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Saturday, May 28, 2022

New Archbishop of Paris: Hope for Liturgical Peace?


 From a Catholic Lady

On May 23, Msgr. Laurent Ulrich was solemnly inaugurated in the church of Saint-Sulpice in the presence of around 2,000 faithful and a good 40 bishops from various dioceses. He had previously celebrated Vespers on the forecourt of his actual Episcopal Cathedral, Notre-Dame.


On April 26, the previous Archbishop of Lille was appointed by Pope Francis as the successor to the resigned Michel Aupetit. as the new Archbishop of Paris.


The pope's choice fell on an experienced churchman. He is regarded as approachable, as a man of dialogue. Like Pope Francis, however, he relies on synodal paths for a Church of tomorrow. However, Ulrich, who is already 70, will only be in office for a good four years before he has to hand in his resignation.

Paix liturgique explains that In Paris it will be seen whether he can regain the trust of the faithful who are bound to tradition, after his predecessor, Michel Aupetit smashed all the porcelain after the publication of Traditionis Custodes (TC) by choosing many places for the old mass prohibited and priests of the Society of St. Peter (FSSP) were no longer allowed to celebrate in Paris churches, but only biritual diocesan priests. His repressive actions, which rejected any dialogue, led to the fact that the shocked and deeply hurt believers met and still meet for weekly rosaries in churches and demonstrations in front of the Apostolic Nunciature. They have high hopes for their new archbishop. And there seems to be hoped that this could actually contribute to pacification.


In Lille at least Archbishop Ulrich, in contrast to a whole series of other French bishops, did not fight against the traditional liturgy after the appearance of TC, but used his decision-making authority as diocesan bishop to continue to allow the old Mass in his diocese as before.


Only recently, in Lille, in the Saint-Etienne church, which the Institute Christ the King and High Priest is entitled to use, he administered Confirmation in the Traditional Rite for 55 candidates of the Institute, as he had done before the Roman repressions also affected this sacrament. However, one must also know that the Institute does not exclude concelebration. That has taken place for example, in Dijon, where the priests of the FSSP had to leave the diocese last summer by episcopal order, a priest from the Institute of Christ the King and High Priest was allowed to take care of the traditional faithful instead of a diocesan priest.


It is to be hoped that the new archbishop will also demonstrate fair dealing in Paris, where the Society of St. Peter, which does not concelebrate, is affected by Aupetit's prohibitions, and that the Pope will let him do as he pleases - even if it is not to risk that the ongoing resistance of the French faithful to too many re-education decrees for second-class Catholics has become a conflagration even before papal educational measures are written to bring the stray sheep back into the liturgical family of the Novus Ordo. Because the “lost ones” still feel no need for liturgical salvation and do not want to be re-educated.


Associations in which believers work to defend the traditional liturgy have come together. Founding members are Juventus Traditionis (Paris and France), but also Foi et Tradition (Nantes) and AFSAN ( Association des Fidèles de Saint-André et Notre-Dame de l'Isle, Grenoble). The bishops of these dioceses are characterized by their particular harshness against tradition. For Paris, Lex Orandi formulates the expectation of believers: In particular, they "desire not to be considered second-class Catholics, but to bring to the life of the diocese all the strength of their bond with the Church".


In Paris, the faithful can finally hope for talks about an end to the restrictions. In Grenoble, on the other hand, they did not know how to help themselves other than by occupying the cathedral, where they spent the night from May 21 to 22 in prayer and hoped to finally find the attention and hearing of the vicar general of the diocese, who after the Resignation of Bishop Kerimel as Apostolic Administrator for a transitional period in charge of the diocese. Without success. In a letter of May 11, he had made it clear that Bishop Kerimel's decree would be implemented. The future of 500 believers, two FSSP priests, and more than 60 masses per month seems sealed. A diocesan priest takes over at least the Masses in the traditional Rite in addition to his own congregation. It is the end of the FSSP apostolate. The two priests will have to leave the diocese at the end of August.


It is to be hoped that Paris, which as a diocese has a special position in France, can now send out a positive signal under the new Archbishop Ulrich.


Image: Youtube/kto (screenshot)

Trans: Tancred vekron99@hotmail.com


AMDG

Thursday, May 19, 2022

New Archbishop of Paris Administers Confirmation to the Faithful in the Immemorial Rite


Archbishop Ulrich of Lille administered Confirmation in the Immemorial Rite last Saturday in his archdiocese

(Paris) The appointed new archbishop of Paris administered Confirmation in the Immemorial Rite of All Ages in his previous diocese. The change to the Bishop's Chair on the Seine could be a stroke of luck.


Monsignor Laurent Bernard Marie Ulrich, originally from Burgundy, was appointed the new Archbishop of Paris by Pope Francis on April 26. The inauguration will take place next Monday.


Last Saturday, May 14, he administered the Sacrament of Confirmation to a group of 55 faithful in Lille, his previous diocese. A real boost in the atmosphere of Traditionis Custodes.


On May 23, Msgr. Ulrich will succeed Archbishop Michel Aupetit, who retired on December 2, 2021 at his own request by Pope Francis. Aupetit may have fallen victim to an orchestrated intrigue, but his retirement seems to have unexpectedly turned out to be a stroke of luck.


Laurent Ulrich was born in 1951 in Dijon, Burgundy. He studied at the Universities of Burgundy and Lyon and was ordained a priest for his home diocese in 1979. He worked in parish pastoral care, from 1985 also as Bishop's Vicar and from 1990 as Vicar General. In 2000, Pope John Paul II appointed him Archbishop of Chambéry in Savoy. Pope Benedict XVI then promoted him to Archbishop of Lille in French Flanders, the Dutch-speaking part of France, in 2008. As such, offered confirmation in the traditional Rite a few days ago in his cathedral.


Archbishop Ulrich's decision to personally confirm the faithful in the traditional Rite contrasts surprisingly well with the repressive climate created by Pope Francis with the motu proprio Traditionis Custodes on July 16, 2021 and tightened by the Congregation for Divine Worship with its answers to Dubia on Traditionis Custodes.


These tightenings have it all. The new Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, Archbishop Arthur Roche, announced on December 4, 2021 in the answers to the Dubia that only the Sacrifice of the Mass may be celebrated in the traditional form, while all other sacraments are to be administered in the Bugnine Liturgy of Paul VI. However, Archbishop Lille ignored this Roman repression and offered – perhaps for that very reason, personally – 55 faithful in the church of Saint-Étienne in Lille to be confirmed in the traditional Rite. He was assisted by priests of the traditional institute Christ the King and Sovereign Priest.


It is unlikely that this would endear the new Archbishop of Paris to Santa Marta, where any movement of the traditional liturgy that occurs outside of narrow confines is viewed with great suspicion. However, his appointment has already been made and his inauguration is imminent. In any case, Pope Francis no longer links cardinalatial dignity to specific bishoprics. The last Archbishop of Paris to receive purple was André Vingt-Trois, who was then admitted by Pope Benedict XVI to the College of Cardinals.


Even bishops, who have a reputation for being very close to Pope Francis, fall from grace when they show a gesture of benevolence to the traditional Rite. An example of this is Cardinal Matteo Zuppi, Archbishop of Bologna and senior cleric in the ranks of the Community of Sant'Egidio. He implemented the Motu proprio Traditionis Custodes in his Archdiocese to the letter, not being more generous than the Pope would allow, but using all the possibilities contained therein for the benefit of the traditional Rite. Until then, Cardinal Zuppi was considered a possible crown prince by Pope Francis, which changed abruptly. In Santa Martha, Zuppi's concessions to traditional circles were interpreted as a "gambit" to make himself popular in a future conclave.


What Pope Francis wanted was demonstrated by his protégé and ghostwriter, Archbishop Victor Manuel Fernández, Archbishop of La Plata and perhaps soon Archbishop of Buenos Aires and Cardinal. Msgr. Fernández eliminated the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum in the Archdiocese of La Plata at Christmas 2018. In doing so, he anticipated by two and a half years what Pope Francis was to achieve with his Motu proprio Traditionis Custodes


It will be seen how the relationship between Monsignor Ulrich and Santa Marta will develop. First of all, it is to be hoped that the new archbishop of Paris will take his benevolent attitude towards the traditional Rite with him to the Seine, where his predecessor Aupetit imposed restrictions, and exert an influence on the French episcopacy as a whole.

The 55 confirmands with Archbishop Ulrich and the priests and assistants of the Institute of Christ the King and High Priest.

Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Image : Facebook/ICRSS (Screenshots)

Trans: Tancred vekron99@hotmail.com

AMDG

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Traditiones Custodes: The Hermeneutic of Arbitrariness


On February 4, Pope Francis received two priests from the Society of St. Peter who were able to express their concerns about the implementation of Traditionis Custodes. On February 11, he granted the Society of St. Peter a special decree on Traditionis Custodes.

Argentine blogger Wanderer, “ a traditional Catholic in unity with Rome,” has been running the Caminante-Wanderer blog for many years. A few days ago he published a hermeneutics of arbitrariness. In it, he tries to give a slightly different interpretation to the decree for the Society of St. Peter, with which Pope Francis largely freed this Ecclesia Dei community from the yoke of the Motu proprio Traditionis Custodes, and to draw attention to some aspects that, in his view, have not been sufficiently addressed so far have received attention.

Hermeneutic of Arbitrariness

by Wanderer

The Decree of February 11, by which Pope Francis authorized the Society of St. Peter (FSSP) and with it, it seems, the other Ecclesia Dei Institutes to use the surviving liturgical books, including the Roman Pontifical, has triggered countless comments. Few of us expected such a measure, and it came as a surprise, especially to those who claim that the pontiff was possessed of a particular hatred of the traditional liturgy. Traditions Custodes was certainly bad news and seemed to confirm this assumption: Francis is attempting to suppress the traditional liturgy and, by forbidding the use of the Roman Pontifical before liturgical reform, effectively condemns the traditionalists to extinction or to relying on one or the other to join the Society of Saint Pius in any other way, which would result in the “resignation” from the Church.

In this blog, however, we have always maintained that Pope Francis is neither a traditionalist nor a progressive on liturgical matters. He's a Jesuit, maybe the best Jesuit who ever lived, and as such he doesn't care about the liturgy. He does not understand them, for a purely practical mind is unable to understand the worship offered to God for its own sake. He is interested in politics and pastoral action. The rest is incomprehensible to him. The decree favoring the Society of Peter confirms this hypothesis.

The surprise has led many observers to speak of a kind of papal "schizophrenia": the pope issues a motu proprio fatal to the traditional liturgy and shortly thereafter opens the floodgates for a sizeable group of traditionalists to continue celebrating their Latin Masses as they want. And we must not forget that the authorization granted to the Society of St. Peter is not the first, that of the motu proprio deviates from what he himself had proclaimed. In addition to several granted by him on a personal level, and despite intense pressure, he has granted others that are public. For example, in St. Peter's Basilica, where even the rite of Paul VI. cannot be celebrated privately, according to Traditions Custodes, two solemn masses are celebrated in the traditional Rite.

The possible papal "schizophrenia" is not the only explanation for the decree. I propose the following hermeneutical keys to the papal contradiction:

1. We all know how good Pope Francis is with the language of gestures, for better or for worse. Suffice it to recall, for example, the grim and sullen face with which he can be seen in photos with Donald Trump or Mauricio Macri. With the priests of the Society of St. Peter, on the other hand, he shows a smiling and satisfied face, which suggests that the conversation took place in the best conditions and that he felt comfortable with them, and this is one of the traditionalist groups, considered the most rigid, as you can imagine.

2. The conversation is said to have lasted an hour, which is a very long time for a papal audience granted to two priests who hold important positions within the Society of St. Peter but are not its supreme authority. Perhaps a reader more knowledgeable than I can tell us whether Pope Francis frequently receives Superiors General of religious orders and congregations and, if so, how long these audiences last.

3. It is known, because it has also been published, that the origin of the audience was a letter that some priests of the Society of St. Peter sent to the Pope expressing their concern about the consequences of Traditions Custodes, and in response to the letter they were summoned to Rome to meet with the Holy Father. And I believe that the initiative for such a privilege came directly from the pope and not from a secretary of the papal household. No halfway skilled and loyal subordinate would put his superior in an embarrassing and compromising situation. Everyone knew it was a touchy and thorny subject. This fact and the two points mentioned above suggest that the Holy Father has no particular aversion to the traditional liturgy. If that were the case, it would be easy for him, plain and simple, to apply Traditions Custodes to demand what he has every right in the world to do. Or, as is his habit, he would avoid any interviews or meetings where he expects a confrontation. It should be remembered that Francis practically suspended the consistories at which cardinals and other Roman prelates meet with the pope to discuss ecclesiastical matters. Bergoglio, as Bishop of Buenos Aires, has always avoided confrontations and therefore avoids granting audiences or going to places where he foresees a difficult situation. I know a number of people who have asked for a personal audience with the Pope and have not even received an answer. The Priests of the Society of Peter were summoned to Santa Marta by Pope Francis to discuss the motu proprio.

4. To what extent can Traditiones Custodes be considered as a Franciscan manifesto against the traditional liturgy? This is certainly the first and simplest reading, but the facts on which we are commenting allow for other interpretations that were not possible until recently. Let's look at some facts:

a. The motu proprio comes from the office of Archbishop Arthur Roche and his staff. This English Archbishop was appointed by Benedict XVI. as Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and is not a liturgist, which suggests that all his liturgical knowledge and consequent bungling is the fruit of the express training he received from Andrea Grillo, and this is no exaggeration as illustrated: The text of Traditiones Custodes repeats almost verbatim many paragraphs from articles and other writings that Grillo has been publishing for at least fifteen years ( here, here and here ), and the principles on which it is based are exactly the same ones propagated by this Bolognese liturgist since Pope Ratzinger promulgated the Summorum Pontificum. In short, Traditiones Custodes was not written or conceived by Bergoglio; he merely signed what others wrote for him.

b. I don't mean to say that Bergoglio didn't know what he was doing. He knew that very well. For years he was under constant pressure from the Italian bishops, who were alarmed at the growth of the traditionalist movement and, above all, at the strong sympathy among young priests for the traditional Mass. And the Pope did not want to have any problem with the Italian bishops, especially in the midst of the excesses that he committed and still commits himself in that episcopacy (suffice it to say the recent appointment of the new Archbishop of Turin). And he gave in to the pressure.

c. Bergoglio was also aware of the American bishops' functional sympathy for conservative and traditionalist positions. Bergoglian hostility towards Americans deepened after the shocking incident of the American Bishops' Conference virtually flouting papal wishes regarding Biden and the admission of pro-abortion politicians to Communion. To obstruct the traditional Mass would be to anger Americans, which, being a good Peronist, he abhors, all the more so when it threatens his power.

5. Several traditionalist websites rightly argue that the permission given to the Society of St. Peter is an "indult" and can therefore be revoked at any time, which would prove the malice and duplicity of Francis. It is true that it is a gesture of mercy, but we should keep a few points in mind:

a. For Bergoglio, everything is a gesture of grace, even canon law. He made several reforms to the code just a few weeks ago. The only thing he hasn't changed is the Scriptures. We cannot expect him to proclaim a universal law.

b. It should be remembered that for decades the only way to celebrate the traditional Mass was by indult and that there had to be a “schism” for it to be granted. According to some scholars,  Benedict XVI's authorization given in Summorum Pontificum is also an indult. The curious thing is that with both the indults of John Paul II and Pope Ratzinger, a long time must have passed and/or extraordinary events must have taken place. The indult to the Society of St. Peter was granted immediately after an audience.

c. What other legal form was possible besides an indult? Only one: the abolition of the Missal of Paul VI, which is the only "ordinary" form of celebration of the Latin Rite. We can't expect that much.

i.e. Many believe that the Indult is a very fragile legal form and that its days are numbered. We recall, however, that this is not always the case: the Crusade Bull is an indult that has been, or is still, valid for more than eight centuries, and we traditionalist Spaniards rely on it to eat meat on Fridays. Or Communion in the hand is an indult that still applies and is unlikely to be abolished.

6. It is also said that the papal decree insists on Traditions Custodes in the last paragraph and I think this is one of the most interesting and positive aspects of the situation. There it is suggested ( suadet ) that as far as possible ( quantum fieri potest ) this motu proprio should be carefully considered ( sedulo cogitetur ) . It's something minimal, remarkably minimal. The priests of the Society of Peter are not even obliged to read Traditionis Custodes . They are just suggested to think about it, if possible.

7. It is also said that the indult was not published and is therefore of dubious validity. However, it should be noted that this is not a law that comes into force upon its publication in the country's official gazette. It is permission given to a specific group within the Church. One could make a long list of indults that have never been published and yet whose validity has not been compromised. For example, the so-called "Agatha Christie Indult," which makes it possible for the traditional Mass to continue to be celebrated in the United Kingdom under certain circumstances.

I think that the above facts lead to the conclusion that for Pope Francis, Traditions Custodes is a document of political rather than liturgical significance, while for Archbishop Roche and his collaborators in the Congregation for Divine Worship it is an eminently liturgical measure with a clear intention to destroy the traditional liturgy. Consequently, and paradoxically as it may seem, Pope Francis is our main or only advocate on liturgical questions, for whatever reason.

Precisely for this reason, it makes sense to reconsider the strategy of groups and analysts from the traditional world who, after the publication of the motu proprio, devoted themselves to the violent attacks on Francis, even committing incomprehensible mistakes, the consequences of which we are all feeling. The priests of the Society of St. Peter have shown us a path that has led to the goal.

But what is the goal we are striving for? To protect as much as possible the position that Pope Benedict XVI. has won for the traditional liturgy, to preserve it as much as possible, or to make a name for oneself with constant attacks on the Holy Father for what he does or does not do on liturgical questions? If it is the first option, we should be cautious and meek, which does not mean that we remain silent in the face of the devastation the Argentine Pope is wreaking on the Church. But it means having clear goals in mind and using the necessary common sense.

Translation: Giuseppe Nardi 
Image : Caminante Wanderer
Trans: Tancred vekronn99@hotmail.com
AMDG

Monday, October 25, 2021

Does the Congregation of Divine Worship Really Regret the Harshness of Traditionis Custodes?


 Cardinal Kazimierz Nycz: Poland's bishops also spoke about Traditionis Custodes in Rome.

(Rome) Poland's bishops are on ad limina visit to Rome. They discussed with the implementation of the Motu proprio Traditionis Custodes with the Congregation of Divine Worship. The Archbishop of Warsaw thinks that he heard regrets about the harshness of the Motu Proprio.


The Polish bishops were divided into four groups for the prescribed visit, of which the third group had just finished their visit to Rome. During their visit to the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Order of the Sacrments they discussed there and the Motu proprio Traditionis Custodes. The interlocutor of the bishops had also conceded the harshness of Traditionis Custodes. This was reported by Cardinal Kazimierz Nycz, the Archbishop of Warsaw, in an interview with the Polish Catholic press agency KAI, which was published yesterday. In addition, it was confirmed to the bishops that Rome had instructions published for the application of Traditionis Custodes.


The Cardinal said when asked about what was discussed when visiting the Congregation of Divine Worship, stressed that "the discussion very interesting about the Tridentine liturgy. The bishops asked the representatives of the congregation "questions, in particular about whether the parish churches in which this liturgy could possibly be continued, as well as expanding the possibility of celebrating it according to the motu proprio Traditionis Custodes, should such a need arise in Poland in the future."


“On the one hand, the Congregation acknowledged that the matter had been handled too harshly and, in individual cases, could lead to abandonment of the Church because his needs were not being met instead of serving unity. On the other hand, a willingness was expressed to interpret the motu proprio broadly, more in the spirit than in the wording of the enacted law. We are waiting for the promised guidelines on this topic. "

Cardinal Nycz added that the Holy See wanted to place the matter with the celebration of the traditional Rite "under control", but "not say 'no' to the Tridentine liturgy as such." The Holy See is "careful because in some countries of the world it is linked to an anti-Conciliar ideology that the Second Vatican Council rejects."

The general suspicion of “ideologizing”, under which Pope Francis placed the traditional Rite, is spreading, as Cardinal Nycz's statements show. According to Traditionis Custodes, anyone who wants to celebrate in the traditional Rite, priests who have not yet done so, or new priests, must undergo an attitude test. In its history, the Church has only known such things in connection with heresies. This accusation does not, however, apply to tradition.


Whether there are guilty feelings at the Congregation of Divine Worship is indeed in doubt, because while the contrast with Traditionis Custodes contrast is so hard,  especially in view of the new congregation leadership. Ultimately this just points out the insistence that there is an alleged "problem" that the Motu proprio Summorum Pontificum by Benedict XVI. had been used in an “ideological way”.


That sounds more like crocodile tears.


Text: Giuseppe di Nar-
image: MiL

Trans: Tancred vekron99@hotmail.com

AMDG

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Study Offers Suprising Result on the Immemorial Mass of All Ages


A study on Summorum Pontificum shows that young people and families are represented above the average in holy masses in the Traditional Rite.

(Bonn) Also katholisch.de , the portal of the German Bishops' Conference, proves a worthy report: A new study confirms that the Masses are attended in the traditional form of the Roman Rite in above-average numbers by young people and families.


The study was presented by the Foederatio Internationalis Una Voce (FIUV) and was handed over to the Roman Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith at the end of 2020 . It was created in connection with the survey initiated by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in March 2020 . "At the request" of Pope Francis, Cardinal Prefect Luis Ladaria SJ sent a detailed questionnaire to all diocesan bishops and their equals. They had to fill it in and send it back by July 31, 2020 and served to take stock of the implementation and experiences with the Motu proprio Summorum Pontificum from 2007. With this motu proprio, Pope Benedict XVI. reminded the universal Church that the traditional form of the Roman Rite lives on in the Church and was never forbidden. Rather, it made it easier for all priests to celebrate in the traditional rite as it was in force until the “liturgical reform” of 1969/70.

Because of the widespread reservations against the ruling head of the church, which can be traced back to gestures, statements and omissions by him during his previous pontificate, the concern spread in traditional Church circles that Francis intended to restrict tradition in the Church again, as it was the case under Paul VIThese fears were fueled because some Italian bishops in the run-up, had demanded just that in strident tones. Added to this was that the Archbishop of La Plata [Gay Smoocher] in Argentina, Msgr. Victor Manuel "Tucho" Fer-nandez , one of the closest Pope intimates, eliminated Summorum Pontificum in 2019 in his diocese.


Little trust was fostered by the usual spiteful anathemas of "Liturgist of the Pope" Andrea Grillo, in addition there was enthusiam showed by the CDFTraditionalist circles, however, see this as a serious cause for concern.


The FIUV to tive the Pope and the CDF information on the implementation and experience of Summorum Pontificum, based on data from 362 dioceses and 52 countries. Behind this is an effort to ensure that Rome is given a balanced overall picture.


The hitherto unpublished study was conducted by one of its authors, the Oxford philosopher, president of the Latin Mass Society and secretary of the Federation Una Voce, Joseph Shaw, presentedd in the January issue of the US journal Homiletic and Pastoral ReviewIn it Shaw stated:


"The association of the extraordinary form with young people and families is neither a myth nor limited to a few countries."


For the German-speaking world, the positive effect of Summorum Pontificum shows that the Mass sites have quadruppled for the Traditional Rite since its entry into force as Pro Missa Tridentina announced in the summer of 2020.


Text: Giuseppe di Nari
image: Katholisch.de (screenshot)

Trans: Tancred vekron99@hotmail.com

AMDG

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Priestly Seminaries of Tradition -- Their Chalice Overflows -- Not Enough Room for All of the Vocations

 


20 seminarians from the St. Peter Seminary in Wigratzbad (FSSP) received the minor ordinations in February 2020.

(Florence) While diocesan seminaries are empty due to a lack of vocations and, in the fight against priestly celibacy and for the female priesthood, priestly vocations do not seem desirable anywhere, traditional seminaries have completely different concerns. They are struggling with the lack of space. The Seminary of Saint Peter of the Fraternity of St. Peter in Wigratzbad and the Seminary of St. Philip Neri of the Institute of Christ the King and Sovereign Priest in Gricigliano have experienced so many new entrants that it is as though they are bursting at the seams.


In order to be able to accommodate all seminarians, in Wigratzbad, where seminarians from the German and French-speaking countries and the respective neighboring areas study, the rooms of other academic years were occupied twice over. The premises in the seminary, which was only inaugurated in December 2000, have long been exhausted. The seminary records the years 2019 and 2020 as the strongest entry cohorts to date. Since it is a new building, there are no outbuildings or attics that could be used to accommodate seminarians.


In Gricigliano, rooms that were part of the farm buildings of the former manor, in which the seminary is located and which have not previously been used, are being provisionally rededicated. Further conversions to gain space or additions or extensions will be necessary hereand there.


Last May and June, thirteen candidates from the Petrine Brotherhood were ordained priests. Because of the corona restrictions imposed by the governments of France and the Federal Republic of Germany, they took place for the new priests from Wigratzbad under special circumstances and not in public. Among the consecrated there are four new priests from the German-speaking countries.


Due to the redesign of the altar area carried out by the diocese of Augsburg a few years ago, the Church of the Atonement in Wigratzbad is no longer suitable for Mass in the traditional rite. For ordinations, even under normal conditions, the seminary has to use churches in the area that are made available by friendly priests.


For the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest in July nine new priests were ordained for the traditional form of the Roman Rite. The ordinations were, as it has for the Institute, become a tradition in the church of Santi Michele e Gaetano and were offered by Cardinal Raymond Burke. The church, dedicated to the Archangel Michael and consecrated by the great Saint Cajetan, a co-founder of Theatines, is located in the immediate vicinity of the famous cathedral of Florence and the associated baptistery.

Community photo after vesting and tonsure in front of the seminary of St. Philipp Neri in Gricigliano (Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest)

20 seminarians of the institute were vested in the run-up to the ordination and received tonsure. 23 seminarians received vesture and tonsure for the Society of Saint Peter in October 2019 in the USA and in February in Wigratzbad.


Both communities are still very young. Under canon law, both were established as societies of apostolic life by clerics under papal law who know no religious vows. While the Society of Saint Peter  is constituted as a society of secular priests, the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest follows the example of secular canons, like those brought into being by St. Francis de Sales. The former are addressed as priests (fathers), the latter as canons (canons).


The Fraternity of St. Peter was founded in 1988 by a handful of former priests and seminarians of the Priestly Society of St. Pius X. Today it has two international seminaries. The General House is located in Friborg, Switzerland. The Superior General is the Pole, Father Andrzej Komorowski, Regent of the seminary of Wigratzbad is the French, Father Vincent Ribeton and of the seminary of Danton (USA) the Swiss Father, Josef Bisig.


The Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest was founded in 1990 by two French priests, Monsignor Gilles Wach, Canon Philippe Mora in Gabon and they were received shortly after in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Florence in Tuscany. Msgr. Wach is Superior General of the Institute, Kan. Mora Regent of the international seminary.


While the Society of Saint Peter has three roughly equally strong pillars, a German, a French and an English, the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest is a predominantly a French community. The majority of their relatives come from France or the French-speaking area. However, the Institute's vicar general is the German priest Msgr. Rudolf Michael Schmitz. Msgr. Wach was ordained a priest by Pope John Paul II, Msgr. Schmitz by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger.


The lack of space can be remedied, but the lack of appeal is much more severe.



Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Image: Peter Brotherhood / ICRSS (screenshots)

Trans: Tancred vekron99@hotmail.com


AMDG