NOTE: The Open Letters published on this page represent a corporate opinion of the board members of Ss. Peter & Paul Roman Catholic Mission. The letters submitted to our local bishop and to Rome were reviewed before publication by at least two traditional Catholic priests from a group of priests who support the work of the Mission. This group includes a former professor of Thomistic philosophy from a major Catholic university, a canon lawyer, and a priest holding advanced degrees in engineering, philosophy and business.
The York Daily Record published an unsolicited article on our Mission after viewing the Palm Sunday liturgy. Bishop Ronald W. Gainer, the puppeteer, directed a diocesan dummy to publish a disclaimer that the Mission members "do not have communion with the Catholic Church" and they operate "in complete independence of.... the universal (sic) Catholic Church." This letter ignores the first dummy while searching for signs of intelligence and moral rectitude within the diocese of Harrisburg.
Open Letter to Bishop Ronald W. Gainer, and copied to Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, explaining to Bishop Gainer the most essential duties of his office and challenges him to fulfill them - April 1, 2016
Bishop Ronald W. Gainer, the current ordinary of Lexington, KY, has been appointed by Pope Francis as the new ordinary of the diocese of Harrisburg, effective March 19, 2014. The letter is a simple greeting to Bishop Gainer, recognizing him as our lawful ordinary, similar to the previous letters sent to the last three bishops of this diocese. The only difference is that we ask nothing of Bishop Gainer declaring to him that the doctrinal, liturgical and moral questions that we have placed before our previous bishops, who did nothing, now have been united with the canonical case of our pastor, Fr. Samuel Waters, and placed, through the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, before the Holy Father, demanding from him, which is the right of every Catholic, an authoritative and infallible judgment from the Chair of Peter on matters that pertain directly to the deposit of Faith. Neither have we sent Bishop Gainer the Kenneth C. Jones' book, Index of Leading Catholic Indicators, which was sent to the last three bishops of Harrisburg and Msgr. Daniel Sullivan (and Archbishop Charles Chaput) of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Why? It is no longer necessary. Pope Francis has conducted his own recent world-wide poll of bishops in preparation for his Synod on the Family next fall. The preliminary results more than sufficiently document that there exists in the Catholic Church a state of general and widespread apostasy from the Faith in matters of doctrine, morals and Catholic worship.
Mr. Brian McCall, a lawyer, has written an article published in the Remnant, a bi-weekly conservative Catholic newspaper, criticizing Bishop Richard Williamson's comments on the Six Conditions submitted by Bishop Bernard Fellay and the General Chapter of the SSPX to Rome for their being "reintegrated" into the Church. Three of the conditions are considered sine qua non and three are submitted as wishes or desires. Bishop Williamson has rightly called these Six Propositions a betrayal of Archbishop Lefebvre, the SSPX and all traditional Catholics. The purpose of this reply is to demonstrate the flaws in Mr. McCall's arguments and expose the Conservative Catholic presuppositions on which they are structured.
This letter to Rev. Robert M. Gillelan, the Vicar General for the Diocese of Harrisburg, is written in response to a letter he wrote to Mr. David C. Smith, the legal counsel for the Veterans of Foreign Wars, in which he makes the charge that Ss. Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Mission is a "schismatic church." Once again this calumny has been made by a diocesan functionary while refusing a canonical hearing on this criminal accusation, and once again, in accord with our canonical obligations, we publish our public denial.
This letter to Bishop Joseph P. McFadden is in reply to his letter of August 31, 2001. Once again the petitions of Ss. Peter & Paul Roman Catholic Mission and our appeal to the formal judgment of Pope Benedict XVI regarding our doctrinal, liturgical, and moral positions are placed before him as a solemn obligation of his office. He is reminded again that the accusation of “schism” in the face of the denial of a canonical process is nothing more than the sin of calumny.
This letter from Bishop Joseph P. McFadden is a defense of his unnamed “diocesan officials” who in a published York Daily Record article on July 29, 2011 described Ss. Peter & Paul Roman Catholic Mission as “schismatic.” Bishop McFadden again begs the questions placed before him as our bishop, which he as a matter of duty must address, and appeals once again to the only argument used by Church functionaries against traditional Catholics over the last forty years, that is, the argument of authority and the necessity of the absolute, unqualified and unquestioned obedience that is due to him.
This letter to Bishop McFadden addresses comments made by “diocesan officials” published in the York Daily Record on July 29, 2011 describing Ss. Peter & Paul Roman Catholic Mission as “schismatic.” The calumny is denied and Bishop McFadden is asked to produce evidence for the claim in a formal canonical inquiry or, lacking that, offer a public apology.
Our Letter sent to Bishop Joseph Patrick McFadden, Bishop of Harrisburg, on August 18, 2010, received no reply. This letter addresses Ss. Peter & Paul’s response to the publication by the PECD of Universae Ecclesiae, the instruction for Pope Benedict’s Motu Proprio, Summoum Pontificum which was published July 7, 2007. Once again a direct appeal is made through our local ordinary, as a matter of grave obligation of duty, to obtain for us an authoritative judgment from the Chair of St. Peter on the liturgical, doctrinal, moral and canonical claims of our Mission.
Letter to E. Michael Jones, editor of Culture War Magazine, in reply to his September 2010 feature article, Traditionalism at the End of its Tether, in which he erroneously equates traditional Catholicism with the doctrinal and liturgical positions of the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX). An edited version of this Open Letter was published in the November 2010 edition of Culture Wars Magazine. This unedited version is offered to further clarify the position of Ss. Peter & Paul Roman Catholic Mission.
Letter to Bishop Joseph Patrick McFadden, the new bishop of the Diocese of Harrisburg, making known to him our matters of conscience in regard to questions of Catholic doctrine and liturgical practice, asking for his help in obtaining a formal judgment from the Church on these matters.
Letter to Mr. Michael Matt, editor of The Remnant, in defense of Ss. Peter & Paul Roman Catholic Mission against remarks made by Mr. Matt published in The Remnant. The letter provides to Mr. Matt an essential definition of just what a Traditional Catholic is and addresses The Remnant’s editorial policy regarding the “reform of the reform” and the traditional Roman rite.
Letter to Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades, in reply to his letter of December 15, 2007, once again requesting from him that he fulfill the obligations of his office as our local ordinary and render a formal judgment regarding the claims of Ss. Peter & Paul Roman Catholic Mission - that we possess, by virtue of our baptism as Catholics, the inviolable right to the ecclesiastical traditions of the Roman Rite, particularly the right to the “received and approved” traditional Roman Rite of the Mass.
Letter from Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades in response to seeing a copy of the letter sent to Mr. Robert Charlton
Letter sent to Mr. Robert Charlton, the coordinator for the indult community in Harrisburg, PA, in reply to his letter informing the members of Ss. Peter & Paul Roman Catholic Mission of Bishop Rhoades’ establishing the Mater Dei Community, a parish for indult Catholics in the Diocese of Harrisburg.
Letter to Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades, July 31, 2007, in response both to the publication of the news article, Bishop hopes decree heals rift, in the York Daily Record July 26, 2007, in which the members of Ss. Peter & Paul Roman Catholic Mission are referred to as being “schismatic,” and to the publication of the Motu Proprio of Pope Benedict XVI, Summorum Pontificum, which confirmed the correctness of our claim in everyone of the open letters that the traditional rite of the Mass is not illegal.
Reply from Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades to the letter dated December 20, 2006
Letter to Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades on December 20, 2006 requesting the sacrament of Confirmation in the traditional Roman Rite for the children of Ss. Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Mission.
Letter to Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades in response to his November 18th letter.
Reply from Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades to the letter dated October 31, 2005
Letter to Bishop Kevin Rhoades clarifying our position and concerns of conscience.
Letter to Bishop-elect Kevin C Rhoades dated October 17, 2004, informing him of Saints Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Mission and its purpose.
Letter written to Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, in response to the March 12, 2004 letter from Msgr. Perl, Secretary of the Pontifical Commission of Ecclesia Dei, as a second appeal for a formal opinion regarding the charge of doctrinal errors by the members of SS. Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Mission.
Letter from Rev. Msgr. Camille Perl, Secretary of the Pontifical Commission of Ecclesia Dei, to D. M. Drew and Saints Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Mission in response to the February 7, 2004 letter to Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger.
Letter to Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, regarding the charges of heresy and schism made by Fr. William J. King and Bishop Dattilo.
Comments on the Court Pharisee, a response to the February 3, 2004 letter of Rev. William King.
Personal Letter of Fr. William J. King to D. M. Drew February 3, 2004
Comments on a Canon Liar, a response to the publication of Rev. King.
Letter to Bishop Dattilo, 1-12-04, offering him the opportunity to consecrate Saints Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Chapel. Since Bishop Dattilo refused this invitation, the Chapel was exorcised, blessed and dedicated to the restoration and preservation of the Ecclesiastical Traditions of the Roman Rite by a Catholic priest.
Publication of Rev. William King in the diocesan newspaper, The Catholic Witness, and re-printed in many parish bulletins, charging Saints Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Mission members as being heretics and schismatics, and claiming that the traditional Roman Rite, to be “legitimate or truly Catholic” must have “the required permission of the diocesan bishop.” January 9, 2004
Letter to Tracey Trott to answer the claims made by Rev. King's warning to her that the members of Saints Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Mission were in schism and that attendance at the Masses did not fulfill the Sunday obligation. Our letter to Tracey Trott was to correct the statements made by Fr. William King.
Letter from Rev. William J. King, JCD, the judicial vicar for the Diocese of Harrisburg, was faxed to Tracey Trott in response to her inquiry regarding her son attending Saints Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Mission.
Reply to a Conservative Canon Lawyer, A Defense of a Catholic’s Right to the Ecclesiastical Traditions of the Roman Rite. This is a reply to the arguments of Rev. John Huels, OSM, JCD that the traditional Roman Rite was illegal. This paper was written in November 2001. The arguments in this paper were submitted to Bishop Dattilo by Msgr. Mercurio Fregapane who requested a formal opinion of the Bishop regarding the doctrinal correctness of the paper. For this, Msgr. Fregapane was summarily retired. No response was ever made by Bishop Dattilo. Fr. John Huels was subsequently exposed as a homosexual predator and left the priesthood and his teaching position as assistant dean for canon law at St. Paul University in Ottawa.