The Rule of the Guild

Approved 09-15-14 by the Superior General

Announcements

Jan 1, 2016

Guild Masses in January

demoThe Monthly Requiem of the Guild will be offered on Tuesday January 19.  Masses "pro Populo" are offered on January 1 and 6.


Jan 1, 2016

Important Notice for Postulants

This is the last reminder for Postulants who joined us in January of 2015 that they need to apply for admission to the Novitiate before their one-year anniversary to avoid having their membership terminated as inactive.  Contact the Dean by phone or e-mail to arrange for the ceremony of induction.


Jan 3, 2016

2016 Calendars

We still have a few copies left of our two beautiful traditional Catholic wall calendars for 2016.  The first is black and white and contains full liturgical rubrics for every day of the year, making it easy to know not only what feastday it is, but also what the commemorations are at Mass and what colour vestments the priest will be wearing.  Days of fast are marked and instructions are provided on the rules of fast and other important things every Catholic should know.  Our liturgical calendar is $10.95 with free shipping.

Our second calendar is full-colour on glossy card stock, and features images of the cathedrals of Europe.  It contains the feastday for every day of the year, together with very clear color markings for holydays of obligatio and days of fast, making it a quick and easy reference to know what your duties are on any given day.  National holidays for the United States are also included.  Our colour calendar is $14.95 with free shipping.

Both calendars are available at Confraternity Books, the online bookstore of the Guild of St. Peter ad Vincula.


Calendar

January 2016


January 1 - Circumcision of Our Lord

Holyday of Obligation and Missa pro Populo


 January 6 - Epiphany of Our Lord

Missa pro Populo

Blessing of Chalk, Gold, Frankincense & Myrrh

Blessing of homes with Epiphany Water

Children's Christmas Party with Three Kings Cake


 January 18 - Chair of St. Peter at Rome

Medal Day

Opening of Chair of Unity Octave


January 19 - St. Marius & Companions, Mm

Monthly Requiem


January 22 - Ss. Vincent & Anastasius, Mm

Chair of Unity meeting of Board of Directors


January 25 - Conversion of St. Paul, Ap

Closing of Chair of Unity Octave


Prayer of Restoration

To be Recited Daily


Let us pray.

Almighty and Everlasting God, * we beseech thee to restore unto this world of sin * that faith which St. Peter thy first Pope and Prince of the Apostles * did once humbly confess; * and commit once more, * through thine infinite mercy, * the government of thy Church * unto a worthy Vicar of thy Son; * that he may be bestowed with such increase of all virtues * as may be pleasing in thy sight; * and that being so adorned, * he may lift from the Church and from all nations * the heavy weight of heresy * that presseth down upon us; * and rendering Christendom once more acceptable in thy sight, * may bring at length all nations * to render due homage at the feet of their divine King, * even Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, * who liveth and reigneth with thee, * in the unity of the Holy Ghost, * ever one God, * world without end. * Amen.

 

Table of Contents

  1. The Guild and Its Governance

  2. The Rule and The Calendar

  3. Prayer and Spirituality

  4. The Faith and the Church


 

PREAMBLE


THE GUILD OF ST. PETER AD VINCULA. IS A SELF-SUPPORTING, INTEGRAL, INDEPENDENT RELIGIOUS BODY DEDICATED TO THE MAINTENANCE AND PRESERVATION OF THE TRADITIONAL FAITH AND LITURGY OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH ACCORDING TO THE RITES AND PRACTICES OF THE AFORESAID CHURCH BEFORE THE SECOND VATICAN COUNCIL, AND AS SPECIFIED BY THE PROVISIONS AND RESTRICTIONS OF RULES 3.5-3.7 BELOW.

As an institution adhering to the Faith of the Roman Catholic Church, THE GUILD OF ST. PETER AD VINCULA (hereafter to as The Guild) invokes the right and recognizes the duties and obligations attendant thereon of claiming a certain authority over its clergy. It claims this authority by virtue of its ecclesiastical role and the powers invested by Christ Himself in His Church, to teach and govern the members of the Mystical Body. This authority finds its true source therefore in God, "For there is no authority except from God, and those authorities which exist are ordained by God." (Romans 13:1). While claiming no authority by virtue of canonical jurisdiction over those priests and religious who freely choose to belong to The Guild of St. Peter ad Vincula, it is to be understood nevertheless that the power to govern The Guild rests chiefly in the hands of the Superior General, and subordinately in those members to whom he has delegated one or more of his powers.

It is this Rule which ensures that The Guild be governed in a manner both efficacious and charitable, for the greater glory of God and the salvation of souls. And it is the observance of this Rule which ensures that each of the priests, religious, and oblates who are members of The Guild of St. Peter ad Vincula, may work most effectively for these godly ends.


SECTION 1

THE GUILD AND ITS GOVERNANCE

1 THE GUILD The Guild of St. Peter ad Vincula (hereafter referred to as The Guild) is a confraternity of priests, religious, and oblates, which was formed in accordance with the bylaws and general aims of The Confraternity of Ss. Peter & Paul (hereafter referred to as The Confraternity).

1.1 GENERAL GUIDELINES

1.1.1 The constitution and bylaws of The Guild are subordinate to those of The Confraternity, and no bylaw of The Guild may be in conflict with any bylaw of The Confraternity.
1.1.2 As a strictly clerical community, The Guild is autonomous in all matters ecclesiastical, except in those matters covered by the bylaws of The Confraternity. In all matters ecclesiastical, The Guild shall be governed independently by its own hierarchy and administrational structure as laid out below.
1.1.3 In matters temporal, The Guild shall be bound by the decisions of the Dean and Chapter of The Confraternity, and members of The Guild are accountable in such matters to the Chapter of The Confraternity.
1.1.4 These current bylaws are based on current circumstances, and shall be modified as those circumstances change, especially in the areas of government and organization.

1.2 GOVERNMENT OF THE GUILD

1.2.1 There shall be a Superior General, preferably a Bishop, who shall be the highest authority within The Guild.
1.2.2 The Superior General shall be assisted in the administration of The Guild by a Dean and Chapter, who shall act in an advisory capacity when so required by the Superior General.
1.2.3 The Dean and members of Chapter shall be appointed by the Superior General.
1.2.4 Not including the Dean, the Chapter shall include at least one priest, one professed religious, and one oblate, all of whom shall be members of the Guild, and one member of the Chapter of The Confraternity.
1.2.5 The number of members of Chapter shall be at least five in number as stipulated in para. 1.2.4 above. However, this number may be increased by authority of the Superior General as current needs and resources demand.

1.3 GUILD ORGANIZATION

1.3.1 The Guild shall be composed of three orders according to the clerical status of the membership.
1.3.2 The First Order shall be restricted to the priesthood, and is intended to cover the current most pressing need of the Church to provide the traditional Mass, sacraments and sacramentals as widely as possible. To allow the flexibility necessary to realize this end, The Constitutions for Priests shall be loosely modelled on the lifetsyle of the secular clergy of the pre-conciliar Church.
1.3.3 The Second Order shall be of religious brothers and sisters who take monastic vows and live a communal life with Constitutions for Religious based on The Guild Rule, but with modifications in conformity with The Rule of St. Benedict. Their way of life would be based on the Benedictine motto of “Ora et Labora”. The element of prayer shall be covered by the communal recitation of the entire Divine Office (according to the Roman Rite), while their work shall be in either teaching or caring for the sick and elderly.
1.3.4 The Third Order shall be comprised of oblates. They shall not take vows, but shall have their own Constitutions for Oblates based on The Guild Rule with modifications in conformity with their state of life. If they reside at a Priory or Mission, the Prior or Chaplain may allocate additional individual duties.

1.4 GUILD COMMUNITIES

1.4.1 The Guild shall have two types of community, the Mission, and the Priory.

1.4.2 The Mission shall be a house which is run by only one Priest and in which no religious community therefore exists. This Priest shall control the running of the Mission and be responsible for its administration in all matters ecclesiastical and temporal, except in those matters which fall under the domain of The Guild Rule or the bylaws of The Confraternity.
1.4.3 The Mission Priest shall have the title of Chaplain.
1.4.4 The Chaplain shall follow The Guild Rule and Constitutions for Priests insofar as it is appropriate for the individual circumstances of his Mission, and live according to its spirit.
1.4.5 Where the Chaplain feels that a particular paragraph of The Rule or Constitutions must be disregarded, he shall seek permission to do so from the Superior General.
1.4.6 The Chaplain shall be responsible for and in full control of all financial matters pertaining to the Mission, except where the bylaws of The Confraternity take precedence.

1.4.7 The Priory shall be a house where a Priest lives with at least one other Priest or religious member of The Guild.
1.4.8 The Priory shall have a Superior who shall have the title of Prior or Prioress (hereafter referred to as the Prior).

 

SECTION 2

THE RULE AND THE CALENDAR

2 THE RULE controlling The Guild and its government. All priests and religious shall

n   take a vow to obey The Rule of the Guild of St. Peter ad Vincula (hereafter referred to as The Rule)
n   familiarize themselves with The Rule;
n   make every effort to cultivate a love of The Rule; and
n   observe The Rule at all times.

2.1 OBSERVANCE OF THE RULE

2.1.1 Members of The Guild shall not obey The Rule out of servile fear.
2.1.2 Members of The Guld shall never show deliberate contempt for The Rule.
2.1.3 Members of The Guild shall make every effort to improve their conformity to The Rule after being corrected by a Superior.
2.1.4 Members of The Guild shall not criticize The Rule in conversation with others, whether members of The Guild or not. They may, however, discuss a particular regulation privately with their Spiritual Director or the Superior General.
2.1.5 While a transgression of The Rule is not necessarily sinful, it may be considered, if serious, habitual or obdurate, as a sign that one does not have the necessary dispositions for membership in The Guild.

2.2 MODIFICATIONS TO THE RULE. The Rule has been carefully drawn up with a view to achieving the greatest possible common good. Members of The Guild shall not see The Rule as the object of frequent or whimsical modifications, either by legislation or by dispensation.

2.2.1 The Rule may not be permanently modified except by the Superior General after consultation with the Dean and Chapter.
2.2.2 No modification may be made to The Rule which would place it in conflict with the Constitutions or Bylaws of The Confraternity of Ss. Peter & Paul.

2.3 DISPENSATIONS FROM THE RULE

2.3.1 A request for a dispensation may be made for a serious reason to the Superior General, or in his absence, from the Prior.
2.3.2 A request to the Superior General for a permanent dispensation may be made only by a Prior or Chaplain.
2.3.3 Members of The Guild may never presume a dispensation from The Rule except in a case of grave necessity.

2.4 INTERPRETATION OF THE RULE. Should the clarity of a Rule or the interpretation of it be challenged, competence to decide the issue resides solely in the Superior General, who may, at his discretion, consult with the Dean and Chapter. The controlling rule of interpretation shall be the greater glory of God, the common good, and the salvation of souls.

2.4.1 No interpretation may be made to The Rule contrary to the letter or spirit of the Constitutions or Bylaws of The Confraternity of Ss. Peter & Paul.

2.5 PENALTIES INCURRED FOR TRANSGRESSIONS AGAINST THE RULE Any “penalties” that will be meted out for infractions of The Rule will be corrective and instructive rather than vindictive.

2.5.1 Penalties for light infractions of The Rule may be given only by a Member’s Superiors. Such penalties should be given with paternal charity and delicacy, and should normally be limited to a correction.
2.5.2 Penalties for more serious or habitual infractions are at the discretion of the Superior General, who may consult with the Dean and Chapter.
2.5.3 Upon receiving a correction or more serious penance, Members of The Guild shall comply with the wishes of their Superior diligently, without complaining, and in a timely fashion.
2.5.4 At no time may the Confessor of the Member who has transgressed The Rule take active part in the discussion of any penalty for that infraction of The Rule or in that Member’s behaviour. This applies even to the Superior General, who in such a case shall delegate his authority in the matter to another priest.

2.6 FRATERNAL CORRECTION A Member of The Guild may give discreet fraternal correction to another, if need be.

2.6.1 Fraternal correction must never be made in public.
2.6.2 In serious matters, correction should be left to the Prior or Superior General.
2.6.3 Serious infractions of The Rule shall be reported to the Prior or Superior General.

2.7 THE CALENDAR. An integral part of The Rule shall be the Guild Calendar which applies to all members of The Guild.

2.7.1 The Guild Calendar shall be kept posted and maintained on The Guild Website.
2.7.2 Because of the frequent necessity to integrate the needs and resources of each Priory and Mission with The Guild Calendar, each Priory and Mission shall maintain its own separate Priory or Mission Calendar. The fixing of a Priory or Mission Calendar is the responsibility of the Prior or Chaplain as appropriate.
2.7.3 The Priory or Mission Calendar shall contain the activities prescribed by the Guild Calendar as well as any deviations from or additions to it.
2.7.4 The Daily Calendar of the Priory or Mission is not subject to this Rule (§2.7), and may be determined by the Prior or Chaplain in conformity with the other sections of The Rule.
2.7.5 Priors and Chaplains shall consult at least weekly with the website to confirm their Priory or Mission Calendar is current and in accordance with The Guild Calendar wherever possible.
2.7.6 The Year shall be divided into four periods, to be known as Terms: (Winter, Spring, Summer, and Autumn). These shall follow exactly the dates for the four volumes of the Roman Breviary. Thus the “Winter Term” shall extend from the First Vespers of Advent Sunday until None of the Saturday after Ash Wednesday. “Spring Term” shall extend from the First Vespers of the Sunday in Quadragesima until None of the Ember Saturday in Whitsuntide. “Summer Term” shall extend from the First Vespers of the Feast of Trinity until None of the Saturday before the First Sunday in September. “Autumn” shall extend from the First Vespers of the First Sunday in September until None of the Saturday before Advent Sunday.
2.7.7 In each Priory and Mission, the Priory or Mission Calendar for the current Term shall be posted prominently and publicly before the start of each Term. The Calendar for the week shall be published in the weekly bulletin if there is one.
2.7.8 The Priory and Mission Calendars take precedence over The Guild Calendar, although every effort should be taken to maintain the integrity of the latter wherever possible. None of the activities prescribed by The Guild Calendar is to be regarded as optional, but may be omitted or replaced at the discretion of the Prior or Chaplain with another activity in case of necessity.
2.7.9 The same regulations above governing The Rule, its observance, modification, interpretation and penalties, shall apply to the Calendar.

 

SECTION 3

PRAYER AND SPIRITUALITY

3 PRAYER AND SPIRITUALITY Upon entering The Guild, members shall:

n   cultivate a firm desire to advance in the spiritual life;
n   resolutely work for the good of souls as their circumstances dictate and permit;
n   deepen their knowledge and love of the traditional liturgical rites of the Church; and
n   participate as fully as they can in the liturgical and spiritual life of The Guild.

3.1 THE MEMBER’S FIRST PRIORITY The Member’s ultimate priority is to advance in holiness. Without this desire, all his efforts to accomplish any other good will ultimately fail. The Guild emphasizes the Sacred Liturgy as the chief means of spiritual advancement for its members.

3.2 THE MEMBER’S SECOND PRIORITY The Member’s second priority is to work for the salvation of souls. Members of The Guild shall use the Sacred Liturgy as their main tool in this regard, but shall embrace any other tool available to them if they find it better adapted to helping in a particular circumstance.

3.3 THE LITURGY Members of the Guild shall view the Sacred Liturgy first and foremost as their primary means of communication with God, and secondly as their primary tool to bring God to others. They shall therefore be diligent in the cultivation of their love for the Church’s liturgy, and shall endeavour to kindle the same love among the faithful. Chief among the purposes for which The Guild was founded is to preserve and promote the Traditional Rites of the Church; viz. to sponsor and conduct the Tridentine Latin Mass and to promote the exclusive cele¬bration thereof; to sponsor and conduct the traditional sacramental rites of the Church, and to promote the exclusive administration thereof; and in particular to sponsor and maintain the traditional Divine Office and to promote the exclusive use thereof.

3.4 LITURGICAL LIFE Members of The Guild shall give priority to the public prayer life of the Church, consisting first and foremost of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and secondly of the regular public recitation of the Divine Office. All other “private” devotions shall be subordinate to the daily liturgical worship.

3.5 LITURGICAL RITES When joining The Guild, members shall take a vow to follow the Rule. One of the most important parts of that vow and of this Rule is to use exclusively the Traditional Rites of the Church for the celebration of Mass, the admin¬istration of the Sacra¬ments, and the recitation (both in public and private) of the Divine Office. The Guild defines the Traditional Rites of the Church as “those prayers, rites and ceremonies used for the celebration of Mass, the administration of the Sacraments, and other liturgical rites found in liturgical books approved by the Holy See for use in the Roman Rite of the Roman Catholic Church prior to the year 1950."

3.6 LITURGICAL BOOKS AND RUBRICS The rubrics of the Missale Romanum of St. Pius V, the Breviarium Romanum of St. Pius X, the Caeremoniale Episcoporum, and the decisions and decrees of the Sacred Congregation of Rites are to be followed for liturgical worship. Use of the so-called “Revised Psalter” is expressly forbidden. No member of The Guld may ever, whether publicly or in private, employ the rubrics of any of the liturgical reforms instituted since the 1950s, including the revised Holy Week, or any of the other modifications authored by the liturgical reformers as stepping stones to the Novus Ordo. No dispensation shall be given in this regard for any reason.

3.7 EXCEPTIONS The definition of Traditional Rites given above shall not be deemed to exclude certain additions and modfications to the liturgy made after 1950 during the reign of Pope Pius XII, and which continue the spirit of the traditional liturgy of the Church. Specifically permitted for use by Guild members are:

n   The Common of Popes
n   The revised Propers for the Feast of the Assumption
n   New feastdays, whether in the universal or local Kalendars (eg. Immaculate Heart of Mary, St. Pius the Tenth)
o   Specifically forbidden, however, is the celebration of the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker on May 1, which displaced the traditional feast of the holy Apostles Philip & James, and replaced altogether the Solemnity and Octave of St. Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church.

3.8 LITURGICAL KALENDAR Members of The Guild shall follow the traditional Universal Kalendar of the Roman Catholic Church in conformity with the traditional rites of the Church as defined and set forth above. Members may use the Universal Kalendar exclusively, or as modified by local feasts whether national, regional or diocesan.

3.8.1 Members of The Guild may not publicly celebrate any feastday which is not designated as a feastday within the nation, region, or diocese where he is currently located.
3.8.2 Each Priory and Mission shall celebrate our patronal feastday, St. Peter in Chains (August 1) with suitable solemnity. However, this Feastday shall retain its rank of Greater Double, and the rubrics shall remain unchanged.
3.8.3 The Prior or Chaplain shall follow, abide by, and publish for the faithful, The Rules of Fast and Abstinence (including Communion Fast) that were in use before Vatican II, and according to the local custom where his Priory or Mission is located.
3.8.4 The Prior or Chaplain shall not presume the authority to dispense from these Rules of Fast and Abstinence, except in cases where it was common to do so prior to Vatican II.

3.9 CONVENTUAL MASS In each Priory there shall be a daily conventual Mass which all the clergy and religious of that Priory shall attend.

3.9.1 The conventual Mass, if there is one, shall be solemnized according to the rank of the Feastday and as far as resources permit, even If possible a Solemn High Mass shall be sung daily. Special care should be taken in the formation of altar servers and choir so that at least a Missa Cantata may be provided for the faithful on Sundays and greater feastdays. On days when a High Mass or Missa Cantata is celebrated, a Low Mass shall also be made available to the faithful if resources permit.
3.9.2 The conventual Mass shall be that of the current liturgical day, even if the occurrence of a Feria or minor Feast permits the celebration of a Votive Mass. Exceptions shall be made for funerals, the monthly Requiem Mass, and weddings at which the Nuptial Mass is to be said. For any other reason, exceptions may be made with permission from the Superior General, or if the case is urgent, from the Prior. Masses other than the daily conventual Mass are exempt from this rule and follow the normal rubrics for the permission and celebration of Votive Masses.
3.9.3 The above rules for a conventual Mass do not apply to Missions where there is only one priest.
3.9.4 A monthly Requiem Mass shall be said at all Priories and Missions for the deceased benefactors of The Guild of St. Peter ad Vincula and Confraternity of Ss. Peter & Paul. In Priories this shall be the conventual Mass. It shall be said on the first ferial day of each month at which a Votive Mass is permitted. If no ferial day permitting the celebration of a Requiem Mass occurs in a particular month, the Superior General shall allocate another day. If no such feastday occurs, the monthly Requiem is omitted that month.

3.10 DIVINE OFFICE Next to Holy Mass, the Divine Office occupies a special place in the life of The Guild.

3.10.1 The Divine Office shall always be that of the occurring liturgical day, and no exceptions are permitted, even in private recitation.
3.10.2 In a Priory, the Hours of Prime (or Terce), Vespers, and Compline shall be recited publicly every day, and shall be attended by all clergy and religious of the Priory. Even in the case where no one else is in attendance priests and religious should still follow the Choir Rubrics for that Hour (for example, the lighting of candles, wearing of cassock, surplice and biretta, or religious habit as appropriate, the recitation aloud of the text, etc.).
3.10.3 The Hours appointed for public recitation shall be published on the Priory’s website and in the weekly bulletin, or announced from the pulpit each Sunday.
3.10.4 The time of recitation is at the discretion of the Prior, but care shall be taken to ensure that Prime (or Terce) is said before the conventual Mass, Vespers in the late afternoon or early evening (before the evening meal), and Compline sometime after the evening meal.
3.10.5 In Priories where Terce is recited publicly, the recitation of the Hour of None shall be substituted for that of Terce when the rubrics call for the conventual Mass to be said after that Hour.
3.10.6 During Lent (ie. from the Saturday after Ash Wednesday until Holy Saturday inclusive), Vespers shall be recited before the midday meal.
3.10.7 Wherever possible, the Office of Vespers shall be solemnized on Sundays, Doubles of the First and Second Class, and Greater Doubles that have proper psalms and antiphons.
3.10.8 In religious communities all the Hours of the Divine Office shall be sung each day if resources permit.
3.10.9 The Mission Chaplain shall recite publicly these same Hours of Prime (or Terce), Vespers and Compline. However, he shall have discretion in this regard according to his circumstances. He shall draw up a daily Office Schedule and have it approved by the Superior General.
3.10.10 The Priest, and all other Clerics in major orders, are bound under pain of mortal sin to recite the Breviary at least privately. Dispensations from the Divine Office shall be sought only under the most urgent of cases.
3.10.11 Priests shall be excused at their own discretion from the public recitation of any Hour if important pastoral duties intervene.

3.11 NON-LITURGICAL PRAYER The following non-liturgical prayers shall be recited publicly in each Priory. In a Mission, they may be recited privately.

3.11.1 The Angelus. This shall be said three times a day at times and locations determined by the Prior.
3.11.2 The Rosary. This shall be said daily at a time determined by the Prior. To the Rosary shall be added the Litany of Our Lady during the months of May and October, the Litany and Prayer to St. Joseph during the month of March and during the Octave of his Solemnity, and the Litany of the Sacred Heart during the month of June. Other prayers may be added at the discretion of the Prior.
3.11.3 The Guild Prayer of Restoration. This shall be said daily after the Rosary.
3.11.4 Benediction. Depending on resources and attendance, it is highly recommended that Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament be made available every Thursday.
3.11.5 Stations of the Cross. The Service of Stations shall be conducted every Friday during Lent.
3.11.6 Chair of Unity Octave. The prayers appointed for each day of this Octave shall be said from January 18 to 25, and shall either be added to the Rosary, or to the end of Mass in place of the Leonine Prayers, or recited as part of a separate service.
3.11.7 Other services shall be conducted as required by The Guild Calendar, or by the Superior General.
3.11.8 Other devotions may be conducted at the discretion of the Prior or Chaplain if requested by one or more of the lay sodalities or by a sufficient number of the faithful.

3.12 PRIVATE PRAYER AND THE SPIRITUAL LIFE

3.12.1 Members of the Guild shall also cultivate particular devotion to the Infant of Prague, and to the Saints, especially to the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Joseph, and to our holy patrons Saints Peter and Paul, and Saint Pius X.
3.12.2 When Members of The Guild are not at prayer, either liturgical or private, they will continue to sanctify their day by offering up to God their good works and sacrifices.
3.12.3 Members of The Guild shall be diligent in obtaining indulgences for the purpose of remitting temporal punishment due to sin, and of alleviating the sufferings of the souls in Purgatory.
3.12.4 Members of The Guild shall acquire for themselves a Confessor who shall also act as their Spiritual Director.
3.12.5 This Confessor shall himself be a member of The Guild.
3.12.6 If a Member of The Guild cannot find a Confessor who is also a member of The Guild, he shall submit the name of a substitute to the Superior General for approval. 

 

SECTION 4

THE FAITH AND THE CHURCH

4 THE FAITH Members of The Guild shall cultivate a firm desire to learn more about God, in order to enlighten the minds of men, and to become equipped to extirpate heresy and error.

4.1 Members of The Guild shall strictly adhere with the assent of Faith to all the teachings of the Magisterium of the Church.
4.1.1 It is assumed of each member that he condemn and reject all heresies and errors condemned by the Magisterium of the Church.
4.1.2 Members of The Guild shall be especially vigilant to avoid any tendency towards the errors of modernism and liberalism, which in recent times have infected the ranks of the clergy and laity.
4.1.3 While Members of The Guild are permitted to have opinions on matters yet undecided by the Magisterium of the Church, they shall nevertheless take care not to elevate those opinions into “dogmas”. They shall remain tolerant of the opinions of others, even when they firmly believe them to be erroneous. More is to be gained by civilized discussion in a spirit of humility than by condemnation and arrogance.

4.2 THE CHURCH Members of The Guild shall acquiesce and adhere to The Guild’s position on the status of the Church, namely that Vatican II has failed to provide for the good of the Church and its people, and that it is no longer possible to recognize in the post-conciliar “Church” the infallible teaching authority it possessed before the Second Vatican Council. Faced with this unhappy conclusion, we find ourselves forced, like orphaned children, to “fend for ourselves” until such time as we may once again see the light of the true Faith expressed in Rome. For the sake of the unity of The Guild and its future security, we cannot welcome as members anyone who holds a view at variance with this position. While we believe others to be free to hold different opinions, we must determine a moral ground for ourselves so that we can act in harmony as a group with a unified purpose. This position, however, is not to be construed as a condemnation of others who have reached different conclusions. Our priests and religious shall continue to welcome all Catholics of good faith to our Masses, our services, and our sacraments.