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These Last Days News - October 26, 2012
Brazilian Traditionalist Bishop Fernando Arêas Rifan: The Church is Not a Group of Friends. It is a Family!
"In Our Heaven, there is but one glorious
family. In Heaven all are brothers and sisters. Why, then, must you fight over
body color, body dressing, body wealth? What does it avail you to squabble and
fight for something you will leave behind when you come before Us? Work now, My
children, not to dress your body but to feed your soul. And many are starving.
"Yes, you are all brothers and sisters, and as such, you have one bond in common with your God: that is love. And if you know the true meaning of love, you will reach out and save your brothers and your sisters." - Our Lady, December 25, 1971
Catholic Herald reported on September 11, 2012:
The growing popularity of Mass in the Extraordinary Form may be one of the more surprising cultural developments of recent years, though it has gone little noticed outside the Catholic world. But it is a trend that may reverberate down the years, or at least represent a deeper, underlying cultural change. If that does happen, historians of western culture will surely note the Brazillian experiment that started at the beginning of the 21st century.
The Personal Apostolic Administration of St John Mary Vianney is a “particular church” for those with an attachment to the Extraordinary Form. It shares the same area as the Brazilian Diocese of Campos in an experiment begun by Blessed John Paul II to see whether those attached respectively to the new and old forms of the Mass could live side by side.
Five years after the experiment began Cardinal Darío Castrillón Hoyos, then prefect of the Vatican Congregation for the Clergy, said that the late pope’s project had been “partly proved” and that “peaceful coexistence” could be “a beautiful reality”.
There can be little doubt that this prepared the ground for Summorum Pontificum, Pope Benedict’s 2007 apostolic letter which liberated the older form of the Mass. As Bishop Fernando Arêas Rifan, apostolic administrator of the Personal Apostolic Administration of St John Mary Vianney, said at the time: “Our very existence and our good relations spoke in favour of it.”
Since then, the Extraordinary Form Mass has begun to thrive around the world, much to the bishop’s delight. “It’s growing everywhere,” he tells me when we meet during his recent trip to Britain at the invitation of the Latin Mass Society. “This is a richness, a treasure of the Church. The Catholic Church has many different rites – more than 20 – even though we have unity of government.”
The Extraordinary Form was never abrogated, he points out. “It’s not a contradiction. The Pope said that in his opinion we can liberate [the Extraordinary Form] and with Summorum Pontificum he freed us to celebrate everywhere. He intends to have liturgical peace in the Church, not everyone fighting against each other. One can give benefit to the other. The new form today perhaps privileges the participation of the people. The old sense privileged the mystery, respect. Both forms, I think, are very good.”
Bishop Rifan is said to be close to Pope Benedict, who he admires, loves and respects in a way that is very disarming. During our interview he powers up his iPad to reveal a screensaver of the then Fr Joseph Ratzinger and shows me an album of papal photos. And yet there was a time when Bishop Rifan was on the outside, and things could have turned out differently.
Born in October 1950 and raised in Campos, Fernando Arêas Rifan was an only child with suitably cosmopolitan Brazilian parents. His mother was a mix of Spanish and Swiss, his father a Lebanese Catholic. Ordained a priest in 1974 Fr Rifan had joined the Priestly Union of Saint Jean-Marie Vianney, a group founded by Bishop Antônio de Castro Mayer of Campos, who until his retirement in 1981 had refused to accept the New Rite. In 1988 Fr Rifan was assistant presbyter at the famous Écône consecrations during which Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre consecrated four SSPX bishops in defiance of Pope John Paul II. After Bishop Mayer died in 1991 the Priestly Union chose Fr Licinio Rangel, who was consecrated bishop without papal mandate by three of the SSPX bishops, to serve as administrator.
In 2000 Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos established contact and the following year the Priestly Union requested reconciliation. The Personal Apostolic Administration of St John Mary Vianney was established in 2002, with Bishop Rangel as Apostolic Administrator. Fr Rifan was then named as Bishop Rangel’s coadjutor. After the bishop’s death at the end of the year Bishop Rifan became the leader of the Personal Apostolic Administration of St John Mary Vianney.
Today the Personal Apostolic Administration has 10 churches, plus a cathedral, seminarians and parishes. Thanks partly to help from the British Friends of Campos, the apostolic adminstration supports schools, orphanages and a house for elderly people. Members built a cathedral in 15 years and the bishop shows me pictures of a Mass and various public processions. The scenes are lively, colourful and full of young people.
The bishop argues that the apostolic administration has been good for the Church and says there has been a fair amount of learning on both sides. He says he has a good relationship with the Bishop of Campos and there is a lot of mutual consultation and regular visits.
I ask the bishop if he understands why some Catholics find the Extraordinary Form rather off-putting. “I think they are afraid of losing Vatican II, the new form, but the Pope has dealt with these issues,” he says. In Brazil, “like here, there are bishops against, and bishops for”, but ”year by year the bishops are coming around to the Extraordinary Form”.
And what about the personal animosity Bishop Rifan receives from traditionalists who are not in full communion with Rome? He shrugs. “I have proceeded with my conscience and supported by the Pope. I conserve the traditional Mass, but in communion. To be in communion with the Church does not mean I agree with any confusions or abuses or heresies.”
He attributes divisions among Catholics to the fact that “the Catholic Church has two parts: the divine part and human part”.
“The divine is the constitution, grace, doctrine, infallibility, the assistance of Our Lord,” he says. “The human part is the bit where we are: jealousy, confusions, problems and the history of the Church. If we regard only the human part we risk losing the faith. The leaders of the heresies said they wanted to reform the Church because they see only the human part.
“We can be inside the Church to combat these problems. The Church is not a group of friends, it is a family. In a family we have good people and bad people. The Lord said the Kingdom of Heaven is the net and there are all kinds of fish. The separation is at the end of times.”
"Penance, atonement, and sacrifice, My children, I beg of you! The family is
disintegrating; there is no discipline. I hear the word 'love' expounded
throughout your earth in all medias. But love has been lost!
"We watch as many are selling their souls to get to the head, not caring about the day, the night, the hour when they must come across the veil and account for their actions upon earth: their sins of commission, their sins of omission.
"Parents, you have a major responsibility now to save your children. The young are the major victims now in a world that has been taken over by satan and his agents." - Our Lady, August 14, 1979
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"It is only because there are not enough prayers that there is discord and broken homes." - Our Lady, December 28, 1974
"We are quite pleased with the words the Spirit sent unto man that the family that prays together will stay together, My child. No truer a message was ever coined. The family that prays together will stay together." - Our Lady, June 18, 1974
"A family that prays together will stay together! Without God in your home there will be separation and discord. A home in this fight with Lucifer cannot survive without prayer and dedication to your God." - Our Lady, June 18, 1979
GUARD THE YOUTH
"My children, guard the youth. Protect your family now, and you will not have your heart torn in the near future. There is much discord now, My children. We observe in family life a disunity which is not good. There must be discipline by the father and the mother. Faith shall be your beacon. Faith shall make you victorious. Believe, and you will be given the way." - Our Lady, September 13, 1978
HEAD OF THE HOUSEHOLD
"My child, you will make it known to mankind that the head of an earthly family is the father. The Father Eternal will guide the father, the head of the household.
"A woman of earth shall not cast aside her role as mother and housekeeper. In her role as mother, she shall be the guardian of her children's souls and a helpmate of her husband, and a guardian also of his earthly soul and the soul eternal. By her example in her household, she has the power, as woman, for good or evil. She shall stay in her home and guide her children." - St. Joseph, July 15, 1975
"My child and My children, listen to Me carefully. Guard your children and those in your family with your sacramentals: the Rosary, if you have no other sacramental; until you receive a brown scapular and a crucifix, place a Rosary about your children's necks. They must be guarded in these dire times." - Our Lady, October 2, 1987
"My child and My children, you must pray constantly. The sound of prayer is like cymbals clanging through their ears, and they must turn and flee from you. So you must keep a constant vigilance of prayer going throughout your life. Your station in life means nothing. You must pray, for you will lose everything--your station, your home, your children, your lives.
"O My child, if only I could come with words of cheer. But can I deceive you? I am not the deceiver; I must tell you the truth. And the only way you can protect yourselves and your family is by knowing the truth." - Jesus, June 30, 1984
FAMILY: ANCHOR FOR SOULS
"How sad our hearts are to look into many homes that have become the habitude of demons. You must not cohabit yourself with ignorance to truth. Your complete surrender to satan leaves no recourse but for the Father to intervene for the salvation of the young. The family must be the anchor for the souls, the little ones entrusted to your care. The example in many homes is poor." - St. Anne, September 7, 1973
SCANDALIZING THE WORLD
"The Eternal Father has given mankind a set of rules, and in discipline they must be obeyed. It behooves Me to say that My heart is torn by the actions, the despicable actions of My clergy. I unite, as your God, man and woman into the holy state of matrimony. And what I have bound together no man must place asunder. And what do I see but broken homes, marriages dissolved through annulments! It has scandalized your nation, and it is scandalizing the world. Woe to the teachers and leaders who scandalize the sheep!” - Jesus, May 3, 1978
HOMES: REFUGE FOR CHILDREN
"My children, the homes, the refuge for children, whatever shall become of your family life? Parents have turned from their roles as parents, giving themselves over to pleasures of the flesh--pleasure-seeking, feeding themselves with all manner of corruptive influences while the soul is starving." - Our Lady, July 25, 19
FIRM FAMILY FOUNDATION
"Mothers and women of the world, you must no longer offend your God. You must return your country and the world to a disciplined life of modesty in the hearts of women, chastity, and a firm family foundation among mankind. Many of you do not please the Eternal Father, and you have pierced My Mother's heart with your sins. The sins of the flesh shall have many cast into hell." - Jesus, June 2, 1979
"Each and every soul shall be held accountable for his soul and the souls of those about him. Families are disintegrating. I must tell you now, My children, the family must be returned to the holy state it was constructed for. We shall never approve nor accept marriage and cohabitation without marriage. We shall not accept the annulments that are being given now to so many without due cause." - Our Lady, September 27, 1986
"My child, you are observing the foundation for all life and dedication to the Eternal Father-the home and the family. In your world today that has been caught in the snare of the wiles of satan, many families are heading to oblivion, disintegration, and destruction. The forces of evil, the agents of 666, have now infiltrated into the very heart of mankind: the home, the family." - Our Lady, July 24, 1976
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