Father James F. Wathen, O.S.J.

   The work THE GREAT SACRILEGE was written by Father James F. Wathen, O.S.J. in 1971 and published by TAN Books. Fr. Wathen is a descendant of the Catholic pioneer families of the Wathens and Spaldings who immigrated to Maryland in the 1600's well before America was a republic. The Truths and Traditions of Holy Mother Church were passed down through the generations. Two of the many fruits of this family line were manifested in two devoted, luminary shepherds who served the Roman Catholic Church in America so faithfully.

    One was Archbishop Martin J. Spalding, the seventh to head the first See in the United States. He was consecrated a bishop on September 10, 1847 as Coadjutor Bishop of Louisville and appointed by Pope Pius IX to head the Archdiocese of Baltimore on May 6, 1864 where he served until his death on February 7, 1872. He was also instrumental in helping establish the American College at Louvain and promoting the North American College in Rome as well as helping lay the foundations for an American Catholic University. He served on the Second Plenary Council of Baltimore in 1866 which produced the great Baltimore Catechism. He was also a Conciliar Father of the First Vatican Council in 1870, where he strongly supported the definition of the Dogma of Papal Infallibility.

    Following him in the family was another prelate Bishop John Lancaster Spalding who was consecrated on May 1, 1877 as the first bishop of the Diocese of Peoria, Illinois where he served as a faithful, loving shepherd for thirty-one years until his retirement on September 11, 1908 because of mandatory age requirement. He was subsequently rewarded by Pope Saint Pius X the Titular Archbishopric of Scitopolis on October 14, 1908. He passed to his Heavenly reward two years and five days after the holy Pontiff, dying on August 25, 1916 during the pontificate of Pope Benedict XV. Bishop John Spalding was a prime mover for the establishment of the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

    The loyalties and love for the Church these men held are carried on today by Fr. Wathen who was one of the first to recognize the atrocities of the "New Mass" and its sure course of auto-demolition within the Church when most were buying the rhetoric from Rome sight unseen.

    As you read this, consider it was written 30 years ago. Nothing of what he has written has changed since then, rather things have gotten worse, much worse. As you read this you'll note he is referring to the 'Holy Father' as Pope Paul VI for he was the Pontiff who not only perpetrated "The Great Sacrilege" on the Mystical Body of Christ" but also still pope at the time of the writing. We ask you to also consider how the present Pope John Paul II has done nothing to eradicate the grave errors of Paul VI and that, in and of itself, is an even greater tragedy for the 264th successor of Peter has allowed this "abomination of desolation" foretold in Matthew 24 and Daniel to continue, greatly enabling the adversary of God to capture more souls for perdition. We ask you to read this and pray, pray earnestly that you will see the light and demand of your bishops, your priests and of our Pope that they restore the "Tridentine Mass" - the Mass of All Ages - the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass of the Roman Rite so that souls may be fed, nourished and saved and vocations will again flourish in the tradition Fr. Wathen's families and countless other dedicated, selfless Catholics passed down. He has dedicated his defining work to Pope Saint Pius V, Guardian of the True Mass.

by Fr. James F. Wathen, O.S.J.
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