Advice to Catholics on the “Periphery”, faithful to Church Tradition – Bishop Athanasius Schneider

scheider-1024x495 The Spanish-Language website, Adelante La Fe (Advance the Faith) obtained an exclusive interview with Bishop Athanasius Schneider, first published 10th August, 2015, and re-blogged in full on our blog here. To make his excellent points stand out more fully, we will publish the most important in separate posts on CP&S over the next days.

  Adelante la Fe: Can Your Excellence give some words of encouragement to those priests who, for being faithful to Church Tradition, are isolated and pushed into the background in their dioceses and not given temples where they can officiate Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form, as well as to those faithful who are deprived of Traditional Holy Mass?

Bishop Schneider: “I would like to say to these priests, seminarians, young people and families: “It is an honour and a privilege to be faithful to the Divine truth and to the spiritual and liturgical traditions of our forefathers and of the saints and being therefore marginalised by those who currently occupy administrative power in the Church. Your fidelity and courage constitute the real power in the Church. You are the real ecclesiastical periphery, which with God’s power renews the Church. Living the true tradition of dogma, liturgy and holiness is a manifestation of the democracy of the Saints, because tradition is the democracy of the Saints. With Saint Athanasius I would like to tell you these words: Those in the Church who oppose, humiliate and marginalise you, have occupied the churches, while during this time you are outside; it is a fact that they have the premises – but you have the Apostolic Faith. They claim that they represent the Church, but in reality, they are the ones who are expelling themselves from it and going astray.”

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2 Responses to Advice to Catholics on the “Periphery”, faithful to Church Tradition – Bishop Athanasius Schneider

  1. During the time of the Arian heresy, faithful Catholics were marginalized. This isn’t the first time such a thing has happened, and it won’t be the last. These words by Bishop Schneider should be engraved in stone: “It is an honour and a privilege to be faithful to the Divine truth and to the spiritual and liturgical traditions of our forefathers and of the saints and being therefore marginalised by those who currently occupy administrative power in the Church.”

  2. kathleen says:

    Yes indeed, Robert!
    Encouraging words from Bishop Schneider! For to be told by this outstanding ‘Apostle of Christ’ that it is an “honour” and even a “privilege” to be standing up for Divine truth within our own Catholic Church (where so many have bought into protestantised Liberalism) is a great consolation. It should animate us to stand firm and not back down when we are branded as weirdos or bigots, or any other type of derogatory name, sometimes for doing no more than admitting one’s preference for “the spiritual and liturgical traditions of our forefathers”!

    As if we didn’t have enough enemies ‘outside’ in our secular, hostile Western culture, without having to ‘do battle’ with fellow Catholics and modernist clergy ‘within’ the Church Herself.

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