Showing posts with label Dici. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Dici. Show all posts

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Statement by Bp. Bernard Fellay, Superior General of the Society of St. Pius X, on the new pastoral approach to marriage according to Cardinal Kasper

[DICI] What will happen at the Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops that is to be held October 5 – 19, 2014, dedicated to “the pastoral challenges for the family in the context of evangelization?” This question is asked with great concern, since during the last Consistory, on February 20, 2014, Cardinal Walter Kasper, at the request of Pope Francis and with his emphatic support, presented the topic of the next Synod by making supposedly pastoral overtures that were doctrinally scandalous.
This presentation, which was initially supposed to remain secret, was published in the press, and the agitated debates that it sparked among the members of the Consistory ended up being revealed as well.  One university professor dared to speak about a veritable “cultural revolution” (Roberto de Mattei), and one journalist described as a “paradigm shift” the fact that Cardinal Kasper proposes that divorced-and-“remarried” Catholics could go to Communion, even without their earlier marriage being annulled:  “at present that is not the case, based on Jesus’ very severe and explicit words about divorce.” (Sandro Magister)
Some prelates have spoken up against this change, such as Cardinal Carlo Caffara, Archbishop of Bologna, who asked:  “What about the first ratified and consummated marriage?  If the Church admits [the divorced-and-“remarried”] to the Eucharist, she must however render a judgment about the legitimacy of the second union.  That is only logical.  But then -as I asked-what about the first marriage?  The second, they say, cannot be a true second marriage, because bigamy goes against the Lord’s words.  And what about the first one? Is it dissolved?  But the Popes have always taught that the power of the Pope cannot go that far:  the Pope has no authority over a ratified and consummated marriage.  The solution proposed (by Cardinal Kasper) leads one to think that the first marriage remains, but there is also a second form of cohabitation that the Church legitimizes….  The fundamental question is therefore simple:  what about the first marriage?  But no one gives an answer.”  (Il Foglio, March 15, 2014)
One could add the serious objections formulated by Cardinals Gerhard Ludwig Müller, Walter Brandmüller, Angelo Bagnasco, Robert Sarah, Giovanni Battista Re, Mauro Piacenza, Angelo Scola, Camillo Ruini….  But these objections, too, remain unanswered.
We cannot wait, without speaking up, for the Synod to be held next October in the disastrous spirit that Cardinal Kasper wants to give to it.  The attached study, entitled “The New Pastoral Approach to marriage according to Cardinal Kasper” shows the gross errors contained in his presentation.  Not to denounce them would amount to leaving the door open to the dangers pointed out by Cardinal Caffarra:  “Therefore there would be such a thing as extramarital human sexuality that the Church considers legitimate.  But that negates the central pillar of the Church’s teaching on sexuality.  At that point someone might wonder:  then why not approve of extramarital cohabitation?  Or relations between homosexuals?”  (Ibid.)
Whereas in recent months many families have demonstrated courageously against civil laws that, everywhere, are undermining the natural, Christian family, it is simply scandalous to see these same laws surreptitiously supported by churchmen who wish to align Catholic doctrine and morality with the morals of a de-Christianized society, instead of seeking to convert souls.  A pastoral approach that scoffs at the explicit teaching of Christ on the indissolubility of marriage is not merciful but insulting to God, who grants His grace sufficiently to everyone; and it is cruel toward the souls who, when placed in difficult situations, receive the grace that they need in order to live a Christian life and even to grow in virtue, to the point of heroism.
Menzingen, April 12, 2014
+Bernard Fellay
Superior General of the Society of St. Pius X

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

SSPX Addresses Bishop Williamson’s “Resistance"

We present here in 3 parts a public conference given by Fr. Daniel Themann on April 16 at St. Mary's, Kansas, which answers some questions from the so-called "Resistance" concerning the SSPX's recent discussions with Rome.
Fr. Themann carefully outlines necessary principles for properly understanding the situation while contrasting examples of Archbishop Lefebvre during his own talks with the Holy See, particularly of what led up to the "May Protocol".
CDs of the conference are available from:
Immaculata Bookstore  St. Mary's, KS

Saturday, September 15, 2012

France: Screening of Film About Archbishop Lefebvre

On Saturday the 29th of September, the film Marcel Lefebvre, Archbishop in stormy times will be shown in public for the first time. This film retraces the life of the founder of the Society of St. Pius X based on the unpublished testimonials of those who knew him, including numerous documents from the archives. This screening will be in Paris, in the presence of Bishop Bernard Fellay, Superior General of the Society of St. Pius X, at the Grand Rex at exactly 4 p.m.
The March-April 2012 issue of Nouvelles de Chrétienté took its readers behind the scenes of the filming of this exceptional documentary. Jacques-Régis du Cray, author of the script inspired by the biography of Abp. Marcel Lefebvre written by Bp. Bernard Tissier de Mallerais (published in French by Clovis, in English by Angelus Press), described the purpose of the film: “To make known to the multitude, and not just to the faithful of the Society of St. Pius X, a personage through whom we comprehend the crisis in the Church.
As we do not wish to limit our audience to French-speaking people only, the film will be available in English, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Polish.” After the public showing on September 29 in Paris, the film “will be sold in DVD format and will be distributed by several vendors, including Clovis.”
Grand Rex Cinema, 1 Boulevard Poissonnier, 75002 Paris –Metro: Bonne Nouvelle –Saturday, September 29 at exactly 4 p.m. Admission: 12 Euros, reduced price: 8 Euros, free for priests and religious. –Tickets can be reserved online at
Nouvelles de Chrétienté #134, “Behind the scenes of the movie about Abp. Lefebvre”: 3.50 Euros.—Can be ordered at CIVIROMA 33, rue Galande, F-75005 Paris (Source:—DICI #260 dated September 14, 2012)

Monday, February 15, 2010

Second Theological Meeting being Held in Rome with the SSPX: Dici

The second theological meeting between Rome’s theologians and those of the SSPX was held on January 18 at the Vatican in the offices of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The two parties, one of the participants told I. Media News, “have begun studying in depth the themes on the agenda for the doctrinal discussions.” No press release was issued on the occasion of the latest working session, as there had been for the preceding session, which was held on October 26, 2009. The next meeting will take place during the second half of the month of March, I. Media was also told.

During the sermon he gave during the priestly ordinations at the Seminary of La Reja in Argentina last 19 December, Msgr. Alfonso de Galarreta, who heads the Society of St. Pius X’s delegation, listed the subjects to be discussed in the forthcoming meetings: “all the themes we have been critiquing for forty years, especially religious liberty, the modern liberties, freedom of conscience, the dignity of the human person–as they say–the rights of man, personalism, ecumenism, interreligious dialogue, inculturation, collegiality–the egalitarianism, democratism, and destruction of authority that have been introduced into the Church; as well as all the notions of ecclesiology which have totally changed what the Church is: the question of the “self-consciousness” of the Church, the Church as communion, the Church as sacrament, the Church as the People of God; and all these new ideas about the relation between the Church and the world. Then there is the question of the Mass, the new Mass, the new missal, the liturgical reform…, and still other themes.” (See DICI No. 208, Jan. 23, 2010, pp. 10-11) [LINK]

While receiving in audience the members of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith last January 15, Benedict XVI justified the gesture made towards the Society of St. Pius X, and expressed his desire to see “the remaining doctrinal problems overcome” thanks to the work of the Congregation.

(DICI No. 209, Feb. 6, 2010.—sources: I.Media/Apic/private sources)

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