Father Tomas Tyn and the Lefebvrismo



The few competent theologians, dotti, wise, balanced, brave and faithful to the Magisterium are easily marginalized, vilified, ignored or even persecuted by a modernistic power or rahneriano now established in academic circles and of ecclesiastical authority, so is now operating an inquisition just as modernist and even more sharp-eyed and lasts of the Romans at the time of St. Pius X and Monsignor Umberto Benigni against the modernists of the time …


Author John Cavalcoli OP
John Cavalcoli OP


The wolf and the lamb
Ad eundem rivum Lupus et Agnus … [by Phaedrus ' Fables]

We often say that we need good theologians, in a situation like the present one, where the greatest damage to the souls and the Church are caused by bad theologians. However, it is so strong, seductive and insidious the influence and power of these theologians, the good Catholic, who loves the truth and wants nothing more than to follow the Gospel, sound doctrine and the Church's Magisterium, difficulties or is easily deceived in the knowledge the righteous judgment criteria, of discernment and evaluation for identifying valid theologians from imposters, by hucksters and teologastri the, as Christ, by false prophets and wolves in lambs [cf. ].

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the Supreme Pontiff Benedict XVI during one of his Catecheses

And yet, Knowing these criteria It shouldn't be too hard. Since all we can and save us, God, in different ways, doesn't deny no man of good will the knowledge of the saving truth. Benedict XVI had this to say, to distinguish the good from the bad you have to make them theologians compared with the Catechism, where we find the fundamental truths of the faith. In fact, today some theologians errors are so crude and glaring, that are not limited as a time to thin sophistry born to the disquisitions of school, where then, all in all, were things that only understand craft and clerks were mere opinions of school, that is not questioned by any dogma quietly accepted, But today the errors affect all the fundamental truths of the faith, from the divine attributes to the Holy Trinity, dogmas of creation, the existence of angels, the Constitution of man, of Eden and original sin, of grace, of Mary's virginity, of the incarnation, of redemption, the resurrection of Christ, until the liturgy, natural and supernatural morality, to nature, origin and purpose of the Church, eschatology, the value of miracles and prophecies, the same faith, Tradition, of Scripture and the Magisterium of the Church. Nothing is spared and everything is questioned, questioned or denied or falsified.

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a cartoon depicting the father Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, OP

The few competent theologians, dotti, wise, balanced, brave and faithful to the Magisterium are easily marginalized, vilified, ignored or even persecuted by a modernistic power or rahneriano now established in academic circles and of ecclesiastical authority, so is now operating an inquisition just as modernist and even more sharp-eyed and lasts of the Romans at the time of St. Pius X and Monsignor Umberto Benigni against the modernists of the time, less dangerous than those now, except that if a poor father Lagrange, Father Juan Arintero or Cardinal Andrea Carlo Ferrari were suspected unfairly by modernism from Orthodox conservatives, Today the Orthodox, even moderately progressives, as the maritainiani, are harassed and persecuted by the modernists.

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Dominican theologian Tomas Tyn

The Dominican Tomas Tyn the same fate has befallen. Teacher in the 1980s at the Studio Teologico bolognese Dominican, the learned theologian, zealous, brave, generous, thomist, fervent and faithful to the Magisterium of the Church, warned with a lot of energy and a wealth of arguments against meandering errors both in doctrine and morals: especially modernists, secularists, relativists, Communists, existentialists, Protestants, idealists and panteisti.

Father Tomas felt a particular interest for the values of the Catholic tradition, warned the Mission of remembering those who had forgotten or neglected, in that climate of reckless then rejection of the past, that, as we all know, characterized those years churned, were in our memory as a time of “dispute“, during which, under pretext of conciliar renewal, many foolishly abandoned or changed sacred and immutable values, You should keep. In those same years, moreover, complicating matters was a Catholic movement founded by Monsignor Marcèl Lefèbvre, who believed that the new doctrines of the Council were infected with modernism, rationalism, enlightenment, anthropocentrism, liberalism and religious Indifferentism. The Council, therefore, According to him, had broken with sacred tradition, proposing new harmful, that had already been condemned by the pre-Conciliar Magisterium. The Church had so, with the Council, deviated from the truth and it was necessary that we did return rejecting as false doctrines. Among the innovations he condemned Lefèbvre asked also promulgated by Paul VI reformed, claiming that the only valid Mass, the “Mass of All Time“, as they call the lefebvrists, was the previous one of St. Pius V: for this it was necessary to stop immediately with the new Setting and return to the ancient.

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Tomas Tyn

Father Tomas welcomed the new docility of the Council, so much so that every day he celebrated that, both convent, both the Sunday to the parish of San Giacomo Bologna fuori le Mura, where he served for 14 years from 1976 to the 1989. He died on 1° gennauo of 1990, just 39 years of age.

He did not hide his admiration for the Tridentine Mass, of which praised the beauty in a long letter, He in 1985 He wrote to the then prefect of the Congregation for the doctrine of the faith, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, We pleased to send them a significant response, in which he stated his agreement [1]. This was certainly the condition that allowed some point, in the same year, Cardinal Giacomo Biffi, Archbishop of Bologna, to ensure that the prior of the convent of Bologna ask Father Tomas Tyn to celebrate weekly in convent privately the Tridentine Mass for a group of faithful, that earlier had turned to Cardinal, what the father did until he left Bologna in 1989 hit by disease, that led him to death.

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Tomas Tyn

Father Tomas was a traditionalist, but in the sense of the word praiseworthy, as preferential attention to traditional values, more than those of new advance or. His sympathy for the Tridentine Mass can surmise something like. Nothing, however, had to do with the lefebvrist traditionalism, though some, especially the modernistic environment or despiser of tradition, uninformed, for interest or in bad faith I have mistaken for a lefebvrist.

In fact what is lefebvrismo? In the belief that the Second Vatican Council the Church, infected with modernism, He taught, under pretext of “pastoral focus“, false doctrines on itself and damaging about the relationship with the modern world, failing its duty as guardian of Holy Tradition. The lefevriani recognize the validity and legitimacy of the Council, but, though in fact originates of the doctrines, that they reject as false, consider only pastoral and, because in the Church's pastoral is not infallible, believe that incorrect doctrines teach or may be incorrect. The lefebvrists don't see a witness Council, but a traitor of tradition. They do not understand that the Council has taken a step forward in the tradition, as the Council itself teaches about Tradition, where it says “progresses” and “grows” knowledge of revealed truths, It transmits [2], also contained in Sacred Scripture, It is clarification and completion of what is contained in Sacred Scripture, both, almost forming a single thing (“in unum coalescunt“), one word of God, both sources of divine revelation preserved and interpreted by the Magisterium of the Church infallible.

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the book dedicated to John Carlson to Tomas Tyn

None of these ideas in lefebvriane Father Tomas, that if, as I said, view a focus on Tradition, has no difficulty to see it confirmed, continued and progressed in the teachings of the Second Vatican Council and the Magisterium of the Church below. Father Tomas, instead of the lefebvrists who claim to find errors in the doctrines of the Council, dare not ever put any criticism to the doctrines of the Council, but it just makes things, While stating that should be properly interpreted and warning from misinterpretation or exploitation made by modernists.

Father Tomas, Thanks to his solid faith and theologically ferrata, He realizes very well with lucidity and end acute discernment of thomist, reacting with extreme rapidity and energy and a relentless criticism, of indiscipline, of imposture and theological deviations, that swarm in his time, covering Deceits them unfairly with the authority of the Council and it looks good by letting the slander of deceived lefevriani, who would find the cause of those deviations in the same Council.

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Tomas Tyn, at the top right, with a group of brothers in the convent of Bologna

Father Tomas, with this frankness and parrhesia, with his hand out with both hands the water of wisdom and his battle against counterfeiters and the enemies of the faith, "stumbling stone» [RM 9,33] and «scandal» stone [The Pt 2,8], could not create around itself and two opposing sides against each other armed: one part, a crowd of admirers and devotees, not only believers, but also simple people of good will, He also drove and helped with his charity high priestly and pastoral prudence, especially among the poor and the humble, but also in each social milieu ― arrived everywhere with the intense apostolic activity " ; and the progressive thickening of those storm clouds, especially cultural environments of the left but also the right, Modernist, the Pharisees, Freemasons, Communists, Protestants, careerists, opportunists and so on, increasingly irritated by his fiery words that were stinging in their consciousness. But the storm had to break out after death.

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Tomas Tyn

A fundamental theme of tyniana speculation is that of freedom [3], that must be based on truth, governed by moral law, especially of charity, freedom as a person's mastery over their acts, freedom as a principle of Justice, freedom as the primacy of the person on the common good and then rejection of all totalitarianism left or right, but also and especially, as St. Augustine, "freedom under grace».

In this we could make a link with the father Tyn Giorgio Callegari, Venetian Dominican, that in the late 1960s in Brazil, together with other, He fought and suffered for the liberation of the working classes from a tyrannical regime, that it was said and hypocritically saw communism in fact only to fight for social justice.

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the Dominican Giorgio Callegari

Father Tomas instead met the cruel and inhumane face of communism, so he fought and suffered for freedom, and while father Callegari, calunniosamente accused of being a Communist, fighting for the change of social conditions, the struggle of Father Tomas Tyn, mistaken for a fascist and a lefebvrist, was to unmask the Hegelian roots of totalitarianism of the left and right, latest offshoot of that Lutheran immanentism that, After the Gospel the Church torn, and have it delivered in the hands of the State, put the bases for the divinization of the State, that in the 20th century would prove in Nazism and communism.

Two Dominicans in the same United ideal of truth, Justice and freedom, though so different for mutual contrast of historical and social climates in which they lived. Father Tyn must be freed from lefevriano label required by the modernists, While father Callegari from rich appioppatagli Communist. The fame of Holiness should always open the hard way between misunderstandings, the slander and lies that would stop the unstoppable advance of witnesses of the Gospel.

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Tomas Tyn by Marinella Montanari

Later in the early 2000, God has given the church a great gift of his grace in order to shine even more for the benefit of the whole Church, that light which Father Tomas had already scattered throughout his earthly life among those whom he had met, family members, members of the Church of Bologna and other places, Brothers, penitents, friends and enemies, people from all walks of life and conditions, believers and non-believers, particularly suffering and thirsting for truth, of Justice, of freedom and Holiness.

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Tomas Tyn's grave

So Dominicans Czechs, at the beginning of 2000, they were promoters of the cause of beatification of Father Tyn, not only because of its reputation for sanctity there giunta, but also, It was the decisive thing, to the damn news or explore the rating which he had made at the time of his ordination to the priesthood in 1975 and he kept secret, to offer his life under the protection of our Lady for the liberation of his homeland from Communist oppression. Now, God wanted Father Tomas died right on 1 January 1990, After a short and very painful disease, When the President of the Republic, Vaclav Havel, inaugurated in the exultation of the whole nation, the new Government. On that occasion,, being now publicly know father Tomas vow, He was soon promoted to the rank of national hero, so much so that that same State television that until a few months before it was Communist Party organ, praised the heroic witness of Father Tyn.

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the servant of God Tomas Tyn and his image chosen by the Office of the Postulator for the cause of beatification

The thought of the servant of God You can qualify as genuinely, frankly and fully Catholic and more precisely thomist, given its absolute adherence to the doctrine of the faith, interpreted, taught and preserved by the Church's Magisterium. In this way, How often reiterates its scholar Gianni Battisti [4], You can find in Tyn thinking what exactly that being Catholic, as defined by the Catholic Church [5], name that today is misunderstood, exploited, falsified and mistreated in a thousand ways with create a huge confusion, damage to the faithful and discredit the Catholic name, with whom do you spend every kind of imposture and heresy. But nothing prevents, wanting to further clarify this Tyn Catholicism, It can be classified as “traditionalist“. And’ However on this point that arose and were the most odious, stubborn and nefarious misunderstandings and malice on behalf of theologian, given that some Catholics, lefevrismo related, have tried, though in vain, to make Father Tomas one of their; While other, modernist orientation and are the majority, In addition to the Church of a strong power, attempt to discredit Father Tomas presenting or passing it as lefevriano or filolefevriano. But the dishonest operation by the latter consists in the fact that they condemn as block “traditionalist” Anyone who doesn't is modernist or “progressive“, as they, to be a driver of legitimacy, They call themselves, blurring into one appellation dishonorable legitimate traditionalism, How is precisely to Tyn, with the traditionalism of the schismatic lefevriani.

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left on Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, the Center John Carlson at the convent of San Domenico in Bologna on the occasion of the opening of the cause for beatification of Tomas Tyn

Despite repeated attempts by witnesses and actors of the process of beatification was opened in 2006 in Bologna by Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, to rip these poisonous herbs, They allignato among the people and the faithful, to the point of putting an obstacle to continuing the process, the Diocesan phase which was nearly finished, to which the witness material was almost ready to be sent to Rome at the Congregation for the causes of Saints in order to bring it to an end. Thus, It seems urgent to an intervention of the competent authorities and all the devotees of the servant of God to give a new impetus to the cause, whereas the sublime doctrine and the shining example of Father Tyn, for their balance, the courage and wisdom, could play a valuable role in spreading the truth, in refutation of the errors, in promoting good morals in the individual and in society, in promoting justice and ecclesial communion and peace, with adverse parties reconcile, left and right, today, with their fanatical presumption and intransigence, they're tearing the Church and paralyzed in its task of evangelizing the world.

Cardinal Carlo Caffarra during the opening of the beatification process of Tomas Tyn

It is therefore highly desirable that the cause of Tyn can progress to a brave and decisive intervention by his supporters, of devotees, of the disciples and scholars of Father Tyn, scattered in Italy, in Czech Republic and in the world, from Germany, to France, to Spain, to United States, at Austria, to Switzerland, to Philippines, to Hungary, to Slovenia, to Mexico, to Brazil, the Argentina, to Albania, in Malta. This opposition of forces is one of the earliest signs of trouble more severe macroscopic of today's Church, i.e. the absolutization and ideologization of the two opposing parties of lefevriani and of the modernists, that, arrogatisi in place of the Pope the Church censors function, We condemn and are mutually, as if it were to separate the wicked from the righteous. There is no doubt that these categories have value, being used by the Bible itself, but don't use them in that sense meanly biased, but only in relation to obedience or disobedience to God, where in individual cases it is prudent to refrain from judging. But the problem that afflicts us is foolishness with which these categories are used by these two parties, that reduces their partial view, biased and unilateral. These categories make sense only in relation to those who serve God and those who hate him; not an easy thing to judge on individual cases. Hence the folly and recklessness to use them only in reference to your party, In addition, marred by misconceptions and heterodox.

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Tomas Tyn

The Catholic as such, How to pose well Antonio Livi in’Patmos Island [see WHO], is neither progressive nor conservative, but simply Catholic without adjectives; is above the left. “Catholic” mean “Universal”: Catholic would be one that is partial? Unless it's specifications that have nothing to do with the truths of faith, but add something accidental to the Catholic, as it would be for example to distinguish the French from the Italian Catholic or Catholic young than adult. Reduce instead, How to make lefevriani and modernists, being Catholic at their current size-restricted, you offend the sacredness and universality of the Catholic name. No problems qualify as conservative or progressive: is completely legitimate and normal, provided, however, that this is done within the bed of orthodoxy and of communion with the Church and the Pope, as accidental expressions, modal and contingents of various legitimate ways of living their Catholicism, respecting and working with the opposite trend, because of the one and the other are made to complement each other and together serve the Church.

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Tomas Tyn

Another thing to note. The content of theology in history subject to continuous analysis and clarification, Thanks to the research of the theologian. For this there is a traditional theology, expressing and comment on existing data, for example of the great masters like Thomas Aquinas; and a new or innovative theology, presenting the latest survey results, often questionable or hypothetical only, so controversial, and that can also be drivers. The theologian, in principle, has this dual task: comment on traditional data, already acquired, Maybe exposing them with a modern language; and research or the formulation of new theories or interpretations, of course on the solid foundation of those already acquired. The theologian more interested in progress, may be called “progressive“, but that has nothing to do with “Modernist“, that is a false way to advance and modernize the theology.

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Tomas Tyn image child

Father Tomas chose to devote the exhibition of traditional doctrines, without he disdained any new, that presented themselves as development or clarification of the doctrines of the Council. In fact, they paid attention and did not fail to give himself new contributions e.g. to the advancement of metaphysics or the doctrine of grace and freedom in relation to psychology. Anyway and in the sense that can be classified as traditionalist theologian qualification, of which he was aware and which boasted.

Revisit with Father Tyn content of the tradition, just as there are left and emerge from the Magisterium of the Church, starting with the Apostolic tradition until Pope's Magisterium, is a healthy exercise of Catholic orthodoxy, that fixes the lefevriano concept of tradition, locked at the time of the Council, showing how the post-Conciliar progress in the knowledge of God's Word, under the guidance of the Church, It is the most authentic experience of sacred tradition today.

Varazze, 7 September 2015



[1] The correspondence between Father Tyn and the cardinal is published in my book Father Tomas Tyn. A traditionalist post-conciliar, Editions Faith&Culture, Verona 2007.
[2] Const. Dogm. Dei Verbum, # 8.
[3] CF. The anthology of his writings on freedom in The liberation of freedom, edited by g. Carlson, Editions Faith&Culture, Verona 2008.
[4] CF. t. Tyn performance, The power of truth. Theologians lessonsto, Editorial Spread Umbilicus Italiae, Rieti 2012.
[5] See the Catechism of the Catholic Church.


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3 thoughts on "Father Tomas Tyn and the Lefebvrismo

  1. “Benedict XVI had this to say, to distinguish the good from the bad you have to make them theologians compared with the Catechism, where we find the fundamental truths of the faith”: It is a statement of extreme simplicity, clarity and rationality and, therefore, very effective. On top of that comes from the Papal Magisterium. Whereby, in these times, preachers and catechists should cite more often such interventions. Therefore I ask the father Carr or his coworker to indicate text from which is taken the following statement (I think it's been mentioned in a literal not, but relying on memory).

    1. Dear Reader.

      I managed to find what I asked with the help of sister Matilde, who for years has been working with me to the cause of beatification of father Tomas Tyn.

      The Lord gave the church a living subject, with all of the bishops in communion with the Pope, and this great reality of the world's bishops in communion with the Pope gives us the witness of permanent truth. We trust this permanent Magisterium of the communion of the bishops with the Pope, that there is the presence of the word. And then, We also trust in the Church's life and, above all, We have to be critical. Certainly theological formation – this I would say seminarians – is very important. In our time we must know Sacred Scripture, even against the attacks of the seven; We must really be friends of the word. We must also know the currents of our time to respond reasonably, to be able to give – as Saint Peter says – "reason for our faith". Training is very important. But we must be also critical: the criterion of faith is the basis on which see also theologians and theologies. Pope John Paul II gave us a policy absolutely safe in the Catechism of the Catholic Church: Here we see a summary of our faith, and this catechism is really the policy to see where it goes a theology acceptable or not acceptable. Therefore, I recommend reading, the study of this text, and so we can move forward with a critical theology in positive way, i.e. criticism against the fashion trends and open to new, the inexhaustible depths of God's Word, that turns out to be new at all times, even in our time.

      Of : http://w2.vatican.va/content/benedict-xvi/it/speeches/2010/june/documents/hf_ben-xvi_spe_20100610_concl-anno-sac.html


      Piazza San Pietro – Thursday,, 10 June 2010


  2. Caro Father, Thanks!
    Thanks to her, and also thanks to Ariel's father, because both, on this island, you gave me many ideas on this subject valuable us priests, that we often find in contact with this reality, but especially not easy answers to give to our loyal, because our superiors are often unfortunately “fugitives”, and in their absence leave us decisions that no Pastor, no priest can take on its own initiative.
    In this article (as in all previous signed by her father and Ariel), you have given us that which unfortunately we did not get our bishops:
    1. the doctrinal classification problem.
    2. canonical framing the problem.
    3. location of irregularities and the reasons for such irregularities with all the consequent impact on the discipline of the sacraments.
    Thanks again, therefore, to get it done and said what our bishops did not and have not said. You just have to say that my Bishop, When I told him of the lefevriani celebrated in a chapel in the territory of my parish and my faithful asking me information, but asking, above all, If they could participate, He answered me … “and you, the lefevriani, ignore them. And the faithful say they do what they feel in good conscience to do”. That's right I said, That's right!
    Thanks again John.

    Don Antonio M.

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