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  • Bishop Schneider: "I have asked Msgr. Fellay not to delay his acceptance any longer"

    01/04/2017 3:36:55 PM PST · by BlatherNaut · 15 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 1/4/17 | Adfero
    “The movement to restore the traditional Mass is the work of the Holy Spirit, and is unstoppable” Our partners at Adelante La Fe (Rorate in Spanish) today published an exclusive interview with His Excellency Bishop Athanasius Schneider. The answers he gives are very blunt and bold -- even for the great bishop. It's pretty clear even by just skimming his answers that he believes the time has come for the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX). HEADLINES “There are many places where priests act more like Protestant ministers than Catholic priests” “There are families that must travel more than 100...
  • Will Pope Francis Approve the SSPX on Monday?

    11/19/2016 5:35:57 PM PST · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    OnePeter5 ^ | 11/19/16 | Maike Hickson
    As the Italian news agency, ANSA, reports, Pope Francis intends to publish a new Apostolic Letter “Misericordia et Misera” on Monday, 21 November 2016. It will be a document sealing the end of the Year of Mercy and might thus have a special meaning to the Catholic world. German Vatican expert Giuseppe Nardi also reports today on the website an important event that might also take place on Monday: the full acceptance of the Society of St. Pius X as a member of the Catholic Church, with a personal prelature, as has often previously been discussed. This information comes...
  • No More Conservatives

    The trouble with the terms even when they were useful was that they were moving targets. One could only be a “conservative” or a “liberal” in comparison to someone else. It was a sliding scale, and your position on it depended on where you were standing on the line – or who was standing next to you. So, a guy like archbishop Gomez got called a “conservative” (or sometimes an “archconservative” depending on who was doing the labelling) when he went to Los Angeles to take over for the uber “liberal” heretic Mahoney. And when Gomez would say or do...
  • Abp. Pozzo on SSPX: Disputed Vatican II Documents Are Non-Doctrinal

    08/10/2016 7:04:54 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    OnePeter5 ^ | 8/9/16 | Maike Hickson
    In a recent interview published by the German weekly newspaper Die Zeit (32/2016), Italian Archbishop Guido Pozzo (64), Secretary of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei (PCED), made some important statements concerning his qualitatively progressing negotiations with the Society of Saint Pius X — negotiations which fall under the purview of the PCED. His comments make it clear that the process of formal inclusion of the SSPX is advancing, and that Pope Francis has offered a personal prelature to the SSPX – similar to the structure under which Opus Dei operates. There is a section in the interview that is especially...
  • Bishop Fellay: SSPX ‘Does Not Seek Primarily a Canonical Recognition’

    06/29/2016 2:05:40 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 34 replies
    The superior general of the Society of St. Pius X said in a June 29 statement that the Society “does not seek primarily a canonical recognition.” “In the great and painful confusion that currently reigns in the Church, the proclamation of Catholic doctrine requires the denunciation of errors that have made their way into it and are unfortunately encouraged by a large number of pastors, including the Pope himself,” said Bishop Bernard Fellay. The prelate’s new statement comes one month after he expressed optimism about an accord between the Vatican and the Society, which was founded by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre....
  • Breakaway Catholic group accuses pope of spreading errors [SSPX]

    06/29/2016 11:02:17 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 29, 2016 1:27 PM EDT | Nicole Winfield
    A breakaway traditionalist Catholic group accused Pope Francis on Wednesday of spreading confusion and errors about the faith, joining a chorus of conservative criticism over his perceived lax doctrine and emphasis on mercy at the expense of morals. A statement from the schismatic Society of St. Pius X suggested that a new attempt at reconciliation with Rome had stalled, or that the society itself was divided over next steps and decided at least to take a hard line against Francis. The statement, issued after a meeting of the society’s superiors, said its members weren’t primarily looking for a legal resolution...
  • Comedy Hour at The Remnant: “Francis is the Pope Until the Pope Says He’s Not”

    06/25/2016 7:21:21 PM PDT · by SGNA · 4 replies
    Novus Ordo Watch ^ | June 24, 2016 | Novus Ordo Watch
    Response to Hilary WhiteComedy Hour at The Remnant: “Francis is the Pope Until the Pope Says He’s Not” Peek-a-boo! Is he or isn’t he? Apparently there is a new policy in place at the semi-traditionalist flagship publication The Remnant: Bloggers can write whatever they please about the Papacy, even if it contradicts the Faith, as long as they don’t endorse Sedevacantism.Most recent case in point: A blog post by Hilary White (pictured left) entitled, “Francis is the Pope Until the Pope Says He’s Not”. The title offers a good preview of the confused theology that follows in the body...
  • SSPX reconciliation. I think it might happen (Catholic Caucus)

    05/26/2016 2:43:41 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | May 26, 2016 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    I have said for years that the SSPX could be reconciled without all sorts of doctrinal declarations about points in Vatican II documents.I see this at the NCRegister: Cardinal Müller Expects SSPX to Recognize Disputed Council TeachingsCardinal Gerhard Müller has said he expects the Society of St. Pius X, which has always opposed the Second Vatican Council’s declarations on religious freedom and ecumenism, to “unreservedly recognize” freedom of religion as a human right, and an obligation to ecumenism.In an interview in the June edition of the German publication Herder Korrespondenz, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith said that...
  • Cardinal Muller to SSPX: Acceptance of Vatican II is as Essential as Accepting Resurrection

    05/25/2016 2:47:49 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | May 25, 2016 | Chris Jackson
    As many of you know, Bishop Fellay, Superior General of the SSPX met with Pope Francis last month. A few days afterwards, on April 7, 2016, Msgr. Guido Pozzo, Secretary of the Vatican’s Ecclesia Dei Commission, gave an interview to La Croix newspaper in which he said: “The difficulties raised by the SSPX regarding questions of Church-State relations and religious liberty, the practice of ecumenism and dialogue with non-Christian religions, certain aspects of liturgical reform and their concrete application, remain objects of discussion and clarification,” Archbishop Pozzo added, “but do not constitute an obstacle to the SSPX’s canonical and juridical...
  • Something is happening in the SSPX (Catholic/SSPX Caucus)

    04/15/2016 4:54:19 AM PDT · by Legatus · 31 replies
    Fish Eaters Forum ^ | February 19, 2016 | P. Franz Schmidberger
    I. The Church is a mystery. It is the mystery of God's presence among us, our Savior, God, who does not want the death of sinners, but be converted and live. The conversion requires our collaboration. II. The Church is infallible in its divine nature; but it is run by people who can make mistakes and even make mistakes. We must distinguish the office of the person. The latter remains a certain amount of time in office and then out-either by death or other circumstances, but the office remains. Pope Francis today has the papal ministry and the primacy of...
  • SSPX Bp. de Galaretta: Pope Francis will unilaterally recognize the SSPX

    04/05/2016 6:17:09 PM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | 4/5/16 | Fr John Zuhlsdorf
    If you read Italian, there is a fascinating piece at La Stampa by Marco Tosatti (who is not one of the traitorous Italian Vaticanisti) about SSPX Bp. Alfonso de Galarreta’s view of Pope Francis’ view of the SSPX.First, note that Bp. de Galarreta, though born in Spain, grew up in Argentina. From everything that I have learned from S. American friends, it takes an Argentinian to understand an Argentinian.Bp. de Galarreta thinks that Pope Francis is going to recognize the SSPX unilaterally, apart from doctrinal and canonical considerations.  My translation: [T]his Pope says to whomever wants to listen that we are...
  • One of Pope Francis’ strongest critics' note of hope (SSPX Bishop Fellay) (Really)

    04/01/2016 8:13:50 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 7 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | Fri Apr 1, 2016 | John-Henry Westen
    April 1, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) -- Of all the people many would assume to be Pope Francis’ greatest enemy, the head of the Society of Saint Pius X would likely hit the top of many lists. Bishop Bernard Fellay, the head of the SSPX, however has made some remarkably hopeful statements about the Pope, revealing what he sees as Francis’ own embrace of the SSPX. Rumors of reunification effort have been circulating since Pope Francis’ surprise announcement that the priests of the SSPX would be given permission to hear confessions of all Catholics during the Year of Mercy. Those rumors were...
  • Coming Soon: Unilateral Recognition of the Society of St. Pius X

    02/26/2016 1:28:19 PM PST · by piusv · 40 replies
    REMNANT COMMENT: A wise question, indeed! "Are we capable of this?" Here the good bishop displays a sensus catholicus and fundamental prudence that leaves us absolutely confident that indeed the SSPX is in good hands and understands clearly what is at stake, and that partly what is at stake is something intangible. Obviously, Francis is going to regularize the SSPX. Why? Well, the old adage should sum things up quite nicely: Keep your friends close but your enemies closer. The question we all must ask ourselves is this: When it comes to regularization of the SSPX, what's in it for...
  • [SSPX] On the Terrorist Attacks and the Kingship of Christ

    11/18/2015 4:30:30 PM PST · by markomalley · 3 replies
    The Remnant ^ | 11/18/15 | Abbé Christian Bouchacourt
    Terrorist acts of great gravity have been inflicted upon our country. Hundreds of people were killed, injured or traumatized, and we pray for the repose of the souls of those who lost their lives in this tragedy, and we pledge our prayers for their families and loved ones in mourning, and for the injured victims, that they may regain their health quickly. Such an attack certainly warrants a prompt response from French political and military authorities. But will this be sufficient to restore order, peace and security in France? We insist that it will not. Indeed, Pope Pius XI in his...
  • A Closing Comment on the Synod

    10/26/2015 1:12:41 PM PDT · by NRx · 5 replies
    Opus Publicum ^ | 10-26-2015 | Gabriel Sanchez
    The glib optimism flowing from ostensibly conservative Catholics concerning the recently concluded Extraordinary Synod on the Family is a thing of wonder. Only in a Church where abuse, dissent, and outright heresy are so commonplace could a document like the final Relatio be held up as a banner of orthodoxy. Some conservatives are now laying into traditional Catholics, noting that their worries about schism and collapse were not just overblown, but thoroughly ridiculous. As a friend of mine observed, however, just because a stroke is a more dramatic way to die doesn’t mean a nice quiet bout of cancer won’t...
  • The SSPX and the Synod (Catholic Caucus)

    10/08/2015 11:37:15 AM PDT · by Legatus · 13 replies
    onepeterfive ^ | 10/07/2015 | Steve Skojec
    Absolutely Stunning Candlelight Marian Procession for the Synod I’m exhausted by the Synod. I’m exhausted by the debates about the SSPX. And yet, this video combines both themes in a way that is so radically uplifting, so completely moving that I finished it in tears. This. This. This. This is what Catholicism is supposed to look like. You want to call them schismatics? You’re wrong, but go right ahead. The institutional Church gives us an endless parade of perverse clerics trying to tear down Christ’s teaching, while the SSPX gives us this. You can say whatever you want about the...
  • BOMBSHELL: Bishop Morlino Apologizes to the SSPX

    09/13/2015 1:06:00 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 7 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | 9/13/15 | Michael Matt
    Big News from Remnant TV... His Excellency Bishop Robert C. Morlino of Madison, Wisconsin graciously apologizes to the Society of St. Pius X. Will this stunning development finally end the schism mongers' ugly witch hunt? Plus, Edward Pentin reports on an explosive dossier inside the Vatican that may mean big trouble for Pope Francis.
  • Pope Francis confirms it: SSPX has always had supplied jurisdiction [Catholic Caucus]

    09/02/2015 5:55:55 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 15 replies
    Harvesting the Fruit of Vatican II ^ | 9/1/15 | Louie Verrecchio
    As the entire “traditionalist” (aka Catholic) community surely knows by now, in a Letter of the Holy Father Francis to the President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization at the beginning of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, Pope Francis stated: A final consideration concerns those faithful who for various reasons choose to attend churches officiated by priests of the Fraternity of St Pius X. This Jubilee Year of Mercy excludes no one. From various quarters, several Brother Bishops have told me of their good faith and sacramental practice, combined however with an uneasy situation from...

    09/01/2015 3:53:50 AM PDT · by NYer · 428 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | September 1, 2015 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Huge news. This was under embargo till noon, Rome time, which must be honored. [UPDATE: The Bollettino is now available HERE]The Year of Mercy begins 8 December 2015 until 20 November 2016.It is about to be announced that the Holy Father has sent a letter to Archbishop Rino Fisichella, President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization about the upcoming Extraordinary Year of Mercy.In this letter the Pope says that he is granting to all priests the faculty to absolve from the sin of abortion.  He writes: “I have decided, notwithstanding anything to the contrary, to concede to all priests for...
  • A Bishop cautions the Faithful about the SSPX (Catholic / SSPX Caucus)

    08/07/2015 2:22:17 PM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | August 7, 2015 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    His Excellency Most Reverend Robert C. Morlino, Bishop of Madison (aka The Extraordinary Ordinary) published a column in the diocesan newspaper and website about the Society of St. Pius X.  HEREHere it is with my emphases: A word of caution about the Society of Saint Pius XBishop’s Column Written by Robert C. Molrino, Bishop of MadisonThe 50 years since the close of the Second Vatican Council have been tumultuous for the Church. Forces both inside and outside of the Church tried to distort and exploit the council and the post-conciliar liturgical reforms to create a new Church after their own...
  • Sad. Former SSPX Bp. Williamson consecrates a bishop. Both now excommunicated (Catholic)

    03/20/2015 2:38:10 PM PDT · by NYer · 52 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | March 19, 2015 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Former SSPX Bp. Williamson consecrated another bishop. They both have incurred the late sententiae excommunication foreseen in Canon Law.The SSPX issued an official statement HERE: On March 19, 2015, Bishop Richard Williamson performed the episcopal consecration of Fr. Jean-Michel Faure at the Benedictine Monastery of the Holy Cross in Nova Friburgo, Brazil.Bishop Williamson and Fr. Faure have not been members of the Society of St. Pius X since 2012 and 2014, respectively, [NB] because of their violent criticisms of any relations with the Roman authorities. According to them, such contacts were incompatible with the apostolic work of Archbishop Lefebvre. [I suspect...
  • FORMER SSPX Bishop Williamson to consecrate bishop(s) (Catholic Caucus)

    03/16/2015 2:50:32 PM PDT · by NRx · 7 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 03-16-2015 | Rorate Caeli
    It was only a matter of time. Ever since Bishop Richard Williamson eventually caused the Society of Saint Pius X (FSSPX / SSPX) to force his own expulsion from that Society in 2012, the watch has been on for him to consecrate one or more bishops. This became even more inevitable as he has failed to recruit any significant number of clergy or faithful away from the SSPX in a so-called "Resistance" attempt. Rorate can now report at least one consecration will occur on March 19 (Feast of St. Joseph).
  • United States : Bishop Schneider visits USA seminary

    02/15/2015 9:31:00 PM PST · by BlatherNaut
    DICI ^ | 2/14/15 | DICI
    On February 11, 2015, Bishop Athanasius Schneider, auxiliary bishop of Astana in Kazakhstan, met with Bishop Bernard Fellay, SSPX Superior General, and also with several priests of the Society, at St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary in Winona (United States). This was the second visit by Bishop Schneider to one of our seminaries. On January 16, 2015, he had visited the St. Cure d’Ars Seminary in Flavigny (France). Both meetings pertained to the question of the liturgical reform of Paul VI and the doctrinal presuppositions of the Novus Ordo Missae. On December 5, 2014, Cardinal Walter Brandmuller, President Emeritus of the Pontifical...
  • "SSPX Already is in 'Full Communion', but in a State of 'Imperfect Reconciliation'."

    09/25/2014 6:50:17 PM PDT · by narses · 8 replies
    Eorate Caeli ^ | September 24, 2014 | Father Claude Barthe
    One of the wisest clerics in the traditional Catholic world, Father Claude Barthe, wrote a short note for the highly regarded French Catholic periodical L'Homme Nouveau on the Holy See communiqué on the meeting between Cardinal Müller and Bishop Fellay yesterday. He paid attention to the key words, as well as to words that are missing, and how they represent a high point in the evolution of relations between the Apostolic See and the Society of Saint Pius X. Father Barthe, by the way, is the main chaplain of the remarkable Populus Summorum Pontificum pilgrimage to Rome, taking place a...
  • SSPX officials met with Card. Müller, Prefect of CDF

    09/24/2014 6:18:08 AM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | September 23, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    As crazy as it is may now sound, perhaps Pope Francis is the one who can reconcile the SSPX.I’ve floated this idea before. I don’t have any illusions that Francis likes much of anything about the SSPX. The other day I had a chat with a South American journalist who agreed with my suspicions that then-Card. Bergoglio’s impressions of the SSPX in Argentina were not favorable in large part because of Bp. Williamson and Bp. de Galaretta. Not hard to believe at all.But… just maybe… could Francis be the one to get the job done?I saw at VIS that SSPX...
  • SSPX adherents pose an obstacle to reconciliation

    09/23/2014 3:56:46 PM PDT · by RBStealth · 66 replies ^ | 9/23/14 | Dr. Jeff Mirus
    I am delighted that the Vatican and the Society of St. Pius X are talking again. This means that hope for a reconciliation of the SSPX with the Church has not been abandoned. But in thinking about this today, I realized something quite significant. Because the SSPX is not territorial in nature, its very adherents constitute a growing obstacle to reunion with Rome. What I mean by this is best explained by considering an alternative case. In Catholic history, the problem of schism has most often been territorial. For reasons that are largely socio-political, leaders in one region or another...
  • Could An SSPX Reconciliation Be In the Works?

    05/10/2014 2:15:04 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | May 10, 2014 | Patrick Archbold
    Earlier today I got a mail from a reader that informed my that Bishop Williamson, formerly of the SSPX, warned of an impending reconciliation between the SSPX and Rome. The news is that the modernists in Rome are offering to the Society a « recognition by tolerance » without the need for any formal agreement or signed document such as raised within the SSPX so much opposition to a deal with Rome in the spring and early summer of 2012. Here is the essence of how the Society's Second Assistant, Fr. Alain Nély, expressed it, with enthusiasm, to two members...
  • CDF prefect says SSPX in schism, suspended from sacraments

    12/24/2013 6:14:17 AM PST · by NYer · 1 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | December 23, 2013
    The leaders of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) are in schism, and remain suspended from the sacraments, says the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. In an interview with the Italian daily Corriere della Sera, Archbishop Gerhard Müller said that although Pope Benedict XVI lifted the canonical excommunication of SSPX prelates, they remain suspended from the sacraments because “by their schism they have broken away from communion with the Church.” Archbishop Müller said that while talks with the SSPX have reach an impasse, the Vatican will not close the door to reconciliation. However,...
  • SSPX disrupts interfaith service at Buenos Aires cathedral

    11/13/2013 3:34:41 PM PST · by NYer · 209 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | November 13, 2013 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    From the AP: Ultra-traditionalist Catholics have openly challenged Pope Francis by disrupting one of his favorite events, a ceremony that he and Jewish leaders led in the Metropolitan Cathedral each year to promote religious harmony on the anniversary of the beginning of the Holocaust.The annual ceremony brings together Catholics, Jews and Protestants to mark Kristallnacht, the Nazi-led mob violence in 1938 when about 1,000 Jewish synagogues were burned and thousands of Jews were forced into concentration camps, launching the genocide that killed 6 million Jews.A small group disrupted Tuesday night’s ceremony by shouting the rosary and the “Our Father”...
  • Bishop Fellay on Pope Francis-"We have in front of us a genuine Modernist"

    10/18/2013 7:10:02 AM PDT · by tomsbartoo · 31 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | October 14, 2013 | John Vennari
    Bishop Fellay on Pope Francis - “We have in front of us a genuine Modernist!” 14/10/13 10:26 Bishop Fellay on Pope Francis “We have in front of us a genuine Modernist!” by John Vennari Catholic Family News Bishop Bernard Fellay warned on October 12, “The situation of the Church is a real disaster, and the present Pope is making it 10,000 times worse.” He said this in an address at the Angelus Press Conference, the weekend of Oct 11-13, 2013, in Kansas City. Bishop Fellay, Superior General of the Society of St. Pius X, gave an extensive lecture on Saturday...
  • Convicted war criminal's funeral, scheduled at SSPX chapel in Rome, is not held

    10/17/2013 6:47:15 AM PDT · by NYer · 30 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | October 15, 2013 | Diogenes
    After the Rome diocese refused to allow a church funeral for Erich Priebke, a funeral for the convicted Nazi war criminal was held in a chapel of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) outside Rome. The October 15 funeral for Priebke drew a crowd of protesters, with some shouting “murderer” as the coffin passed by, while counter-protesters gave the fascist salute. Police kept the two groups separate. Priebke, who was convicted for orchestrating the killing of over 300 Italian civilians in the Ardeatine Caves, died last week at the age of 100. He had never disavowed his Nazi...
  • Jewish leaders express “shock” over SSPX decision to host Nazi funeral

    10/16/2013 2:33:05 PM PDT · by NYer · 69 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | October 16, 2013 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    Following yesterday’s thwarted funeral, some reaction in Italy: The head of Rome’s Jewish community praised protesters who blocked the funeral of a convicted Nazi war criminal as Italy marked on Wednesday the 70th anniversary of the deportation of Jews from the Rome ghetto.Erich Priebke’s final resting place is now unclear after the protesters forced a suspension of his funeral on Tuesday in the Italian town of Albano Laziale. His body is lying at a military airport near Rome pending a decision from the authorities.The former German SS officer died aged 100 last week in Rome, where he had been serving...
  • SSPX leader denounces Vatican II, Novus Ordo liturgy [Catholic/SSPX Caucus]

    10/16/2013 8:48:30 AM PDT · by NYer · 119 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | October 15, 2013
    The head of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) has denounced Vatican II, described the post-conciliar liturgy as “evil,” and said that he is grateful the group never reached an accommodation with the Holy See. In a provocative address to the Kansas City audience, Bishop Bernard Fellay said: “It is has never been our intention to pretend either that the Council would be considered as good, or the New Mass would be ‘legitimate.’” He said that although the Novus Ordo Mass introduced after Vatican II may be valid, “The New Mass is bad, it is evil.” Bishop Fellay...
  • Nazi war criminal to get church funeral [from schismatic sect]

    10/15/2013 1:29:27 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 46 replies
    CNN ^ | October 15th, 2013 | Daniel Burke and Hada Messia
    ROME (CNN) - The Italian branch of schismatic Catholic sect with a history of anti-Semitism has agreed to hold a funeral for a convicted Nazi war criminal, despite protests from Jewish groups and the local mayor. -snip- But the conservative Society of St. Pius X, whose leaders were excommunicated from the Catholic Church in 1988 for ordaining their own bishops without Vatican approval, agreed Tuesday to hold funeral rites for Priebke. -snip- The society also said that it "reaffirms our repudiation to any form of anti-semitism and racial hatred." But the Society of St. Pius X has a long history...
  • Are SSPX Sacraments Valid? Part II

    08/15/2013 7:06:25 AM PDT · by Weiss White · 3 replies
    Canon Law Made Easy ^ | August 15, 2013 | Cathy Caridi, J.C.L.
    As we saw in Part I, SSPX priests are able to celebrate validly the sacraments of Baptism, Holy Eucharist (because they can celebrate a valid Mass), and Anointing of the Sick. Additionally, SSPX bishops can validly administer Confirmation and Holy Orders. Again, without authorization from church superiors, they shouldn’t be doing any of these things; but the fact remains that they do indeed have the power to do them. These sacraments are valid, but illicit. But there are two other sacraments which haven’t been addressed yet. Unlike the five mentioned above, celebrating the sacraments of Penance and Matrimony requires more...
  • Are SSPX Sacraments Valid?

    08/01/2013 11:28:46 AM PDT · by Weiss White · 16 replies
    Canon Law Made Easy ^ | August 1, 2013 | Cathy Caridi, J.C.L.
    Q: What’s the canonical status of priests ordained by SSPX bishops, and what’s the canonical status of the sacraments they administer? –John A: It would have been marvelous to be able to respond to John that the priests of the Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX) were now fully united to Rome, and thus had a status comparable to the members of any other religious institute in the Church. Sadly, however, this is not the case! While Pope Benedict was clearly hoping to reconcile the SSPX to the Church during his papacy, the fact is that this important item on...
  • {Catholic Caucus] Adieu SSPX

    06/28/2013 2:09:10 PM PDT · by Teófilo · 37 replies
    Brethren, Peace and Good to all of you. As you may know from most Catholic media, the Priestly Society of St. Pius X (SSPX), founded by the dissident traditionalist French Bishop Marcel Lefebvre, has announced its definitive separation from the Catholic Church. I don't have to go into the details and for that I refer you to the news report. However, I will share my opinion with you: even when I prayed for a miracle, and granted the SSPX the benefit of the doubt, I never really believed they were actig in good faith. You can read my consistent doubts...
  • SSPX stunning announcement!

    04/01/2013 5:34:53 AM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | April 1, 2013 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    I received this note:(WDTPRSNEWS.COM – Ecône, Switzerland) In a surprise move, the followers of the late Archbishop Marcel Lefevbre in the Society of St. Pius X, have issued a document creating within their ranks an “ordinariate” for Catholics who wish to celebrate the Novus Ordo according to the official rubrics.According to the press release, the SSPX saw the need to provide a refuge for priests and lay faithful alike to preserve the few vestiges of Catholic identity they retained in the midst of their modernist errors.Fr. Sven O’Brien, sub-vice assistant director of the eastern division of the Society’s German province,...
  • The Impossible "Road Map" of Peace with the Lefebvrists

    02/15/2013 4:41:58 PM PST · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    Chiesa Press ^ | 2-09-13 | Sandro Magister
    In them, this brilliant and esteemed mystic and spiritual master expressed strong criticisms of Vatican Council II. Fr. Barsotti wrote: "I am perplexed with regard to the Council: the plethora of documents, their length, often their language, these frightened me. They are documents that bear witness to a purely human assurance more than two a simple firmness of faith. But above all I am outraged by the behavior of the theologians.” "The Council is the supreme exercise of the magisterium, and is justified only by a supreme necessity. Could not the fearful gravity of the present situation of the Church...
  • Confession to an SSPX priest a sin? [CATHOLIC CAUCUS]

    01/30/2013 2:59:30 PM PST · by NYer · 67 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | January 30, 2013 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    From a reader: While doing research I came across something that said that one of the faithful who knowingly receives a Sacrament from a priest without faculties commits a sin. I have always attended SSPX chapels and gone to confession there. But after what I read, I haven’t known what to do. I haven’t gone to Confession in months. I’m also afraid of having a disagreement with my parents. My Dad has very strong opinions about anything not connected with the SSPX. The Church’s law says clearly that if a priest lacks the faculties from proper authority to receive sacramental...
  • Declaration of the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei” about the SSPX and the discussions

    10/28/2012 2:23:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | October 27, 2012 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    The Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei” takes this occasion to announce that, in its most recent official communication (6 September 2012), the Priestly Fraternity of St. Pius X has indicated that additional time for reflection and study is needed on their part as they prepare their response to the Holy See’s latest initiatives.The current stage in the ongoing discussions between the Holy See and the Priestly Fraternity follows three years of doctrinal and theological dialogues during which a joint commission met eight times to study and discuss, among other matters, some disputed issues in the interpretation of certain documents of...
  • Pius X Society expels Bishop Williamson for disobedience

    10/24/2012 3:22:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies
    cna ^ | October 24, 2012
    Menzingen, Switzerland, Oct 24, 2012 / 12:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Society of St. Pius X has expelled Bishop Richard Williamson, saying he has distanced himself from the traditionalist Catholic group’s leadership and he has refused “to show due respect and obedience to his lawful superiors.” The Switzerland-based society said Oct. 24 that the “painful” decision was necessary because of “concern for the common good” and for the good government of the society. The society’s Superior General Bishop Bernard Fellay and his council declared the bishop to be excluded on Oct. 4. Bishop Williamson, in response to a final deadline...
  • Bishop Williamson is ousted from SSPX

    10/24/2012 10:07:38 AM PDT · by vladimir998 · 11 replies
    TradiNews ^ | 10/24/12 | SSPX
    Well, it looks like Williamson is now free to become as much of a sedevacante as he has always wanted to be.
  • Rahner and Ratzinger branded 'heretics' by Lefebvrists during Vatican II

    10/15/2012 2:00:50 PM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | October 14, 2012
    Supporters of Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, founder of Society of St Pius X, branded the future Pope Benedict XVI and the late Jesuit theologian Karl Rahner "heretics" during the Second Vatican Council, reports The Tablet.A previously undiscovered letter written by Karl Rahner to his brother, Fr Hugo Rahner SJ, during the council in November 1963 has revealed that the French Intégristes - followers of Lefebvre - accused him and Fr Joseph Ratzinger as "heretic[s] who deny the existence of hell and are worse than Teilhardt de Chardin and the Modernists".The letter, part of an exhibition in Munich, states that Rahner consoled...
  • Bp. McCrazy: "Yes, I am a Conspiracy Nut!" [Williamson]

    07/26/2012 6:40:51 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | 7/25/12 | Patrick Archbold
    Wow. This is alarming and sad and just more evidence, as if more were needed, the Bp. Williamson is deranged and a cancer of the SSPX and the Church. In this video, he claims that 9/11 and the 7/7 bombings in London were inside jobs and conspiracies and predicts that the London Olympics will be nuked. I am not making this up. Get him help and get him out. Video: "Yes I am a conspiracy nut."
  • New Vatican doctrinal chief talks about SSPX, LCWR discussions

    07/25/2012 1:25:19 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    cns ^ | July 25, 2012 | Cindy Wooden
    Archbishop Muller (CNS file/Paul Haring) By Cindy WoodenCatholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Asked about how he would handle the most controversial cases he inherited, the new head of the Vatican's doctrinal office said, "For the future of the church, it's important to overcome ideological conflicts from whatever side they come." German Archbishop Gerhard L. Muller, named prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in early July, told the Vatican newspaper that the congregation's discussions with the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X and with the U.S. Leadership Conference of Women Religious would focus on...
  • Vatican's doctrine chief: Pius X Society must accept Vatican II teachings

    07/25/2012 1:17:37 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    cna ^ | July 24, 2012 | David Kerr
    Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Muller, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, speaks with CNA during a July 20, 2012 interview. Rome, Italy, Jul 24, 2012 / 04:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Although the new head of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is optimistic about reconciliation with the Society of St. Pius X, he says that the teachings of the Church – including the dogmatic content of the Second Vatican Council – will never be up for re-negotiation. “The purpose of dialogue is to overcome difficulties in the interpretation of the Second Vatican...
  • New CDF Prefect Insists on Hermeneutic of Discontinuity

    07/22/2012 10:15:01 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | SATURDAY, JULY 21, 2012 | The Eponymous Flower
    SATURDAY, JULY 21, 2012 New CDF Prefect Insists on Hermeneutic of Discontinuity The CDF's New Doctrine Gardener! Edit: Isn't defining doctrine the job of an ecumenical Council or a Pope? has noticed it. Here, the new head of the Congregation for Doctrine and the Faith, stops nearly short at declaring the unprecedented doctrines ancillary to the Second Council as dogmas. The following is an interview which the new Prefect for the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller in the today's anti-Catholic Suddeutsche Zeitung. With all the problems with Catholic Bishops denying central tenets...
  • SSPX: We wait for “serious debate” which will bring ecclesiastic authorities back to Tradition

    07/20/2012 8:34:15 AM PDT · by NYer · 56 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | July 19, 2012 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    At the SSPX site DICI we read the General Chapter Statement.Bottom line: Not negative, but clarificatory. They left the door open for more discussions under Archbp. Di Noia.You can read the whole thing there, but here is the most interesting part with my emphases and comments: [...] We have recovered our profound unity in its essential mission: to preserve and defend the Catholic Faith, to form good priests, and to strive towards the restoration of Christendom. We have determined and approved the necessary conditions for an eventual canonical normalization. We have decided that, in that case, an extraordinary Chapter with...
  • Fellay: “We don’t want to establish a parallel Church”

    07/17/2012 11:01:28 AM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | July 16, 2012
    The Lefebvrian Superior comments on what was discussed during the general chapter but does not reveal his response to the Vatican. He criticises Müller and the “modernist and liberal” influence in following the Council ANDREA TORNIELLIvatican city “It is not us who will break with Rome, the Eternal Rome, mistress of wisdom and truth. Nevertheless, it would be unrealistic to deny that there is a modernist and liberal influence in the Church since the Second Vatican Council and its subsequent reforms.” Bishop Bernard Fellay said this in an interview published in the bulletin of the Society of St. Pius X...