Sermon given by Fr. Régis de Cacqueray at Montmartre

Source: FSSPX News


Dear fellow priests, my beloved faithful,

At the conclusion of these three days of walking and prayer, which have led us from Notre-Dame de Chartres to the Sacré-Cœur of Montmartre, our souls express a joy, incomprehensible to the rest of the world, and yet so profound. We have been drenched by the rain or burned by the sun, all our muscles and our entire bodies ache, but our fatigue and our sacrifices are nothing compared to the gratitude which emanates from our souls, strengthened and cheered by this spiritually rejuvenating experience of our pilgrimage. All that now remains for our joy to be complete, is for us to be open with the greatest generosity to the graces which we will receive in abundance during this Mass of thanksgiving.

However, each year there remains a shadow cast over our joy, which might be the shadow of Chartres cathedral, where we are not allowed entry, or of the basilica of the Sacré-Cœur, whose doors are carefully closed as we draw near. And it is an opportunity for the older ones among us to look into the astonished faces of the little children, to tell them a story, which is their story, the story of this strange banishment, which strikes us all the more keenly, because the very word ecumenism seems to be enough these days for our sanctuaries to be handed over to the most motley religions that ever existed.

This story, our story, which maybe you have solemnly whispered to your children along the route of this pilgrimage, is the poignant yet beautiful story of a bishop called Archbishop Lefebvre, of the indomitable theological battle that he fought, of his fidelity to the true Mass, of the taking of St. Nicolas du Chardonnet and of the construction of our chapels, priories and schools throughout the world. It is important that this story be handed down from generation to generation, with much care and much love, as we would hand down the most precious part of our heritage. He who passes on his humble torch must believe that it will one day become the firebrand which enflames the world with the light of the Gospel, with the love of Our Lord Jesus Christ. That is why there has to be, with us, a sacred determination to pass on our heritage and to do so in the best possible way. This determination, inherited from Archbishop Lefebvre comes from our awareness of this exceptional, historic mission, entrusted to the Priestly Society of St. Pius X and to Tradition. It holds in sacred trust the Holy Ark of Tradition, of the Priesthood and of the Holy Mass, and its sublime but awesome responsibility consists in preserving it, in making it radiate, so that this radiance will one day help the Roman authorities to leave behind all their errors and acknowledge its authenticity and its necessity.

It is thus that we serve the Church, that we make it a point of honor, the highest honor, to serve Her. We do not want the pleasures and superficialities of here below, we have neither the time nor the taste for them, faced with the overwhelming task awaiting us; we have a unique and heroic mission to fulfil and we must not fail. Of course, we are aware of the disparity between the lofty aim that we pursue and the weakness of our abilities, but strengthened by the example of our saints, of Judith or St. Joan of Arc, we know that we can do all things in Him who fortifies us, and that in an instant, the Good Lord will one day turn things around. Therefore our hopes are immense, rooted in the promises of a God who can neither deceive nor be deceived, and we would not want this hope to fade in any hearts here today, because the crisis is not over yet, because the battle is long or because Rome expresses vague desires for an enticing peace.

The only real danger for our little Catholic army, as the clergy of Campos have so tragically shown by taking to their heels, lies there. I don’t believe for a moment, that we are in danger of becoming a little church separate from Rome. Our minds and our doctrine are Roman, our hearts and our combat are Roman. We are Roman in every fiber of our souls, and it is to serve Rome, for the honor of serving the Church, that following the example of the Papal Zouaves in 1860, we continue our fight against this conciliar religion, this cancer which is destroying the Church and disfiguring Rome. I would say, my dear brethren, that our suffering is, above all, Roman, when we see the Church in this pitiful state. She seems to me, like our Lord during his Passion, her hands bound, covered with blood after being scourged, presented to an insane world which prefers Barrabas. Would we abandon our Mother at such a moment? Would we set up a parallel Church for ourselves? What a ridiculous and revolting thought! We implore nothing more than the honor not to forsake her, and to take out our Veronica’s veil and humbly soothe her.

No my dear brethren, there is no danger that we will be itching with a sedevacantist impatience to go looking elsewhere. It is because we are profoundly of the Church, that it pains us to suffer this exile and this opprobrium which hounds us. Like all the other children, we also would like to be welcomed in our own home, that the doors may no longer be slammed exclusively on us, at Chartres, Montmartres or anywhere else. And there are conciliar prelates who are firmly convinced of our deeply Catholic sentiments, of this so very Roman suffering, who do not cease to appeal to our hearts to tell us they will open the doors and that we will be able to regain our rooms, and once in our rooms, we shall be able to celebrate our Mass of St. Pius V, with tranquility. Finally our exile will be over! To be able to go back into our house after so many years waiting outside the door!

Beloved friends, the only danger that weighs heavy on us is that the song of the Sirens might bewitch us and invite us to this false peace, where the children can have their rooms back, on condition that they no longer ask that the communal rooms of the house also be returned to the absolute kingship of Our Lord Jesus Christ. For our interior strenghtening, I would like to recall a comparison which Mgr. Lefebvre used to make during the difficult period around the time of the consecrations. Here we are 15 years on and yet it is still relevant today. In the face of the propositions from Rome, he said he found himself in a similar situation to that of Pope Pius VII, in regard to Napoleon at the moment of signing the Concordat of 1801. “If I sign,” said the Archbishop, “John Paul II will impose organic articles on me later” – these famous articles, which put the French clergy under the heel of the little Corsican corporal. It is a very interesting analogy. The Council, as one of its pricipal witnesses said, was the French Revolution of the Church. 1789 was followed by 1793, that is to say, by this incredible period of post-conciliar desolation, whose devastation is incalculable. In the face of so much abuse, there was a desire for peace; they looked for a strong man, but they could only find a Napoleon, who quelled the excesses of the Revolution, without renouncing its principles. Remaining firmly attached to the disintegrating principles of the Council, while seeking here and there to suppress certain abuses, Pope John Paul II, who called together the Pantheon of Assisi, received the sign of the tillac or kissed the Koran, went into Temples, Mosques and Synagogues, could be called the Napoleon of the Conciliar Revolution. Let us pray that a Saint Helen may help him to return home.

But as for us, let us not forget the determination and skill of Napoleon in disarming the Vendéen army. Hoche, and then Napoleon, obtained through diplomacy what Turreau and his diabolical columns never achieved,. Suffice it to listen to their orders. “Inspire confidence in the Vendéens, with measures even a little counter-revolutionary. Pander to their religious ideas.” The peace of Montfaucon crowned their politics of a pacification worked out within the modern society issued from the Revolution. We will not give up our fight in exchange for a false peace, because we know that our fight surpasses that of our thickets or our priories. We are fighting for Holy Church and there will be no truce, so long as the poison still runs through the veins of our Mother the Holy Church. The blows that we receive and those we give are not for nothing, and the Good Lord encourages us to persevere in our struggle by the signs he reveals to us from time to time. This pilgrimage to Montmartre represents, in a visible way, one of these signs, and its renewal each year is the witness of this faithful perseverence that we must have in this struggle.

So, my dear brethren, long live our combat, which is a noble combat, a combat for the Church. Let us not desert our places, that the Angels and the Saints of Heaven are envious of, and let us believe that God will certainly give us the victory. May the Catholics of Tradition, filled with enthusiasm for the combat they fight, be firm in their faith, filled with hope, and may their charity radiate around them. May our profoundly Catholic families, resistant to all the sterility of worldly society, be this privileged land where the Good Lord selects vocations ardent for the conquest of holiness and for the service of the Church. Could there ever be a more noble ideal to aspire to than this?

Now, through the intercession of St. Pius X and the Blessed Virgin Mary, we humbly turn to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in order to confide to Him the District of France in particular, with its dearest intentions:

- may our families be profoundly Christian;

- may our schools bring their pupils to a likeness of our Lord;

- may the poison of error and heresy never infest our intelligence;

- may the heads of our households fight for the Christian city;

- may our priories be havens of sanctification;

- may our Third Order be ever more numerous and fervent;

- may our priests, filled with holiness, be tireless apostles in their ministry;

- may the First Saturday devotion be practised everywhere in our chapels;

- may France, eldest daughter of the Church, as well as all the other countries represented here, turn away from their errors and turn to the Church;

- may we continue to fight, without weakening and to suffer, as much and as long as we have to, happy to have this honor to be able to serve the Church