In April of 2013, Fr. Daniel Themann, SSPX, gave a conference at St. Mary’s, Kansas. The conference was entitled “Resistance to What?”. It was an attack on the public resistance, offered by His Excellency Bishop Richard Williamson and several SSPX priests who have been or are on the verge of being kicked out of the SSPX, against the new direction of the SSPX championed by His Excellency Bishop Bernard Fellay. As the title clearly states, Fr. Themann is of the position that nothing has substantially changed in the SSPX that would warrant a public resistance. In response to this conference, the December 2013 Supplementary Issue of the Recusant publishes an excellent, thorough refutation of Fr. Themann’s arguments. We at the SSPX-Marian Corps Toronto now challenge Fr. Daniel Themann to respond to this refutation.
Father, since you seem so confident of your position, please do us the favour and defend your arguments against the wounds inflicted on them by this refutation.
I must admit that the Peter Romanus YouTube channel produces some good stuff. However, I do have a beef with one of its videos entitled “Where Can I Attend Mass?” (see below). The video promotes Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre and the SSPX-Marian Corps; however, it also promotes the neo-SSPX under Bishop Fellay as if the neo-SSPX is not fundamentally different than the SSPX founded by Archbishop Lefebvre. The person(s) behind Peter Romanus fails to understand that the neo-SSPX is in the same category as the Fraternity of St. Peter and other Ecclesia Dei communities. Why? Because the neo-SSPX has abandoned the position that Rome must convert prior to any canonical regularization. It has adopted a principle (First Condition of the SSPX 2012 General Chapter) that is not Catholic. Its leader, Bishop Bernard Fellay, fundamentally accepts the “Hermeneutic of Continuity” proposed by the former Pope Benedict XVI as evidenced by the Bishop’s abominable Doctrinal Declaration of April 15, 2012. How then can Peter Romanus advise us that we can attend neo-SSPX chapels when Archbishop Lefebvre believed and acted to the contrary?
Peter Romanus, if you want to be truly faithful to Archbishop Lefebvre, then please stick with Bishop Williamson, the SSPX-Marian Corps, and the other Resistance priests who now carry forward his memory and mission. Keep away from Bishop Fellay and the neo-SSPX priests who have instead abandoned the Archbishop.
Fr. Gregory Hesse (+2006), Doctor of Sacred Theology and Canon Law, gave a conference at St. Michael’s Church (run by Fr. Hector Bolduc until his death in 2012) in Wisconsin in 2001. In this conference, Fr. Hesse says that representatives from several pseudo-Traditional groups (FSSP, Dom Gerard Calvet, Michael Davies, Una Voce, etc.) met earlier that same year to decide what should be done with the 1962 Missal. According to Fr. Hesse, these representatives agreed that the 1962 Missal should be changed to the 1965 Missal with the adoption of the Novus Ordo calendar. Yuck! So much for these groups trying to preserve the Mass of all time; rather, regardless of any good intentions, they worked to destroy it!
Here is the relevant extract of the conference. You can directly listen to the audio by left clicking on the “Play” button. If you prefer to download the audio file to your computer, right click the “Play” button and then left click the “Save audio as” option.
In a post I wrote a few months ago, I argued that there was a grave problem with the official SSPX policy issued from the 2012 General Chapter. In particular, I attacked the First Condition as representing a type of non-Catholic ecumenism and religious liberty.
It has been pointed out to me that a SWIFT code is needed for international deposits, for the account opened here for Fr Chazal’s appeal for the Philippines. This is the equivalent of what is called an IBAN or sort code in some other countries.
SWIFT CODE: CTB AAU2S BSB 064-111 Account number 1018 5161 Account name ELIZABETH COPLEY
This website contains quite a few posts on the SSPX. Naturally this would be the case because we’ve spent many years attending Masses celebrated by its priests and have often defended the SSPX against the attacks of those in the conciliar church. When the SSPX abandoned the principles of its founder in July 2012, we were heartbroken. Sentiment, however, cannot be the driver of our decisions. Those who adhere to truth know that they must make the right decision and that is to speak out against the new direction and not go along with it. This is what the writers on this website have done. We now consider the SSPX to be in the same class as the other pseudo-Traditional communities such as the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP). This being the case, I thought it would now be opportune to speak about the FSSP itself.
The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter was founded by a group of priests who separated from the Society of St. Pius X after Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre consecrated four priests to the episcopacy on June 30, 1988. It was erected as a clerical society of Apostolic Life with Pontifical Right on October 18, 1988. Article 8 of its Constitutions states the following:
The particular aim of the Fraternity of Saint Peter is to achieve this objective (i.e., sanctification of its priests) through the faithful observance of the “liturgical and spiritual traditions” according to the dispositions of the Motu Propio Ecclesia Dei of July 2, 1988, which is at the origin of its foundation.
The Motu Proprio “Ecclesia Dei” was the document of Pope John Paul II that confirmed the “excommunications” of Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, Bishop Antonio de Castro Meyer, and the four consecrated bishops. Note that the article above states that this Motu Proprio for the FSSP “is at the origin of its foundation”. Since the FSSP doesn’t state otherwise in any of its official documents, we must conclude that the FSSP agrees with the validity of the “excommunications” and orthodoxy of the doctrinal declarations in the Motu Proprio. Fr. Gregory Hesse (+2006), Doctor of Sacred Theology and Canon Law, gave a conference at St. Michael’s Church (run by Fr. Hector Bolduc until his death in 2012) in Wisconsin in 1998. In this conference, Fr. Hesse tears the Motu Proprio to bits by pointing out its doctrinal, moral, and canonical errors, thereby demonstrating that the FSSP is truly a house built on sand. Please take the time to listen below to an extract of the conference.
You can directly listen to the audio by left clicking on the “Play” button. If you prefer to download the audio file to your computer, right click the “Play” button and then left click the “Save audio as” option.