Editorial March 2002

Dear Friends and Benefactors,

At present the work of tradition in our Priories and Mass centres continues with very little change (except there is now only 1 priest at Roodepoort while Fr. Suresh is in India for a visit to his family). Our numbers do not increase dramatically, nor do we seem to make much impression on the local new church immersed in its new theology, new sacraments, new catechism and so on. But there are many blessings for which we should be thankful. Because we are small in numbers, the priests are not totally overcome with work, and thus have time to visit the smaller centres. We do have time for the faithful, even if we cannot get around to visit everyone. We are not placed in compromising situations with regard to the sacraments, by great numbers of new church Catholics, who are losing more and more the sense of what it means to be Catholic. They have little respect for silence in church, little reverence for the Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle, no time for fasting and abstinence before Communion or during Lent, no respect for what the Priesthood stands for given the number of lay ministers in the sanctuary, nor a sense of Catholic dogma, infallible and unchanging. But then it seems few of the bishops and Cardinals of the Church have this, so what can we expect of the simple faithful? Let us not be quick to condemn, but rather to pray for conversions of those with good will, and to give thanks for the unmerited graces we have received. We are not too anxious to have a reconciliation with a church more modernist than Catholic. Our Lord is looking after us.