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Society of St. Alphonsus Marie de Liguori
CHANGE OF NAME AND STATUS
THE TRADITIONAL ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH
THE SOCIETY OF ST. ALPHONSUS MARIA de LIGUORI
Directed by the Priestly Fraternity of St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori, I, The Most Reverend Sherman Randall John Pius Mosley, Prime Bishop and Superior General, do hereby, by an act of the Synod of Bishops, did meet on, Friday, July 7, 2017, being the Feast of Ss. Cyril and Methodius, Confessors and being the year Two Thousand and
Seventeen, at which time we approved the name change in order to avoid forming a new sect or conventical, for we are one church and part of that mystical body being the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church whose general ate is located in the United States of America and throughout the World, has for its vocation to bring together secular priests and put them at the service of the bishop and for the formation and sanctification of priests and future priests, ordained for the service of our mission chapels, parishes and priories. In accord with the decrees of the 1917 Code of Canon Law concerning Religious Institutes and Societies we have produced a text for our constitutions. It was on the Sixth day of July, 2017, at a meeting of the Synod of Bishops called for said purpose to determine the future of our church, We presented these constitutions to the Synod for their review and approval. The Society does not have the canonical approval of the official church at this time because of the present crisis within the official church. The severe crisis in the Mother Church has caused her to depart from the traditional
Catholic teachings and she has embraced False Ecumenism, False Interreligious Dialogue, Christian Liberty and the abuse of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. We as traditional Catholics will uphold the 1917 Code of Canon Law regarding Supplied Jurisdiction, which gives bishops the right to administer the sacraments to the faithful
who ask for them. It is the church that supplies the jurisdiction ( ecclesia supplet) (1917 Code of Canon Law: Canon 209;878; 882; 2252; 2252 )in order to protect the church from wolves in sheep's clothing, to preserve the traditions of the church and primarily, the immemorial Mass known to us as the Tridentine Mass, of which Pope Pius V of blessed memory, codified in the Bull Quo Primum Tempore of 1570 AD, at Rome.
We have no power to change this Mass nor do We wish to abrogate the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. We intend to uphold this church and all of its teachings prior to the Second Vatican Council, not out of nostalgia but because they have been tried and worthy of all acceptation. Thus we will not uphold any teachings of the modernist church which has caused irreparable damage to the faith. To defend our cause at this time, we quote the Church Fathers concerning the present church crisis and how we ought to conduct ourselves in the House of God, the Pillar and Ground of Truth ............ Of ten, too, divine providence permits even good men to be driven from the
congregation of Christ by the turbulent seditions of carnal men. When for the sake of the peace of the Church they patiently endure that insult or injury, and attempt no novelties in the way of heresy or schism, they will teach men how God is to be served with a true disposition and with great and sincere charity. The intention of such men is to return when the tumult has subsided. But if that is not permitted because the storm continues or because a fiercer one might be stirred up by their return, they hold fast to their purpose to look to the good even of those responsible for the tumults and commotions that drove them out. They form no separate conventicles of their own, but defend to the death and assist by their testimony the faith which they know is preached in the Catholic Church. These the Father who seeth in secret crowns secretly. It appears that this is a rare kind of Christian, but examples are not lacking. Indeed, there are more than can be believed. So divine providence uses all kinds of men as examples for the oversight of souls and for the building up of his spiritual people. St. Athanasius says, II 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 ... "Y ou 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." (Letter of St. Athanasius to his Flock)
When the fire has died down in Rome and the present crisis of modernism and heresy has ceased and we are able to return to the Mother Church, if God permits us to return, We will present our Constitution to the Sacred Congregation for Religious and Secular Institutes. Until then, We must remain faithful to the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church outside of which there is no salvation. It is the present crisis which keeps us
from that unity. The only attitude of faithfulness to the Church and Catholic doctrine, in view of our salvation, is a categorical refusal to accept this reformation of this new church. This reformation, born of liberalism and modernism, is poison through and through; it derives from heresy and ends in heresy, even if all of its acts are not formally heretical. It is therefore impossible for any conscientious and faithful catholic to espouse this
reformation or to submit to it in any way whatsoever. That is why, without any spirit of rebellion, bitterness or resentment, we pursue our work as traditionalists forming priests with the timeless magisterium as our guide.
I, Sherman Randall John Pius Mosley, a Successor of the Apostles, duly consecrated a bishop in the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church, on August 15, 2003 ( by duly consecrated bishops of Our Lord's Church, whose Apostolic Succession descends from the See of Utrecht, being the Old Roman Catholic Church), approve the present Constitution and change of our Status from a separate church, named, The Traditional Roman Catholic Church, to a Society and Fraternity. Having had the opportunity to meditate upon so weighty a decision, on that same authority, We approve the change of name to, the Society of St. Alphonsus Marie de Liguori Traditional Catholics under the authority of the Superior General and the Priestly Fraternity of St. Alphonsus Marie de Liguori. We wait patiently for the day when We can present our cause to the Holy See for Apostolic approval. Until then, we are approved by this Our Authority. This decree will be given to every bishop, priest and to the laity, to be read out in all of our missions, parishes, chapels, priories and seminary. This decree will be in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese and will be placed in the Archives of the Society and Fraternity on the condition that everything required by the law is observed. It is the responsibility of every bishop, priest, seminarians, as well as the laity, to read the constitution and the life of St. Alphonsus Marie de Liguori, and to speak of themselves public ally as members of the Society, Traditional Catholics. All documents will be provided to you. The names of each Parish, Mission, Chapel, Oratory will remain the same, however, the name, of the Society is to be added officially and noted in the civil registrations of your respective regions. (Please refer to the sample provided.) We wish to express that through faithful observance of these Constitutions, the Bishops and Priests of the Society of St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori and the Priestly Fraternity of St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori, will be more and more suited according to the desire of Us, and the holiness of St. Alphonsus Marie de Liguori, founder of the Redemptorists and Bishop of the Lord's Church whose example is worthy of imitation.We hope to see the renewal of the Church through instructing many priests in the proper ecclesiastical spirit of the ancient Church, who will go out and give service to God wherever it will please Him to call them. We wish to do a service to God and
render our service to the Church.
Given at this Ecclesiastical Province of which Our Seat is situated for the Clergy and Faithful in the United States of America on the Feast of Saint John Vianney, being the Eighth day of August, Two thousand and seventeen.
A Lenten Tradition:
Veiling the Cross for Passiontide
Towards the end of Lent you may notice purple cloths draped over the crucifixes, statues, and saint images at your parish. In some churches, these items may be removed from the sanctuary altogether. This old custom of veiling religious images is a way of focusing on the penitential aspect of this liturgical season. It reminds us in a visual way that our faith in all its glory is made possible only through the work of Christ in his suffering and death on the cross. When we cover or remove these holy and sacred images that we are so accustomed to, we are starkly confronted and reminded in a poignant way of all that Christ has won for us. The tradition is often practiced during the last two weeks before Easter, starting on Passion Sunday (now called the fifth Sunday of Lent) and ending on Good Friday. This time period is known on the old liturgical calendar as Passiontide. Even though this period is no longer officially called by this name, the tradition is still practiced in many places.Then, as in a dramatic unveiling, the holy images are again revealed for the Easter Vigil to mark the end of the penitential season. The joy of the Easter season and the hope of the Resurrection then comes to the fore front. Temporarily veiling the crosses and religious images in the penitential color of Lent is a beautiful custom that helps us to reflect on the deeper theological meaning of the liturgical season.
- CRUCIFIXES & IMAGES VEILED: Passion Sunday (5th Sunday of Lent)
- CRUCIFIXES REVEALED: Good Friday (to emphasize Jesus’ death on the Cross on that day)
- IMAGES & STATUES REVEALED: Easter Vigil (the early evening of Holy Saturday)
- WHY: In covering the religious images during the height of Lent, all attention is centered on the Passion and death of Christ. This is why the only images NOT to be covered are the Stations of the Cross.
Just as the Church simplifies the sanctuary in these last weeks of Lent in order to focus on the penitential aspect of the season, we can also simplify our homes in creative ways by draping purple clothes over our crucifixes and other holy images. It reminds us that Jesus hid his glory during his Passion, so too we hide away our religious items in order to prepare ourselves to focus on and honor his Passion. This tradition can be used as a learning tool for children. As a child, during Lent I would see the crosses covered and always wonder why, too afraid to ask an adult. Explain this custom to your children and encourage your family to engage in this Lenten practice. It is easy for children to become distracted by the things we receive at Easter. But Lent is an important time of preparation for the celebration for the Resurrection of Christ that deserves just as much attention.
The History of the Immaculate Conception In The Philippians
Among the titles under which Mary is venerated in the Philippines, two are particularly prominent: the Immaculate Conception and Our Lady of the Rosary. The invocation of the Immaculate Conception goes back to the year 1578 when Pope Gregory XIII in a Bull issued on February 6 decreed that the Manila Cathedral should be erected under the invocation of the Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Clement VIII decreed on 13 August 1595 that the Cathedrals of Nueva Segovia and Caceres also be erected under the same title of the Immaculate Conception. Moreover, one of the three ships that reached the Philippines in the first voyage of Magellan in 1521 was the "Concepcion," named after the Immaculate Conception, together with the ships "Trinidad" and "Victoria." Hence the Islands before being named Filipinas, and even before the name of Christ had begun to be preached, saw on these shores the name of Mary under her title of the Immaculate Conception. The Immaculate Conception , whose feast falls on December 8, remains the principal Patroness of the Philippine Islands. After the suppression of several Church holidays in the Catholic Calendar of the Philippines, still her feast stays as one of the three holidays of obligation during the year, the other two being Christmas and January 1, when the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, is celebrated.
The Stainless Mirror
A spheric mirror stands on a hovering cloud. The mirror is an old and well known Marian symbol. Here it signifies Mary's sinlessness. This motif has its origin in the Book of Wisdom (7:26): "She is (wisdom) a reflection of the eternal light, and a stainless mirror of God's majesty." (speculum sine macula) The cloud points to Mary's exalted station, and the two decorative trees flanking the mirror are expressions of youth and purity, reaching beyond this life into eternity. This symbol of the Immaculate can be found in Raphael Sadeler's engravings of the Litanies of Loreto (1601/04) and Picinelli's Mondo simbolico. The latter refers to the Song of Songs: "Pulchra es ... macula non est in te." [You are beautiful and there is no stain in you." (4:7)]