In his first sermon to the General Chapter as Superior General he spoke with absolute clarity about the particular charism of the FSSP and the direction that the Fraternity should take. He remarked how the Fraternity is faithful to a theology grounded upon the perennial philosophy, a theology based upon St Thomas Aquinas. He emphasised how this theology is the proper answer to the Modernism which continues to menace the Church. He underlined how the Mass of St Pius V and all the disciplines connected with this liturgy are the truly identifying mark of the Fraternity. The election of Fr Berg is particularly significant because it indicates that the FSSP is recommitted to its original charism, which is to preserve the Traditional Rites and disciplines of the Church, leaving behind certain ambiguities that some observers had detected in the recent past.
As someone who is now certain that he is being called to the priesthood, this makes FSSP even more attractive to me. :-)
We know that there is strong opposition to the promulgation of this document by some members of the Curia, by many ordinaries who have been ungenerous with the Traditionalist movement and even, in a way that is difficult to understand, by some proponents of the so-called reform of the reform.
That last part sounds like some people here on the FR Religion Forum. ;-)
posted on 11/10/2006 1:59:13 PM PST
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posted on 11/10/2006 2:02:06 PM PST
("Give me an army saying the Rosary and I will conquer the world." - Pope Blessed Pius IX)
As someone who is now certain that he is being called to the priesthood
Our very own Freeper vocation? Wow, that's wonderful news, I'm really happy to hear that!
posted on 11/10/2006 2:35:58 PM PST
It's THOMAS AQUINAS COLLEGE!!!!!! There's no St. in front of it. (not yelling at you, just have this conversation a lot :))
We've got quite a few alumni in the Fraternity, it seems to attract very holy young men.
posted on 11/10/2006 2:41:54 PM PST
(Good heavens! What women these Christians have-----Libanus)
I would love this. It would be even better if they could do it with or without permission from the bishop. Our priest doesn't speak Latin but he speaks French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish so I don't think it would be that hard for him to learn the Mass in Latin.
posted on 11/10/2006 4:12:14 PM PST
It would be wonderful news indeed. And it would separate the sheep from the goats on BOTH sides of this issue.
posted on 11/11/2006 7:00:36 AM PST
("...this present Constitution, which will be valid henceforth, now, and forever..."-Pope St. Pius V)
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posted on 11/11/2006 9:50:35 PM PST
(St Thomas says “lex injusta non obligat”)
FWIW, it seems to me that B-16 is moving hard towards a restoration of "normative Latin" for the NO.
How else explain his arm-wrestling with multiple other high-ranking churchmen over this apparently innocuous document? In other words, WHY would he pick a fight? He certainly doesn't need one.
Also, as Mgr B. points out in the article, Cdl.R/B-16 has been very clear: Article 36 of the Const. on the Liturgy says LATIN!!
posted on 11/12/2006 4:37:52 PM PST
(Minister of Membership, Tomas Torquemada Gentlemen's Club)
"Bishop Richard Lennon, refused permission, stating that the Latin Mass is too divisive."
This kind of thing makes me even more proud of Bishop Lennon as I am of his mentor Cardinal Law.
I would not put a nickle in this guy's collection basket.
It seems to me that he is working for the other team, like Mahony and his minions.
posted on 11/12/2006 7:48:42 PM PST
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