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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

My Return To The TRADITIONAL LATIN MASS Autobiography of a Traditional Catholic Bishop

My Return To The TRADITIONAL LATIN MASS Autobiography of a Traditional Catholic Bishop
By Bishop Salvador L. Lazo

HE Archdiocese of Tuguegarao is my home diocese. As a diocese it was carved from the Diocese of Nueva Segovia in 1910 and elevated into an Archdiocese in September 1974. The suffragan dioceses are:

1. Diocese of Ilagan
2. Diocese of Bayombong
3. Prelature of Batanes-Babuyanes
In 1998 their populations were:
1. Cagayan - 995,572
2. Isabela - 1,189,739
3. Batanes-Babuyanes - 23,998
4. Nueva Vizcaya - 446,084

UGUEGARAO is the capital town of Cagayan province. Cagayan Valley is irrigated by the Rio Grande also called Cagayan River, the longest River in the archipelago.The South-Eastern part of Cagayan is known as the Itawis District. The district is divided into three parts by the Rio Chico, a tributary of Rio Grande. On the banks of the Chico River are situated the towns of Tuao, Rizal, Piat, and Sto. Nino or Faire where I saw the first light of day on May 1, 1917. Seven children came to bless the union of my parents. I was the third child. My parents – Fortunato and Emiliana Lazo – were financially poor but rich in their love for God and for their fellowmen. My father studied law and served as Justice of the Peace of our little town. Every night my father led the family in reciting the holy rosary and accompanied his family to Sunday Mass. My mother on the other hand, enticed the pagan Igorots and Kalingas of the Cordillera Mountains to barter their forest products like rattan and forest root crops. In exchange, my mother give them laundry soap, matches, small knives, and second-hand clothes. She regularly laundered the dirty linens of the parish Church. In summer she invited the Kalingas and Igorots to come to our house so that she could teach them the Catechism. My mother passed away while giving birth to her seventh child in 1926. Aunt Lorenza, her sister, took care of us in our growing years. The family roots can be traced to the small town of San Vicente, Ilocos Sur, located along the coast of the China Sea of the Cordilleras. They moved to Cagayan due to political disturbances caused by the Philippine Revolution at the end of the 19thcentury and the beginning of the 20th century (1898-1909).

N 1934, the bishop of the Diocese of Tuguegarao was the Most Rev. Constance Jurgens, CICM, DD, Dutchman, known for his holiness of life, his apostolic zeal and Christlike charity to the poor. Having finished my elementary grades in Sto. Nino Central School in 1933, my father brought me to Tuguegarao to study at the Cagayan High School because, in those days, Sto. Nino did not have a high school, much less a Catholic secondary institution.
Bishop Lazo at the Eternal City with Fr. Morgan and Mr. Jerusalem, his secretary in July 1996.
N ARRANGEMENT was made for me to stay in the dormitory of the boys living under the care of the bishop; Fr. Oscar Deltor CICM was the prefect of discipline. At the end of the school year Bishop Jurgens told me that he was going to send me to Christ the King Mission Seminary in New Manila, Quezon City. That was in 1935. When I graduated from the classical secondary in Christ the King Mission Seminary, I went on to college. At the end of the academic year in March 1940, the Very Rev. Herman Konding, SVD, Rector, informed me about the death of my father. I went home but he was already buried when I reached Sto. Nino.
N 1942 World War II broke out. Being a Dutchman, Bishop Jurgens was rounded up with all the foreigners who were enemies of Japan. Japanese Armed Forces sent them to the Concentration Camp in Los Banos, Laguna. American Missionaries in Christ the King Mission Seminary joined their fellowmen Americans either in the University of Sto. Tomas Concentration Camp in Manila or in Los Banos. Christ the King Mission Seminary was built along E. Rodriguez Avenue, a road through one of the suburbs of Manila. The predictions, then, were that a division of the American Liberation Forces under the command of General Douglas MacArthur was going to enter Manila along E. Rodriguez Avenue. Considering the imminent danger of a bloody encounter between Japanese Armed forces defending Manila and the invading American army, the novices were evacuated and sent to the Immaculate Conception Theology Seminary in Vigan, Ilocos Sur. Rev. Father Ignatz Hetteger, SVD, was the novice master but a young priest, Rev. Father Alois Lehberger, SVD, was going to lead the trip which was made hazardous by the Kempetai of the Japanese Armed Forces.
Bishop Lazo at the Ordinations on June 27, 1996 at Ecône.
URING the war, Cagayan was one of those territories occupied by the Japanese Armed Forces. The Japanese soldiers frequently raided the towns and barrios. Because of the unpredictable raids, life was miserable and unstable. Food like rice and domestic animals and vegetables were looted. They raped women and killed the men-folk suspected of being guerrillas. One of the victims was my brother, Manuel, who was a seminarian at the Immaculate Conception Seminary in Vigan.
N ONE of the raids the soldiers caught Manuel. They then towed him with some innocent people to Faire, Dungao Ferry twelve kilometers away. At the ferry, they burned houses and while one of big houses was on fire, the cruel Japanese shot Manuel to death. When their victim was dying, his torturers threw him into one of the burning houses. After the burning was over, those barbarians collected his ashes and hurled them into the flowing waters of the Rio Grande.
N VIGAN Theology Seminary – the novices of the Divine Word Missionaries made their Perpetual Vows before Rev. Father Herman Konding, SVD, the Rector. Although I was accepted in the balloting for the Perpetual Vows, I decided not to make them. My membership of the Society of the Divine Word Missionaries (Societas Verbo Divini) had ended. This was in March I945.
At St. Nicolas du Chardonnet, Paris on July 14, 1996
HE decision to leave the Society of the Divine Word necessitated that I see Bishop Jurgens, of Tuguegarao, Cagayan. I applied for the Diocese of Tuguegarao and the bishop accepted me. My next move was to make arrangements with the Father Rector of the Immaculate Conception Theology Seminary of Vigan, Ilocos Sur, so that I could continue my theological studies. My remaining theological studies lasted for two years. I finished my studies in March 1947. When Very Rev. Father Rector Herman Konding, SVD, announced the graduating class, I was included in the following list of graduates.
1. Rev. Jose Ferrer
2. Rev. Jose Aspiras
3. Rev. Jose Mabutas
4. Rev. Moises Miguel
5. Rev. Jose Pacis
6. Rev. Mariano Saraos
Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia
7. Rev. Juan Ballesteros
8. Rev. German Paculan
Diocese of Laoag
9. Rev. Salvador Lazo
10. Rev. Pio Morales
11. Rev. Florentino Samus
Diocese of Tuguegarao
HE ORDAINING prelate was the Most Rev. Mariano Madriaga, DD., archbishop of Lingayen, Dagupan. The ordination ceremony took place in St. Paul’s Cathedral of Vigan, Ilocos Sur on March 22, 1947. When I was ordained, there were no member of my family present. My only living sister, Teresa, could not attend it due to communication problem. Cagayan was so destroyed and was not yet rehabilitated. The following day the newly ordained priests said their Tridentine Latin Mass either in St. Paul’s Cathedral or in the Seminary chapel. Our relatives, benefactors and friends filled the big St. Paul’s Cathedral both at the ordination and for the Mass of thanksgiving said by the newly ordained priests.
His Excellency is seen here saying the True Mass at Our Lady of Victories Church in Quezon City.
N THE week following our ordination, we went to our home dioceses for the CANTA MISA which were Masses of thanksgiving offered to Godfor the gift of our priesthood, and to thank relatives, benefactors, and friends for helping us in our studies. In the sermons the celebrants usually thanked their families, relatives, benefactors, and friends for the help they had contributed so that they could reach the altar of God. When they addressed the congregation, they usually asked for their continued support for the success of their ministry, for their perseverance to the end of their lives so that they would never betray their greatest friend and benefactor, Jesus Christ.
FTER the CANTA MISA, the new priests were given a few weeks of vacation so that they could visit their relatives, benefactors, and friends. In my case, I had to go back to Bishop Jurgens to present myself in order to start my pastoral ministry. Bishop Jurgens gave me my first assignment. He sent me to be the assistant of Msgr. Felix Domingo, the Vicar General, parish priest of St. Peter’s Cathedral. In my visit, I saw that Bishop Jurgens, my benefactor, was sick and his tuberculosis was worsening. He came out of the Concentration Camp of the Japanese Armed Forces alive but a very sick man. On May 13, 1950, he went home to God. Priest and faithful were saddened at his death, as he was a holy man who showed apostolic zeal. He was loved by all his flock especially the poor. My second parish was San Jose, Baggao, Cagayan. San Jose and the surrounding barrios were densely populated. So I thought of founding a secondary high school. The institution was San Jose Academy.
N MAY 1950, Bishop Alejandro Olalia, then the co-adjutor, took over the government of Tuguegarao Diocese. As soon as Bishop Olalia was installed, one of the first moves was the transfer of the minor seminarians from Vigan minor seminary to Tuguegarao, the seat of the Diocese. The minor seminary was called after the old Colegio de San Jacinto de Tuguegarao – San Jacinto Minor Seminary which was run by the Dominican Fathers. Dominicans closed the old Colegio de San Jacinto de Tuguegarao for financial reasons. When the minor seminarians arrived from Vigan, there was no building ready and so they were temporarily housed at the bishop’s residence. The faculty for the first operation were:
Rector: Rev. Fr. Telesforo Cordova
Prefect of Discipline: Rev. Fr. Salvador Lazo
Dean of Studies: Rev. Fr. Salvador Lazo
Procurator: Rev. Fr. Juan Quinto
Music Instructor: Rev. Fr. Jose Ingaran
English/Public Speaking Instructor: Rev. Fr. Domingo Mallo

T THE end of the commencement exercises in 1951, a revamp was announced. Bishop Olalia finally made his decision on who were to take care of the administration. In June 1951, the assignments for coming school year were published. Father Cordova became the parish priest of a big parish in the diocese. Also the other priests in the faculty were given different parishes. As the academic year in 1951 began, I was designated as the Rector of the San Jacinto Minor Seminary. I objected to it but the appointing authority would have none of it.
N 1954, in his fourth year as the Prelate of the Diocese of Tuguegarao, Bishop Olalia was promoted to the See of the Archdiocese of Lipa. As a result, a new bishop came to the Diocese as administrator. This was Bishop Juan C. Sison of Nueva Segovia. As administrator of Tuguegarao Diocese, he did not make major changes. He confirmed me in my new responsibility as Rector of the San Jacinto Minor Seminary, when I presented to him my resignation. He said: “Stay there until I get someone to take over your office”.
ARLY in 1957, a new Bishop was preconized. The new bishop-elect was a parish priest of Piat, Cagayan, whose Patron Saint is St. Dominic de Guzman. Piat though is more known as the sanctuary of Our Lady of Visitation. The bishop-elect was the Most Rev. Teodulfo S. Domingo.
OLLOWING the installation ceremonies, I went to him to tender my resignation as Rector of the San Jacinto Minor Seminary. He did not accept it. Instead he confirmed it. There was no alternative, so I tried to be resigned to my responsibility. I faced the problems best as I could. In every diocese there has to be a seminary, and the seminary needs priests to run it. Therefore, I reflected on the policies and the regulations to direct the institution.
N 1962, Pope John XXIII announced the Second Vatican Council. Bishop Domingo, my bishop went to Rome as a delegate. On coming home for the first time from Vatican II Council, we expected some bulletins, newsletters, or flyers to update us on what was happening in the Council. But there was none. I wondered why information on the Council were not disseminated. At least nothing reached the Diocese of Tuguegarao. In 1965, the Second Vatican Council came to an end. The delegates came home and there was nothing for the clergy and people in Tuguegarao Diocese in the way of information.
N 1967, Rev. Fr. Miguel Purugganan finished his studies in the Gregorian University in Rome. Bishop Domingo removed me from the office of Rector. Upon his arrival Fr. Purugganan took over the responsibility of the San Jacinto Minor Seminary. Bishop Domingo assigned me as Parish Priest of Lal-lo Cagayan. In 1967 the Lal-lo High School was crowded with students. This made me conceive the idea of a secondary school. After studying the project, I decided to submit my application to the Department of Education for the Lyceum of Lal-lo. The Department of education approved my application. In 1968-69, Lyceum of Lal-lo started to operate.
N 1969, the Novus Ordo Missae came to the Diocese of Tuguegarao for implementation. We were told to change the Tridentine Latin Mass of St. Pius V. We wanted to know why and there was no explanation given. Since we wanted to show our customary obedience to our ecclesiastical superiors the order was implemented. ROMA LOCUTA, CAUSA FINITA. We little thought that our submissiveness was taken advantage of. The Latin Mass instituted by Jesus Christ was altered to a concoction of Msgr. Annibale Bugnini, a Freemason. The innovators gave us a counterfeit of the Latin Mass which is the Bugnini Mass. The manoeuvres of the Masonic manipulators made us feel bitter the moment the deception was unmasked. The reformers gave us poison instead of nourishing spiritual food.
N 1969, during my second year as parish priest of Lal-lo, I was preconized Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Tuguegarao. Bishop Domingo was not in the Diocese then. He was in the United States visiting his brother but was present for the Episcopal ordination which was presided over by the Nuncio, the Most Rev. Carmine Rocco, DD. After my consecration, I continued saying the Novus Ordo Missae. My brother Jose, then a missionary priest of the Society of the Divine Word, (SVD) attended my Episcopal consecration on February 3, I970. But on April 25, he went home to God. As a newly consecrated bishop I attended his burial mass in Christ the King Mission Church – he was buried in the cemetery of the Society in New Manila.
N VIGAN, there was a newly consecrated bishop, the Most Rev. Antonio Buenafe who was designated Auxiliary bishop of Nueva Segovia. His term however did not last long. A few days after his consecration he boarded a bus, Times Transit, for Manila. There was a quarrel among the passengers and the new bishop was shot by accident, in that cross fire. The gunshot was fatal. My superiors assigned me to take his place. Installation ceremonies in St. Paul’s Cathedral were presided over by the Nuncio, Most Rev. Bruno Torpigliani, DD, on August 1977. My stay in the Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia was only three years. Towards the end of this stint, I was sent to go to the Diocese of San Fernando of La Union because Bishop Victorino C. Ligot was very seriously sick in Cardinal Santos Medical Center in Metro Manila. Hearing this, I rushed to his bedside. He could no longer speak as he was in a coma. Bishop Ligot finally died on September 18, 1980.
Bishop Lazo and Pope John Paul II in 1980
FTER the funeral Mass, Archbishop Bruno Torpigliani, DD, the Nuncio, made me the administrator of the Diocese of San Fernando, La Union and a few months later, I became its second residential bishop. The Catholic leaders convened to decide on the date for my installation as the second ordinary of the Diocese of San Fernando, La Union, Philippines. The installation was done in the context of the Novus Ordo Missae on March 9, 1981. I continued saying this New Rite until I reached the age of retirement.
FEW days after the celebrations, I went to the Diocesan Curia. It was not a building separate from the Cathedral. It was in the southern most part of the Cathedral Rectory. Fr. Laxamana, the secretary, welcomed me and then showed me around. In front of the Curia offices, there is three-story building just finished through the efforts of the late Bishop Victorino Ligot. The Philtrust Bank was renting the ground floor. The third floor was occupied by the Insurance companies. The second floor was reserved for Diocesan Minor Seminary – the Heart of Jesus Minor Seminary – which was operated by the diocesan priests. My second official visit was directed to the parishes and the diocesan schools. My overall impression was that Bishop Ligot served well the Diocese. I decided to build on his accomplishments.
Y GENERAL evaluation suggested that I first tackle the seminary problem. The seminarians should have a separate building and lot. Consequently, I took steps to look for a location where the Seminary building could be constructed. Then applications for funding were made. In a year, positive response was received from funding agencies abroad. With this money, four hectares of land was bought in San Vicente, San Fernando, La Union, a barrio near the sea. The cornerstone of the administration building was blessed. And before long, the chapel and the dormitory followed. Other buildings came later: the residence of the bishop, convents for two communities of Sisters, and finally the St. Joseph Pastoral Center.
FTER having familiarized myself with the Curia set-up, I turned my attention to the programs for the gatherings of the priests that is, the Recollections and Pastoral Assemblies. In the study of the finances funds were allocated for the sick priests and for the material and spiritual welfare of the priests for the diocese. In the Diocese the following apostolates received encouragements:
1) The Catechetical Instructions for all the Public schools given to the care of the Pastorelle Sisters (Sisters of Jesus, the Good Shepherd)
2) The Diocesan Schools (under the care of the Bishop, through the Diocesan Superintendent who was directly responsible to the Bishop). St. Louis College is owned by CICM Missionaries (Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary).
3) The Biblical Apostolate.
4) The Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in some Parish Churches and Chapels of Religious Sisters.
5) The Holy Name Society (for men)
6) Family Rosary (under the flagship of the Blue Army)
7) Apostleship of Prayer.
8) Catholic Women’s League.
9) Social Action for the poor through the Catholic Relief Services.
10) Knights of Columbus.
11) Children of Mary.
N MARCH 1990, a very big earthquake shook the Island of Luzon. The epicenter was only 50 kilometres from the southern border of the Diocese of La Union. It had the strength of 7.8 Richter Scales. The damage was very great and extensive: 8 Parish Churches, 5 school buildings, and 5 rectories were partly or totally destroyed. Appeals were made to the funding agencies in Germany. Through the funds received, part of the damages were restored. But much of the damage of the destructive tremor were never rehabilitated.
N I992, my only sister Teresa retired from her teaching job, as a college dean in a Zamboanga City, on retirement. She was also sick. So she went to her doctor in the University of Santo Tomas Hospital, Manila. Her physician diagnosed that her cancer was in an advanced stage. I wanted a second opinion so I advised her to go to the Philippine General Hospital, Manila. Doctors in the PGH confirmed the UST diagnosis. She was living with us in Project 4, Quezon City. I decided that she should go home to Zamboanga City where her in-laws were residing so that they could help her and her only daughter Emily in case she was going to die. If she were going to die she could be buried beside Andres, her husband who went home to God many years ago. She passed away on December 21st,1996. God rest her soul.
Bishop Lazo also visited Lourdes (the church is in the background)
during his tour to Europe to visit traditional centers in 1996.
N MY thirteenth year as bishop of the Diocese, I reached my retirement age. By Canon Law I was supposed to retire. I informed the nunciature and requested for replacement. Soon enough the most Rev. Antonio Tobias, Bishop of Pagadian Diocese in Mindanao was announced as my successor. The new nuncio was invited by Bishop Tobias for the installment. The Most Rev. Gian Vincenzo Moreni, D.D. came to grace the occasion. As soon as the banquet was over I said goodbye to His Excellency Bishop Tobias. I left the Diocese of San Fernando, La Union, to go on my own for good. That was on July 16, 1993. THERE were invitations that I should stay in the diocese on account of my advanced age. An emerging community of Sisters reminded me: “You are getting old. Stay with us we will take care of you”. Well, I thanked them for their overtures. But there seemed to be a strong beckoning to leave San Fernando Diocese of La Union. I knew there were only few prospects for me outside the Diocese but somehow I heeded the call of city life. I lived with my sister, Teresa, who also had retired from the office of dean of a college in Zamboanga City. Pooling our modest resources together we constructed a humble residence and there we lived.
HE PLACE chosen for the building of our humble residence was not far from the Priory of the Society of St. Pius X. One night Mr. Antonio Malaya, Jr., and four catechists of the Priory paid me a visit. The four catechists were loaded with books. After the initial pleasantries, I put a question to my visitors: “May I know why are you visiting me”? They replied: “We want to know you”. I was happy at the reply. Mr. Malaya extended his hands and said: “Glad to know you”. The Catechists were Jade Liboro, Agnes Mendoza, Mitzie Noche, Jonna Tabuada; they too held out their hands.
N LESS than an hour of a lively conversation they announced that they wanted to leave. On hearing this, one of the catechists inquired: “Can we leave these books with you”? I was happy at the suggestion and my rejoinder was: “I’ll be happy if you do so”. Leaving the books on the chairs my visitors stood up and bade goodbye. I was happy they left the books. I like to read. In fact one of the things I missed as a bishop was to read for pleasure. Also I was eager to update myself. As a bishop I had plenty to read. I read the hand-outs from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) so that I could submit credible reports.
HAT was so puzzling to me was the fact that here was an international conference of 2200 Catholic bishops and there were no bulletins, nor flyers to give us an idea of what was happening in Vatican II. It seemed that we were deliberately left in the dark. Was this an act of premeditated strategy? Well, I didn’t know.
At the Dominican Convent of Fanjeaux on July 12, 1996.
O WHEN my visitors were gone I scanned the titles of the books. To my joy they were the ones I wanted so much to read. Some of these titles:
1. AA-1025, The Memoirs of an Anti-Apostle - Marie Carré, TAN.
2. The Kingship of Christ and The Conversion of the Jewish Nation – Rev. Denis Fahey, C.S.SP.
3. Supernatural Life: Collections of Essay
4. Freemasonry and the Vatican -Visconte Leon de Poncins
5. Encyclicals: a) Humanum Genus - Pope Leo XIII b) Pascendi Gregis - Pope St Pius X c) Mortalium Animos - Pope Pius XI b) Mediator Dei - Pope Pius XII
6. Pope John XXIII Council – by Michael Davis, Angelus Press.
EADING these books gave me a better idea of the crisis and confusion in the Church today. It became clear to me who are the real enemies of the Catholic Church. Father Denis Fahey pinpointed them when he wrote: “The enemies of the Catholic Church are three. One invisible, Satan, and two visible: a) Talmudic Judaism, and b) Freemasonry"
“That Judaism is the visible chief enemy of the Catholic Church, is evident from the Church history, from words and deeds of individuals, and groups and the teachings of the Talmud of which the Kabalah constitute the basis of Judaism”.
“The third visible enemy of the Catholic Church is Freemasonry. Many Christians are reluctant to say anything about the power and control of Judeo-Masonry about its exercise in government, Church, and society, for fear of offending Jewish Masonic friends and neighbours. Many Masons are Christians who are ordinary good, patriotic citizens who joined the Lodge for fraternal and social reasons. They are not privy to the secret machinations of the upper echelons of Freemasonry. Nevertheless it is the degree to which he renders a disservice to his Christian religion – The first duty of any Mason is to obey the mandate of the Master (not Christ but rather the Master of the Lodge)” - from the jacket of the book advertised.
The Sisters of the Disciples of the Cenacle (Si, Si, No, No editors) and their chaplain, Msgr. F. Spadafora during Bishop Lazo’s visit in Rome and Albano in 1996.
NE OF the books that surprised me was AA-1025, The Memoirs of an Anti-Apostle, by Marie Carré. These memoirs of an anti-apostle were about a communist who purposely entered the seminary for the Catholic priesthood with the intent to subvert and destroy the Church from within. This exposed the plan of the Masons to send and finance bright boys to the seminary to study for the Catholic priesthood. The project was started more than a hundred years before Vatican II was convened. Some of these priests were already bishops when Vatican II started, and ready for the Council.
Bishop Lazo in Bassein, India in 1997.
NOTHER book that was very enlightening was Conspiracy Against Life. The jacket makes this advertisement: In an all–out exposé, this book shows how the United Nations is used as killing machine of these conspirators (the Freemasons) to destroy the Roman Catholic Church and society. It reveals how they dominate the world by controlling all religious and politicians. Politics are manipulated by centralizing banking trade and the military. Global religion is syncretized by ranking Jesus, at the same rank as Allah, Vishnu, Buddha, and other ancient religious leaders. They p roclaim the fallen Angel, Lucifer, the highest of all gods from whom Freemasons receive power, inspiration and knowledge. Their mission is to build a kingdom of material prosperity, one world government – a new world order, under Satan’s reign.
HIS is what I saw on the jackets of the books I received and read. I found them very alarming. And I thought I should unmask them to my friends no matter how frightening were the programs of the enemies of the society and God.
T HAD been always a puzzle to me that, in spite of the condemnation of Freemasonry by Pope Leo XIII in his encyclical “Humanum Genus” (and by thirteen other popes, as well, starting with Pope Clement XII in 1738) there were Freemasons in the higher authorities of the Church. The magazine “Si, si, no, no” related an instance when a Nuncio had become a Mason, and not long afterwards was given the red hat. What about the loyalties of these ecclesiastical Masons? Reading the books disturbed me greatly as I was still then saying the Novus Ordo Missae. To clear my doubts I read on. After more than a year of searching for the truth, I began to make a decision – I had to return to the Tradition of the Catholic Church and, along with that, to the Tridentine Latin Mass.
HILE in this state of mind, once I came home from a visit at the Priory of the Priests of the Society of St. Pius X, in Quezon City. I was surprised that a visitor from Cardinal Sin, our Metropolitan Primate, was waiting for me. We greeted each other almost simultaneously “Good Morning, Father Pascual. Why this visit?” I inquired. “I would like to go to confession” he replied, and went on talking. “Monsignor, stop going to the priory because you are scandalising Catholics by your bad example”. “Why do I scandalise Catholics?” I wanted to know. And Father Pascual explained: “Don’t you know that there is an ‘advisory’ from the Cardinal prohibiting the faithful to attend the Masses of the priests of the priory? Besides, the priests are the sons of Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre who was excommunicated because he was a schismatic.” I tried to tell him that the Episcopal consecration of the four bishops without papal mandate alone did not make Archbishop Lefebvre schismatic. There are world renewed Canonists who corroborate the opinion of Archbishop Lefebvre. The canonists are Valdini, Lara, Capponi, and Guringer. They argued that there was a necessity and, besides, Archbishop Lefebvre did not establish a parallel Church. When I stopped talking, Fr. Pascual reminded of his confession and then left as soon as he got his absolution.

Bishop Lazo joined the four bishops of the Society to consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart on Aug. 22, 1997. Shown above is the moment of the Consecration.
RCHBISHOP Diosdado Talamayan made his appeal to me in a letter mentioning a possible subsidy in case I listen to his advice to obey the Holy Father, Pope John Paul II. The Archbishop harped on obedience to His Holiness. My response was that obedience must serve faith. My perception is that post-conciliar reforms were Masonic inspired, aimed to destroy the Catholic Religion. I don’t want to cooperate in the diabolical extirpation of the Catholic Religion founded by Jesus Christ for the eternal salvation of immortal souls, not for their eternal damnation. Obedience to the Pope is not a problem to me. I only want that the Pope fulfils all his duties as mandated by Jesus Christ, that he really saves immortal souls for whom Our Lord died on the cross on Mt. Calvary. I love the Pope. That is why I pray daily for him so that he will be faithful to the will of Jesus Christ whose Vicar he is. He must guard faithfully the deposit of faith and interpret it as it was done by the faithful Popes until Vatican II Council. That means no new theologies, no new novelties. Only doctrines from the deposit of faith should be explained and interpreted as Jesus Christ mandated. In other words, my critics always remind me of the words: “Ubi Petrus, ibi Ecclesia”. The Petrus is the Pope and he has the duty to be faithful to Jesus Christ whose Vicar he is. It means that if the Petrus changes a bit what Christ handed down to us through the apostles, the Pope loses the moral right to expect from us our obedience. Our fidelity to the Pope is dependent upon his fidelity to Jesus Christ, the Son of God. The Pope’s loyalty to the deposit of faith spells my loyalty to the Vicar of Christ.
Here is the letter of Archbishop Talamayan:
Archdiocese of Tuguegarao
Archbishop’s Residence
September 21, 1996
His Excellency The Most Reverend SALVADOR L. LAZO, D.D
Bishop Emeritus of San Fernando (La Union)
10A - M. Gregorio Street
Project 4, 1109 Quezon City

Your Excellency:

Immediately after the July meeting of the CBCP, I tried my best to get in touch with you. You were abroad. Soon after it was my turn to go abroad, and on my return I repeatedly tried to contact you without much success. I would have preferred to take up the matter I am writing about you personally, but the urgency of my mission and my own personal regard for you make it necessary that I write you now.
Jose Cardinal Sanchez of the Congregation on the Clergy and your brother-bishops in the CBCP have separately asked me to talk to you about your apparent association with the so called “Pope Pius X” movement which has for its aim the reverse of the liturgical reforms of the Second Vatican Council and a return to Tridentine norms. You and I of course know that this movement goes back in someway to Archbishop Lefebvre who has been declared by the Holy See to be in schism.
I have always held you in the highest esteem, and even now I look up to your wisdom, prudence and to your undeniable accomplishments. You have been in many ways my inspiration in the priesthood as well as in the episcopacy. I know it is furthest from your intentions to do wrong, in any way whatsoever, to the Church which you have faithfully served all these years.
You and I both share the faith that no matter what we might individually believe of think, it is to the Church, and to the apostolic authority of Peter’s successor that the Lord Jesus gave the power to bind and to lose. This same Church which has profited abundantly from your many years of committed service now binds us to the reforms she has instituted inspired by the Spirit of God. Whatever may be your noble intentions, your brother bishops and the authorities of the Church believe that your continued association with a schismatic group is hurting the Church. They beg you then to dissociate yourself from this movement as expeditiously and as unequivocally as possible.
Allow me to assure you that your brother-bishops do not have condemnation or ridicule for you in their hearts, but only love and deepest concern. They have asked me to convey this to you. In fact, Cardinal Sin is making you the formal offer of an assignment in the Archdiocese of Manila.
I have known you for so long, Your Excellency, that I do not doubt that the goodness that is in your heart and the sincere love you have for Christ’s Body, His Pilgrim people, will prompt you to give this request of your brother-bishops and our Roman authorities your immediate and favorable response.
Please give me your latest phone number, so that I can call you up more frequently to find out from you how I may be of help.
Please be assured of the continued esteem of the Cagayanos for you, who hold you dearly in their memory, and of my personal regard.
Sincerely in Domino,
Archbishop of Tuguegarao

Prefect, Congregation of the Clergy
The Vatican

Apostolic Nuncion
Taft Avenue, Manila

Arzobispado de Manila Manila ARCHBISHOP OSCAR CRUZ
Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines
Here is another letter, from Archbishop Gordoncillo:
Archdiocese of Capiz
Chancery Office

6 June 1998
Most Rev. Salvador L. Lazo, D.D
10A - M. Gregorio Street
Proj. 4, Quezon City 1109

Your Excellency: Bishop Lazo,

Pax in Domino!
I have been receiving papers and articles from outside the Philippines with your name used as the sender, although the stamps, in many cases, are U.S or Canada. Being a friend Bishop to your Excellency I am a bit disturbed that your good self is being used by them and taken advantage of.
Some literatures are about and sent from the group of Rev. Fr. Grunner, while others concern the schismatic group of Archbishop Lefebvre. I hope you will not take this letter of mine as an intrusion or a meddling into your life. If I write you this it is because being brothers in the Apostolic Ministry I care for your good and your good name – remember our brotherhood in the PRH?
Please remember that we have the Apostolic Ordination and therefore let us be always united with the Apostolic anointing of all the Bishops of the Catholic Church. Hence let us always live and remain united and one with the Catholic Church which is entrusted by Our Lord to our Holy Father, Pope John Paul II. I am sure you still remember the phrase we used to cite and quote during our Theology days: “Ubi Petrus, Ibi Ecclesia.” Especially now that we are getting older I am already on my way to the 70’s – the more we should cling to the faith that Jesus entrusted to His Church: the Boat that He gave to Peter to stir.
I hope you sever all connections with the aforementioned groups. We are not condemning anybody … they are God’s children too and God will take care of them some other way. But as successors of the Apostles let us hold unto the Church and follow the lead of the Holy Father … and this until death!
I am not correcting you … I am just reminding us (you and me) that we have to remain faithful and loyal to the Church and the Pope we love.
With my fraternal regards and humble prayers, I remain.
Fraternally yours in Christ our Lord,
(sgd) Abp. Onie G. (Gordoncillo)
CCUSED of not being in communion with the Church militant, lay people will answer with St. Joan of Arc. “Yes I unite but I serve God first” (Dieu premier servi). Accused of being disobedient to the pope, they explain that “the Holy Ghost was promised to the successors of Peter, not that they make known new doctrine by His revelation, but rather that, with His assistance, they might religiously and faithfully explain the Revelation or deposit of faith that was handed down through the apostles; and the power of the pope is not unlimited, not only can he not change anything which is of divine institution (to suppress Episcopal jurisdiction, for instance) but he is enjoined, through natural law, not to sow confusion in the flock of Christ. (Dictionnaire de Théologie Catholique, Vol II co1.2039-2040/ cfr. page 19: Is Tradition excommunicated?, by Angelus Press)
AINT AUGUSTINE, St. Cyprian, Cajetan, St. Robert Bellarmine, St. Thomas Aquinas, all teach that in a danger of the faith and of public scandal “particularly in doctrinal matters, it is not only lawful but right to resist publicly the hierarchy and the Pontiff himself.” St. Thomas writes: “Take note that if there were a danger for the faith, subordinates would be bound to reprove their prelates, even publicly” (II-II, q.33, ad 2m). Cajetan adds: “One must resist the pope who openly destroys the Church”.
ARLY in August 1995, after prolonged reflection and prayer, I decided to approach Rev. Fr. Paul Morgan, local superior of the Society of St. Pius X, in the Philippines. I confided to him my plan to return to the traditional Latin Mass. Father Morgan received my confidence with joy and assigned Rev. Fr. Thomas Blute to assist me to re-learn the Latin Mass. But why did I want to go back to the Tridentine Mass and stop saying the new Mass which I had been saying for about twenty seven years? The following are the considerations which strengthened me in my resolve.
1) In the letter, “Super quibusdam” (September 29, 1351), Pope Clement VI taught: “The Roman Pontiff regarding the administration of the sacraments of the Church, can tolerate and even permit different rites of the Church of Christ, always without violating those which pertain to the integrity and necessary part of the sacraments”.
2) The Council of Trent, session XXI, Chapter 2: “The Council declares furthermore that this power has always been in the Church, that in the administration of the Sacraments, without violating their substance, she may determine or change whatever she may judge to be more expedient for the benefit of those who receive them or for the veneration of the Sacrament, according to the variety of circumstances, times and places.”
3) Pope St. Pius X in the letter Ex quo non (Dec. 26, 1910); “It is well known that to the Church there belongs no right whatsoever to innovate anything touching on the substance of the Sacraments”.
4) And finally, on Nov. 30, 1947, Pope Pius XII issued the Apostolic constitution “Sacramentum Ordinis” which reiterates and clarifies the same principle as the Council of Trent teaches, that “the seven sacraments of the new law have all been instituted by Jesus Christ Our Lord, and the Church has no power over the ‘substance of the sacraments’, that is over the things which, as the sources of revelation, witness, CHRIST THE LORD HIMSELF decreed to be preserved in a sacramental sign.” (DzS. 3857)
N THE confecting the sacrament two things must be distinguished – the substance and the ceremonies. The ceremonies may change, but the substance never changes. The substance is the MATTER AND THE FORM.
OR THE Eucharist the matter is twofold; likewise the form is twofold. The matter is bread and wine. The form for the BREAD: THIS IS MY BODY. The form for the WINE: THIS IS THE CHALICE OF MY BLOOD; OF THE NEW AND ETERNAL TESTAMENT, THE MYSTERY OF FAITH, WHICH SHALL BE SHED FOR YOU AND FOR MANY UNTO THE REMISSION OF SINS.
N THE NOVUS ORDO MISSAE, The last clause is different. It says: which shall be shed for you and FOR ALL unto the remission of sins. With this change, the form for the consecration of the wine is altered from “for many” to “for all”. This change touches the essential words given by JESUS CHRIST. This change may invalidate the consecration of the Precious Blood by changing the intention of the celebrant (see the theological study called The Ottaviani Intervention). This form leads to the heresy of universal salvation. Through Christ’s death on the cross on Mt. Calvary, He redeemed all. But because not all men do all that are necessary for salvation, therefore not all are saved, hence, the form “for all” leads to that heresy.
Bishop Lazo with the Society priests in Australia during his visit in May 1996.
HE QUESTION of the validity of the new consecration was answered long before it was even asked, because it is the unalterable teaching of the Magisterium that not even the Church Herself, that is “no Pope, no bishop, not even a council - has the right or the power to innovate anything touching on the substance of the sacraments”. To do this is to change the very words JESUS CHRIST has given. Otherwise Christ’s promise will not be true. “He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has everlasting life and I will raise him up on the last day.”
HE MATTER and the form have no power in themselves to give grace. The power depends entirely on the will of God, who has promised this grace. The realisation of the promise depends on certain things and words so that if they are not there, the sacrament is not fulfilled. Let us quote from the FATHERS....
ST. AUGUSTINE: “The word is joined to the element, and it becomes a sacrament.”
ST. AMBROSE: “When it is time to confect the Blessed Sacrament, the priest does not use his own words; instead, he pronounces the words of Our Lord. It is the words of Our Lord that confect the Sacrament.”
HE ANCIENT Mass was scrapped because of Ecumenism. Ecumenism Ecumenism aims at unity with all religions, especially Protestantism. But the old Mass contained many Catholic dogmas which Protestants denied. Therefore the Mass instituted by Jesus Christ was changed for the Mass which was a concoction of Fr. Annibale Bugnini, a Freemason. Six Protestant ministers who assisted him saw to it that all the Catholic dogmas offensive to Protestant ears were deleted. Prayers stressing the idea of sacrifice were dropped, and the Protestant practices like the offertory procession and the prayer of the faithful were introduced. This way the Traditional Latin Mass was Protestantized. And the result? Many Catholics were and still are, converted to Protestantism. This is the fruit of ecumenism.
HAT do we say about the Novus Ordo Missae? The music is often Rock ‘n Roll, often accompanied by guitars. Then, there are irreverent dances by the laity and the priests and the imitation of the TV presentations. With all these the sense of the sacred is minimised, if not altogether cancelled. All these bring to us the nostalgia of the Plain Chant, the official Church Music. The memory of the “Missa de Angelis” on Sundays, the solemn melodies of the “Magnificat” at Vespers and the angelic tune of the “Salve Regina” at Compline. Then there is the awe-inspiring “Veni Creator” that begins every solemn occasion in the life of the Church. And the “Pange Lingua” and “Tantum Ergo” at the solemn exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. Nor do we forget the “Requiem Mass” of the dead with its “Libera Me” for the absolution. We should not forget the solemn “Te Deum”, the hymn of thanksgiving that usually terminates every great feast of the Liturgical Year.
HAT about the sermons and homilies of the Novus Ordo Missae? Our preachers talk about the social problems of the country, like the eruptions of Mt. Pinatubo in Central Luzon; they comment on the construction of the dam in Casecnan, in the Caraballo Mountains, the denudations of our forests, like those in Mt. Apo in Mindanao, the NAMFREL performances both in the local and national elections and the destructive flood of Ormoc City. They also question the death penalty law, the scams committed by the government officials and by the peace officers, the members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the military. Indeed, the flock is not fed with the bread of eternal truths of salvation or the explanation of the Gospel of that Sunday to feed the flock hungry for the word of God.
HE Council of Trent (1545-1563) defined the unchanging Catholic Doctrine on the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Essentially it has three realities:
1) The first reality, Transubstantiation, is real. It is the will of God. Therefore Divine Eucharistic Presence in the Sacred Host is real.
2) The second reality is that the Holy Mass is a sacrifice, which is the renewal of the sacrifice on Mt. Calvary. The Holy Mass is first and foremost a sacrifice of forgiveness and expiation of sins. It is also a sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving. Furthermore, the Holy Mass is a communion at the sacrifice just celebrated.
3) The third reality is the role of the priest. His role is essential and exclusive. He offers the sacrifice and he does this alone, for he alone has received the sacrament of Holy Orders. Because of his ordination to the holy priesthood, he alone has the power to consecrate the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
1. A sacrament is visible sign, instituted by Jesus Christ to give grace. The Holy Eucharist is one of the seven sacraments.
2. The Novus Ordo Missae was not instituted by Jesus Christ. It was a concoction of Fr. Annibale Bugnini and six Protestant ministers helped him in fabricating it. Therefore the Novus Ordo Missae is the work of men only. They did not have the power to give to their work the power that Christ gave to His. Hence, the Bugnini Mass is spiritually barren. It cannot sanctify like the Mass instituted by Jesus Christ.
3. Jesus Christ did not give to Pope Paul VI the power to institute a sacrament. Consequently Pope Paul VI by his slipshod approval could not give to the Novus Ordo Missae the sacramental power which Jesus Christ has given to the Mass He instituted at the Last Supper.
ECAUSE of these considerations, I was happy to return to the traditional Mass, the Mass of my ordination. On August 22, 1995, the feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, after twenty-seven years celebrating the new rite, I offered the Tridentine Latin Holy Mass, the Mass of all time. I was happy for the unique privilege. And gratitude filled my heart deeply to be able again to offer the Holy Mass that is acceptable to the holy and triune God, God, the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost.
The Superior General of the Society and Bishop Lazo. At this time, His Excellency was already studying the Tridentine Mass with Fr. Blute. Also shown in the picture are (standing from left) Fr. Onoda, Fr. Morgan (the Philippine Superior at that time), Fr. Blute and Fr. Griego.
AY Mary, the Mother of God, St. Joseph, Saint Anthony, my Patron Saint, St. Michael, my guardian angel, assist me as a priest and bishop to be faithful to Jesus Christ, my Lord and King to the end of my life.
ATE IN 1995, Bishop Bernard Fellay, Superior General of the Society of St. Pius X, invited me through Rev. Father Paul Morgan, the Society’s local Superior, to the priestly ordinations at Ecône, Switzerland, that were to take place in June 1996. I wrote to the Superior General that I could not give a positive answer on two counts: First, I was not financially able and second, as I was already almost an octogenarian, someone had to accompany me as my attendant. Bishop Fellay wrote back and assured me that he would provide free plane tickets for the two of us. Thus, in June 1996, accompanied by Rev. Father Paul Morgan and Mr. Dominador Jerusalem, my attendant and secretary, I boarded a plane of Singapore Airlines which landed us in Zurich, Switzerland. From Zurich, we took the train to Martigny, the nearest station to Ecône. From there we motored to the International Seminary of the Society of St. Pius X, in Ecône, two days before the ordinations.
N THE ordination day the ceremonies were unfolded in an improvised chapel on a meadow nearby so that the thousands of relatives, guests and friends could be accommodated. There were many sisters, priests and five bishops, i.e., the four bishops of the Society – Bishop Fellay, Bishop Williamson, Bishop de Mallerais, Bishop Gallereta, and myself. We all imposed our hands on the ordinands. The priests did the same. After the ordination rites, there was a banquet at the end of which I was asked to say a few words. Later on, Rev. Father Peter Scott, the district superior of the US, approached me and said: “Your Excellency, you speak English, so you could come to the US and tell us how you came back to Tradition”. The following day, Fr. Scott gave me the schedule of the communities and parishes where I was expected to narrate the story of my return to Tradition.
EFORE leaving Europe, Father Morgan proposed that we go to France to visit the shrine of Our Lady of La Salette in Southern France, the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes, Shrine of the Miraculous Medal, at La Rue du Bac in Paris, of St. John Marie Vianney and the most famous of all, Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal. Before proceeding to Fatima, we were welcomed at the house of Mr. John Morgan, Father Morgan’s brother. He cooked for us a delicious meal. We spent the night in a Traditional Capuchin Monastery where I was asked to give a conference to the Friars on how I got back to Tradition after twenty seven years in the Novus Ordo Missae. While waiting for the car the following day, Brother Didacus told us that their Monastery was formerly a Masonic lodge and the Masons had their regular assembly in the building before the Capuchin Monks bought the facility for their use. As soon as the car arrived we motored to the airport of Lyon. From there we flew to Lisbon. Three days were spent in Fatima and we returned to Paris for the plane that landed us in Singapore. After a few days in this city, we flew to Kuala Lumpur. On the third day, our host took us to Malacca to see the place where St. Francis Xavier was buried for over one year. In the afternoon we motored back to Kuala Lumpur. From this City, we boarded the plane for Manila via Singapore.
ACK IN the Philippines, I found out that I was scheduled to address several groups of people who wanted to know why I rejected the New Rite of the Mass. They found it strange that the New Mass was imposed by the Catholic Bishops and yet I, a bishop of the CBCP, was opposing the hierarchy. My explanation was needed and I welcomed these occasions to enlighten my people why there was a crisis and such confusion in the Catholic Church today. For ignorance is rampant not only among the lay Catholics but also among the priests. I myself did not know what happened at the Second Vatican Council before I retired from the governance of the diocese of San Fernando of La Union, in 1993. It took me about two years to update myself and to realise that there was a conspiracy on the part of the enemies of the Catholic Church. Martin Luther has said: “Destroy the Catholic Mass and you will destroy the Catholic Religion.”
AY God give give us the grace to persevere to the end faithful to Catholic Tradition and to the Traditional Latin Mass because only those who persevere will receive the crown of victory.
+ Salvador L. Lazo
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