Although I’ve had the privilege of meeting Tony Fraser, son of the famous Communist convert Hamish, I can’t claim to have known him well on a personal level. The following glowing tribute from The Remnant, therefore, serves our purpose well – to pay tribute to his work as editor of Apropos, and to encourage bloggers to pray for the repose of his soul. Tony was always supportive of Catholic Truth: he gave ready permission to use material from Apropos and was always co-operative when I contacted him for assistance. Unfortunately, due to family illness, I won’t be able to attend the funeral but for those who would be free to do so, the arrangements follow…
A Tridentine Requiem mass will be offered for the repose of Tony’s soul at 10am on Friday 5th September at St Mary’s Church (Our Lady, Star of the Sea),10 Ardrossan Road, Saltcoats, Ayrshire KA21 5BW.
From The Remnant
We are devastated by the news of the sudden passing of our old friend and ally, Anthony S. Fraser, who died yesterday morning, August 28 (Feast of St. Augustine), of apparent heart failure.
Readers of The Remnant will immediately recognize the name Anthony Fraser as the indefatigable editor of Apropos—the UK’s premier traditional Catholic magazine. Of course, Tony is also the son of the late, great Hamish Fraser—an early pioneer of the traditional Catholic movement as well as a close friend and collaborator of the founder of The Remnant, Walter L. Matt (RIP). His Approaches magazine is generally considered Europe’s traditionalist magazine of record during the turbulent years following Vatican II.
Like Hamish, Tony was a loyal son of the Church with a proper Scottish refusal to abandon Catholic Tradition and the Social Rights of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King under the regime of novelty. Instead, he became a champion of Tradition and the Social Teaching of the Catholic Church promulgated by the great popes of the latter half of the 19th and early half of the 20th centuries.
Tony wrote only occasionally for The Remnant but was always an enthusiastic promoter of The Remnant, regularly publishing unsolicited ads for us in his magazine. Quite recently, in fact, he simply gave us the rights to our book on Freemasonry by Arnaud de Lassus (most of which had originated in Apropos). But that’s the way he was. It was the cause, the truth, that mattered most to Tony. I was honored to walk the pilgrimage to Chartres with Tony and his sons, Simon and Seamus, several times years ago and will never forget the camaraderie, the brilliant sense of humor and the unflappable sensus Catholicus of the Fraser clan.
Tony was realistic but I never found him to be pessimistic, and his sense of humor maintained a balance that always provided welcome relief when the chips were really down. And so a few months after Francis was elected Pope, for example, Tony quipped to me in an email: “We can only hope and pray that Francis is the Pope we Catholics did not deserve rather than the one we do. But as my dad used to say it is Ecclesiam Suam and He knows best – perhaps as Fr Thwaites observed – we have a bit of winnowing to suffer yet.”
Perhaps there is something apropos in the fact that the very last message I received from Tony, in an email dated August 9, 2014, included the following bit of lighthearted encouragement:
“As my Dad said – Keep punching!
Yours aye in Christo Rege, Tony”
In other words, don’t ever give up the fight for the old Faith. Indeed, Tony never did.