Skip to comments."We Are Embarrassed" (Cardinal O'Malley on the SSPX)
Posted on 01/31/2009 3:13:02 PM PST by NYer
The Vatican announced this week that the Holy Father has lifted the excommunications of four bishops of the Society of St. Pius X. I was pleased with the news which shows, once again, the Holy Fathers concern for unity and reconciliation in the Church....Meanwhile, the US bishops' lead ecumenists have likewise gone public:
[The Pope's] outreach to the communities who follow these bishops is just one more manifestation of his ardent desire to bring these people (which some estimate to be as many as 1.5 million) back into the fold. We know that these are generally people who practice their faith and try to live a Christian life seriously but, unfortunately, I believe that they have been misled by their leadership.
Of course, lifting the excommunications was a first step; it does not regularize these bishops or the Society of St. Pius X, but it opens the way for a dialogue. This step was in response to a letter in which they professed their desire for full participation in the life of the Church.
It was tragic that one of the four bishops, Bishop Richard Williamson, had made outrageous statements about the Holocaust and about the September 11 attacks on the United States. It certainly raises questions as to the caliber of the leadership that the Society has. Additionally, as terrible as the comments were, it underscores the importance for the Holy Father to have increasing influence over those communities.
We are very sorry that the people in the Jewish community have been so pained and outraged by Bishop Williamsons statements. I think the Holy Fathers statements and those of Cardinal Walter Kasper, chairman of the Pontifical Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews, have been very clear to dissociate the Catholic Church from those kinds of sentiments. I was pleased that the head of the Society of St. Pius X, Bishop Bernard Fellay, also repudiated the statements of Bishop Williamson.
It is very important for us to always remember the Holocaust so that such an atrocity could never take place again. I recall the words of the Holy Father this week: May the Shoah be for everyone an admonition against oblivion, negation and reductionism, because violence against a single human being is violence against all.
It has been very hurtful to our Jewish partners, said Father James Massa, executive director of U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Secretariat of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs. Theyve been calling us for answers for what this means. The mood is very tense....
Bishop Williamsons disgraceful remarks ... indicate his contempt for those who oppose his advocacy of Holocaust denial, said Rabbi Gary Greenebaum, the American Jewish Committees U.S. director of interreligious affairs.
While we appreciate that Pope Benedict has again declared his support for the Jewish people and his rejection of Holocaust denial, he continued, we fear that the Vaticans decision to invite (Bishop) Williamson back into the Catholic Church will give legitimacy to these outrageous lies and suggest toleration of those who perpetuate them.
Doubtless, this will contribute to the deterioration of the excellent relations between Jews and the Catholic Church, the rabbi said in a statement.
The entire ordeal has created a lot of confusion, Father Massa told Catholic News Service Jan. 29.
There is a difference between the lifting of excommunication and being in full communion with the Catholic Church, he said.
Removing excommunication doesnt mean they are fully reconciled as priests and bishops of the Catholic Church, Father Massa said. Like any other Catholic, they can go to Mass and receive holy Communion, but they cannot perform the sacrament themselves as fully recognized ministers of the church....
In no way am I excusing (Bishop) Williamson, Rabbi Bradley Hirschfield, president of the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, said in a Jan. 26 blog.
But I am willing to entertain that however much pain his reinstatement might cause relative to this issue, he said, it may not be the only basis upon which the pope should make his decision, nor should it govern the future of church-Jewish relations, as some have already suggested/threatened it will.
Though Jewish-Catholic relations in the U.S. may be strained at the moment, Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory of Atlanta, chairman of the USCCBs Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, said the foundation is solid and he is confident they will forge ahead with friendships intact.
We (Catholics) are embarrassed during this episode, like when a family member has said a shameful thing, Archbishop Gregory told CNS Jan. 30.
Well have to take those steps necessary to let them know we value those (Catholic-Jewish) relationships, as well as our bond, love and unity with our Jewish counterparts, he said, and that we dont in any way indent to step aside from our great tradition of friendship in this country.
The archbishop noted he was to speak at an upcoming Jewish event in his city that he already had on his calendar, and he planned to take that opportunity to assure the Jewish community he will do whatever he can to reinforce Catholic-Jewish relations.
That is what many bishops in America will have to do to take that opportunity to let them know of our esteem, and strengthen our relations, he said. The vehicles are there. We need to use them. We need to show our Jewish friends our desire to continue to move forward.
It is important now for the Catholic hierarchy to explain theological and canonical distinctions to their Jewish partners, and assure them of the churchs commitment to Jewish-Catholic dialogue based on Vatican II, Father Massa said.
We are expressing our profound dissatisfaction with the egregiously offensive comments of Bishop Williamson, he said. It is unacceptable for a bishop who seeks to be in communion with the Catholic Church to deny the historical fact of the Shoah.
There were some surprisingly rational responses and comments in there.
And that remark, in turn, raises questions about the good treatment a regularized Society of St. Pius X might expect to receive in the Archdiocese of Boston.
“It certainly raises questions as to the caliber of the leadership that the Society has.
And that remark, in turn, raises questions about the good treatment a regularized Society of St. Pius X might expect to receive in the Archdiocese of Boston. “
Perhaps he should be just as concerned about the “caliber of the leadership” provided by pervert protecting bishops, such as Mahony, Moreno, O’Brien and all the others.
Would either of you care to post the 'teachings' of the sspx on the documents of Vatican Council II? We would all be interested in gaining a deeper understanding of what has been taught to sspx members over the past 40 years.
“And that remark, in turn, raises questions about the good treatment a regularized Society of St. Pius X might expect to receive in the Archdiocese of Boston.”
Not really. It and when the SSPX is regularized it will still have a great deal of freedom from the local bishop and will be protected by the Ecclesia Dei commission. The greatest problem the SSPXers have are themselves and their leadership.
Oh, dear. This is turning into quite a fuddle, isn’t it?
I guess nobody cares how offended I am that over 70% of the U.S. Jewish community voted for an American hating, Israel hating, Iran loving, socialist for president. Perhaps I’m less concerned about the holocaust than the coming catastrophe of a nuclear armed Iran. After Nov 4th, I must say couldn’t care less how they feel about Pope Benedict XVI.
I am not an SSPXer, so I have had no first hand knowlege of “the ‘teachings’ of the sspx on the documents of Vatican Council II”.
That said, the parishs in which I have lived for most of the last forty-five years taught me that the documents of Vatican II had:
Required Communion rails to be removed;
Required standing for Communion;
Required the priest to “face the people” during Mass;
Recommended/required that Traditional Hymns/organ music be discarded in favor of modern contemporary music with guitars, tambourines and pianos;
Required “grip and grin” sessions before and during Mass;
Recommended Communion in the hand;
Recommended that people not kneel at Mass;
Allowed liturgical dancers (or liturgical movement, whatever that is, I am afraid to ask);
and other things too numerous to mention, but you get the idea.
All of these things are BOLD FACED LIES by clerics in communion with their bishops who are in communion with Rome.
And this guy (O’Malley)has the gall to disparage the caliber of the leadership of the SSPX folks?
Very well said. I’m also not an SSPXer, but I can’t believe that the Archbishop of Boston has the chutzpah to knock them. His archdiocese has been in free fall for decades (closed churches, closed schools, dwindling vocations, etc.), so one should certainly question that “caliber of leadership” Boston’s Catholics have had, as well. He’s upset that Williamson is a member in good standing of the SSPX? Well, I’m upset that the Kennedys and other pro-abortion politicians of their ilk are members in good standing of the Archdiocese of Boston.
The whack-jobs in the SSPX need to have a bright light shone upon them so they’ll either retract their statements, or shut up completely.
That said, I wish our bishops were similarly embarrassed when their brethren go off the reservation on the far left.
Honestly! Give me a break. LOL. I think they are smarter than than that, they know nonsense when they hear it.
This goes to show how much detatchment is necessary from the utter seriousness with which we take oureselves.
They had plenty of forgiveness for chickenhawks.
. . . But enter now the villains! Firstly a glamorous Baroness previously engaged to be married to the Captain, who schemes to get Julie Andrews out of the way, back to the Convent (but didn't you know, "The path of true love never did run smooth"?). Secondly, villain of villains, a - a - a NAZI! (Original sin? - never heard of it! Isn't all sin Nazi sin?) . . . .
Shiny white wedding dress (of course), wedding bells all over the place and a lovely ceremony (of course), to be spoiled only by the brutal re-appearance of the nasty Nazi - the Captain must report for duty to the Third Reich!
The family tries to sneak away. The nasty Nazi spots them, so now they all break out into singing Edelweiss. The nasty Nazi is foiled when the family escape to the convent (where else?), but drama rolls as the nasty Nazis close in on the convent. (But didn't you know, "Life is not just a bed of roses"?) The Captain is heroic (of course), but the dastardly villains are only foiled for good when their car is incapacitated by the nuns turned into mechanics (of course), and the last shots show the "family" climbing a mountain path to get out of the Third Reich, amidst hills which are once more - go on, don't tell me you couldn't guess! -- "alive with the sound of music". How truly heart -warming. . . .
As for cleanness, many films may be worse than the Sound of Music, but stop and think - are youth, physical attractiveness and being in love the essence of marriage? Can you imagine this Julie Andrews staying with the Captain if "the romance went out of their marriage"? Would she not divorce him and grab his children from him to be her toys? Such romance is not actually pornographic but it is virtually so, in other words all the elements of pornography are there, just waiting to break out. One remembers the media sensation when a few years later Julie Andrews appeared topless in another film. That was no sensation, just a natural development for one rolling canine female.
As for being a family film, by glorifying that romance which is essentially self-centred, The Sound of Music puts selfishness in the place of selflessness between husband and wife, and by putting friendliness and fun in the place of authority and rules, it invites disorder between parents and children. This is a new model family which in short order will be no family at all, its liberated members flying off in all different directions. . .
You have a point there, ALPA. It’s not only Jews, just about everybody seems to feel entitled to react with outrage if the Pope or a Catholic leader says something they don’t like. Hey, it’s not THEIR religion. Imagine if the same amount of press coverage were given to the anti-Catholic jokes, smears on sacred Catholic beliefs, and nasty comments against the Holy Father, and even Mary and Jesus, on a daily basis. We could hardly have room for anything else in the news. Imagine if Catholics freaked out every time someone made a comment that did not concur with their view of history or reality. It’s so commonplace and socially acceptable, in the news, in literature, in pop music, that only the most egregious insults get a response, and then usually only from The Catholic League, an independent organization, not a bishop or Vatican official. The bishops jumping on Pelosi and Biden for their unique interpretations of Catholic theology was a very rare exception, but there’s enough of that garbage happening it could be a daily occurrence.
He obviously does not realize that the “Sound of Music” is a TRUE story!
Actually, he does note that is based on a true story early in the letter. I posted only a portion of his comments, as the letter is rather long. You can read it by clicking on the link.