Developments in the Byelorussian Patriarchate of St Andrew the First-Called Apostle

The Byelorussian Patriarchate of St Andrew the First-Called Apostle was established in 1970 under the late Patriarch Peter II Zhurawetsky, in whose memory the Patriarchal seat has been held vacant since his death in 1994. From the outset the executive duties of the Patriarchal office were devolved to the Ecclesiast of All Byelorussia, the first holder of this office having been the late Prince Kermit of Miensk. Under Prince Kermit, the Patriarchate was latterly maintained as a private ekklesia of the Royal House Polanie-Patrikios.

Since the succession of Prince Edmond of Miensk to the position of Ecclesiast of All Byelorussia on the death of his adoptive father Prince Kermit in 2015, there has been an increase in the ecclesiastical activities in exile of the Patriarchate, these having been centred on missions in Brazil which have latterly expanded to other countries.

Recent developments among the clergy of the Patriarchate have caused profound concern, in particular the complete breakdown of the relationship that had existed between the clergy and the Exarchate based in Brazil, which resulted in representations being made to the Ecclesiast. With efforts to bring about peace and reconciliation having failed, and with the priority being to safeguard the faithful and to ensure that any ministry of the Patriarchate should be fully in keeping with orthodox Christian principles, it has been necessary to initiate a revision of the policy of the Patriarchate and in particular its relationship with those missions that have hitherto been associated with it and which have operated under the working name Igreja Católica Ortodoxa Bielorussa no Brasil.

With immediate effect, the position of the Patriarchate has reverted to the former status of a private ekklesia of the Royal House Polanie-Patrikios solely. As such, its only member of clergy is now the Prince of Miensk as its Ecclesiast. All former members of the clergy, all lay ministers and all attached missions have been released from the Patriarchate immediately and without canonical penalty. They are therefore free to re-organize themselves under a new canonical administration or to join other churches should they wish.

Those clergy and missions who have wished to remain with our communion have been transferred to the Apostolic Episcopal Church and the Order of Antioch, whose lists will be updated in the near future to reflect this.

Notice of dissociation and fraudulent imposture: “Ecclesia Antiquitus Catholicus” and Fabrizio Rovello

The Abbey-Principality of San Luigi wishes it to be known that it has no connection whatsoever with an entity called “Ecclesia Antiquitus Catholicus”. This entity has established a website at which consists almost entirely of the unauthorized reproduction of copyrighted content stolen verbatim from this website and translated into Italian.

At the sole original page of this website ( is contained a proclamation by “Patriarch General Benedict XVII IN MYNDO FABRIZIO ROVELLO”. This individual is unknown to the Abbey-Principality of San Luigi, is not a member of the San Luigi Orders or of any dependent community under our aegis, and so far as we are concerned, is a fraudulent impostor.

The imposture of Fabrizio Rovello extends to his baseless and impertinent pretence to the titles of San Luigi. By these actions in bad faith, devoid of any credibility or the slightest attempt at justification, he shows himself to be a liar and a man without any sense of honour or Christian morality. “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.” (Matt. 7:15). Accordingly, we have taken the measure of declaring Fabrizio Rovello vitandus, one who is to be avoided by the faithful.

We note that the links in Rovello’s pages have not been edited and continue to point to this website, which may at least succeed in informing some visitors that he is not what he claims to be.

The Abbey-Principality condemns this behaviour in the strongest terms, believing that it constitutes fraud, theft and the deliberate deception of the public. It has made an official complaint to the free webhost Jimdo, seeking to have its copyrighted material removed. The Abbey-Principality reserves all its rights in law and will pursue this matter further through legal action if necessary.

The only official website of the Abbey-Principality is and remains and no other website has ever been authorized to promulgate information on our behalf save the websites of our dependent churches and related organizations, all of which are linked from this site.

Death of Pope Benedict XVI

The Abbey-Principality of San Luigi wishes to express its condolences on the announcement of the death of Pope Benedict XVI.

Ecce sacerdos magnus, qui in diébus suis plácuit Deo: Ideo jure jurando fecit illum Dóminus crescere in plebem suam. Benedictiónem ómnium géntium dedit illi, et testaméntum suum confirmávit super caput eius. Ideo jure jurando fecit illum Dóminus crescere in plebem suam. Gloria patri et filio et spiritui sancto.

A Response to Matthew T. Scarince

The Abbey-Principality of San Luigi notes the comments made by one Matthew T. Scarince on his Twitter account recently that refer to our organization in insulting terms and that reproduce photographs from this website of the late Prince Kermit de Polanie-Patrikios and Prince Hugo-José Tomassini Paternò without our permission.

Matthew T. Scarince (pictured left), who has a second Twitter account under the alias “Matteo Scaringi” describes himself as Catholic Restorationist, Legitimist, Habsburgtreuer Ciarsèano. Maria Laach Liturgical Movement. Author at”. 

It would appear that he is a young man in his early twenties and a resident of the United States of America.

It is clear from Scarince’s postings that he supports the modernist direction of the present Papacy, the Maria Laach liturgical movement having prefigured the Mass of Paul VI. If we wish to understand this movement better, perhaps we should recall the words of the Abbot of the Maria Laach monastery, Dom Ildefons Herwegen,

“What the liturgical movement is in the religious field is fascism in the political field. – The German person stands and acts under authority, under leadership … Those who do not follow are a pest for the community. … Let us say an unreserved yes to the new structure of the total state, which is thought to be entirely analogous to the structure of the church. The Church is in politics in the world like Germany today.”
Ildefons Herwegen at the third special sociological conference of the Catholic Association of Academics in Germany, Maria Laach July 1933 (Thomas Ruster: The lost usefulness of religion, Catholicism and modernity in the Weimar Republic (2nd edition 1997) Ferdinand Schöningh, Paderborn 1994, ISBN 3-506-77381-X, p. 105).

Our organization, by contrast, while respecting the person and office of the Pope, stands without apology for Catholic Tradition unimpaired and uncompromised, even though this prevents us at the present time from being in full communion with the Holy See. It is not uncommon to find those with a limited understanding of the theology behind Catholic traditionalism falling back on the argument that anything in union with the Pope is legitimate and anything else is not. This is not an argument that bears scrutiny, and it has been answered eloquently and comprehensively by the theologians of the Society of St Pius X and other traditionalist Catholic groups over the past decades.

Elsewhere Scarince has copious words of praise for Count Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi, who was largely responsible for creating the European Union from which Britain has thankfully now extricated herself. Coudenhove-Kalergi also wished to destroy the European peoples, writing that “The man of the future will be of mixed race. Today’s races and classes will gradually disappear owing to the vanishing of space, time, and prejudice…the Eurasian-Negroid race of the future, similar in its appearance to the Ancient Egyptians, will replace the diversity of peoples with a diversity of individuals.” We reject such ideas entirely, holding that the God-given diversity of mankind has given rise to distinctive races, cultures and nations that should at all costs be preserved, and holding that the promotion of mutual respect for the traditions and established ways of life of the different peoples of the world is the path towards lasting peace and understanding between them.

Elsewhere Scarince appears to be involved with the world of fantasy and fictional monarchy. We could add further observations concerning his published writings, but much of the material reviewed was frankly too dull and poorly written to hold our attention.

Scarince’s curious attention to the restoration of the Habsburg dynasty is again marred by his lack of knowledge. He is clearly unaware that the British representative of the Empress Zita of Austria for many decades (and who received both the Golden Fleece and numerous titles of nobility from the de jure Emperor Otto under her Regency during the 1920s) was a prominent and senior member of our organization. The late Mar Georgius of Glastonbury worked tirelessly to restore the rightful Austrian and Hungarian monarchy. His efforts, it would seem, are now worthy only of being traduced by pompous and opinionated young Americans.

Scarince, like many of his ilk, is all too ready to criticize actual experts in one-line Twitter posts without having any serious factual arguments to put forward. This is the mark of the internet troll rather than the scholar. Of the lawyer and expert on nobility Bob Juchter van Bergen Quast, who is not associated with our organization but has written about it and many others in the past, Scarince opines that he has “some of the worst takes on nobility and house-law I’ve ever seen”. Unlike Scarince, Quast provides sources for his statements and supports his arguments and conclusions in a thorough and scholarly manner. We do not always agree with every point that Quast makes, but we certainly consider that he is among the most significant writers on nobility today. For Scarince, however, Quast is beyond the pale because he criticises the almighty Wikipedia, “Dude [sic] cites himself in an article on his own blog about how Wikipedia is totally wrong. Amazing:” It has clearly not occurred to Scarince that Wikipedia, which is not written by experts and is party to all manner of bullying and influencing tactics by powerful partisan forces, is susceptible to considerable bias and inaccuracy on subjects that are controversial.

It is obvious from Scarince’s comments that he is woefully ignorant concerning the question of Byzantine nobility, as is further proven by his ignoble and base attack on the late Prince Hugo-José Tomassini Paternò. This seems more to be based on the late Prince’s political support for Mussolini (for whom he fought heroically during the Second World War) than on any objective judgement. How curious that this political alignment should be criticised, given Scarince’s endorsement of the Maria Laach liturgical movement as discussed above.

As an indicator of his lack of scholarship, Scarince states entirely incorrectly that the Prince claimed “to be the head of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta”. The correct position is that the Prince in 1975 became Grand Protector of one of the numerous branches of the Order of St John that descend from a common foundation in the original medieval Johannine Order. He certainly did not claim authority over the Order of Malta with which he had no official relationship. It would doubtless harm Scarince’s case to mention that the Prince received the Lateran Cross from the Pope and acted in an official capacity as heraldic advisor to the Venezuelan government. The Prince was certainly no phoney; he was a remarkable and principled individual whose life honoured both his dynastic forebears and the traditions and causes for which he stood. His successor today is also a distinguished member of our organization.

Sadly there are many in our society today who claim to stand for monarchy and legitimism but are in reality little more than modern liberals in disguise, keen to throw mud at those who stand for genuine principle and have sacrificed much to do so.  They will remain safely within the boundaries of the mainstream, even when that mainstream betrays everything that it had inherited. Real monarchy, which is to say monarchy not tethered by a constitution but exercised in absolute form in accordance with sacred tradition, terrifies them. It is no surprise, then, that in order to convince themselves of the rectitude of their position they turn to attacking others. In doing so they can gain the attention that they so crave and the support of those who enjoy the resulting spectacle, while ignoring the shaky foundations of their own beliefs.

We by contrast adhere to Tradition, in religious, cultural and political matters, and will not hesitate to defend our principles and organization against modernist keyboard warriors.

Easter 2022


“The grace of Easter is a great silence, an immense tranquility and a clean taste in your soul. It is the taste of heaven, but not the heaven of some wild exaltation. The Easter vision is not riot and drunkenness of spirit, but a discovery of order above all order—a discovery of God and of all things in Him. This is a wine without intoxication, a joy that has no poison in it. It is life without death. Tasting it for a moment, we are briefly able to see and love all things according to their truth, to possess them in their substance hidden in God, beyond all sense. For desire clings to the vesture and accident of things, but charity possesses them in the simple depths of God.” – Thomas Merton OCSO (1915-68)