Prior to the Papal Election
On October 28, 1984 We made the Profession of Faith to show Our departure from the heresies of the Novus Ordo and Traditionalism. We usedthe form of Trent as contained in the Rituale Romanum for this purpose andrecited it in the presence of five witnesses. Since We had departed the Novus Ordo shortly after Our 13
birthday, We had not incurred anycensures due to being under age. (Canonists consider the age of 14, andconverts under that age who are validly baptized merely are invited to go toConfession and do not need to make the Profession of Faith.) However, Wehad been in the SSPX and associated with independent Traditionalist priestsuntil the end of 1983.This precedent set in the early 1980’s was followed by others whowished to show their detachment from contemporary heresies. Usually theywould gather family and friends, if any and recite the Profession of Faith intheir presence.When We were preparing ‘Will the Catholic Church Survive theTwentieth Century?’ We decided that this would be a good idea for qualifying electors and return to the Church. We wrote a three pages chapter (reproduced below), entitled ‘What Do I Do Now?’ to detail how to visiblyreturn to the Catholic Church. We followed this with a rather longProfession of Faith compiled from official sources, refuting manycontemporary heresies. Recall at the time, it was impossible to presentourselves to our local ordinary or the Pope to be reconciled with the CatholicChurch as required by Canon Law. Since an impossible law does not bind,we could set it aside until after the Papal Election. However, We believedthat all of us should do what we could, by professing our faith publicly.This is based on the principles laid down by Saint Thomas Aquinas in theSumma. Under these same principles, on Holydays of obligation, althoughnot obliged to assist at Mass, since this is impossible, faithful Catholics willset aside time for extra prayers to fulfill the spirit of the law and the ThirdCommandment, which requires us to sanctify the sabbath.