Sunday, June 22, 2014

The Society of St. Pius X Nears 600 Priests

Edit: from the Society's US Site featuring the ordination of 7 new priests and 5 deacons.  There were over 1,000 laity in attendance for this glorious event.  The harvest is plentiful and the laborers are few, and in a Church which has become a vocational desert in the years following the New Springtime, there are oases.

As of Friday, June 13th, the Society of St. Pius X has 12 reasons for rejoicing. For on that day, in continuance of the SSPX's mission to form priests, Bishop Bernard Fellay ordained 7 new alter Christi and 5 deacons at St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary in Winona, Minnesota.

The seminary has published on its website not only a gallery of images of the ordinations, but also a list of the First Masses that the newly-ordained priests will be offering. Also available via DICI is an audio recording of Bishop Fellay's ordination sermon.

For our part, we offer a photo gallery of Bishop Fellay while at Winona, which can be viewed below.
Please keep these new priests and deacons of the Roman Catholic Church in your prayers, that they may faithfully serve their Divine Master in His vineyard for the salvation of souls.
 Edit: also, in Zaitzkofen/Oberpfalz. On Saturday, the 28th of June, Bishop Tissier de Mallerais will ordain five priests and three deacons.  The ceremony will begin in the castle garden at 9 in the morning. In addition to those named above, Bishop de Galarreta will ordain eight seminarians and a religious to the grace of the priesthood and seven others to the rank of deacons of Holy Mother the Church in Ecône. This will bring the society in the near future to more than 600 priests.



Anonymous said...

600 priests sounds pretty good. The Ecclesia Dei orders, the only ones that can be assured of being allowed the Traditional Latin Mass after the commissaring of the poor 400 Franciscans of the Immaculate, number only 1000 priests. There are 410,000 priests worlwide, and about 5000 bishops.


Anonymous said...

I do pray for these priests, that they may return to full communion where they can validly and licitly exercise all the sacraments of Holy Mother Church.

I'm not being flippant here.

By continuing to perform make-believe absolutions and pretending to witness valid marriages on behalf of the Church, they are placing untold numbers of souls in grave danger. I don't see how this event can be called 'glorious'.

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Bill said...

Make-believe absolutions? Anyone who believes that SSPX priests are doing that needs to learn more about supplied jurisdiction. Sometimes, without permission from a diocesan bishop, a Catholic priest, including any member of the SSPX, can give a sacrament with authority from the Church, even when he doesn't get it from a diocesan bishop. Remember, in an emergency, even a laicized priest can hear a confession and absolve validly.

Fr. Gregory Hesse explains supplied jurisdiction in an excellent lecture, including an example like this one. Someone visits a Catholic church between 3 PM and 5 PM because a sign says that a priest hears confessions then. Although the priest has no jurisdiction from his diocesan bishop, he's wearing his habit and his stole while he's sitting in the confessional.

The visitor believes reasonably enough that the priest can hear his confession, because he reads the sign, sees a line of penitents waiting outside the confessional, and watches the priest come out to help someone. What's important is the reasonableness of the visitor's belief and especially his salvation. If he's in mortal sin and will die in a car accident minutes after he leaves the church, would it be right to deny him absolution merely because the diocesan bishop hadn't authorized that priest to hear confessions in his diocese? Maybe the penitent should go to Hell, even when he's waiting for the only priest he can reach in time? No, the Church supplies jurisdiction in this example because the penitent's salvation is infinitely more valuable than the bishop's permission.

Bill said...

Maybe I should make another point. Even if the priest is sinning by hearing confessions, the Church still supplies the jurisdiction to help the penitent, not to excuse the priest.

What about Archbishop Lefebvre and the four bishops he consecrated in 1988? They were the only supposedly excommunicated members of the SSPX. Read the sermon His Grace preached before he consecrated then. You'll find it in the article index at ( During that sermon, Lefebvre denies that he has any schismatic intent, proclaims his and their loyalty to the Pope and to the Church, and thinks an emergency justifies the consecrations. In the 1983 Code of Canon Law, Canon 1323 shows that a bishop who consecrates illicitly when he at least seems to see an emergency doesn't get any binding canonical penalty for that consecration.

Anonymous said...

You must live under a rock:

The priests of SSPX do validly and licitly administer all the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church already. And they do it better.

Anonymous said...

SSPX priests cannot absolve sins or perform marriage sacrament. The church tells us this, the catechism backs this up. The SSPX needs to be guided by the church not themselves! The SSPX is not the solution to problems in society nor the church.

Tancred said...

Supplied jurisdiction, state of emergency.

You people are willing to admit this in the case of Orthodox clergy, even allowing them to use Catholic facilities for their schismatic Liturgies, why not for the Society which is not in schism?