The 10 Best Resistance Stories of 2016

The 10 Best Resistance Stories of 2016

 
 
As with any such list, the selections (and their ordering) will always be open to critique.  Nevertheless, in reviewing the events of a momentous year for the Resistance, it seems there are many causes for optimism.
 
2016 will be remembered as the year the Resistance finally got its act together.
 
 
These are my 10 Best Resistance Stories of 2016:
 
10. The priestly ordination of Fr. John Marie for the Asian Resistance: The Asian vineyard was sorely tested with the death of Fr. Edgardo Suelo, combined with the illness (and visa issues) of Fr. Picot. The recent ordination of Fr. John Marie gives the Oceanic and SE Asian Resistance theatres some badly needed help.  Additionally, the ordination benefits the seminary with another priest professor (albeit a new one!).
 
 
9. Fr. Pierre Roy joins the Resistance: A surprise addition to be sure.  Young, and presumably fully branded, Fr. Roy surprised the world with his sudden Sunday sermon, in which he spoke of the impossibility of a deal with unconverted Rome.  Shortly thereafter, he recounted his conversations with his superiors (who told him there were many other things he could be preaching about besides relations with Rome, giving the lie to all the priests of the SSPX who claimed their sermon content was not restricted: The example of Fr. Roy showed the whole world that opposing a deal with the devil was off limits for SSPX priests, who in all truth had already known that for years).  A critical asset to the vast Canadian theatre, we pray that Fr. Roy can avoid the siren song of sedevacantism, and provide invaluable aid to the faithful of the Maritime Provinces.
 
 
8. The Sodalitium Pianum Resistance Blog Starts Up in the United States: Floating my own boat? You better believe it!  “America is where its happening, man,” and the absence of any blogs united to the three Resistance bishops was conspicuous, to say the least.  Sodalitium Pianum fills that void with original analyses, articles, and current events.  With contacts in nearly every Resistance venue in the world (among both clergy and laity), we are uniquely positioned to offer insights you often won’t find anywhere else.  Where previous attempts were foiled by the “clerical police,” we are determined to fight to the bitter end this time around.  And guess what?  We have new allies over at the Psalm129 blog.  Give them a look (see blog list in the left-hand column), and you won’t be disappointed.
 
 
7. The Emergence of the ABLF3.com Forum: Yes, we already had Cathinfo, and they will forever be the titan of the Catholic Resistance fora.  But what is unique about ABLF3 is that it managed to avoid competition with Cathinfo, where all other Resistance fora were initiated by their owners because of some kind of beef with CI or its owner. Instead, ABLF.com fosters a spirit of cooperation and collaboration.  The forum owner has done an excellent job of moderation, allowing opposing viewpoints (where prudence allows), while getting rid of obvious “clerical police” and their agents.  Threads in ABLF3.com are often characterized by higher level theological discussion, which helps to keep things a bit more objective, and the owner is a solid supporter of the three Resistance bishops.  It is watched by more clergy (Resistance and SSPX) than will likely admit it!
 
 
6. Fr. Gerardo Zendejas Institutes the First Two Resistance Schools in the USA: In fact, other than the boys school in Avrille, France, I am not aware of any other Resistance schools in the world.  Definitely the most underestimated and underappreciated Resistance priest in the world today, just 2 years after joining the Resistance in 2014, Fr. Zendejas has already accomplished what he set out to do: Offer Resistance Catholics a sense of normalcy and stability, particularly with his schools.  One in Connecticut, and one in Texas (both of which see him weekly), the socialization so necessary to form well rounded children which only Catholic schools can provide [Keep in mind, these words come from a parent who home schools!] is now available.  “If you build it, they will come.”  And they have.  A tremendous void in the Resistance world is filled by these schools.  God grant us more priests, that we can open more schools!
 
 
5. Rev. Mother Irene, O.C.D. Founds Carmelite Hermits in Ireland: In 45 years, the SSPX hadn’t managed to found or support a single eremitic foundation.  But the Resistance now has one, just down the road from the priory manned by Frs. Ballini and MacDonald.  (You will find the website address for the Victim Adorers of the Holy Face of Jesus, O.C.D. here: http://vahfj.com/).  Archbishop Lefebvre said the Church would never recover from the present crisis without contemplatives.  Well, now we have the ultimate contemplatives.  And with the first postulant set to arrive in February, the hermits are off and running.  If you are weighing candidates for your precious few donation dollars, give this one some serious consideration.  We need them to survive (and thrive).
 
4. Hugh Akins and the LKC Cut Ties With Boston in Support of the Three Bishops: A man whose energy puts most of us to shame, Hugh Akins is the founding president of the League of Christ the King (LKC), author of several excellent books on Catholic Action (including his opus magnus, Synagogue Rising), the editor/publisher of the quarterly Resistance journal Oportet Christum Regnare, and organizer and speaker at countless Catholic Action conferences.  His advent caused quite a stir, and for obvious reason.  Mr. Akins’ website (CA-RC.com) is pinned to my blog list, wherein you can access his works, or try a subscription.
 
3. The Moral Unity of the Three Bishops Remains Intact: Opposed by the SSPX, mocked by the sedevacantists, and attacked by the Sect, the unity of the bishops survived unscathed.  Have no doubt that the agents of Satan are circling the bishops around the clock, seeking a crack in the armor from which to set them at odds, in order to limit the growth and credibility of the Resistance.  The moral unity of the three bishops (founded upon sound doctrine) is the strength of the Resistance, and they know it.  No doubt, there will be other attempts to divide, but Bishop Williamson has done such a superlative job in his choices for consecration, that they have all come to naught.  How about another one for America?
 
2. Bishop Williamson Consecrates Dom Thomas Aquinas, OSB a Bishop: A bishop in the Western Hemisphere to lighten the load was sorely needed, and we got a good one in the old war horse, Dom Thomas Aquinas.  I met him for the first time in November, during his American tour, and I was extremely impressed. He never speaks without purpose.  He does not flatter.  He is not uncomfortable in silence.  He is a true monk, and situated in Holy Cross Monastery, his spiritual “batteries” will always be fully charged, and his priorities regulated.  Bishop Fellay knew what he was doing when he tried to evict this monk as Prior of the monastery.  He is a tremendous asset for the Resistance.
 
1. Bishop Faure Canonically Erects the SAJM: This was easily THE bombshell of 2016, and notice to the world that the Resistance is getting organized.  Seminarians and SSPX priests (or bishops?) will now have a canonically erected congregation within which to be incardinated, and all that goes along with it: Hierarchy, obedience, coordination, community life, and future growth and continuity.  Starting off with just three members, it now has nine, and God willing, with the promotion of this year’s seminarians to their first engagements next year, the SAJM is off and running.  What’s different about Bishop Faure’s congregation, and protects it from another SSPX-repeat sellout, is the provision Bishop Faure wrote into the constitutions, which categorically precludes any juridical recognition or practical accord (unilateral or bilateral) until Rome returns to the faith.  In doing so, Bishop Faure carries on the legacy of Archbishop Lefebvre, and has secured the growth of Tradition.
 

The hopes of the entire Resistance world now lie primarily (but not exclusively) in the SAJM and Santa Cruz Monastery, and we owe it all to Bishop Williamson.

 
Conclusion:
2016 was the year the young Resistance turned the corner.  After 4 years in the desert, hope is kindled.
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