You have heard it said that the Society of St. Pius has not changed and that if a deal with Pope Francis ever comes to fruition they will keep on doing what they’ve always done.
If only that were true.
We present below evidence that the Society of St. Pius X has in fact put on a new man. More precisely, Angelus Press (the Society’s publishing arm) has adopted a more politically correct editorial approach than in the past.
This new direction, we believe, is a result of the new “branding” campaign spoken of several years ago by Fr. Patrick Girouard, who told his flock that Fr. Wegner informed him that the Society was no longer going to be “negative” but rather that it was going to “be positive” and start to speak about “the beauty” of Tradition instead of the errors of the Church.
If true (and we believe they are) Fr. Girouard’s remarks help us understand why what Angelus Press published prior to 2012 is markedly different in tone and content when compared to what has been published since.
Below are just a few of the hard-hitting, doctrine-heavy texts the Angelus Press of old held up as their prized publications:
- Fr. Peter Scott, Is Tradition Excommunicated? Where is Catholicism Today? A Collection of Independent Studies, 1993
- Fr. Stephen DeLallo, The Sword of Christendom: The work of Catholic Action to re-establish the reign of Christ the King, 1994
- Fr. Kenneth Novak, Dr. Peter Chojnowski, Matthew Anger, Puritan’s Progress: A Catholic Perspective on American History, Volume 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 1996
- Dom Paul Nau, O.S.B., Pope or Church? Essays on the Infallibility of the Ordinary Magisterium, 1996
- Fr. Alfred Roussel, Liberalism & Catholicism, 1998
- Fr. Johannes Dormann, Pope John Paul II’s Theological Journey to the Prayer Meeting of Religions in Assisi, Part I, Part II – Volume 1, 2, 3
- Priest, Where Is Thy Mass? Mass, Where Is Thy Priest?: Seventeen Independent Priests Tell Why They Celebrate the Latin Mass, 2004
- From Ecumenism to Silent Apostasy, 2006
- Fr. Matthias Gaudron, Catechism of the Crisis in the Church, 2010
The collected writings of Carol Robinson and Ed Willock were also hallmarks of Angelus Press during its golden years in the 90s and 2000s.
Compare those titles to what is posted under the “Featured” section on the Angelus Press website today:
The “New Releases” section is similarly head-scratching:
While none of these titles should be ignored by Traditional Catholics, the absence of the books Angelus Press used to publish is striking. It is almost as if the Society has become effeminate – promoting books that deal more with one’s prayer life while obscuring from view, almost completely, those that are more combative towards the errors of Rome and the modern world. One wonders if this change has been undertaken because the Society, like the Church at Vatican II, is nervous about the older books making them appear to be “prophets of doom.”
Let us fervently pray that the Society of St. Pius X returns to its former self. In a world awash in sin and confusion, one must follow in the footsteps of Archbishop Lefebvre, who undoubtedly preached the truths of the Catholic faith but at the same was unafraid to condemn the errors of liberalism, modernism, and progressivism in the Conciliar Church.