Bishop Schneider of Kazakhstan on Archbishop Lefebvre of the SSPX

The best English language vaticanista today is Edward Pentin.  He has an interview with Bp. Athanasius Schneider today at the National Catholic Register (that’s the good one that begins with “National”).  HERE

The whole thing is worth reading. However, I want to emphasize one part which caught my eye for two reasons.

First, it is Patristic.  Bp. Schneider is a student of the Fathers of the Church, as am I.  We need to return to the Fathers.  It is amazing how many things they treated in their day which apply to our own.

Next, because it concerns a figure I’ve long been interested in, the late Archbp. Marcel Lefebvre.  He was a great churchman and missionary in Africa who went on to found the SSPX.  Since I once worked for the PCED I remain interested – and hopeful – for a wonderful result.

Here is Schneider on Lefebvre:

PENTIN:

What are your views on the Society of St. Pius X? Do you have sympathy for their position? 

SCHNEIDER:

Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis on various occasions spoke with understanding towards the SSPX. It was particularly at his time, as Cardinal of Buenos Aires, that Pope Francis helped the SSPX in some administrative issues. Pope Benedict XVI once said about Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre: “He was a great bishop of the Catholic Church.” Pope Francis considers the SSPX as Catholic, and has expressed this publicly several times. Therefore, he seeks a pastoral solution, and he made the generous pastoral provisions of granting to the priests of the SSPX the ordinary faculty to hear confessions and conditional faculties to celebrate canonically marriage. The more the doctrinal, moral and liturgical confusion grows in the life of the Church, the more one will understand the prophetic mission of Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre in an extraordinary dark time of a generalized crisis of the Church.

Maybe one day History will apply the following words of Saint Augustine to him:

“Often, too, divine providence permits even good men to be driven from the congregation of Christ by the turbulent seditions of carnal men. When for the sake of the peace of the Church they patiently endure that insult or injury, and attempt no novelties in the way of heresy or schism, they will teach men how God is to be served with a true disposition and with great and sincere charity. The intention of such men is to return when the tumult has subsided. But if that is not permitted because the storm continues or because a fiercer one might be stirred up by their return, they hold fast to their purpose to look to the good even of those responsible for the tumults and commotions that drove them out. They form no separate conventicles of their own, but defend to the death and assist by their testimony the faith which they know is preached in the Catholic Church” (De vera religione 6, 11).

Thus, St. Augustine.

It is interesting to note that Bp. Schneider’s baptismal name is “Athanasius”.

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7 Responses to Bishop Schneider of Kazakhstan on Archbishop Lefebvre of the SSPX

  1. Mary Salmond says:

    The description of his life in Germany with Mass in the catacombs of homes is a very intimate look into experiencing the Real Presence! That is an experience not shared anywhere else! Analogous to the upper room with the 12!

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  2. 000rjbennett says:

    I looked for the comments by Bishop Schneider about Archbishop Lefebvre in the article that is linked to, but they don’t appear. They do appear, however, on Father Z’ blog page.

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  3. Toad says:

    How distressing to be described as a ”Vaticanista.”
    We should pray for poor young Edwin.

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  4. Toad says:

    “Often, too, divine providence permits even good men to be driven from the congregation of Christ by the turbulent seditions of carnal men.
    That seems an extremely bizarre thing for Divine Providence to permit doing. It seems a highly unlikely eventuality (To me.) It seems to put Divine Providence on the side of the Devil.
    But what do I know?
    Maybe it’s true.

    [Moderator – We finally decided to do your homework for you, lazybones Toad. And read Romans 12:2]

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  5. kathleen says:

    Yes, Robert (ooorjbennett), other commenters on Fr Z’s blog also mentioned this. Either Ed Pentin’s interview with Bp. Schneider on the National Catholic Register is incomplete, or Fr Z got the information from a different interview of Pentin with Bp. Schneider.
    What matters is that these encouraging words of this holy bishop towards Archbishop Lefebvre and the SSPX will influence many Catholics, suffering greatly in this time of widespread confusion and sacrilegious goings on in the Church, to look at the SSPX with new eyes.

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