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  • The SOciety of St. Pius X And Its Problem With Extremists

    09/05/2011 8:06:57 AM PDT · by jcpryor · 5 replies
    Rome became aware of a serious growth of antisemitism and extremism in January of 2009. The Holy Father had just lifted the excommunications of four bishops of the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX), including Bishop Richard Williamson. As soon as this was done, Swedish Television released the tape of an interview with Bishop Williamson in which he denied the Holocaust. Rome condemned his statements and the Society of SSPX distanced itself from the radical Bishop. During the next weeks, a flurry of antisemites came to the fore defending their Bishop. It now became clear to many that the traditional...
  • Have Men About Me Who Are Fat

    The case of Bishop Richard Williamson's denial of the Holocaust has caused Catholics and non-Catholics to question this and and other similar conspiracy theories. Many have come to the Bishop’s defense, claiming that questioning the actual number of the Jewish victims of the Nazis does not make one antisemitic. This defense, posited by followers of Bishop Williamson and the Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX), shows an inherent lack of understanding of what conspiracy theories are and how they are used. Conspiracy theories are not just disagreements about historical facts, they are political tools used to move people to action....
  • Bishop Fellay of the SSPX move to retore order in Great Britain.

    05/07/2011 9:59:06 AM PDT · by jcpryor · 2 replies
    Bishop Fellay of the SSPX move to restore order in Great Britain. A radical website has been forced to remove offensive content concerning SSPX attorney, Maximilian Krah. He was publicly attacked by Holocaust Deniers and antisemites.
  • Pope May Offer the Society a Personal Ordinariate

    04/03/2011 12:49:43 AM PDT · by 0beron · 1 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 04/02/11 | Tancred
    Pope May Offer the Society a Personal Ordinariat Msgr Galarreta leads Rome Talks for SSPX Editor: More speculation arising, surrounding Bishop Williamson's statement last year about the possibility of a Motu Propio. The Holy see is ascertaining the possibility of the unifying of the Society of St. Pius X by erecting a Personal Ordinariat.As far as concerns the question of a form in church law for the Society founded by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, the Vatican appears to be considering the erection of a Personal Ordinariat. since Autumn 2010 Canon lawyers have been studying this idea. One such canonical solution for...
  • Vatican Coddles Schismatic Chinese "Bishops" [excommunicates anti-communist hero Abp. Lefebvre]

    03/27/2011 1:10:36 PM PDT · by verdugo · 38 replies ^ | 2004 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    It took the Vatican about 72 hours to declare excommunicated Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre and the four bishops he consecrated without a papal mandate on June 30, 1988. Whether one agrees with his decision or not, Lefebvre acted for what he thought was the best interest of the faithful, consecrating four bishops to preserve the traditional Mass and sacraments in a time of "diabolical disorientation" in the Church, to recall Sister Lucy’s memorable phrase. Indeed, the Church’s Code of Canon Law exempts from penalties such as excommunication one who acts out of what he believes is necessity, even if his good...
  • Assisi Revisited (JPII 's Scandalous Synchristic Gathering 1986)

    03/25/2011 8:45:34 AM PDT · by verdugo · 43 replies ^ | 1987 | John Cotter, RIP
    Editor’s Note: We’re reproducing the following article from The Remnant (February 1987) as a means of calling to mind how traditional Catholics generally reacted to the first interreligious prayer meeting held at Assisi in 1986. So scandalous was that event that to this day it is often cited as the “straw that broke the camel’s back” with respect to the breakdown in discussions between the Vatican and Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, who described it as “an immeasurable scandal that has no precedent”. With a 25th anniversary event having been scheduled by the Vatican to take place in Assisi in October 2011,...
  • The SSPX claim the Novus Ordo is a Protestant rite. Can they be serious?

    02/28/2011 1:02:22 PM PST · by NYer · 49 replies · 1+ views
    Catholic Herald ^ | February 28, 2011 | William Oddie
    Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta holds a monstrance containing the Eucharist (Photo: CNS)The current Catholic Herald debate on the collapse of the doctrinal discussions between the Vatican and the SSPX is getting a substantial response, and has been noticed elsewhere in the blogosphere. The whole debate, according to one blog, The Sensible Bond, was predictable: “On the one side, high-minded papal loyalists cannot say enough about how disobedient the SSPX is, or how proud. On the other side, SSPX tub thumpers jeer about the hierarchy’s tendency to wink at all rebellions apart from the SSPX’s, and the busted flush of...
  • Catholic splinter group sees no Vatican accord [Catholic Caucus]

    02/22/2011 12:48:38 PM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    International Business Times ^ | February 22, 2011 | Tom Heneghan
    Monsignor Charles Scicula (L), a Vatican doctrinal official, watches as Vatican's spokesman Father Federico Lombardi speaks during a news conference in the Holy See press office at the Vatican July 15, 2010. Vatican talks with a controversial Catholic splinter group are nearing an end without any accord on reintegrating the ultra-traditionalists, including a bishop whose denial of the Holocaust has embarrassed Pope Benedict.Bishop Bernard Fellay has said his Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX) has not succeeded in convincing Vatican officials to turn Church teaching back half a century to where it stood before the reforms of the Second...
  • Saarland in Germany Closes Two Schools of the SSPX

    01/10/2011 10:56:32 PM PST · by 0beron · 4 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 01/10/2011 | Tancred
    The Society of Pius X identifies the measures of Education Minister Klaus Kessler (Grüne) as "politically ideological" and will challenge them legally. Saarbrücken ( The Education Ministry of Saarland has concluded that with the end of the current half of the school year, two Saarland schools, which are operated by the Society of Pius X, must conclude their operation. It falls upon the grade school in St. Arnual in Fechingen, according to SR-Online. The back ground for this is, according to Education Minister Kessler (Grüne), the long conflct related to the dormitory of the Heart of Jesus Realschule, which the...
  • German Ecumenism-Bishops Don't Want Dialogue with Traditionalists

    12/26/2010 4:14:28 PM PST · by 0beron · 3 replies | 11/26/2010 | Tancred
    Fr. Franz Schmidberger: Above all the old who continuously try to revive the promise of the "Spirit of the Council". That means that the Counciliar ideology will sooner or later become obsolete. [] The Christ Child is the King of all times and lands. This was what the German District Superior of the Society of St. Pius X,, Father Franz Schmidberger said this Holy Night in a video speech.
  • SSPX Superior Germany: "We Are Happy to Fulfill Pope Benedict's Wishes"

    12/22/2010 9:04:24 AM PST · by 0beron · 1 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 12/21/2010 | Tancred
    [b]The SSPX Buys a New Church in Cologne [/b] Recently Purchased "New Apostle Church" in Cologne (, Köln) The Society of Pius X has purchased a new church in Cologne. They've recently just made this known. The Superior of the German District, Father Franz Schmidberger is "very happy" about the new purchase: "It is like a Christmas gift, that has come about because of the willingness of our faithful to sacrifice." Father hopes that the new Church will bring the blessings of the Immemorial mass in and around Cologne. [Where there has been some trouble getting the Mass properly available...
  • No SSPX Priests Allowed in Vienna's Cathedral Book Store

    12/06/2010 12:36:32 PM PST · by 0beron
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 12/06/2010 | Tancred
    The New Book About "Hetzendorf" by Publisher 'Facultas' Today a book was ordered in Vienna, that didn't just bring the local Archdiocese to snort. The first drops of sweat are flowing. (, Wien) This evening Heidemarie Seblatnig presented her new book "Hetzendorf and the Iconoclasim of the Second Half of the 20th Century" in Vienna according to neo-Conservative videosite ''.
  • Bishop Fellay: Rome Divided, Some Love, Some Hate Society's Work

    10/08/2010 12:04:31 AM PDT · by 0beron · 20 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 10/07/2010 | Tancred
    In fact the Society of St. Pius says there are two parties in Rome: "One always has to ask, who will have the last word" -- explained the Society's Head in an Exclusive interview. [] Today Bishop Bernard Fellay -- the General Superior of the Priestly Society of St. Piux X -- on the occasion of the Fortieth Anniversary Jubilee of his Society. He did this in the context of an exclusive interview with French Pius-Portal 'La Porte Latine'. The Society of Pius X was recognized in 1970, November 1, by the then Bishop of Freiburg in Switzerland, Msgr Francois...
  • Society St. Pius X Will Celebrate Mass at Lisieux Basilica

    10/01/2010 7:43:10 PM PDT · by 0beron
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 10/01/2010 | Tancred
    Different Bishop, different morals: In the last years the Society of Pius X has celebrated with thousands of faithful in open air High Masses behind the Basilica of Lisieux. Tomorrow the Faithful may use the Basilica. [, Lisieux]Tomorrow afternoon the Society of Saint Pius X will celebrate the Old Rite in the Basilica of St. Lisieux. The Society has published this on their French Website. The yearly pilgrimage on foot to Liseux was organized from the Priory of the Society in the village Gavrus in Normandy.
  • Bishop Williamson to Appear in Court Against His Alleged Holocaust Conviction

    09/30/2010 2:00:47 PM PDT · by 0beron · 3 replies
    Tancred ^ | 09/30/2010 | Tancred
    Munich ( British Bishop Richard Williamson will stand before the court for the judgment he received from the Regensburg Court for sedition and "trivializing" the Holocaust. The appeal against the April fine of 10,000 Euro is set for the 29th of November. The speaker of the National Court of Regensburg, Johann Piendl, verified this for the German Catholic News Service, KNA. "I am pretty certain, that my client will participate", explained Williamson's attorney, Mattias Lossmann, on Thursday. In April Williamson, who belongs to the Society of Pius X, which is not recognized by Rome [ just had to throw that...
  • Bishop Fellay: If Bonifatius Had Followed the Spirit of Vatican II, No Catholics In Germany

    09/16/2010 4:48:26 PM PDT · by 0beron · 1 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 09/16/2010 | Tancred
    [b]Pius Believers are Unfortunately Not Anglicans[/b] [b]The Superior General of the Society of Pius X made the point: If Saint Bonifatius had followed the spirit of the Second Vatican Council, there wouldn't be any Catholics in Germany.[/b] [, Fulda] On the past Sunday 1500 Traditionalists made a Pilgrimage to the grave of St. Bonifatius (+754) in Fulda. It is the seventh national pilgrimage of the German District of the Society has undertaken to the tomb of the Saint. The Pontifical Office was celebrated on Sunday by the General Superior of the Society of Pius X, Bishop Bernard Fellay.
  • The Pope as Professor with His Students: More on Schülerkreis

    08/29/2010 1:58:01 AM PDT · by 0beron
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 08/28/2010 | Tancred
    Editor: the meeting is interesting, as we've said before, in light of the talks currently taking place each month with the Society of Pius X. It is hard to see, given the previous statements about statements which appear to capitulate the Church's previous positions to the modern world, will square with the resistance shown to the Society's representatives. The fact is, we don't know what is being said about Vatican II, but there is almost no doubt that the concerns that were realized by the Society of Pius X will be dealt with in this meeting and that whatever the...
  • What's Your Theological Deal-Killer? [Catholic Caucus]

    08/25/2010 1:42:13 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Inside Catholic ^ | August 25, 2010 | John Zmirak
    Sitting over an overpriced gin and tonic at the Polo Lounge in the Beverly Hills Hotel, I probed the excommunicated bishop about his secret sedevacantism. I didn't toss the issue naked on the table, since he would simply have denied everything. But I knew from several sources that, while the man publicly claimed to accept the legitimacy of then-Pope John Paul II, privately he sowed doubts among his friendlier seminarians. He whispered that the "formal and material heresies" taught by that pope had quite possibly deprived Karol Wotyjla of the throne. That would have left the seat (sede) of...
  • Why Are We Traditional Catholics?

    08/19/2010 8:44:36 PM PDT · by murphE · 30 replies · 1+ views
    Voice of Catholic Radio on Long Island ^ | 3/22/10 | Connie Bagnoli
    In response to my own frustration, I prepared a statement for my grown children who were raised in the post-Vatican II church, having been born in the mid-1960's. After floundering in the Novus Ordo churches for many years, my husband and I discovered, by the grace of God, the Catholic Faith was alive and well in a neighborhood SSPX Chapel. By this time, our adult children were suffering from poor catechetics, diluted doctrines, pabulum sermons and undemanding Catholicism. Totally ignorant of the pre-Vatican II church, our return to "Tradition" was confusing and bewildering for them. Where do you begin to...
  • Germany: Church Departures Only Climbed Slightly in 2009

    08/13/2010 12:13:50 AM PDT · by 0beron · 2 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 08/12/2010 | Tancred
    Editor: The Traditionalists never left the Catholic Church, and it's Bishop Williamson who hasn't denied the Holocaust in Germany where it's a crime to speak one's mind. In any event, these figures for the Church are promising and show that the German people can, as many of them always have, think for themselves. This should also put a bit of a stopper on those Austrian Statistics indicating 100,000 departures. You look at this, after lifting of excommunications, the German Church was still growing. The numbers in departures are climbing only lightly despite the conflict concerning the SSPX: According to the...
  • The Old Mass -- Chicanery: SSPX Numbers in Germany

    08/10/2010 9:46:44 PM PDT · by 0beron · 3 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 08/10/2010 | Tancred
    Three years after 'Summuorum Pontificum' the German traditionalists are still outdistanced by the Society of Saint Pius X which is by far the best. [] In Germany there are 133 locations, at which the Old Mass is celebrated. The website '' reported on the numbers, which have been published by the organization 'Pro Missa Tridentina'. 58 locations are only celebrated during the week -- without Sundays. That is 43 percent of all the official listed possibilities for participating in the Old Liturgy.
  • Even a Dead Lefebvrist Can't Hope for the Clemency of an Old Liberal

    07/30/2010 5:30:41 AM PDT · by 0beron · 4 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 07/30/2010 | Tancred
    He desired that a Priest of the Society of Pius X would say a Requiem in his parish church. Had he been protestant, he would have had no problem. [] In the middle of July François died in the village of Troistorrents in the southwest of Switzerland. Troistorrents is a 4000-soul community in the extreme west of the southwest Swiss Canton of Wallis. The deceased had lived his entire life in the village. He was an adherent of the Priestly Society of St. Pius X. Troistorrents is located 44k west of Ecône, where the french speaking Pius seminary is located.
  • Group may renew Vatican rift with plan to consecrate priests

    06/10/2010 9:42:53 AM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies · 158+ views
    North Jersey ^ | June 10, 2010
    BERLIN — The controversial Society of St. Pius X plans to consecrate three priests June 26 in Germany, a move the local bishop called a "provocation" that could upend a tentative peace with the Vatican. The conservative society, which rejects many of the Catholic Church's modernizing reforms, has long had a difficult relationship with the Vatican. A decision to consecrate four bishops against the orders of Pope John Paul II in 1988 led to excommunications that were lifted in 2009. The Vatican was deeply embarrassed after one of the rehabilitated bishops, Richard Williamson, turned out to be a vocal denier...
  • SSPX Bishop Fellay on Rosary Crusade

    05/11/2010 12:21:35 PM PDT · by Mershon · 4 replies · 188+ views
    The Remnant ^ | May 11, 2010 | Brian Mershon
    —EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW— Bishop Bernard Fellay on the Rosary Crusade and Doctrinal Talks Nearly 20,000,000 Rosaries offered to Holy Father from Traditional Catholics Worldwide! By Brian Mershon REMNANT COLUMNIST, South Carolina (Posted 05/11/10 Bishop Bernard Fellay, SSPX, greets the Holy Father Houston, Texas—Superior General Bishop Bernard Fellay of the Society of St. Pius X recently spoke to The Remnant in an exclusive interview following the completion of their third Rosary crusade for the Holy Father on March 25, 2010. Despite Cardinal Kasper’s most recent obvious attempt to “poison the well” and upend the ongoing discussions with the Society’s theologians and...
  • My Journey out of the Lefebvre Schism - All Tradition Leads to Rome

    05/08/2010 6:04:09 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 9 replies · 328+ views
    Envoy ^ | November/December 2000 | Pete Vere, JCL/M (Canon Law)
    If you’re a Catholic who’s faithful to the Church’s teaching Magisterium, you’ve probably met up with followers of Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre’s 1988 schism, known as the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX). They’re filled with devotion to the Blessed Mother, extremely conservative with regard to most moral issues afflicting the Western world today, and quite reverent before the Blessed Sacrament during their old Latin liturgies. In short, on the surface, adherents to Archbishop Lefebvre’s schism appear to be devout Catholics. It’s easy to sympathize with these folks since most of them have joined the SSPX after being scandalized by contemporary...
  • “We Have Given Up This Ecumenism of Return.”

    05/07/2010 7:05:20 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies · 139+ views
    The Anglo-Catholic ^ | 5/7/10 | Christian Campbell
    Fr. Z has posted an amusing interview wherein our favorite ecumenist, Walter Cardinal Kasper, shares his thoughts about the ongoing dialogue between the Holy See and the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X. Had I the time or the inclination, I would, no doubt, have a field day with most everything that His Eminence had to say about the Holy Father’s pastoral, charitable, and indeed courageous outreach to the estranged SSPX, but the last little bit of the interview especially struck me. “They’ve attacked me as a heretic,” he said with a smile. Asked why the ultra-traditionalists opposed ecumenical dialogue...
  • SSPX Bishop Williamson Convicted for Denying Holocaust

    04/17/2010 3:25:41 PM PDT · by NYer · 31 replies · 454+ views
    PatrickMadrid ^ | April 17, 2010 | Patrick Madrid
    The news is just coming in about a ridiculous though widely anticipated judgment from the German court against an outspoken leader in the SSPX movement. I know that denying the Holocaust is illegal in that country, but it shouldn't be. Of course I believe the Holocaust happened, but for the state to outlaw personal opinions, however odd we might think they are, is simply stupid. True, Bishop Williamson has caused plenty of headaches for his fellow members of the SSPX, not to mention for the Holy Father, but even though he may have been highly impolitic in some of his...
  • SSPX To Williamson: Shut Up For Real This Time

    04/15/2010 7:42:24 AM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies · 297+ views
    cmr ^ | April 15, 2010 | Patrick Archbold
    The secretary general of the Saint Pius X Society has ordered Bishop Richard Williamson to shut up for real this time. A year or so ago when Bishop Williamson made embarrasing worldwide headlines questioning the holocaust, the SSPX prohibited him from speaking on the subject anymore. Now in advance of his trial in Germany for holocaust denial, the SSPX is telling to stop talking and writing, period. BERLIN - A breakaway ultra-conservative Catholic group ordered British bishop Richard Williamson not to speak in public or testify at his trial for denying the Holocaust, German media reported Thursday.The secretary general of...
  • Canon lawyer hopes SSPX discussions will lead to full communion

    02/16/2010 1:58:43 PM PST · by NYer · 2 replies · 188+ views
    cna ^ | February 16, 2010
    New York City, N.Y., Feb 16, 2010 / 06:56 am (CNA).- Fr. Gerald Murray, a canon lawyer and pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Church in New York City explained to CNA this week that the current discussions between the Holy See and the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) “hold great promise for progress.”In the latest submission to CNA’s video commentary project, Fr. Murray addressed the origins of the traditionalist society, which was founded in 1970 by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre in opposition to the teachings of the Second Vatican Council.  Then, in 1988, the archbishop ordained four bishops without...
  • Bishop Williamson says Vatican-SSPX talks “dialogue of the deaf”

    01/20/2010 10:16:09 AM PST · by NYer · 41 replies · 819+ views
    Reuters ^ | January 19, 2010
    Bishop Richard Williamson, the ultra-traditionalist prelate whose denial of the extent of the Holocaust created an uproar in the Catholic Church and with Jews early last year, has said the discussions at the Vatican to rehabilitate his Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX) are a “dialogue of the deaf.” Williamson, one of the four SSPX bishops whose bans of excommunication were lifted by Pope Benedict only days after his controversial views were aired on Swedish television, said the two sides had “absolutely irreconcilable” positions. In a 15-minute interview posted on the French video-sharing website Dailymotion, Williamson discussed a number of...
  • Pope hopes for unity with SSPX, thanks congregation for work with Anglicans

    01/15/2010 9:06:40 AM PST · by NYer · 7 replies · 344+ views
    cna ^ | January 15, 2010
    Pope Benedict XVI Vatican City, Jan 15, 2010 / 11:41 am (CNA).- In an address to members Plenary Assembly of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith at noon on Friday Pope Benedict XVI spoke of the unity he wishes to see in the Catholic Church.  He  expressed his hope for "full communion" with the Society of St. Pius X and the adherence of Anglicans "to the truth received from Christ.""Unity is first and foremost the unity of faith, upheld by the sacred tradition of which Peter's Successor is the primary custodian and defender," said the Pope to...
  • Pope Benedict XVI: A Good Year

    12/19/2009 7:22:56 AM PST · by Publius804 · 1 replies · 243+ views
    Newsmax ^ | 18 Dec 2009 | Edward Pentin
    The year now ending has been a momentous one for Pope Benedict XVI and probably his busiest to date. It began with his highly controversial decision to lift the excommunications on four break-away bishops of the Society of St. Pius X, and more or less ended with his historic decision to facilitate the reception of large groups of Anglicans into the Catholic Church. But in between were many other significant events. The Pope made an eagerly anticipated pilgrimage to the Holy Land, published his first social encyclical, Caritas in Veritate (Charity in Truth), held a Synod of Bishops on Africa,...
  • Calgary bishop suspends Latin Mass

    12/02/2009 10:37:34 AM PST · by Kells · 11 replies · 789+ views
    Examiner ^ | December 1, 2009 | Christopher Nowak
    It was truly a black Friday in Calgary, as Bishop Frederick Bernard Henry suspended the Extraordinary Form of the Mass in at least two of the locations staffed by the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter (FSSP). The Bishop, as published on the diocesan website, made drastic and forceful measures in the face of the Swine Flu outbreak. Mandatory as of November 9th, the bishop suspended communion on the tongue and from the chalice, stopped shaking hands at the sign of peace, removed the holy water from the fonts, as well as some minor non liturgical changes. When FSSP told the...
  • The Vatican and the Lefebvrists: Not a Negotiation

    11/21/2009 5:27:42 AM PST · by NYer · 7 replies · 487+ views
    Catholic Exchange ^ | November 21, 2009 | George Weigel
    Prior to the opening of formal conversations between officials of the Holy See and leaders of the Lefebvrist Society of St. Pius X (SSPX), which began on Oct. 26, the mainstream media frequently misrepresented these discussions as a negotiation aimed at achieving a compromise that both sides can live with. That was to be expected from reporters and commentators for whom everything is politics and everything is thus negotiable. Alas, similar misrepresentations came from “Vatican insiders” who suggested that the teaching of the Second Vatican Council was under joint review by the Holy See and the SSPX, which only made...
  • A Vatican/SSPX Discussion Can Vat. II's Teaching on Religious Liberty Be Reconciled with Tradition?

    11/17/2009 9:14:54 AM PST · by GonzoII · 2 replies · 453+ views
    The Remnant ^ | 11/17/09 | John Salza, J.D.
    A Vatican/SSPX Discussion Can Vatican II's Teaching on Religious Liberty Be Reconciled with Tradition? John Salza, J.D. REMNANT GUEST COLUMNIST   Pope Benedict, Cardinal Hoyos, Bishop Fellay (Aug. 2005)(POSTED 11/17/09 As the long-awaited dialogue between the Vatican and the Society of Saint Pius X gets underway, one of the more contentious issues that will be on the table is the Second Vatican Council's teaching on religious liberty found in Dignatius Humane (DH).  Following is a brief critique of DH in light of the traditional teachings of the Church. The fact that volumes have been written evaluating whether DH is compatible with tradition demonstrates that...
  • Vatican and Traditional Catholics Meet (Catholic Caucus)

    10/31/2009 8:44:20 PM PDT · by Coleus · 4 replies · 292+ views
    tna ^ | 10.26.09 | James Heiser
    According to media reports, Pope Benedict XVI is continuing his efforts to return some disaffected Catholic traditionalists to the “fold.” In the wake of the Second Vatican Council, Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre and the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) were at odds with the papacy on several issues resulting from the council, which both sides viewed as fundamental.  Lefebvre and five others were automatically excommunicated in 1988, when he consecrated four bishops. However, the excommunication of the four surviving bishops was lifted earlier this year as part of the present pope’s outreach to the Traditionalist Catholics. According to the Associated...
  • York's Planned Parenthood protests a protestor

    11/01/2009 3:53:19 PM PST · by lightman · 17 replies · 844+ views
    York Sunday News ^ | 31 October AD 2009 | MELISSA NANN BURKE
    York's Planned Parenthood protests a protestor Center cites priest's behavior and criminal past. Father Gabriel: 'I'm not backing down' By MELISSA NANN BURKE Daily Record/Sunday News It didn't take long for staff and volunteers at the York office of Planned Parenthood of Central Pennsylvania Inc. to take note of the Rev. Virgil Bradley Tetherow . Tetherow, known as Father Gabriel, first appeared on the sidewalks outside the clinic in the summer of 2008, often dressed in his vestments as if prepared to celebrate Mass. His behavior toward staff, volunteers and visitors set him apart from other clergy who came to...
  • Is the SSPX right about the liturgy?

    10/30/2009 11:50:51 PM PDT · by narses · 9 replies · 749+ views
    Catholic Herald Limited ^ | 30 October 2009 | Moyra Doorly and Fr. Aidan Nichols
    Following their exchange in July, author Moyra Doorly and Aidan Nichols discuss the merits of post-Vatican II liturgical reform Dear Fr Aidan, In your kind reply to my first letter you made the point that I was drawing "unnecessarily sharp" contrasts between a theology of "propitiation and supplication" on one hand, and teachings on the "fruits of Communion" on the other. But what I was trying to demonstrate is that the pre-Conciliar sources give ample teaching on both, whereas the documents of Vatican II ignore the theology of propitiation and supplication. Now, to me this represents a doctrinal discontinuity of...
  • Dissident theologian criticizes pope's opening to Anglicans

    10/28/2009 4:19:53 PM PDT · by NYer · 31 replies · 1,027+ views
    cns ^ | October 28, 2009 | Sarah Delaney
    ROME (CNS) -- Dissident theologian Father Hans Kung criticized Pope Benedict XVI for his recent opening to discontented Anglicans, charging the pope was "fishing" for the most conservative Christians to the detriment of the larger church. Father Kung said the invitation to traditionalist Anglicans to join the Roman Catholic Church went against years of ecumenical work on the part of both churches, calling it instead "a nonecumenical piracy of priests." The pope's basic message is: "Traditionalists of all churches, unite under the dome of St. Peter's!" Father Kung wrote in an editorial Oct. 28 in the Rome daily La Repubblica....
  • German court fines British (SSPX) bishop for Holocaust claims

    10/28/2009 6:54:07 AM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies · 511+ views
    Guardian ^ | October 28, 2009 | Helen Pidd
    A British bishop has been fined €12,000 after a German court found him guilty of denying the Holocaust.Richard Williamson received a letter today from the court in the Bavarian city of Regensburg informing him that he was being fined for incitement over his claim on Swedish television that fewer than 300,000 Jews died in Nazi death camps.In the interview, Williamson alleged that Nazi gas chambers had never existed and "only 200,000 to 300,000 Jews" had been killed by the Nazis.Holocaust denial is classed as a hate crime in Germany and because the interview took place in Regensburg, German prosecutors were...
  • Vatican, traditionalist Catholics identify key questions for dialogue (more details)

    10/26/2009 3:34:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies · 229+ views
    cns ^ | October 26, 2009 | Cindy Wooden
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- In an atmosphere described as "cordial, respectful and constructive," Vatican officials opened a dialogue with representatives of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X and scheduled twice-a-month meetings over the coming months. In a statement issued after the first meeting at the Vatican Oct. 26, the Pontifical Commission "Ecclesia Dei" said the process would focus on key doctrinal issues arising from the teachings of the Second Vatican Council. "The questions due to be examined concern the concept of tradition, the Missal of Paul VI (the post-Vatican II Roman Missal), the interpretation of Vatican Council II in...
  • Vatican-SSPX Statement

    10/26/2009 9:57:11 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies · 456+ views
    ncr ^ | October 26, 2009 | EDWARD PENTIN
    The Vatican has now released a statement concerning the meeting this morning between Church officials and the SSPX. It reads: “On Monday, Oct. 26, 2009, in the Palazzo del Sant’Uffizio, headquarters of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and of the Pontifical Commission ‘Ecclesia Dei,’ the study commission made up of experts from ‘Ecclesia Dei’ and from the Society of St. Pius X held its first meeting, with the aim of examining the doctrinal differences still outstanding between the society and the Apostolic See.“In a cordial, respectful and constructive climate, the main doctrinal questions were identified. These will...
  • Vatican could convert Lefebvrists into personal prelature, says Fellay

    10/22/2009 3:24:23 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies · 777+ views
    cna ^ | October 22, 2009
    Santiago, Chile, Oct 22, 2009 / 01:03 pm (CNA).- In an interview with the Chilean daily, “El Mercurio,” the Superior General of the Society of St. Pius X, Bernard Fellay, acknowledged that the Vatican is considering the possibility of converting the Lefebvrist group into a personal prelature as part of the discussions aimed at bringing about reconciliation. Fellay, who visited members of the SSPX movement in Chile, is one of four bishops whose excommunication was lifted by Pope Benedict XVI last January. Asked about the speculation that the Society of Pius X could be made into a personal prelature similar...
  • First meeting between Holy See and Lefebvrists to take place October 26

    10/15/2009 2:23:34 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies · 394+ views
    cna ^ | October 15, 2009
    Fr. Federico Lombardi Vatican City, Oct 15, 2009 / 12:40 pm (CNA).- Several months after Pope Benedict lifted the excommunications of four Society of St. Pius X bishops, the Director of the Holy See's press office, Father Federico Lombardi, announced today that the first meeting with representatives of the society will take place in Rome on Monday, October 26. The meeting will be attended by a number of individuals, including Archbishop Guido Pozzo, secretary of the Ecclesia Dei Pontifical Commission; Archbishop Luis Ladaria Ferrer, secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF); Dominican Father Charles Morerod, secretary...
  • Bishop Fellay Remains Intransigent

    10/14/2009 3:33:19 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies · 524+ views
    NC Register ^ | October 14, 2009 | TOM MCFEELY
    A full restoration of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X to union with Rome does not appear imminent, if a recent interview given by the society’s superior general is any guide. The Reuters FaithWorld blog has posted excerpts from the interview Bishop Bernard Fellay conducted with the Tradition magazine published by the SSPX in South Africa. His comments are significant, as the Vatican and the society will soon begin direct discussions about the doctrinal differences that separate the society from the Church. Bishop Fellay gives no hint that the SSPX is prepared to give ground in these talks with...
  • Peace Talks Looming, SSPX Presents Gameplan: "Back to the Future"

    10/13/2009 4:42:53 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies · 567+ views
    Witl ^ | October 13, 2009 | Rocco Palmo
    With the much-anticipated "doctrinal dialogue" between the Holy See and the Society of St Pius X soon to get underway in Rome, the recently de-excommunicated head of the traditionalist group has taken to showing his cards: “The solution to the crisis is a return to the past,” [Bishop Bernard Fellay] has told a magazine published by the SSPX in South Africa. Fellay said Pope Benedict agrees with the SSPX on the need to maintain the church’s links to the past, but still wants to keep some reforms of the Second Vatican Council. “This is one of the most sensitive...
  • Vatican spokesman says media is creating confusion over SSPX bishop

    09/23/2009 3:06:09 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies · 428+ views
    cna ^ | September 23, 2009
    Fr. Federico Lombardi Rome, Italy, Sep 23, 2009 / 02:11 pm (CNA).- The director of the Holy See’s press office, Father Federico Lombardi, denied again today that Pope Benedict knew Bishop Richard Williamson held Holocaust diminishing beliefs before the Pontiff lifted the excommunication of the Pius X Society bishop. Such charges only “lead to creating confusion for no reason,” he said. Responding to questions from journalists about a Swedish TV report scheduled to air Thursday night, the Vatican spokesman said today that there is “absolutely no basis for stating or insinuating that the Pope had been informed beforehand.”Father Lombardi also...

    09/22/2009 3:41:15 PM PDT · by NYer · 39 replies · 2,024+ views
    zna ^ | September 21, 2009 | Robert Moynihan
    WASHINGTON, D.C., SEPT. 21, 2009 ( Sometimes there are no fireworks. Turning points can pass in silence, almost unobserved. It may be that way with the "Great Schism," the most serious division in the history of the Church. The end of the schism may come more quickly and more unexpectedly than most imagine. On Sept. 18, inside Castel Gandolfo, the Pope's summer palace about 30 miles outside Rome, a Russian Orthodox Archbishop named Hilarion Alfeyev, 43 (a scholar, theologian, expert on the liturgy, composer and lover of music), met with Benedict XVI, 82 (also a scholar, theologian, expert on the...
  • Vatican-SSPX talks to start “in next few days” - Schönborn

    09/15/2009 8:35:46 AM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies · 1,355+ views
    Reuters ^ | September 14, 2009 | Tom Heneghan
    Doctrinal negotiations between the Vatican and the ultra-traditionalist Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX) are due to start “in the next few days,” according to Vienna Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, and Rome will not “let the Lefebvrists off easy for everything.” In particular, he told the Passauer Neue Presse newspaper in Bavaria over the weekend, “the SSPX will be told very clearly what is not negotiable for the Holy See. This includes such fundamental conclusions of the Second Vatican Council as its positions on Judaism, other non-Christian religions, other Christian churches and on religious freedom as a basic human right.” Here...
  • What Does it Mean “To Accept Vatican II”? [Catholic Caucus]

    08/10/2009 3:22:51 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies · 666+ views
    CE ^ | August 10, 2009 | Robert Spaemann
    The success of future talks with the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) depends to a great extent on whether the parties can come to an understanding about Vatican II. The questions are not new: even after the Lefebvrite schism the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei has discussed the disputed points with traditionalist believers. But how are we to understand the requirement that someone should take up unreservedly a position based on the Council? Moreover the demand for complete acknowledgment of all the conciliar documents is made by people who for their part are far from complying with this demand. The...