The Father Sigismund Golian Association was founded on February 21, 2018, on the anniversary of the death (in 1885) of this eminent Polish Catholic priest and ultramontane, tireless defender of the papal cause in our homeland, “one of the bravest, by his life and word, preachers and defenders of divine truth in our society” (Bp. Nowodworski). After a few years of informal meetings and collaboration a group of Catholic laymen, bound by a common faith, by theoretical and practical principles as well as sincere friendship, considered it useful and desirable to give a formal framework to their work carried out so far in the field of doctrinal formation and Catholic action.
I. The Nature and First Principle
The Father Sigismund Golian Association is an association of Catholic laity desiring to integrally profess and practice Christ’s teaching in all the manifestations of life. The first principle of the Association is looking at everything, at the entire reality, through the Catholic, integrally Catholic, prism, without any admixture of naturalism, liberalism, progressivism, modernism and other errors polluting the activity of so many Catholics for decades.
II. The Sources of the First Principle
This point of view will be founded upon the following sources:
– The magisterium of the Church, solemn as well as ordinary, which in a manner obligatory to all Catholics teaches truths revealed by God and those that are related to them (veritates connexae),
– The writings of the Holy Fathers and Doctors, especially of the Angelic Doctor, whom the Church proposed to us many times as an exemplar of science, having sanctioned his doctrine in many documents and in her Code of Canon Law,
– The works of theologians approved by the Church,
– The thought and action of Polish and European ultramontanes and integral Catholics, defenders of the papacy and zealous fighters for the integrity of the faith, in professing it as well as in living in conformity with it, especially from the time of the pontificates of Pius IX, Leo XIII and Saint Pius X (we are here thinking primarily of Msgr. Benigni’s Sodalitium Pianum and his collaborators, in particular the Polish ones, about the milieu of Myśl Katolicka [Catholic Thought, an integrally Catholic weekly from the time of the pontificate of Saint Pius X] and the Związek Katolicki [Catholic Union, from the same time period, presided by Count Jules Ostrowski]),
– The thought and action of those clergy and laity who in the time of the Second Vatican Council and afterwards kept the integral faith, without compromise with the modernists (here we think primarily of Fr. Guérard des Lauriers OP and the Cassiciacum Thesis formulated by him which concerns the question of the Authority in the Church in the post-conciliar period).
III. The Patrons
The Patrons of the Association, together with Fr. Golian, are: Our Lady of Jasna Góra (Domina Nostra Claromontana vel a Claro Monte), the Queen of Poland and special Patroness of our Nation and State as well as Saint Pius X whose program of “restoring all things in Christ” (E Supremi Apostolatus) is today valid more than ever and whose intransigence in the battle against the enemies of the Church, external and internal, should characterize all authentically Catholic action.
IV. The Association’s Activity
The Association’s activity is primarily turned ad intra and consists of a deepened doctrinal formation through personal effort as well as conferences and lectures held during the Association’s meetings.
Next, ad extra, the Association will diffuse the knowledge of sound doctrine among people of good will in order to inculcate in others this integrally Catholic view on all the manifestations of life, private and public (contemplata aliis tradere).
V. Membership and Collaboration
Admitted in the Association will be Catholics who by culture and seriousness model themselves upon the historical figures the Association has taken as its exemplars, who assiduously and as perfectly as possible observe their duties of state, who profess the principles of the Association not only by word but also faithfully apply them in life and who are zealous, generous and magnanimous in cooperation in view of the common goals and tasks of the Association, “qui generoso sunt animo, et ad pacifica certanda Dei certamina apertissimo” (Pius XII, Invicti Athletae Christi).
Collaboration (articles, translations, transcription of texts) with the “Myśl Katolicka” website is also possible for persons that do not belong to the Association after prior contact with the website Editors (firstname.lastname@example.org).
VI. The Fundamental Texts
The most important texts which will aid in a better understanding of the ideals which led to the founding of the Father Golian Association are:
2) The History of Ultramontanism and Integral Catholicism
i. “The Spiritual Testament” of Saint Pius X, that is, the allocution of the Pope from his last Consistory held in May 1914 in which he clearly sides with the “integral Catholics”.
ii. The Program of the Sodalitium Pianum, the organization founded in 1909 by Msgr. Umberto Benigni, which thrice received praises from Saint Pius X.
iii. Short biographical notes of Italian intransigent and integral Catholics.
iv. Short biographical notes of French integral Catholics.
v. Short biographical notes of Polish ultramontanes and integral Catholics (preparation in progress).
vi. The Editorial from the first issue of Fede e Ragione, an integrally Catholic periodical founded by Fr. Paolo de Toth in 1919 the program of which is also the program of the Fr. Golian Association and its website “Myśl Katolicka”.
3) The Current Crisis in the Church
i. “The Catholic Response to the Crisis in the Church” – a general introduction to today’s problem which treats of the different positions de facto taken within the Catholic opposition to the doctrines and reforms of the Second Vatican Council and shows which position is the only one fully compatible with the doctrine of the Church.
ii. “The Beginnings of Opposition to the Council” – an important text by Fr. Francesco Ricossa, Superior of the Mater Boni Consilii Institute, being the 3rd Part (of five) of a polemic against a text published by the Society of St. Pius X periodical in which the Italian priest treats thoroughly of the historical beginnings of Catholic opposition against Conciliar doctrines and reforms. In this manner Father shows the falsehood of two myths propagated by the SSPX: that Abp. Lefebvre’s congregation was first (before the sedevacantists) and that it was the sedevacantists who broke the initial unity in the “traditionalist” camp. (The entire article can be found here.)
4) The Cassiciacum Thesis
i. “The Cassiciacum Thesis Briefly” – an article which exposes the thesis as accessibly as possible, showing what is within the reach of a simple faithful and what requires a deeper philosophical and theological knowledge. The outline of the text is based on a conference given by Fr. Francesco Ricossa and on other published elaborations of the thesis.
ii. “Explanation of the Thesis of Bishop Guérard des Lauriers” authored by Bp. Donald Sanborn – the shortest and simplest elaboration of the thesis written by a clergyman.
iii. An interview with Bp. Guérard des Lauriers OP from 1987 – an interview in which the Dominican theologian answers questions about the thesis, Abp. Lefebvre, the SSPX, the “una cum” Mass, the episcopacy in the current situation of the Church and the future of the present crisis.
The date of founding of the Father Golian Association is not fortuitous not only because of the ultramontane priest from whom it takes its name. It is also very close to the upcoming death anniversary of two leading figures in the fight for the integrity of the faith, against modernism a century ago and against Conciliar neomodernism: Msgr. Benigni († 27 II 1934) and Bp. Guérard des Lauriers OP († 27 II 1988).
By its existence and activity the Association desires to join other initiatives of this kind in the world which, presenting themselves seriously as the cause requires it, adhere above all to Christ’s teaching transmitted faithfully by the Catholic Church, taking an intransigent stance against her external and internal enemies.
The Association has already received words of encouragement and an assurance of prayers for the success in the realization of its goals from the Superior and clergy of the Mater Boni Consilii Institute. The Association itself will support the work of the mentioned Institute in Poland particularly by translating articles from the Sodalitium periodical and by informing on its website about the most important events from the Institute’s life.
Adiutorium nostrum in nomine Domini. Qui fecit coelum et terram.