Friday, December 28, 2018

Is the Vatican Going to Dissolve Ecclesia Dei?

Is the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei facing dissolution?

(Rome) Inside and outside the Leoninian walls of the Vatican there are always numerous rumors circulating. It is not always easy to screen them properly. This also applies to the latest "horror message" that overshadows Christmas in Rome. Rumor has it that Pope Francis plans to abolish the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei.

So far, it was rumors that went from mouth to mouth. Yesterday it was first reported - by the traditional site Messa in Latino. Accordingly, there is not only the papal intention to dissolve the commission established in 1988 by Pope John Paul II. The repeal should rather be imminent.

The Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei was established 30 years ago in the course of the same motu proprio, with which John Paul II responded to the unauthorized but valid episcopal ordinations of Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre for the Society of St. Pius X (FSSPX). The Commission is responsible for the traditional form of the Roman Rite and the communities that cultivate it. This refers to those communities as the Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP), which emerged from the Society of Saint Pius X, but remained in full unity with Rome.

Messa in Latino sees a connection between the rumors and the attacks on the Motu proprio Summorum Pontificum of Pope Benedict XVI in 2007, which were expressed at the autumn assembly of the Italian Episcopal Conference. Earlier this past June, Pope Francis's "house liturgist" had  attacked the motu proprio of Benedict XVI.

Messa in Latino is therefore "extremely worried" about the prospect of "destroying what was created on so much good in those years".

The traditional site addresses several questions to the responsible authorities and to sensitize the faithful. One question is whether the intentions are "merely" an organizational restructuring "within the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith," or whether hand will be placed in the Summorum Pontificum and the Universae Ecclesiae.

Another question concerns Curial Archbishop Guido Pozzo, Secretary of the Commission, who yesterday celebrated his 67th birthday, and his future use in the Vatican. "Or will he end up like Cardinal Müller?" Cardinal Gerhard Müller was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI. as Prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith in 2012, and Pope Francis removed him from office in 2017 and since then, despite his young age, has been given no new task.

Changes in the Commission Ecclesia Dei would also affect the talks with the Society of Saint Pius X, as Curial Archbishop Pozzo is coordinating these talks and is the first contact person in the Vatican. In addition Messa in Latino says:

"The dissolution of the Commission Ecclesia Dei corresponds to a long-standing wish expressed by the Society, who has always seen in the Commission a patron for the 'rival' Trad groups who are in unity with Rome. The FSSPX prefers to negotiate directly with the Congregation of the Faith, rather than with a commission dependent on it. It seems the Holy See considers it opportune to meet these demands ... "

The voices that Messa in Latino  pick up, speak of Pope Francis trying to "destroy the traditionalist charism in the Catholic world". To this she counters with  the word of Gamaliël from Acts 5:34:

"Then in the high council rose a Pharisee named Gamaliël, a law teacher respected among the people; he had the apostles led out for a short time.
Then he said, "Israelites, think well what you want to do with these people.
Some time ago, Theudas appeared and claimed that he was special. He was joined by about four hundred men. But he was killed and all his followers were scattered and wiped out. After him appeared in the days of the census Judas, the Galilean; he left a lot of people behind and made a turmoil. He too was killed and all his followers were scattered.
Therefore I advise you now: Let go of these men and release them freely; because if this project or work comes from people, it will be destroyed;
but if it comes from God, you can not destroy it; otherwise you will still stand as a fighter against God. They agreed with him. " has been confirmed by Vatican contacts, which is well known that nothing has changed in Pope Francis' lack of understanding of the Immemorial Roman Rite and the communities that favor it. However, the specific rumors were not confirmed, but even denied by some sides. One source said that Pope Francis had an interest in "keeping the Ecclesia Dei communities in unity with Rome, and thereby controlling them".

Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Picture: MiL
Trans: Tancred


  1. The translation of "Ecclesia Dei" is Church of God. According to the writer, Malachi Martin who died in 1999 and was a Jesuit, that is exactly what a future Jesuit pontiff would do. He would "dismantle the Church" and "out of the ashes" would create a new one world one to replace it. In essence, that is the "new world order" that has been discussed in every corner of the world.

  2. O tempora, O mores! Ubinam gentium sumus?



  4. People are too apathetic and busy with more mundane things in life to be caring way or another. How many people in a given parish even heatd of the SSPX?

  5. Some claim SSPX would prefer dealing directly with CDF, and one the the main reasons for ED is SSPX relations, and so ED are, in that line of thinking, unneeded. Now, there are a notable number of indult societies (despite Summorum Pontificum the TLM can vanish if the local Ordinary so wishes in this Bergoglian era) but perhaps the SSPX might be content if the FSSP were taken down a peg or two given its origins. Anyhow, as of now, the dissolution or merger has yet to happen. If it happens, the meaning of it could vary between an all-out anti-TLM measure or just another bit of pointless tinkering Francis likes to do.