My dear and true friend,
In answering your letter of &emdash;, I ought to tell you the following.
It is clear that in normal circumstances, no bishop can consecrate licitly another bishop, but we are presently living in circumstances that are not at all normal, since they constitute a most unusual case for which nothing is clearly legislated. Three things characterize our present situation:
1) Since the death of Pius XII, we have had but imposters, which means that for over twenty years the Holy See has been vacant.
2) Almost the entire episcopacy has embarked upon a new religion, and has therefore apostasized from the true Faith, renouncing the eternal Church.
3) The true faithful hunger for the word of God that is no longer being preached to them, and they are asking of us the administration of the Catholic sacraments.
At first, we placed our hopes on Archbishop Lefebvre, in whom we saw a true Catholic bishop, a defender of the true Faith, with whom the legitimate apostolic succession would continue; but we have been deceived. Lefebvre has not been unaffected; we have felt betrayed seeing him making deals with the Vatican from where all the blows against the true Church have come.
Although men fail, God cannot fail, nor can He abandon His Church. It is for this reason that, providentially and in its proper time, the very illustrious and humble Archbishop of Hue, Vietnam, with his valiant declarations, has presented to all men the disastrous state in which the Church finds herself in God's eyes. He declared the vacancy of the Holy See and the invalidity of the "New Mass," binding himself as a Catholic archbishop to do for the Church all that he can and ought to do.
The episcopacy was offered to me. I had to think much about it before I could decide. In the end, I accepted it for the sole reason of assisting in the rescue and triumph of the Church. On October 17, Father Zamora and I were consecrated by Archbishop Thuc in a virtual catacomb, with only two distinguished doctors as witnesses. Both of us were conscious of the furious storms of protest that would come, but the words of our Divine Master encouraged us: "You shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice; and you shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy" (John 16:20).
On our return to Mexico, the attacks began. Some said, without any foundation, that our consecrations were invalid because we were consecrated with the new rite; others, more serious, said that, based on Canons 953 and 2370, the consecrations were valid but illicit, and that consequently we were suspended.
As can be seen, our detractors were ignoring the axiom Qui cum regula ambulat, tuto ambulat &emdash; "He who walks with the rule, walks safely." They should remember, if they had forgotten, that Pope Gregory IX left eleven rules and Boniface VIII eighty-eight for the true interpretation of the law. These rules, according to Canon 20, can supply the defect of the rule in a particular case, as in the case we presently find ourselves. Consequently, the fourth rule of Gregory IX expressly states: Propter necessitatem, illicitum efficitur licitum &emdash; "Necessity makes licit what is illicit."
The necessity of having Catholic bishops and priests and the lack of true sacraments can easily be seen; therefore, we were validly and licitly consecrated.
Rule 88 of Boniface VIII also expressly states Certum est quod is committit in legem qui legem verbum complectens contra legis nititur &emdash; "It is certain that one sins against the rule who adheres to the letter and leaves aside the spirit." Therefore, it is unjust to impute to the legislator a desire to greatly harm the Church during a vacancy of the Holy See by forbidding the ordination of bishops and priests and the administering of the sacraments to the faithful who ask for them.
Therefore, in accepting episcopal consecration from Archbishop Thuc, we have relied on these rules, conscious and certain that, given the circumstances in which we live, the consecrations are both valid and licit. We are also conscious and certain that we would have sinned, if by relying on the letter [of the law] we had rejected the consecrations, there being only one Catholic bishop who can now be found to transmit the episcopal succession.
[Brief paragraph that has little relevance omitted here.]
Please accept my most sincere affection. I beg God to continue to illuminate you so that you may continue in the battle, defending the rights of Christ and of His Church, now so shamelessly offended by those who have the duty of defending them, even if it be at the cost of their lives.
/ Moises Carmona R. /
May 18, 1982
Curriculum Vitae of Bishop Carmona - Rivera
Autor: Rev. Terence R. Fulham
Data dodania do serwisu: 2002-03-30
Rev. Terence R. Fulham
Curriculum Vitae of Bishop Carmona - Rivera
Bishop Moisés Carmona was born in Quechultenango, Guerrero, on the 31st of October, 1912. He died on November 1,1991.
When the changes came to his Mexican parish, he refused to adapt to the spirit of the times. He received his first wound from the Conciliar Church by means of a letter dated April 30, 1977, signed by Bishop Raphael Bello Ruiz, Bishop of Acapulco, in which he communicated to him the sentence of excommunication, suspension a divinis and his removal from the parish. On May 5, 1977, he received the declaration of the penalty in an official manner. These documents were signed by the same Bishop that had named him Irremovable Pastor of the Parish of Divine Providence: "having proved to us his doctrine, pastoral zeal and prudence... with all the rights, privileges, obligations and faculties that, in accordance with the Sacred Canons and approved customs, correspond to it, both in spiritual matters as well as in temporal ones."
The love that his parishioners professed for their pastor motivated them to respond in a letter to Bishop Raphael Bello Ruiz, dated May 15, 1977, and signed by more than 2,000 persons, from which we quote the following portions: "The Catholic faithful of the Divine Province Parish in Acapulco, make use of this means, to express our most energetic protest against the constant aggression that you and other Bishops are bringing against our dear pastor, Rev. Fr. Moisés Carmona y Rivera, whom you threatened some time ago with excommunication, after declaring the parish vacant; and, as none of these dispositions intimidated Fr. Carmona, you, making use of priests docile to your 'authority,' organized a boycott against our parish and Fr. Carmona, a boycott that failed, as have all the 'audacious' means of yours with which you want to submit us to
the modernist and anti-Christian church of Vatican Council II, that is writing such a sad history in Mexico and
the whole world... Making use of our rights, we declare that our pastor is and will continue to be Fr. Carmona...
You lack the authority to declare the Divine Providence Parish vacant, to remove Fr. Carmona, and to impose
on us a modernist priest...."
On July 22, 1979, Bishop Bello Ruiz described Fr. Carmona in a letter as proud, rebellious and disobedient,
adding: "The People of God have realized it; therefore, they consider you as a branch torn out of its vital trunk;
as a ghost ship-anchored to the year 1500." Obviously, it is another people of God that Bishop Raiz is referring
to, because the Church of Christ openly reproached his impious attitude.
The Bishop maintained his parish as it should be. Likewise, he condescended to respond to one who,
compared to himself, was only a midget, juridically and morally speaking: "The mitre blinds you, Raphael.
What authority do you have, or did you have, to excommunicate me from the true Church of Christ, you who
have separated yourself from her when you sank yourself in Modernism, 'the synthesis of all heresies,' as
Pope St. Pius X titles it?... I am not anchored in the year 1500, but in the year 33, because it was then that the
DIVINE TRUTH - THE SACRED DEPOSIT - was confided to the Church to be guarded, defended and diffused;
but the TRUTH is not a sun flower, the TRUTH never changes, the DIVINE TRUTH is immutable and it has to
be transmitted immutable to all men of all times and places. I desire to be anchored in this Truth, even though
everything around me goes on changing and everything also goes to ruins. You modernist bishops, cardinals
and priests are considered as 'reeds shaken by the wind', as weathercocks moved by the air, as ships that
sail without direction. It is true that I solemnly promised to obey my Bishop and his legitimate successors, but I
never promised to obey the demolishers of the Church... You say that it is little that separates us, and I say that
it is an abyss that separates us. You say that you want to help me get out of my isolation, and I ask--what
isolation? Do you believe I will find myself better with heretics, collaborating with them in their work of
destruction? NEVER!! I prefer anything to that! I heed what St. John, the Apostle of Love, says in his second
Epistle: "If any man come to you and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into the house nor say to him, God
speed you" (2 John 1:10)."
Bishop Carmona Rivera has shown us the road to Calvary. He voluntarily mounted the Cross, as Christ our
Lord did, and remained there through ridicule, scorn and mockery, with his heart firmly set on that which is
essential--anything that was not Christ Jesus, was for him simply nothing. With that disposition of soul, he
received the Episcopal dignity on October 17, 1981, from the hands of Arch-bishop Pierre Martin
Ngo-Dinh-Thuc: "On October 17 of last year (1981), Fr. P. Zamora and I were consecrated by Bishop Thuc in a
true catacomb, with no more witnesses than two illustrious doctors. We were both conscious of the furious
tempests that were going to be raised against us, but the words of our Divine Master animated us: 'Amen,
amen, I say to you, that you shall weep and lament but the world shall rejoice; and you shall be sorrowful, but
your sorrow shall be turned into joy' (John 16:20)" (Letter to Mr. Alvaro Ramirez Arandigoyen).
The decree of "excommunication" was promulgated February 1, 1983. The following is a portion of Bishop
Carmona's reply: "Second warning: 'that he who ordains and he who is ordained remain automatically
excommunicated...' From what Church, Msgr. Almeida - from that of always - or from the new one? You
apostates, eminent representatives of the Vatican II Church, do you have power to excommunicate those who
remain in the CHURCH OF ALWAYS?... It is a glory for us to be excommunicated for our loyalty to the One,
Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church; we desire that more excommunication come and to have the good
fortune to die excommunicated by that Church, which is not the CHURCH OF CHRIST assisted by the Holy
Ghost" (Letter in response to the Archbishop of Chihuahua , Adalbert Almeida Merino, May, 1985).
The Bishop obtained the grace to die in communion with the Church of Christ and excommunicated from the
synagogue of Satan by the apostates who carry forward the most profound revolution ever realized against the
Mystical Spouse of Christ.
His Excellency died in the School in which he was formed, that of the Resistance, that of Fr. Saenz Arriaga,
who was, as the same Bishop Carmona often stated, "he who taught me to combat." He died "outside of
Jerusalem," as did Christ our Lord.
The death of bishop Carmona-Rivera
Autor: Father Casimir Puskorius
Data dodania do serwisu: 2002-03-26
Fr. Casimir Puskorius, CMRI
The death of bishop Carmona-Rivera
This memorial issue merits a recognition of our Bishop and Superior General. I offer these thoughts to honor and to thank one who has done a great deal for the Church in our times.
November 1, Feast of All Saints, 1991.
The place - Mount St. Michael.
I had just been awakened by a phone call from Mexico. In broken English, an unbelievable message was being given to me. Bishop Moisés Carmona, the pillar of the traditional Catholic movement in Mexico, was killed in a car accident last night, I was told. Surely I was hearing wrong! We had been privileged with his presence just a little over a month ago at the Mount, when he elevated Bishop Mark Pivarunas to the episcopacy on September 24. But the voice on the telephone repeated to me, Bishop Carmona is dead.
The caller then asked me to inform Bishop Pivarunas. Before calling the Bishop in Omaha, I momentarily composed myself, asking myself how such a tragedy could have happened. It all seemed so surreal: Bishop Carmona taken in a heartbeat, on his own birthday of October 31, or possibly some time after midnight, as he and a couple of priests were driving by car during the night to minister to the faithful in another part of Mexico. And now his new protégé would have to bear the episcopacy's burden without the elder bishop's friendship and advice.
"Your Excellency, you won't believe this, but I was just informed from Mexico that Bishop Carmona died in an accident last night. You'll want to call there and find out what happened...."
I did not then, nor have I since, asked Bishop Pivarunas how devastating this was for him, but he rose to the occasion of that most untimely and sorrowful passing. Not only did he accept this heavy cross of sorrow, but he also became the bishop of the priests, religious, and laity who were dispossessed of their beloved Bishop Carmona. They turned to him, and their confidence would not be disappointed. The new bishop made numerous trips to Mexico to care for their spiritual needs, while not neglecting any of his pastoral duties in the U.S. for the Congregation of Mary Immaculate Queen and the laity affiliated with them. Even with the consecration of Bishop Martín Dávila Gándara in Acapulco on May 11, 1999, his ties with Mexico have not been severed. He continues to assist where needed with the traditional movement there.
Indefatigable is one way to describe Bishop Mark Pivarunas. Having been a fellow seminarian of his, I can attest that inertia was never part of him. Sharp awareness of the grave situation in the Church today, penetrating knowledge of philosophical, theological, and canonical issues, zeal for the good - all these have characterized him from early on. Long before he was even ordained to the priesthood, his leadership was called upon in various ways.
Most appealing, though, was the motto he took for his episcopacy: Anintam pro ovibus Ponere (To lay down my life for the sheep). He has indeed lived up to that watchword. To go the extra mile for someone in need is his way of life; he knows no other. Since his consecration nearly nine years ago, Bishop Pivarunas has provided
the Church with two bishops, eighteen new priests, and has administered the sacrament of Confirmation to
several thousand children and adults throughout the U.S., Mexico, Canada, New Zealand, South America, and
Your Excellency, we pray that God sustains you in your high calling. As you said to the late Bishop Carmona on
your consecration day, "Ad multos annos," we say the same to you: may you be blessed with many years of
guiding the flock! We appreciate your guidance, your prayers, and your help.
Origin and development of the Priestly Society of Trent
Autor: Father Daniel Perez Gomez
Data dodania do serwisu: 2002-04-03
Father Daniel Perez Gomez
Origin and development of the Priestly Society of Trent
After almost 35 years from the fatal Vatican Council II, after years of apostasy and infidelity to true principles on the part of humanity, time during which Modernism has invaded and corrupted the Church in its very bosom, time that for us and for many true Catholics throughout the world has been years of battle and persecution.
In answer to this situation there arose in Mexico new group in favor of re-establishing Catholicism and propagating the integrity of the Faith. Counting among their members 14 priests, 20 seminarians, 10 parishes and more than 30 missions throughout the whole country:
THE PRIESTLY SOCIETY OF TRENT: ANTECEDENTS
The Vatican II Council had just been concluded when, among those who truly knew and loved the Church, there occurred a situation of dereliction, confusion and perplexity -- but soon reactions rose up all over the world. Voices, such as that of His Eminence Card. Ottaviani, who condemned the New Mass; or such as in France, where Archbp. Marcel Lefebvre, who in spite of his intense work in defense of the true Faith, nevertheless, never came to question the legitimacy of the last popes; equally in Germany there appeared the group UNA VOCE; in Mexico, the CATHOLIC UNION OF TRENT was organized, to mention just a few, as it would be practically impossible to mention the long list of groups, priests and zealous lay people who raised their voices of condemnation in the whole world.
It was during the 70's when some priests and fervent lay people, sustaining the sedevacantist thesis, got
together to defend the Catholic Faith in Mexico, founding the CATHOLIC UNION OF TRENT. Here we find the
very wise doctor and priest, Father Joaquin Saenz y Arriaga, S.J., and the very zealous priest and later bishop,
Msgr. Moises Carmona. Both developed an intense labor of reconquering the former by means of his
numerous books, among which shine out "THE NEW MONTINIAN CHURCH" and "SEDE VACANTE", that
circulate throughout the whole world; the latter, by means of his numerous writings and letters to combat error
and defend the Faith, directed to Modernist Bishops and Priests, besides his untiring efforts to conquer towns
and take back from the Postconciliar Church various churches and communities .
Father Saenz died on April 28, 1976. In his spiritual legacy we read: "My life and all that is most precious to me
I have sacrificed for Christ, for the Church, and for the Papacy..." and later added: "May the last cry of my soul be
that of our Mexican martyrs; Long live Christ the King! Long live the Virgin of Guadalupe."
Father Carmona, on account of the worthless excommunication that Cardinal Miranda cast against Father
Saenz, wrote the following words in a fervent letter: "They excommunicated you for your fidelity to Christ, His
teachings and His Church. Blessed excommunication! As long as it be for this reason, may all
excommunications come upon me".
Thus would Father Moises Carmona continue the battle for the Church at the head of the Catholic Union of
Trent. In 1981 he was invited to Germany by the group UNA VOCE to talk about the possibility of his being
EPISCOPAL CONSECRATION OF BISHOP MOISES CARMONA
On October 17 of this same year he was consecrated a Bishop in the city of Toulon, France, by His Excellency
Petrus Martinus Ngo Dhin Thuc, Archbishop of Hue.
Now as Bishop the first preoccupation of Msgr Carmona was the creation of a seminary. A first intent was
made in the city of Rochester, N.Y. in the U.S. where some seminarians were sent, directed by Bishop Vezelis,
but the difficulties that were presented by way of language and other causes brought about the frustration of
this first intent .
At this time priests were lacking, the field of work of Bishop Carmona was very vast. It was until Feb. 7, 1983
that Bishop Carmona would visit Hermosillo for the first time, a city situated in northwest Mexico, when the
priestly zeal and unction that Bishop Carmona reflected enormously awoke the fervor of that community and
the vocation of several young men.
FOUNDATION OF THE SEMINARY OF THE SACRED HEARTS OF JESUS AND MARY
By 1985, five enthusiastic young men had reunited in Hermosillo, Sonora with the intention of carrying out their
vocation. Although there was nowhere to send them and in spite of the humble house in which they were
living, they applied themselves to religious studies and to prayer in common.
A petition on the part of several generous lay people in Hermosillo suggested to Bishop Carmona the creation
of a seminary, to which he gladly acceded: By that time John of God Machain had joined them, an ex-monk
from the Benedictine Abbey of Brussels, Belgium and ex-seminarian and disciple of the illustrious Archbp. of
Hermosillo, Juan Navarrete.
Thanks to the experience of John of God Machain programs of study were elaborated and discipline
established as it should be. Thus was the Seminary inaugurated on Sept. 6th, 1986.
In February of 1987, Bishop Carmona visited the Seminary of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary which he
blessed, and also conferred Holy Orders on Fr. John of God Machain. At this time there were 6 seminarians
who had come from the states of Chihuahua and Sonora. These first students who in their majority embraced
the priesthood afterwards were: Eduardo Mariscall, Enrique López Vazquez, Jose Isabel Robles, Martin Davila
Gandara, David Contreras, and Daniel Perez Gómez. The first two did not pursue their studies, but the other
four would be converted into the foundation of the seminary from which the Priestly Society of Trent would later
The Seminary continued to grow with many difficulties, At the same time Bishop Carmona continued his
untiring labor of the conquest of new communities. One of them being the Parish of St. James the Apostle in
the town of Dos Caminos, Guerrero, with approximately 1000 parishioners.
In June of 1987 Bishop Carmona ordained Gerardo Solis and Alfredo Adame, whom he himself had formed,
In July of the same year he ordained Fr. Jose Isabel Robles in Hermosillo, who would be at his side until the
At this time other priests joined who were to cause much damage to our community and who later on
separated themselves from us. One example is Fr, Manuel Ojeda, who betrayed Bishop Carmona and took
over almost all the communities and towns of natives of the mountains of Guerrero.
But the untiring battle spirit of Bishop Carmona drove him to found new communities that were added to his
apostolic zeal. These communities are found in the states of Chihuahua, Coahuila, Durango, Veracruz,
Moreos and State of Mexico.
In June of 1989 Fr. Martin Davila and Fr. David Contreras were ordained. In April of 1991 it was Daniel Perez
Gomez turn to be ordained along with whom were ordained another two priests for the Congregation of Mary
Immaculate Queen in the U.S., and whose Superior was at that time Fr. Tarcisius, who on the 24th of Sept, of
that same year would receive the Episcopal Consecration in the city of Spokane. Washington and whom we
now know as Bishop Pivarunas. It is well to bring out that strong ties of unity were established with this
Religious Congregation that had priests in various parts of the U.S, and Canada.
EPISCOPAL CONSECRATION OF BISHOP PIVARUNAS
The Consecration of Bishop Pivarunas was an event more than providential of the Divine Wisdom since a few
weeks later, the untiring Bishop Moises Carmona was to deliver his soul to Our Lord, having died in a car
accident after returning from one of the missions that he carried out in his extensive labor.
CONSTITUTION OF THE SOCIETY OF TRENT
Immediately after this lamentable event, Fr. Jose Isabel Robles was named Superior in interim form.
Nevertheless, the death of Bishop Carmona revealed even more the need of organizing and founding a
Society to preserve unity among us and to sustain that form of labor we inherited from Bishop Carmona.
In 1993 the Priestly Society of Trent was founded, not in a canonical form, since in the actuality this is
impossible due to the veritable chaos being lived in the Church in which we cannot speak of a legitimate
authority nor jurisdiction.
We founded ourselves as best we could with a Superior just like all Societies although not possessing either
approbation nor canonical title, but only the priesthood and the election freely made of all the associated
From that moment we had a great challenge. The work that God commended to us seemed too much for us.
We were only seven priests and very young. Bishop Carmona left a great void, and a great responsibility for us.
Many Modernists and pseudo-Traditionalists infiltrated in the Church thought that the Priestly Society of Trent
would be a failure. There was only one thing favoring us.- it was the confidence and security that God had
destined us for this and that He would be with us in order to communicate all the graces and necessary help
to continue His work here in Mexico.
The example of Bishop Carmona encouraged us enormously. We felt the pride of having received his
schooling. All this made us ignore the criticism and snares of our enemies, by which we lost just about all of
our benefactors and help that Bishop Carmona had.
THE PRIESTLY SOCIETY OF TRENT IS CONSOLIDATED AND ITS OBJECTIVES ARE SET
But we moved forward. How could we abandon so many souls confided to us by God? We began to reunite
periodically. We set the principal objectives towards which we had to direct all our works. It is well to say here
that we could always count on the support of Bishop Mark Anthony Pivarunas, above all with sacramental
assistance. Thus then, would our principal objectives be in order of importance:
1) The consolidation of our Seminary and foundation of a minor seminary
2) The foundation of Convents.
3) The foundation of schools and parallel to all this, the conquest of new communities and construction of
ACTUAL STATE OF THE PRIESTLY SOCIETY OF TRENT
We have elaborated our plan of work and we have distributed it throughout diverse zones, trying to unite the
forces of our priests to carry out our ends.
In 1992 the community of Cd. Juarez, Chihuahua was founded and the construction of the church begun,
having been terminated on Dec. 12, 1993 and dedicated to the patronage of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
In Lerdo, Durango the construction of the Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel was initiated.
In Hermosillo a large and pretty church was dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
A precious marble altar was installed in the Church of St. James the Apostle and the churchyard was
In 1994 six towns in the Valley of Uxpanapa were conquered. Afterwards, the community of Our Lady of Mt.
Carmel in Dos Rios, Veracruz was added on.
Constructions were begun in Chihuahua with notable progress. The Parish of Huitziltepec, Guerrero was
finished with a beautiful facade.
Recently the communities of Guadalajara, Colima, Mexicali, Tijuana, La Paz and Atlatlahucan, Morelos, have
been added on; two communities more in the state of Guerrero, San Agustin and Ahuepan, with their pretty
churches. The past May 3the Chapel of Ensenada was blessed and dedicated to the Holy Cross. The facade
of the Church of the Divine Providence in Acapulco birthplace of Traditionalism in Mexico and old See of
Bishop Carmona, is being remodeled by Fr. Jose Francisco Jimenez de Santiago with towers and a precious
In all there are ten parishes and more than 30 missions.
In October of 1995 the construction of the Seminary was begun. The first part being finished on Oct. 18, 1996,
His Exc., Bishop Mark A. Pivarunas blessed it, The second part is now finished with a capacity of 20
CONSIDERING A BISHOP FOR THE PRIESTS OF TRENT
All this progress of the Priestly Society of Trent has been recognized by the bishops who have helped us with
Sacraments principally Bishop Pivarunas of the U.S., who visits us 2 or 3 times a year, always finding new
communities and excessive work, which has made him consider the great need that the Priestly Society of
Trent has to be given a Bishop for the good of the Church in Mexico, that can satisfy the spiritual needs of so
For this reasons Bishop Pivarunas judged that the hour had arrived for the Priests of Trent to have their own
Bishop and he himself proposed the time in which he could be consecrated.
ELECTION OF FR. MARTIN DAVILA GANDARA AS BISHOP
We gave ourselves to the task of analyzing our possible candidates that could respond to this call of so much
dignity and responsibility. It was thus that on Oct. 14, 1998, reunited all the priests of the Society of Trent after
invoking the light of the Holy Ghost, the election for bishop was held two-thirds of the votes of the priests being
in favor of Rev. Fr. Martin Davila Gandara.
We felt very pleased with this event for the importance that this Consecration has, since we shall be assuring
the continuation of the Catholic Church in Mexico and the Apostolic Succession.
We are certain that God will continue to be with us in order to contribute in something to the sublime mission
of rebuilding the Church.
ANNALS FROM THE SEMINARY OF THE SACRED HEARTS OF JESUS AND MARY
Like all great undertakings the Seminary of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary was born with one objective
which was modified in order to be accommodated to greater needs. At its very beginning it was operated as a
Benedictine Monastery but shortly afterwards, its founders perceived that although it is certain that the spiritual
labor of a Monastery is extremely important, due to the imperious circumstances in the Catholic Church it was
more convenient and urgent to form priests. Thus it would be possible to continue to offer to God the Holy
Sacrifice of the Mass and by means of the Sacraments, as channels of Divine Grace, provide the Catholic
faithful with the necessary helps to their salvation (... - we deleted the the fragment which was repeated from
above text - editorial note).
After some time, so as to remind us that our journey through life is a constant peregrination, the Divine
Providence provided us with a new location, more apt for the ends being pursued as it was far from the city. It
is certain that when the seminarians arrived at this country house they found it in a deplorable state, as it was
formerly used to store hay and seeds. For this reason the house had been totally abandoned for much time,
and therefore did not have the most elemental services, since there was no drinking water nor electricity.
But all this was a motivation to the seminarians that confirmed them in their vocation, and, why not say it, a test
of the firmness and right intention of the candidates to such an elevated dignity as is the priesthood.
In the eight years of residence in this location, many things happened that are remembered with pleasure by
those who shared them together. For example, in the written memories of the Seminary it is told that due to the
lack of electricity, in order to study at night the seminarians had to use a gas lamp. One winter a certain
seminarians for having studied near the said lamp, suffered a facial paralysis - but it did not last long, which
as it did not have permanent consequences was rather comical than tragic.
On Oct. 18, 1996 Bishop Mark A. Pivarunas inaugurated the first phase of the new Seminary, crowning with this
the important effort made by the Priestly Society of Trent and especially by the Rector then of this Seminary,
Rev. Fr. Daniel Perez Gomez, who, during one year worked untiringly to complete this first phase.
It was only after ten years from the foundation of the Seminary of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary that it
counted with its own installation and which was more in conformity with the requirements of a seminary. At
first, eight seminarians arrived who, due to the enthusiasm of having their own location, gave themselves up to
the task of constructing the first phase of four that make up the project, along with their Rector.
Until then, the help of the faithful to sustain the Seminary was made felt in various forms, but it was not until the
arrival of Rev. Fr. Jose Francisco Jimenez de Santiago as Rector that a board of trustees was organized and
dedicated exclusively to covering the material needs of the Seminary. This was due principally to the fact that
the number of seminarians had doubled, now being 16. This board has been the means by means of its
diverse activities, which the Divine Providence has made use of so that the seminarians can dedicate
themselves to acquiring knowledge and virtue necessary for such a sublime vocation.
Since the much felt loss of our dear Bishop Moises Carmona Rivera, His Excellency Mark A. Pivarunas has
been assisting the Seminary with respect to ordinations. We would like to take advantage of this opportunity to
make public our profound gratitude to Bishop Pivarunas for the great sacrifices he has had to make in order to
assist our needs, not only of the Seminary, but also of the faithful of the Priestly Society of Trent.
Today the Seminary houses 16 seminarians plus five that are in the minor seminary, but the expectatives of
the project of construction contemplate a capacity of 80 seminarians. If it is certain that the Seminary has
grown in a considerable manner during the last few years, it is also certain that in order to reach the goals
established by the Priestly Society of Trent there is still much lacking. It is, for this reason that we beg your
support in order to crystalize these expectatives.
What can be done is what Our Lord Jesus Christ says in the Gospel. The harvest is great, but the laborers are
few. Pray then to the Lord of the harvest that He send more laborers to His vineyard. Another means is to
support us economically so that the third phase may be begun, and what is more urgent, the construction of a
chapel since what is presently being used is a classroom conditioned as a chapel and which is insufficient.
There also exists a system of support by which a family patronizes a seminarian, and he binds himself to pray
to God for the spiritual and material well-being of said family.
But economic support would serve for nothing if we do not promote in the bosom of the Christian family love,
respect and reverence for the dignity that the priest represents. It is a contradiction the fact that a great number
of families, on the one hand, show themselves to be pious and observant of the precepts of religion, but on the
other hand, the idea that one of their sons decides to consecrate his life to God in the priesthood terrifies
them, and there have even been cases where they have impeded this consecration. What a great
responsibility before God and before the souls that depended on that vocation! Please God that whoever reads
these lines are not among those who have frustrated some vocation or, on the contrary, if there is a young man
near them with desires of serving God and neighbor by means of this state, does not give him all the support
he needs, since the salvation of many souls can depend on this.
During the almost 13 years since its foundation, the Seminary of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary has
given 12 priests to the Catholic Church and soon Rev. Fr. Martin Davila Gandara shall be invested with the
Episcopal dignity; having come from this Seminary.
With the intention of directing the beginning vocations of boys who have not yet finished their High School
instruction, a Minor Seminary has been established which is presently located in the city of Guadalajara,
Jalisco, and counts with five seminarians, who, at the conclusion of their High School studies, God willing, will
go on to the Major Seminary.
Thanks be to God that vocations continue to increase, and this is very pleasing to God, since the vocations
have come from different parts of the republic, and with the Grace of God will continue to ascend. Since in spite
of the moral crisis in which society is immersed The Divine Providence extends its mantel over us. Therefore
the call is extended to all those young men who desire to follow the invitation of Our Lord.
THEOLOGICAL POSITION OF THE PRIESTLY SOCIETY OF TRENT
(Revised in Dec. of 2000)
The Priestly Society of Trent is formed by Roman Catholic Priests and therefore, believes and professes all the
dogmas that the Holy, Catholic, Apostolic, and Roman Church believes and teaches and has solemnly
declared as such by the mouth of the legitimate Sovereign Pontiffs and by the Universal Councils cited and
confirmed by them, that is to say, by the infallible Magisterium of the Church. Likewise it embraces all Her
moral teachings and practices as holy and sanctifying being for those who keep them as She has
commanded meritorious for arriving at Heaven.
The Mass we celebrate and the Sacraments we administer are the same that the Holy Catholic Church has
practiced, that is, the Mass codified by His Holiness St. Pius V, and promulgated perpetually in the Bull Quo
Primum Tempore, as also the Missal and Ritual for the Sacraments the same as established by him.
We practice, in union with all the Church of the Latin Rite, the Liturgy of His Holiness Pope Pius X with the
modifications and variants that, with Apostolic Authority, His Holiness Pius XII realized.
We believe that after the death of Pope Pius XII, with the convocation of the Vatican II Council and with the
doctrines totally heretical and opposed to the Magisterium of the Church that were promulgated there, with the
Novus Ordo Missae (New Order of the Mass) and new rites of the Sacraments, a new Church was created in
open contradiction and opposition to the dogmas, customs and rites of the true Catholic Church founded by
This Modern Church, badly called Catholic, born as a fruit of the Vatican II Council, heretically teaches:
- The liberty of choosing any religion;
- False ecumenism;
- The worship of man;
- dethroning God (anthropocentrism).
These theories were already condemned before by the Popes: Pius IX in the Bull Cuanta Cura and the
Syllabus of Errors (1864) by Pope Leo XIII in, Immortale Dei and Libertas Humana; Pius XI in Quas Primas
(1925) and Mortalium Animos (1928) Pius XII in Mystici Corporis (1943)
Moreover, the definition and theology of the New Mass are in opposition with the doctrine of the Council of
Trent, Session XXII, which established that the Mass is a true and proper propitiatory sacrifice and not just a
Eucharistic assembly, that is to say, of thanksgiving and praise, not just the commemoration of the Supper of
the Lord, but rather an unbloody renewal where the same Christ is immolated that offered Himself on the
And as if this were littler the essential words of the Consecration have been altered, being opposed to former
decrees of the Catholic Church such as the same Bull Quo Primum and De Defectibus of St. Pius V;
Apostolicae Curae of Leo XIII; and Sacramentum Ordinis of Pope Pius XII.
For this reason and for many others we sustain that the NOVUS ORDO Mass in itself is invalid because it
lacks the intention of sacrifice in its structure, as can be seen by the change in the Offertory prayers and its
own definition and doctrine. It would also be invalid if a validly ordained Priest officiated it with the Novus
Ordo's own intention, and doubtful in all other cases. And, for the same reason, that it presents a danger to the
Faith, a true Catholic is obliged under grave fault to abstain from assisting at such acts of worship.
From all this we must conclude that the Modern Hierarchy that has approved, practiced, and implemented
these heretical teachings no longer represents the Catholic Church according to Canon 188, all offices remain
vacant IPSO FACTO (without necessity of an expressed declaration) by tacit renouncement, ...by public
defection from the Catholic Faith, and they have no jurisdiction whatsoever over the Catholic faithful, and
therefore, all their own teachings, canons decrees, and penalties are invalid and do not oblige either exteriorly
nor in conscience.
We declare, guided by these and many other arguments, that the Apostolic See is VACANT the same as the
Dioceses and Parishes and that we, Catholic Priests faithful to the Catholic Church of all times can and
should continue to teach and sanctify the faithful, making available the true Sacraments and the divine truths
not contaminated by Modernism. All this for the glory of God and the salvation of souls, which is the supreme
It is to be noted that this is just a declaration of the principal truths that we sustain and not an exhaustive
demonstration of the same.
Biographical Sketch of Bishop Martín Dávila
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Biographical Sketch of Bishop Martín Dávila Gándara
It has always been very difficult to know the ways that Providence has traced for men at the same moment that they are occurring also very difficult, if the person does not express it, is it to sound the depths of the sentiments, lights, and direction that God inspires in the human heart to conduct him to the good end desired by Him. Only after time has gone by do the reasons for events become clear, and we bless the Divine Wisdom and Mercy.
The problem becomes even more intricate when we try, like in this case, to know a priestly heart, the vocation of Bishop Martín Dávila Gándara to the priesthood and episcopate. Nevertheless, with the information that he himself has given us and the experience of the happy time in which we have known and treated with him, we make this biographical sketch.
He was born in the little town of Colotlán, Jalisco, on May 12, 1965, the sixth of nine children born to Jose del Refugio Dávila Ávila and María Mercedes Gándara Lozano, a pious family with strongly rooted Catholic customs, Little Martin was baptized on June 10 of the same year in the Parish of St. Louis Bishop in the same town, and confirmed on Jan. 21, 1966.
From his infancy, the same as with his brothers and sisters, his mother inculcated in him the devotion to Our Lord of the Rays, whose miraculous image is found in Temastián, Jalisco, devotion which later would help him in his decision to consecrate his life completely to God and, by means of saving souls, grant Him the glory He merits.
In the tranquil atmosphere of his town he lived until he was seven years old, when in 1972, his father Refugio decided to move the whole family to Cd. Juárez, Chihuahua. Now in their new home his mother Mercedes took great care that the formation received by her children was always the most adequate.
As a boy, his family was always careful that Martín had good friends with the same good customs, with whom, on solemn liturgical feasts, not having the Traditional Mass in Juarez, he traveled to hear the Mass in the Church of Jesus and Mary in E1 Paso, Texas, church belonging to the Fraternity of St. Pius X.
In this place was held a vocational retreat in the month of Dec. Of 1984, at which young Martín Dávila assisted with great pleasure being 19 years old at the time. Blessed retreat that brought such good to his soul. Here for the first time he felt the divine call. The priest in charge of the retreat invited him to enter the Minor Seminary, Nevertheless, young Martín did not feel secure about his vocation and his immediate idea was to finish High School. It is true he felt inclined to religious studies and practices, but was it a sure sign of his vocation? Thus did he reason and little by little God gained ground in his soul. Martin decided to make a trip to Our Lord of the Rays in Jalisco to seek counsel from Him Who knows all things, regarding the state he should embrace.
After this trip he returned strengthened in his vocation, God had won him. His decision was made, he would be a priest, But which Seminary would he enter? Providentially he received
the news that in the city of Hermosillo, Sonora, a traditionalist pre-seminary was being formed and he did not
doubt about directing himself there immediately.
He entered this Seminary in July of 1985. There were no comforts there. There were only four seminarians, but
with the great support that Bishop Moisés Carmona offered them, he realized his studies in a satisfactory
manner and made progress in piety.
At the end of December of 1988, the seminarian Martín Dávila was sent to the city of Acapulco, Guerrero, being
a deacon, with the intention of helping out in the intense pastoral labor that His Excellency Bishop Moisés
Carmona was realizing He attended to various centers of catechism and continued his studies until June 29,
1989 feast of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, date on which he was ordains a priest in the Church of the
Divine Providence in Acapulco, Guerrero.
He exercised his priesthood, first on diverse missions with Bishop Carmona in the mountains of Guerrero.
Later, he was sent to attend his first community in Guadalupe Victoria, located on the border between Oaxaca
and Guerrero, way up in the mountains. There he knew real poverty and the great need souls have for
kindness and the unction of the words and Sacraments that a Catholic Priest, like another Christ, must offer
After some time spent in this place he was moved to the beautiful town of San Pablo Atlazalpan, State of
Mexico, whose church, outstanding for its beauty and antiquity, was attended to by Fr. Martin with the same
fervor as the former church.
Nevertheless he was only a few months in these two communities and it was not until the following year of
1990 that by taking possess of the very vast community of Dos Caminos, Guerrero in the central church of St.
James the Apostle, the head parish of other towns, Fr. Martín Dávila exercised all the offices of a pastor, that is,
his apostolate of preaching catechism for young and old, visits to the sick attending to the Churches of other
surrounding towns etc., thus increasing his priestly experience in the care of souls,. Here he remained for four
years very much loved by his parishioners.
In 1994 he arrived at the city of Hermosillo, Sonora, to function as the Father of this community. His great
devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus moved him in this community, like in all others attended to by him, to
promote the practice of the Communion of Reparation of the Nine First Fridays of each month to the Sacred
Heart of Jesus, which had extraordinary success. The faithful became more fervent and brought joy to the
Heart of God and their priest.
Here he also promoted catechesis up to the fourth grade level, and advanced the construction of the Church of
the Immaculate Heart of Mary .
In 1996, he was moved for ten months to the Divine Providence in Acapulco, Guerrero. In spite of the short
time, Fr. Martín did one of the works that reflect his tender affection for the deceased Bishop Carmona,
exhuming and moving his remains to the Church of the Divine Providence.
From December of 1996 to January of 1998, he attended to the spiritual needs of the faithful of Chihuahua and
Torreon, establishing his residence in the former city, initiating the construction of a church dedicated to St.
Michael the Archangel, and leaving a trace of his devotion with the establishment of the Night Adoration
Society, the Confraternity of the Perpetual Vigil, the Confraternity of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, and, of course, the
Nine First Fridays of each month.
On Oct. 14, 1998 the Priestly Society of Trent, on account of the solicitude of Bishop Mark Anthony Pivarunas to
consecrate a bishop, came together and invoked the Holy Ghost, electing as the man marked by Divine
Providence Fr. Martín Dávila Gándara, for his piety experience and qualities, as successor in the Episcopate of
His Exc. Bishop Moisés Carmona Rivera.
May it please God to conserve our new Bishop for many years.