Download the Entire “Doctrinal Study” Here
[NB: We have now translated the General Conclusion to the Doctrinal Study, which comes at the end of this post]
The Capuchin study, running nearly 100 pages, is titled, “In the Face of Roman Proposals: Can We Today Accept a Canonical Recognition on the Part of Neo-Modernist Rome?”
Though the study is not available in English, we translated the introduction of Christian Lasalle, as well as the Preface, General Introduction, and General Conclusion of Fr. Antoine de Fleurance (Father Guardian of Morgon), below, which will suffice to convey the general spirit of the document.
For those of you who have a bit more patience, you can paste the study 5,000 characters at a time in the Google Translate page, and get passable results (Note: You may first have to download the study, save it, and then convert the saved document into Word before you will be able to copy/paste chunks of the document; this may also throw off the formatting of the document a bit).
The introduction of Christian La Salle (Here):
“On June 3, 2016, on the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Capuchins of Morgon distributed to their friends and to members of their Third Order a doctrinal study on the question of the relations of these traditional communities with conciliar Rome.
In this almost 100-page document, written in a very scholastic method (St. Thomas Aquinas), the religious men put forward the deep reasons why the “agreement” with Rome, as envisaged today, seems harmful to the Church;
Father Antoine, a superior referred to as “Father Guardian” of Morgon, was also the signatory of the salutary and courageous “Letter of the [French] Deans” on marriage, recalling the right of the faithful in this field and the true nature of the state of necessity that exists more than ever today, while denouncing the confusion linked to the will of some to rally to modernist Rome.
We are profoundly thankful to our Capuchin brothers for this firm text…which for [over] one year has convinced and opened the eyes of a great number of priests and Catholics deceived by the liberal sirens.”
Preface to the “Doctrinal Study” by Fr. Antoine de Fleurance (Superior of Morgon):
“In the current turmoil and confusion, we must remain faithful to and adhere to authentic Catholic principles. And in order that they may truly be the light that enlightens and guides our steps, we must draw the practical consequences and apply them rigorously in our everyday life and in our daily attitudes.
Coherence and non-contradiction are the logical consequence of full and complete adherence to the truth.
As Cardinal Pie said, charity, which is the bond of perfection, must be dictated and regulated by truth, and it was in this spirit of charity that we wished to write these lines.
It was above all under the gaze of God that this work was carried out, for it is to Him that we shall have to account for all our conduct; but it is also to be loyal to the heart of our thoughts on the question of the Roman propositions.
Indeed, sharing for many years the same struggle as the other communities of Tradition, we had at heart to make known to those who are closer to us the way we perceive the present situation.
We hope, in any case, that it will be in this spirit of peace and understanding that this work will be received.
Deign Our Lady, faithful Virgin and Queen of Peace, maintain between us the supernatural bonds which unite us in truth and charity in her divine Son, Jesus Christ, our King.”
General Introduction to the Doctrinal Study:
“The possibility of a recognition of the works of Tradition by the present pope is mentioned more often. Can we accept this offer? The answers to this question are very divergent.
On the one hand, it can be seen that Archbishop Lefebvre had long sought canonical recognition with the Rome of those days; if one refused, would it not be sedevacantism, at least practical, or even a schismatic attitude? Moreover, the situation today is no longer that in 1988. There were good reasons for refusing the Roman proposals, but now would not such a refusal be out of date? Indeed, we have seen, in recent times, especially during the Synod on the Family, the very strong reactions of certain prelates to the progressive line, something unimaginable a few years ago. Could we be at the beginning of a healthy reaction?
Nevertheless, did not Archbishop Lefebvre also affirm that an agreement with a neo-modernist authority was impossible? Saying this, did he fall into sedevacantism? Finally, has the evolution of the situation in the Church, in recent years, constituted a change such that it would make canonical recognition possible today?
Whatever the answer to these questions, their stakes are enormous: they present a truly moral problem.
Indeed, if the answer is that, since the situation has changed, a canonical solution would no longer put our faith in danger, there is no longer any reason to refuse it; moreover, a refusal would expose us this time to a danger of schism.
If, on the contrary, the answer is that the peril for our faith is always present, the Roman authorities expose us to heresy.
Thus, schism or heresy: it is a question of eternal salvation. In order to answer this moral problem, we will ask ourselves three questions.
The first which comes naturally is the following: Has the situation in Rome improved since 1988 (question 1)? Indeed, during all the time that separates us from the consecrations, we had never changed our conduct. If today we envisage a canonical solution, still unthinkable a few years ago, must it not be that in Rome itself there have been changes?
All this brings us back to the foundations of what has been our conduct so far: Can we accept a canonical recognition proposed by a neo-modernist authority
Finally, would a refusal of such recognition not be sedevacantism, or even a schismatic attitude (question 3)?
After that, we can conclude by answering the question posed at the beginning of this study.”
General Conclusion of the Doctrinal Study:
The canonical regularization process currently under way can be compared to the process of igniting a log of green wood. When it is thrown on the flame, it is incapable of catching fire, for there is an obstacle: the sap. Then the flame begins to lick the log to warm it up and the sap comes out. When the latter is out, the log ignites.
Similarly, in our case, there would be an obstacle to canonical status: it is the mutual mistrust between the conciliar world and ourselves. The gestures of “benevolence” on the part of the Pope is to bring down this obstacle. These gestures do not imply a formal canonical dependence on the Roman authorities. The obstacle of mistrust once fallen, the greater will not prevent the granting of definitive status, this time with effective dependence on the Holy See. Can we enter into such a canonical structure?
To answer this question, in this conclusion, let us review the elements of this study:
We wondered if the situation in Rome had changed to such a point, that a canonical solution could be envisaged today, which we regard as impossible at present. We were forced to observe that nothing essential had changed: the acts of the pope are more and more serious; the reaction of the conservatives, if it is courageous and deserves to be welcomed, does not call into question the principles of the crisis, on the contrary; the attitude of the Holy See with regard to what is traditional is not benevolent; finally, the requirements of Rome in relation to us are basically always the same (question 1).
So what precisely are the bases of our previous refusals of an agreement with Rome? More precisely, can we accept an agreement with a neo-modernist? Such an acceptance would lead us into conciliar pluralism, would silence our attacks on modern errors and put our faith in an imminent danger. Consequently, the canonical solution can not be envisaged without a doctrinally converted Rome, and having proved its conversion by working for the reign of Our Lord Jesus Christ and fighting opponents of this reign (question 2).
By placing ourselves in the hands of the Roman authorities, we would endanger our particular good no less than the common good of the Church.
Our particular good: for we are responsible for our souls, and therefore for our faith; Now, without faith one can not be saved. And no one can discharge himself of this responsibility over others.
The common good of the Church: In fact, we are not masters of the faith, in the sense that we can not modify it at our will. It is the good of the Church because it is by faith that it lives from the life of its divine Spouse. It is a common good, not only because it is common to all Catholics, but because everyone – albeit not to the same extent- must retain it. Confirmation makes us soldiers of Christ: Every Christian must be ready to expose himself to defend the faith. And the sacerdotal character attached to the mission of the Church gives priests the sacred duty of preaching and defending it publicly by combating error.
We are in the Church militant, attacked on all sides by error. To no longer publicly raise a voice against it is to become its accomplice.
So it is impossible for us today to put ourselves in a canonical solution in the hands of the neo-modernist authorities, because of their neo-modernism. This is the real obstacle to our recognition by these authorities.
In so doing, far from calling into question the authority of the Pope, we are convinced that we render him the first service, which is that of truth (question 3). By our prayers, we beseech the Immaculate Heart of Mary to obtain the grace of a doctrinal conversion, in order that he may “confirm his brethren in faith.”
We are aware that many friends do not share our opinion on the whole question. Certainly, these friendships are of great value to us, and we hope they will remain. But friendship with Jesus Christ prevails over them, and we prefer the latter to human friendships, if they were to put it in danger.
No, we can not – non possumus – enter into a canonical structure submitting us to a modernist authority. We do not say this against our friends who feel they can enter. But we say that because it is our duty.
It is our duty first of all towards our Lord and His holy Church; we have no right to expose ourselves to making peace with those who betray them.
It is our duty then for ourselves, because we have our soul to save, and can not be saved without integrity.
It is our duty to the brothers who have entered our community. They entered to become saints in the school of St. Francis. However, the first condition of holiness is orthodoxy, which is placed in a near peril by a canonical solution.
It is our duty to our Poor Clares. They trusted us by settling with us, depending on our community for the sacraments and chaplaincy. We can not deceive them and put them in an inextricable situation.
It is our duty with regard to our tertiaries. They have to struggle hard in this world. They too have trusted us to support them in this tough fight.
Finally, it is our duty to the faithful to use our ministry. We do not have the right to drive them slowly to the poisoned pastures of Vatican II.
We know that some of those who have trusted us would like that we followed the movement and entered into the canonical structure, if Rome would grant the concession. Formerly, these dear friends thought as we did; we regret that they have changed. But we do not want them at all; we understand that the situation is very delicate and it is really not easy to see clearly. May these pages which have preceded bring them some light. In any case, we pray for them. But we also pray for ourselves: “Watch and pray,” said the Divine Master, “that you may not enter into temptation; for the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
Yes, to watch: this is a fundamental condition in this fight. Faith is not enough not, one must still [exercise] lucidity and prudence.
But this too is not enough: indeed, how many of our predecessors, since the Council, had seen clearly and yet fell. In addition to lucidity, it is necessary to be strong, to hold out against everything, even if all the world would go against what we see to be the will of God. It requires a persevering force, against the wear and tear of time. And perseverance is above all a grace.
Virgin as strong as an army in battle, Faithful Virgin, grant us the grace of strength and perseverance; grant it to all those we love! Saint Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church, protect us.”
Ladies and gentlemen, the Capuchins are officially and fully part of the Resistance (and have been for over a year). Some of you might recall that I reported that news on ABLF3.com and elsewhere last year (See Here), but was accused by some of having “jumped the gun.”
Now the proof is in the pudding.
They simply go about things in their quiet monastic way.
Please offer your prayers (and donations) to support them in their commitment to the restoration of the Church.
They need us now.
PS: In case you haven’t connected the dots yet, the Capuchins are not the only ones to have come on board with the Resistance in France.
Tune back in in a couple days for more on that story.