Advent 2020 Pastoral Letter
Most Rev. Fr. Charles T.
144 North Federal Highway,
Deerfield Beach, Florida 33441
United States of America -- In God We Trust
Friends in Christ:
I am pleased that Archbishop
Humphreys has allowed me to issue the Advent 2020 Pastoral Letter during
his illness. My first order of business is to ask your prayers that God
grant him a full recovery and his return to an unrestricted ministry.
For more than fifty years, the
Church has had a problem that many Catholics refused to recognize. Only
a handful of “Old Roman Catholics” and other “traditionalists” perceived
the wide ranging damage done in the name of the Second Vatican Council.
Many, aware of the Church's
indefectibility, just “knew” that this divinely protected Organization
could not have a problem. After all, “our Pope is
infallible....” Many who recognized a problem just left the Church for
some other religion or chose to be numbered among the “nones.” 2020 has
been a hectic year, filled with fears of epidemic, economic collapse,
rioting, and grave political movement toward the left. Yet, 2020 may go
down as the year in which the problem was finally acknowledged and
Catholics could begin to forge a solution—2020 may be the beginning of a
For the first time, in 2020, many
Catholics became aware that there was something being called “the deep
Church,” the ecclesiastical equivalent of the political “deep State.”
Just as corrupt political officials formed an “underground government,”
at odds with the American idea of a Constitutional Republic, modernist
bishops and clergy formed a subversive underground church.
The “deep Church” is a term coined
by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, a former Apostolic Nuncio to the
United States (2011-2016). Viganò achieved a degree of notoriety a few
years ago when he publicly accused Pope Francis of mishandling clergy
sex-abuse (and then went into hiding). Earlier this year he made news
by calling on Americans to oppose the formation of a world government.
Shortly thereafter his open letter to President Trump appeared, in which
he urged that in both modern day struggles—that in government and that
in the Church—there are “two opposing sides that I would call
‘Biblical’: the children of light and the children of darkness.”
The struggle is one of good versus evil, and cannot be understood in
more polite terms. Even if the subject is the Church or our own U.S.
Viganò's solution to the problem is
that “a future Magisterium does need to reject the Second Vatican
Council in its entirety.”
This may be problematic in that the
“deep Church” is likely to perpetuate itself in the hierarchy for many
generations. The good Archbishop provides no mechanism for ensuring the
appointment of an orthodox hierarchy that might eventually “reject the
... Council in its entirety.” There is a danger that many of the
Faithful will be exposed to even greater confusion.
For our clergy and laity to aid with
the restoration of the Church at least two things are necessary:
Holiness and Knowledge of the Truth. The means to achieving holiness
should be familiar to all of us: humility, personal prayer, frequent
attendance at the Catholic Mass and Sacraments, careful adherence to the
Moral Law, and true contrition for our sins. Hopefully, we have been
doing these things for most of our days—if not, now is the time to make
a resolution for the future. Make a daily Rosary part of your prayer!
If you have are reading this, you
probably attend a church where the Catholic Mass is offered regularly
and exclusively. It is most likely that you receive authentic Catholic
teaching in your parish, but please don't ignore what I say below about
Catholic doctrine. If you don't have the Catholic Mass exclusively, be
particularly certain to pay attention. Those on the payroll of
modernist bishops have an occupational incentive to adulterate the
Faith! All Catholics have an obligation to know the Church's true
teachings and to demand them from their priests and bishops.
So, how do we obtain this
To begin with, we can look back to
the teachings of our youth. If we are old enough we learned from one of
the great catechisms (e.g. The Baltimore Catechism, the Penny
Catechism, the Catechism of Saint Pius X, etc.). If we are
younger, it possible that we learned little or nothing at all—in the
1960s catechetical works morphed from profound to fatuous—they pictured
rainbows and butterflies, and unconnected words expressing nothing more
than emotions like love, peace, and joy.
The “great catechisms” are still
available—either in print, or on the Internet (at no cost!). It is good
practice to review them occasionally, and to use them to catechize the
young. A truly great catechism—quite suitable even for those with solid
elementary catechesis—is the Catechism of the Council of Trent.
Also available are the writings of the early twentieth century
popes—profound, yet more clearly written than many more recent writings.
I urge you to frequent attendance at
the Catholic Mass, reception of Holy Communion, praying the Rosary, and
making sure that you and your families understand the authentic
teachings of the Catholic Faith!
I am sincerely yours in Christ,
The Most Reverend Charles Thomas
The Baltimore Catechism:
The Catechism of St. Pius X:
The Catechism of Trent:
The Catechetical Instructions of
St. Thomas Aquinas:
Tan Books: Popes Against Modern
Errors : 16 Famous Papal Documents
This letter will be found on the Internet at http://www.rosarychurch.net/sermons/2020_advent_pastoral.html
where it will be much easier to access the resource links above.
Some of Archbishop Viganò’s writings will be found at