If you don't mind, I'd like to make a few suggestions, in blue:
June 21, 2013
Dear Faithful of the Resistance,
It has been over a year now since a resistance movement started against the new direction of the SSPX leadership. We've witnessed this past year the infamous CNS interviews of Bishop Fellay, the postponing of ordinations of those within religious communities, the awful six conditions of the 2012 SSPX General Chapter, the expulsion from the SSPX of Bishop Williamson and priests faithful to Archbishop Lefebvre, the persecution of the faithful by denying them the sacraments, the exposure of the longstanding involvement of the Society leadership with GREC, 'Krahgate' and the commercializing/re-branding project started by Fr. Wegner, and most recently, the publication of a betrayal of the Catholic Faith, that is, the Doctrinal Declaration of Bishop Fellay dated April 15, 2012 (the AFD). And despite all this, what have we heard from the SSPX priests who have been especially formed to combat Liberalism and Modernism? Next to nothing! All but one SSPX bishop (Bishop Williamson) and a handful of SSPX priests have had the fortitude to stick their necks out for the sake of souls - Frs. Pfeiffer, Chazal, Hewko, Ortiz, Girouard - to name a few. Some of the priests who did originally speak out were immediately silenced and have unfortunately remained silent.
In response to these outrages coming from the SSPX leadership, many of us had decided a while ago to leave the SSPX for good. Others made that decision more recently. However, we now firmly believe that enough has transpired for those supportive of the Resistance to make an exit from their SSPX chapels. It should be clear to us by now that the public fight for the Faith in the SSPX bishops and priests has dissipated. They are no longer doing what the Church has always done, that is, publicly condemn error no matter who is promoting it. We thought that this silence from the SSPX priests would not be possible given their formation, but the facts over the past year speak for themselves. We have painfully learned that it was easy for them to condemn error when those who were promoting it were at a distance and thereby have had very little impact on their daily lives. But valor is tested when one's own welfare is at stake. And it is sad to say that most SSPX priests have not shown the necessary fortitude when the fight for the Glory of God and salvation of souls presented itself in their own backyard.
Therefore, in the wake of this realization, we make an appeal to you to stop supporting, morally and financially, the neo-SSPX and its priests. This includes abandoning the SSPX chapels for Mass. We know it is a very difficult decision; we've had to go through the same. The lack of peace is the soul’s great enemy, but we are now at peace because our actions are fully consonant with our beliefs. The Faith comes first; everything else follows. Remember that Joan of Arc was prohibited from receiving the sacraments; nonetheless, she persisted in her belief to the point of being burnt at the stake. Who after her death was proclaimed a saint? We ask, instead, that you place your full support behind those who now carry the torch of Archbishop Lefebvre and most importantly, Catholic Tradition. This may then encourage more priests to come and join the Resistance.
Yours in Jesus, Mary, and Joseph,
Tony La Rosa
It seems to me that it is not your place to recommend to others to stop
going to Mass at Society chapels just because you think that's the
answer. Maybe they don't agree with you. It would be enough for you
to recommend that they stop their contributions, but that they ought to
make their donations to the Resistance priests instead, and attend their
Masses when at all possible.
We have been through this before. Many independent priests have grown
small flocks of lambs by their continual practice of the Catholic Faith, and
no overshadowing Society was necessary to keep them in line, by the
grace of God.
There is a difference now, in that the Resistance priests are largely only
able to come once a month or once a year in some places. It is what it
is. Not a few SSPX chapels have the same schedule in many remote
areas, and it has been so since the beginning. So what you have to get
used to less convenience? The world is bigger than your own subjective
reality. Life changes. The Japanese Catholics made 'do' without any
priest for 300 years and kept the Faith. Now that's too much for us?
What are we made of? If the Japanese Catholics had a Mass to go to
that was a little less dogmatic than what they had known, would they
have stayed away because of that?
I must agree with the previous three posters.
I do think that refraining from giving money to Neo-SSPX parishes is a good idea, since some of that money goes to Fr. Rostand, and another percentage goes to Menzingen. However, I don't object to those who still attend a Society Mass to receive the Sacraments, so long as doing so isn't a danger to one's Faith (such as if the chapel were getting too liberal).
Precisely. You're going for the sacraments and to say your Rosary in
the presence of Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament (for a plenary indulgence)
and to confess your sins. I don't suppose that the confessional is a good
place to get into the politics of the Society unless it is in regards to your
confession of a related sin of your own. You don't go to confession to
discuss the sins of OTHERS.
There has to be a turning point, though, and it seems to me that happens
when you find the venue you're accustomed to has become one where
your faith is suffering and you then stand the risk of losing your faith. Then
it's time to leave. If you can go to a Society chapel and not lose your
faith, then it seems to me that this is something that God is asking of you,
and you should not run away from it.
By all means continue to go but make sure the priests know that you support the Resistance. The pastor at our local SSPX chapel knows our online ID's and knows we attend Resistance Masses. Why hide it?
This is very important. It is not so much time to RUN AWAY from the
Society but rather time to make it known that you do not agree with
the change of course, the diversion of principles, the clandestine
subterfuge afoot from Menzingen.
If enough of the Society priests hear about this, the news can't help
but rise to the top, and perhaps there might come some kind of change
for the better, but at this point, it's going to take the miraculous
intervention of God to make that happen.