Bishop Schneider: SSPX Personal Prelature Would Redress “Unjust” Suppression

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By Maike Hickson on 1Peter5

Bishop Athanasius Schneider has given another interview of importance, this time to a French traditional Catholic journal, Présent. In this new interview, Bishop Schneider makes some politely discerning remarks about the currently considered, formal re-integration of the Society of St. Pius X, and then says that the recognition of the SSPX is an act of “rendering justice – belatedly – for the injustice done to the Society [of St. Pius X] in 1975 on the part of the Holy See.”

imageIn the following, I present a translation from these especially important parts of that French interview – as it has been posted by the website Le Forum Catholique – along with the questions posed to Schneider, which are now placed in italics:

“The Sovereign Pontiff has now extended the possibility [for the faithful] to confess [in sacramental penance] with priests of the Society of St. Pius X beyond the limits of the Year of Mercy. Does this seem to you to be an important decision?

Yes, of course, and I am very happy about it! This is a very pastoral gesture, very merciful, and in my eyes one of the most important gestures of the pontificate of Pope Francis which helps the process of canonical re-integration of this ecclesiastical reality which has existed for 50 years and which is producing obvious spiritual fruits. Many young families assembled around the Society of St. Pius X love the Church, pray for the pope, as their forebearers have done before them. The Church contains different houses, different spiritualities. Only those ecclesiastics who are hostile toward the Society present it with exaggerated demands. John XXIII as well as Paul VI always insisted upon the pastoral character of the [Second Vatican] Council. If the Society has difficulties in accepting certain documents of Vatican II, one has to place that into the context of the pastoral objective of the Council. The Dogma has not changed. We have the same Faith. Thus, there is no problem to integrate canonically the Society of St. Pius X.

You have been one of the Churchmen sent by the Vatican to visit the seminaries and priories of the Society. Which solution do you think is possible for resolving its controversial position?

The personal prelature is a position that is very fitting for the reality of the Society of St. Pius X and its mission. I am convinced that Monsignor Lefebvre would have accepted voluntarily and with gratitude this proposed official ecclesiastical structure, the recognition of this apostolate by the Church. This would only be an act of rendering justice – quite belatedly – to the unjust suppression of the Society in 1975 on the part of the Holy See. At that time, Monsignor Lefebvre had also presented a [canonical] recourse. The establishment now of a prelature would in some way accept this canonical recourse after a delay of some 40 years. On the other side, the Society must not demand guarantees of 100% which would be entirely unrealistic. We are still on earth, not in Heaven! It [such an inordinate demand] would be a gesture that would reveal a certain lack of confidence in Divine Providence.”

 

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CP&S comment:  It would surely be wise if the issuing of the “formal correction” of the Pope for his ambiguous and misleading passages in Amoris Laetitia that Cardinal Burke indicated to Ed Pentin would be necessary if Pope Francis remains silent to the questions in the dubia, come before the acceptance of a Personal Prelature of the SSPX.

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8 Responses to Bishop Schneider: SSPX Personal Prelature Would Redress “Unjust” Suppression

  1. JabbaPapa says:

    an act of rendering justice – quite belatedly – to the unjust suppression of the Society in 1975 on the part of the Holy See

    This is an interesting point, for implicit reasons and canonical technicalities — whilst the Bishops consecrated and participating in the consecration did indeed perform an Act of rebellion and schism ; it did not automatically follow that the other priests in the Fraternity, not even those physically present at the consecration Mass, should have been viewed as being “guilty by association”, especially given that the Act was illicit and not invalid. The consecration was neither heretical nor blasphemous, and yet the priests of the SSPX have been punished in a manner normally reserved either to those personally guilty of some crime, or to groups suspected of some collective heresy ; except even in view of this last possibility, the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, who actually have been suspected of heresies (rightly or wrongly), as well as the LCWR, have NOT been subjected to the far stronger degree of penalties endured by the priests of the SSPX.

    Pope Benedict at least brought some clarity into the issue, in his determination that the difficulties between the Fraternity and Rome were essentially doctrinal, which was clearly an improvement over the previous irrational punishment of the many for the actions of a few.

    But it is nevertheless interesting that when Pope Francis sees the Catholic priests of the SSPX suffering under some genuine and unjustifiable penalty having nothing to do with these doctrinal issues, he has always acted against the penalties, never against the priests.

    Hopefully he will soon permit the Faithful who attend the chapels of the SSPX to be both validly and licitly married in witness before their Congregations, priests, Church, and God — the penalty imposed on this Sacrament that is not even provided by these priests has always been the most absurdly unjustified penalty of all.

  2. JabbaPapa says:

    Dean Vino Tinto, as Eccles has re-named him, of the Rota, seems to have quite suddenly retired — possibly his ugly threats against certain four Cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church were so ill-received that his obligatory letter of resignation on the event of his reaching 75 years of age suddenly seemed more attractively composed to the eyes of the powers that be.

    Is there a chance with this current Pope with his views about unjust penalties, and the new Dean, that priests of the SSPX might successfully appeal against their suspensions a divinis ?

  3. johnhenrycn says:

    Re: the CP&S comment at the end of this Maike Hickson post, I’ve read somewhere – possibly on The Remnant, Hilary White or Ann Barnhardt, I’m not sure – that the fairly recent semi-overture made by PF to SSPX might best be looked at guardedly because it may be a Trojan Horse strategy to co-opt the latter, seemingly welcoming SSPX back into the fold, but with the covert intention of diluting, if not ultimately eradicating, its special charism by, for example, promotions and special favours granted to those of them who are willing to compromise their founder’s principles.

  4. JabbaPapa says:

    Re: the CP&S comment at the end of this Maike Hickson post, I’ve read somewhere – possibly on The Remnant, Hilary White or Ann Barnhardt, I’m not sure – that the fairly recent semi-overture made by PF to SSPX might best be looked at guardedly because it may be a Trojan Horse strategy to co-opt the latter, seemingly welcoming SSPX back into the fold, but with the covert intention of diluting, if not ultimately eradicating, its special charism by, for example, promotions and special favours granted to those of them who are willing to compromise their founder’s principles.

    … and so does deliberate utter paranoia invent mindless fantasy conspiracy theories.

  5. JabbaPapa says:

    You’re likely just another moronic “Phil” sockpuppet, aren’t you.

  6. JabbaPapa says:

    Very good try imbuing this particular sock with more of your genuine personality, but you frankly cannot “expect” that your previously rancid ideological “support” for sundry “liberal” moral evils might somehow constitute some sort of “basis” to personally attack those supportive of the Catholic Orthodoxy.

    Nor can you expect people to be as stupid as you think they are.

    Nor can you expect to be anonymous.

  7. johnhenrycn says:

    Learn to pay more respect to your betters.

  8. mmvc says:

    Jabba @ 19.56 and 20.52
    I’m not sure whom you’re addressing these to and why. There seems to be a missing link in this thread.

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