Ait autem Dominus:
Simon, Simon, ecce Satanas expetivit vos ut cribraret sicut triticum.
Ego autem rogavi pro te ut non deficiat fides tua;
et tu aliquando conversus confirma fratres tuos.
And the Lord said:
Simon, Simon, behold Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat.
But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and thou, being once converted, confirm they brethren.
SERVING UNDER 5 POPES: JOHN PAUL II (1978-): The Pope who vindicated Father De Pauw and the Catholic Traditionalist Movement: by asking "forgiveness," in 1980, for the "at times partial, one-sided and erroneous application of the directives of the Second Vatican Council," (Dominicae Cenae, Feb. 24, 1980): and, in 1988, by ordering the return of the traditional Latin Mass, "to guarantee respect for the rightful aspirations and feelings, and preserve the spiritual and liturgical traditions of all those Catholic faithful who feel attached to the Latin tradition." (Ecclesia Dei, July 2, 1988).
THANKING FATHER DE PAUW,
for keeping his brother-priests informed as to the true
PRAYING FOR POPE JOHN PAUL II,
that the Lord grant him the fortitude
to effectively bring his wayward bishops to obey him.
"As I bring these considerations to an end, I would like to ask forgiveness--in my own name and in the name of all of you, venerable and dear brothers in the episcopate--for everything which, for whatever reason, through whatever human weakness, impatience, or negligence, and also through the at times partial, one-sided and erroneous application of the directives of the Second Vatican Council, may have caused scandal and disturbance concerning the interpretation of the doctrine and the veneration due to this great sacrament. And I pray the Lord Jesus that in the future we may avoid in our manner of dealing with this sacred mystery anything which could weaken or disorient in any way the sense of reverence and love that exists in our faithful people."
JOHN PAUL II
February 24, 1980
"By virtue of my apostolic authority, I decree: that everywhere respect must be shown for the feelings and rightful aspirations of all those faithful Catholics who are attached to the Latin liturgical tradition, and that the bishops and all those engaged in the pastoral ministry of the Church take the necessary measures to guarantee that respect, by a wide and generous application of the directives already issued by the Apostolic See."
JOHN PAUL II
July 2, 1988
------- A loyal but discouraged ROMAN Catholic Priest -------