Knock and it Shall NOT be Opened to You – SSPX Pilgrimage Group Refused Entry to Knock Shrine

From: God does not die! For a Truly Catholic Ireland.

Published September 17, 2017

The Society of Saint Pius X annual pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady at Knock in Co. Mayo was disrupted yesterday, Saturday 16th September, when Shrine officials refused entry to priests and laity.

Members of Knock Shrine Security approached the SSPX priests, informing them that they were not permitted to celebrate Mass or carry out any devotions as a group. They confirmed that these were the orders which they had been instructed to convey.

For the first time in over ten years, therefore, the Society was forced to celebrate Mass outside of the Shrine grounds (heretofore, for a number of years, SSPX priests had been granted permission to celebrate Mass in various chapels on the grounds of the Shrine). And, for the first time in the entire history of the SSPX’s presence in Ireland, the pilgrimage group was not even permitted to recite the Rosary or pray the Stations of the Cross within the Shrine precincts!

As a result, Mass was celebrated in the car-park of an obliging local café, and the Rosary was prayed on the Main Street which runs adjacent to the Shrine. Security was posted at the gates during the rosary procession, ensuring that the group did not enter the Shrine grounds at any time.

Just like there was no place in the inn for Christ in Bethlehem, so there was no place for those faithful to the Tradition of the Church at Knock this past Saturday. The Knock Shrine authorities should be ashamed of themselves! Rector, Fr. Richard Gibbons, had no problem allowing an “ecumenical service” last January in the Saint John’s Rest and Care Centre at the Shrine. Neither did he have any problem with the assistance of “Reverend Canon” Derek Swann of the Church of Ireland, the Presbyterian “Reverend” Molly Deatherage and a Muslim representative, Manar Cherbatji, at a 2014 Peace Mass at Knock. He even had his photograph taken with them on the occasion:

Knock Rector, Father Richard Gibbons, centre of photograph, sandwiched between his Bishop and the “Reverend” Molly after the “Peace” Mass, 2014.

Also in 2014, Father Gibbons was content to conduct a joint ecumenical service in the Knock Shrine Basilica with the Church of Ireland “Bishop” of Tuam, Killala and Achonry, “Dr.” Patrick Cooke in August of that year to celebrate the 190 years of the Royal National Lifeboat Association. On this occasion, as the Irish Catholic reported, Father Gibbons went the extra mile … “Dr.” Cooke led the celebration, while Father Gibbons was his assistant!

Conclusion? Father Gibbons cordially invites Anglicans, Presbyterians and Muslims, who do not accept the Church’s infallible teachings on the Blessed Virgin Mary, to participate in, and even lead services on the site where Our Lady appeared. But, he does not allow the Society of Saint Pius X and those faithful who assist at their Masses to even say the Rosary as a group on the same site, despite their obvious love for the Mother of God. Shame on him!

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CP&S comment – The old progressives with their destructive agenda and childish liturgies are still hanging on in the Church…. But as washy-washy banality fails to appeal to the upcoming ranks of young Catholics, perhaps it won’t be for much longer!

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27 Responses to Knock and it Shall NOT be Opened to You – SSPX Pilgrimage Group Refused Entry to Knock Shrine

  1. sixupman says:

    Has the ‘penny-not-dropped-yet’? Is Ireland still Catholic as it once was, I think not!

  2. Sarah says:

    Wow! 😦 I live near Knock and I go to Mass there sometimes but I’ve only been to Mass in the basilica once. Once was enough! All sorts of scandalous shenanigans go on in there.

  3. kathleen says:

    It’s quite obvious to see why the SSPX were denied entry to the Knock shrine – they are simply faaaaar too Catholic for the “old progressives” currently running the show.

    Have these Catholic imposters succeeded in destroying the Catholic Faith in Ireland yet, as Sixupman asks?
    They’ve certainly made a pretty good job of it, it would seem. Catholic Ireland is almost unrecognisable from the time of my grandparents days.

    However, I know for a fact, through many of my Irish friends living there, that there is a small but extremely strong and active group of fervent young (or youngish) Irish Catholicis who are fighting this diabolical, Protestanised (and largely, secular) goal to overthrow Traditional Catholicism with everything they’ve got.
    And slowly but surely, they are succeeding!
    One day Ireland will be Catholic again.

    But the destruction of the faith of so many Irish souls will lie heavily on the consciences of those who were the root cause of many Irish losing the faith…. starting with the sex-offending infiltrators into the priesthood of earlier days!! The terrible scandal this brought about stated the evil rot.

  4. Sarah says:

    I have sent an email to Father Gibbons. I will let you know what, if any, reply I get.

  5. Mary Salmond says:

    This is hard to understand. That the universal church can not dialogue among themselves and come to some sort of consensus. I realize the sspx has not enjoyed full recognition for decades, but where is the charity and why the sudden turn of events with a refusal from local “authorities”?? Was any reason given by the bishop OR were the police the only answer the sspx received? This action is ludicrous, perhaps ridiculous is a better word. Communications have broken down much like here in the USA between 2 opposing groups. The difference is one is public but the other is spiritual. This is a sad day when 2 people cannot talk kindly to each other.
    Intervention by a linguist, not a PC specialist, is in order! My prayers to Ireland! St Patrick must be crying at this sight! St Patrick, pray for us!

  6. Mary Salmond says:

    Today’s reading is 1 Timothy 3: 1-7; the qualifications of various ministries starting with the role of the bishop! That bishop surely read it!

  7. David Hurley says:

    Kathleen said: “One day Ireland will be Catholic again.”
    Please God !!!

  8. Mary Salmond says:

    Sarah: I’m interested if or when you get a response to your letter to bishop gibbons! Let us know the outcome!

  9. Sarah says:

    I got a reply to my email. It is from Maria Casey (on behalf of Fr Richard Gibbons)
    Marketing & Communications
    Knock Shrine
    It is basically a cut and paste of the bulletin on the Shrine website that I provided the link for above. 😦

  10. Mary Salmond says:

    In other words, no comment and more of the same. Thanks.

  11. Roger says:

    “..As the Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX) has an irregular canonical relationship with the Catholic Church, they are not allowed to celebrate Mass publicly at the Shrine or on Shrine grounds ..”

    The Shrine RECOGNISES the VALIDITY of the SSPX MASSES AND THE REAL PRESENCE OF GOD IN THE EUCHARIST.

    They are denying Our Lord Presence at Knock Shrine AND presumably ever SHRINE and any and every Catholic Church because this is precisely what they are saying and have done!

  12. Mary Salmond says:

    It says: ” for the first time in a decade sspx was forced” to say mass in the parking lot and say the rosary and stations outside the church. SO, what had changed this past year? What happened in this last year that suddenly sspx is denied access to Knock church?
    Someone needs to ask that to Fr. Gibbons. Or is he a new priest in this parish? All the platitudes in response don’t answer the question – why suddenly sspx can not be in the church for Mass, rosary, Stations????

  13. Sarah says:

    Yes, I was disappointed but not surprised.

  14. Mary Salmond says:

    Agreed. We are just peons asking common sense questions and threaten this priest with what he considers insubordination and isn’t sure how to answer.

  15. Sarah says:

    I’d also mentioned my problems with the basilica but they were just ignored. I am genuinely confused about the situation there because when I go to the parish church for Mass, I’m glad to see Father Gibbons at the altar because that usually means fewer abuses and I’ll probably be able to kneel at the communion rails. Some of the other priests dash out in front of the rails before we can get to them. Father Gibbons is the most orthodox priest in Knock for the parish Masses IMO but the Masses in the basilica are a whole different matter. There is a webcam on the website if you’re interested. There are no kneelers in the basilica (except in the tiny chapel where the tabernacle is tucked away), no communion rails, no stations and, as far as I remember, no obvious crucifix near the altar. Anyway, I’d better stop now before I get carried away.

  16. Mary Salmond says:

    Wow. Must be spiritual politics going on if Fr. Gibbons is normally orthodox ( and maybe other priests aren’t) and the basilica is non-traditional.
    About communion rail: the apostles didn’t have any and European churches, I once heard, were chaotic with no seats or order during the mass.
    In Italy we went to mass in a beautiful large church and sat on folding chairs, no altar rail. Listened in Italian and the order of the mass was different, minor details. The attending crowd were not particularly aware or responsive to the priest.

  17. LeoG says:

    And of course the shrine website doesn’t allow public comments… I actually find this all bizarrely heartening. It just goes to.show that the mainstream Church is in absolute crisis and is, on the whole, being led by a bunch of faithless, perhaps apostate, clowns. It will all come out in the wash of course.

  18. Shame on you Fr Gibbons you are not a priest of God. You and Fr. Thomis Rosica come from the one cloth. I no longer attend Mass in the Basilica because it hurts too much to see my Lord and my God insulted.

  19. kathleen says:

    @ Sarah

    Many thanks for the information you have provided above about the current situation of things at the sanctuary at Knock.

    It’s really very sad how this holy site where (as Roger duly pointed out) Heaven sent such a clear and vivid vision, or tableau, of the the sacrificial aspect of the Mass (the Lamb of God that stood on the altar), while these Modernists at Knock who slammed the doors on priests who truly understand this, ply their Protestant “communion meal” interpretation instead.

    Not even St Peter’s in Rome denies entry to the faithful Catholics of the SSPX, so how come the current Knock administration felt it had the right to do so?

  20. Sarah says:

    @Mary
    I only just saw your comment; sorry for the delay. The reason I mentioned the kneelers and communion rails in particular is because when they are not present or not used then, in my admittedly limited experience, the Mass almost automatically becomes less reverent. The people are encouraged to stand to receive communion in the hand as though it were just an exercise in distributing wafers as efficiently as possible. When there are rails and kneelers people are able to more easily show reverence to Our Lord in the Blessed Eucharist. In adoration chapels we kneel before Him. Why can we not kneel when we receive Him so intimately before the altar?
    The focus of Masses in Knock basilica and often in the apparition chapel seems to be on what the people get out of being there, rather than the focus being firmly on God and the sacrifice on the altar.
    @kathleen
    I’m confused about what’s really going on at Knock. I will let you all know if I find out any more.

  21. Mary Salmond says:

    I agree about the reverence of kneeling and the rail. The USA took out its rails in late ’60s and receiving the body and blood is too rote and routine! It’s like zombies walking to the front of church. Our younger priests are more traditional, and I welcome the real reverence in the Mass. They go slower, pay attention to detail and rubrics. The air seems holier, and I hope the young priests continue; it could cause gradual change in the approach to the mass. You might like sensus fidelium on YouTube; wonderful instructions by priests who study before they present their homilies! They instruct on traditions in the church. Bless you in your endeavor to seek a reverence in the mass.

  22. Sarah says:

    Thanks Mary. I just found Sensus Fidelium a few months ago. I particularly like Father Nix’s homilies.

  23. Sarah says:

    Just in case I have inspired anyone to avoid attending Mass in Knock basilica and to go to the parish church instead I have just had some bad news. It seems that the parish church, and the Apparition Chapel connected to it, are going to be closed for at least six months: https://www.knockshrine.ie/important-notice-knock-parish-church/
    Six months is a long time for a church to be closed so they must be planning some major renovations. I just hope they don’t spoil the beautiful dignity of the parish church. There’s not much they can do to spoil the Apparition Chapel except take out the kneelers, but there’s a lot they can do to spoil the church. 😦

  24. Mary Salmond says:

    Yes, that is a discouraging thought. Keep us posted on what happens: good or bad! Thanks!

  25. Sarah says:

    Will do. 🙂

  26. jerome says:

    If the SSPX is alien to the church despite that they are not another church, can they invoked the 1993 Directory for the Application of the Principle and Norms of Ecumenism signed by former Prefect of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity named Cardinal Edward Idris Cassidy in which he outlines to “encourages diocesan bishops to lend their parish churches to non-Catholics for their prayer services”.

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