Friday, March 28, 2014

Church Bishop Huonder Named as Apostolic Visitor to FSSP

Bishop Huonder was commissioned by the Pontifical Commission "Ecclesia Dei" with the Apostolic Visitation of the Fraternity of St. Peter - Chur media relations officer described this for a "sign of confidence"

Chur-Vatican ( The Bishop of Chur, Vitus Huonder, was commissioned by the Pontifical Commission "Ecclesia Dei" with the Apostolic Visitation of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter. This was announced in a press release by the Diocese of Chur on Friday. It is to be a routine Visitiation as it is done in other communities. Bishop Vitus Huonder will act as key visitor, in cooperation with other agents in Europe and the USA.
Giuseppe Gracia, Media Officer of the Diocese of Chur, commented for "Among the numerous possible bishops of the universal Church that are eligible for such a task in question, Rome has selected the Bishop of Chur. This is a big vote of confidence at a crucial time, about which  we are extremely pleased. "This decision also shows" the diplomatic wisdom of the Apostolic See," continued Gracia. "It is known that the bishop of Chur enjoys the trust of  the Fraternity of St. Peter  and that the visitation will take place under his leadership, with open doors." 

Bishop Huonder thanked the Apostolic See you for the trust they have placed. He will be preoccupied  by the visitation till the end of 2014.  A formal procedure of the Fraternity of St. Peter  will ensure that the bishop may still handle his main tasks in the diocese during this time and to be represented in some areas.

 The Pontifical Commission "Ecclesia Dei" is responsible for the care of different communities, which use the extraordinary form of the Roman rite. The President of Ecclesia Dei is the prefect of the CDF, Gerhard Ludwig Müller, Cardinal. 

Pope Francis and the Bishop of Chur Vitus Huonder Photo (c) Diocese of Chur

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  1. Hmmm....usually Apostolic Visitors are not something to be desired. Of course if the visited group is liberal or heretical, nothing much seems to happen. But we know what happened to the FFI....

  2. So according to the report this is normal procedure? Right? I Has there been any internal (or other) complaints from or about the Fraternity of St. Peter? Could they be at risk? In the sense about the new mass....

    What happened to the Franciscans of the Immacualte is still a raw wound ...


    1. This is an amazing show of support for the beleaguered Bishop Huonder, and if there is something of concern, I can't think of a more sympathetic visitor.

    2. That's a relief Mr. Tancred, I had never heard of the good Bishop before...


  3. And so it begins.

  4. Having gone to the TLM exclusively for the last 6 years I guess I've become sensitized to the fact, and offended by the fact, that those who say the TLM need someone to 'oversee' them.

  5. According to Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith Glossary of Terms an Apostolic Visitation is 'Apostolic Visitations are intended to assist the institute in question to improve the way in which it carries out its function in the life of the Church'. The council of Trent which re-established the Apostolic Visitation, describes the purpose as follows 'But the principal object of all the visitations shall be to lead to sound and orthodox doctrine, by banishing heresies; to maintain good morals, and to correct such as are evil; to animate the people, by exhortations and admonitions, to religion, peacefulness, and innocence; and to establish such other things as to the prudence of the visitors shall seem for the profit of the faithful, according as time, place and opportunity shall allow.'

  6. There is indeed a link between the Fraternity of St. Peter and the order of the Franciscans of the Immaculate:
    Since the very hard Treatment (in fact: oppression/persecution) of the Franciscans of the Immaculate, especially in Italy, and the reprimation of the Usus antiquior, many devout and serious secular priests in Italy have asked to adhere to the Fraternity of St. Peter, not in a sense of protest but convinced that in the Fraternity the spirituality there and the love of beautiful liturgy with the Usus antiquior is not so tormented as with the poor Franciscans of the Immaculate.
    Many italian bishops seem not to have a fame of great courage in defending the Usus antiquior, and others are making sabotage openly (f. ex. the refusal to the ICR for opening a seminary in Sardiny.

    Spe salvi facti sumus.