7 July 2007

Official SSPX Reaction to Motu Proprio


By the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum, Pope Benedict XVI has reinstated the Tridentine Mass in its rights, and clearly affirmed that the Roman Missal promulgated by Saint Pius V had never been abrogated. The Priestly Society of Saint Pius X rejoices to see the Church thus regain her liturgical Tradition, and give the possibility of a free access to the treasure of the Traditional Mass for the glory of God, the good of the Church and the salvation of souls, to the priests and faithful who had so far been deprived of it. The Priestly Society of Saint Pius X extends its deep gratitude to the Sovereign Pontiff for this great spiritual benefit.

The letter which accompanies the Motu Proprio does not hide however the difficulties that still remain. The Society of Saint Pius X wishes that the favorable climate established by the new dispositions of the Holy See will make it possible – after the decree of excommunication which still affects its bishops has been withdrawn – to consider more serenely the disputed doctrinal issues.

Lex orandi, lex credendi, the law of the liturgy is that of the faith. In the fidelity to the spirit of our founder, Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, the attachment of the Society of Saint Pius X to the traditional liturgy is inseparably united to the faith which has been professed "always, everywhere and by all."

Menzingen, July 7, 2007

Bishop Bernard Fellay


Stephen Scull said...

Jubilate Deo omnes gentes!

Stephen Scull
Indianapolis, IN

Anonymous said...

The Motur Proprio in no way affirms the Roman Rite--on the contrary, it relegates the True Mass to the second-class status of "extraordinary mass" of the universal Church, while it declares the Protestant "mass" of Paul VI the "ordinary Mass" of the Universal Church.

And Fellay and Williamson (who are one and the same) both accept that!

Time to leave the SSPX and become a Catholic.

Demerzel said...

In the very first place the use of the dichotomous First Class and Second Class is an imposition of terms alien to the intentions of the Holy Father.

There is no such thing as an 'extraordinary mass'. All masses are extraordinary in either the literal or as a pun. There is however, such a thing as the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite.

And SSPX is Catholic. It just has an irregular canonical status within the Church.