal consecration of Bp Daneels, auxiliary bishop of Brussels:

“Little booklets were published on the occasion of this consecration. For the public prayers, here is what was said and repeated by the crowd:

Be an apostle like Peter and Paul; be an apostle like the patron of this parish; be an apostle like Gandhi; be an apostle like Luther; be an apostle like (Martin) Luther King; be an apostle like Helder Camara; be an apostle like Romero.

Apostle like Luther, but what intention did the bishops have when they consecrated this bishop, Bp. Daneels2?”

“It is frightening…Was this bishop really consecrated?  We can doubt it anyway.  And if that is the intention of the consecrators, it is incomprehensible!  The situation is even more serious than we thought3.”

We could quote numerous examples of sacraments given in the conciliar Church that were certainly invalid:  confirmations given without using holy oils; baptisms where one person pours the water, while another pronounces the words, etc4.

This is why the position of Archbishop Lefebvre in the letter that we have quoted here, appears wise:  because of the particular importance of the sacrament of ordination, it is necessary to conditionally re-ordain the priests who come from the conciliar Church to the Traditional one.

(Taken from “Le Sel de la terre” 98)

  1. We can make an exception for the new rite of Confirmation that permits the use of oils other than olive oil, which introduces a doubt concerning the validity, by reason of a defect of matter.  We also point out that Fr Alvaro Calderon (SSPX), in the Spanish language review Si Si No No (#267, November 2014), speaks of a “slight doubt,” a “shadow” concerning the validity of the new rite of episcopal consecration in itself (see Le Sel de la terre 92, p. 172).
  2. Archbishop Lefebvre, Conference in Nantes (France), February 5, 1983.
  3. Archbishop Lefebvre, Conference in Ecône (Switzerland), October 28, 1988.
  4. We take this occasion to ask our readers who have knowledge of sacraments that are certainly invalid (notably baptism) to kindly send us their testimony.

The Problem

Why there is nothing that can be done about Francis if he is indeed Pope of the Catholic Church.

In the Vatican Council, held from 1869-1870,  in Session IV of Ecumenical XX on Faith and the Church, in the Dogmatic Constitution I on the Church of Christ we read in Chapter 3 about the Power and Manner of the Primacy of the Roman Pontiff:

[Recourse to the Roman Pontiff as the supreme judge]. And since the Roman Pontiff is at the head of the universal Church by the divine right of apostolic primacy, We teach and declare also that his is the supreme judge of the faithful, and that in all cases pertaining to ecclesiastical examination recourse can be had to his judgment;  moreover, that the judgment of the Apostolic See, whose authority is not surpassed, is to be disclaimed by no one, nor is anyone permitted to pass judgment on its judgment.  Therefore, they stray from the path of truth who affirm that it is permitted to appeal from judgments of the Roman Pontiff, to an ecumenical Council, as to an authority higher than the Roman Pontiff.

[Canon]. If anyone thus speaks, that the Roman Pontiff has only the office of inspection or direction, but not the full and supreme power of jurisdiction over the universal Church, not only in things which pertain to faith and morals, but also in those which pertain to the discipline and government of the Church spread over the whole world; or, that he possesses only the more important parts, but not the whole plentitude of this supreme power; or that this power of this is not ordinary and immediate, or over the churches altogether and individually, and over the pastors and the faithful altogether and individually: let him be anathema.

On November 10, 2019, an interview was published by Ross Douthat in which Cardinal Burke responds to the question about what to do about heresy coming from Francis in an official document.  His response, “to be honest with you, I don’t know how to address such a situation.  As far as I can see, there’s no mechanism in the universal law of the Church to deal with such a situation.”  Of course, he is correct as per Pope Pius IX in his declarations of the Vatican Council.

Therefore, it seems logical and quite imperative that the focus should be shifted to Pope Benedict XVI’s doubtful resignation.  Proof of its invalidity will solve the problem of Francis.   In the meantime, we must pray very much for the restoration of Holy Mother Church to the fullness of Her Tradition, and for a holy, Catholic Pope.

Our Lady of the Good Event of the Purification, pray for us!


from The Imitation of Christ by Thomas À Kempis


         Be not troubled about those who are with you or against you, but take care that God be with you in everything you do. Keep your conscience clear and God will protect you, for the malice of man cannot harm one whom God wishes to help.  If you know how to suffer in silence, you will undoubtedly experience God’s help.  He knows when and how to deliver you; therefore, place yourself in His hands, for it is a divine prerogative to help men and free them from all distress.

      It is often good for us to have others know our faults and rebuke them, for it gives us greater humility.  When a man humbles himself because of this faults, he easily placates those about him and readily appeases those who are angry with him.

     It is the humble man whom God protects and liberates; it is the humble whom He loves and consoles.  To the humble He turns and upon them bestows great grace, that after their humiliation He may raise them up to glory.  He reveals His secrets to the humble, and with kind invitation bids them come to Him.  Thus, the humble man enjoys peace in the midst of many vexations, because his trust is in God, not in the world. Hence, you must not think that you have made any progress until  you look upon yourself as inferior to all others.



SSPX Perpetual Adoration

Since the early days of the foundation of the Society of Saint Pius X, the Blessed Sacrament has remained exposed in at least one of its chapels, every day of the year.

The prayerful intentions recommended to faithful have remained constant since they were proposed by Archbishop Lefebvre:

  1. Victory over the interior and exterior enemies of the Church;
  2. The return of Rome and the bishops to the Tradition of the Church and the Faith of our fathers;
  3. The sanctification of priests and candidates to the priesthood;
  4. The awakening of numerous priestly and religious vocations.

Pope Benedict XVI needs our prayers


by Br. Alexis Bugnolo

I write to appeal to everyone reading this, to pray for Pope Benedict XVI. The state of health and nearly all news about him is being concealed by the Vatican, where he is effectively imprisoned — prevented from meeting with Bishops and unable to receive any mail which is not filtered — a thing demonstrated by the public letter by Archbishop Negri, Emeritus of Ferrara, the other day, asking for such an audience.

The Featured Image in this article, here above, is a screen shot from the Bavarian State TV documentary, filmed in October of 2019. You can watch the short clip for yourself at

which is the source of the screenshot.

From my experience helping my brothers care for my own mother in her last illness, I know that such a frail state is characteristic of the last months of life of aged…

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Septuagesima Sunday

Why is this Sunday called “Septuagesima”?

Because in accordance with the words of the First Council of Orleans, some pious Christian congregations in the earliest ages of the church, especially the clergy, began to fast seventy days before Easter, on this Sunday, which was therefore called “Septuagesima” – the seventieth day.  The same is the case with the Sundays following, which are called Sexagesima, Quinquagesima, Quadragesima, because some Christians commenced to fast sixty days, others fifty, others forty days before Easter, until finally, to make it properly uniform, Popes Gregory and Gelasius arranged that all Christians should fast forty days before Easter, commencing with Ash Wednesday.

Why, from this day until Easter, does the Church omit in her service all joyful canticles, alleluias, and the Gloria in excelsis, etc.?

Gradually to prepare the minds of the faithful for the serious time of penance and sorrow; to remind the sinner of the grievousness of his errors, and to exhort him to penance.  So the priest appears at the altar in violet, the color of penance,  and the front of the altar is covered with a violet curtain.  To arouse our sorrow for our sins, and show the need of repentance, the Church in the name of all mankind at the Introit cries with David:

         The groans of death surrounded me, the sorrows of hell encompassed me:  and in my affliction I called upon the Lord, and he heard my voice from his holy temple (Ps. 17:5-7).  I will love thee O Lord, my strength; the Lord is my firmament, and my refuge, and my deliverer. (Ps. 17:2-3).  Glory be to the Father.

Taken from Fr. Leonard Goffine’s The Church’s Year.

Grex Vocum — The Catholic Event, Feb 11 Piazza San Pietro, Vatican


Next Tuesday, from 11:30 to 11:58 A.M., for the 7th Anniversary of the reading by Pope Benedict of his Declaratio of Feb. 11, 2013, the Committee “Grex Vocum” — Latin for, A Flock of Voices — has called on Catholics to come to the Piazza at the Vatican, in front of Saint Peter’s Basilica and express for 28 minutes, out loud, their disapproval of the course taken by Church leadership in the last 7 years.

FromRome.Info reported briefly about this event previously, here.

This is an initiative of Catholics at Rome — Roman Catholics in the truest sense — and appears to be the ideological and real opposite of the Acies Ordinata event at Munich, for the following reasons:

  • It is open to all — it is NOT an invitation only event
  • It is about exercising your Canonical rights — it is not a Media stunt
  • It is…

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