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Today we jump back to the Restoration theme since information has appeared pertaining to the taking up of cassocks and tonsures at one of the break-away communities of the Society of St. Pius X. In this case, I am referring to the Ecclesia Dei Commission’s Fraternity of St. Peter.
But first, we also have more news from the mother community of Tradition, i.e. the Society of St. Pius X. So primus inter pares, over to the SSPX. On their Polish language website, the SSPX has a breakdown of the ordinations to the minor and major orders for the Polish and Eastern European district. (Original in Polish see here).
In an earlier post, we noted 45 new entrants to SSPX seminaries this year. We highlighted this in the post titled Restoration Round-up: 45 Take Cassock At SSPX Seminaries, (see here) where the following was the situation at the SSPX’s seminary at Zaitzkofen:
Holy Sacred Heart Seminary, Zaitzkofen (Bavaria), Germany
On February 2, Bishop Bernard Tissier de Mallerais blessed the cassock for 9 seminarians and gave the clerical tonsure to 7 as announced by Fr. Franz Schmidberger (seminary rector). The day after the bishop gave the minor orders to 7 others, with 3 becoming porters and lectors, and the other 4 being ordained exorcists and acolytes. See the image gallery>
With respect to the above, here is the relavent breakdown for the Polish and Eastern European district with respect to those 45 new entrants: (see original here)
On the 2 and 3 February, the ordination ceremony took place, granting tonsure and minor orders to clerics in formation and studying at the seminary of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Pius X in Zaitzkofen.
On the feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Bishop Bernard Tissier de Mallerais gave the clerical garb of nine candidates to the priesthood, which included the Pole – Peter Toboła; during the same ceremony, His Excellency tonsured seven seminarians, including one of our compatriots – Sebastian Koliński.
The next day, Bishop Tissier de Mallerais ordained to the lower orders another group of clerics; among the three newly ordained porters and lectors was Bartosz Tokarski, and exorcists and acolytes – Jakub Laurel.
The ceremony was attended by Fr.. Luke Weber, superior of the SSPX in Eastern Europe, who came with him the Polish families and friends and acquaintances of the seminarians.
Extensive photo gallery from the event (by Tomasz Telszewskiego) can be seen in Google Photos. (see here)
One other reason that I am bringing this to your attention is that at the Card. Burke lecture in Krakow, transcripts which we translated in the post titled The Great Cardinal Speaks From Krakow (see here), the seventh question pertained to a situation where in a Polish candidate for the priesthood, who does not possess strong language skills, asked Card. Burke’s help in erecting a Traditional seminary in Poland. Here is a part of the question:
Because there is a large language barrier and I cannot overcome it, what is the chance of a Traditional seminary to be erected in Poland and would Your Eminence be willing to help us in this manner, together with your prayers in this manner.
If you recall, he was asking on his own behalf and on the behalf of his friends. The reason that I bring this to your attention is that I know for a fact that this is one of the main roadblocks to an exponential explosion of Traditional vocations in Poland.
Here are two confirmations of just this situation:
First from Father Pio Kowalski, who left me this note in my comment box under the Francis Arrives in Havana post: (see here)
A few writings ago I wrote that the Traditional Latin Mass could be re-introduced in Poland without as much as a ripple of protest among the faithful . I think the Mass in Krakow proves it.,,,if only the Polish hierarchs would stop fearing and impeding this process of TRUE renewal, it could be the scene in every cathedral in Poland as well as many parishes…every Sunday and Holy Day. The faithful are crying out for bread..oh that we priests might be allowed to give them more than stones.
In turn, over at Fr. Z’s blog, this comment appeared under the post titled Card. Burke on attending SSPX chapels: only when “absolute necessity”, written by Wiktor: (see here)
So what these two anecdotal examples are evidence of, is a “movement” to proper Catholicism on the part of the laity. This is happening despite attempts by a large part of the hierarchy to thwart this movement. But none the less, movement is the REALITY. It would also appear that the CRITICAL point where the movement is being stifled is at the seminary level. Therefore, the community that erects the first traditional seminary in Poland, or even a house of formation, will reap the bountiful fruits of the Restoration.
And now to the Eponymous Flower blog. Giussepi Nardi, via the Messa in Latino website, it reporting that a total of 24 new subdeacons (the lowest of the sacred or major orders) – 11 at Wigratzbad and another 13 at Denton were ordained in Germany and will be ordained in the US. Furhtermore, 5 exorcists and acolytes, (highest of the minor orders) and another 15 seminarians were ordained as porters and lectors (lowest of the minor orders) at Wigratzbad.
Adding up the totals, we have 24 new Traditional priests in the not too distant future for the Fraternal Society of St. Peter, with another 20 in the pipeline at Wigratzbad alone.
But that is not the best part of the information. As we continuously stress on this blog,…
context is everything!
So here is the best part:
“Therefore, there is a realistic prospect that in 2017, 24 new priests are to be ordained for this old ritual community,” said Messa in Latino .That would be twice the average of the past twelve years.
Once again, “movement” is what is key and is what we focus on religiously on this blog.
Now to the republication of the Eponymous Flower post (see original here) which I am posting…
FOR THE RECORD
From Empty Seminaries to Full Seminaries — Ordinations at the Society of St. Peter
(Wigratzbad) Last Saturday, Bishop Vitus Huonder of Chur ordained 11 subdeacons of the Fraternity of St. Peter. At the same time the Bishop of Chur ordained 15 seminarians in the traditional rite to minor orders as porters and lectors. Five seminarians were ordained exorcist and acolyte. All ordinands are preparing for the priesthood at the International Seminary of the Society St. Peter of Peter (FSSP) in Wigratzbad in the diocese of Augsburg near Lake Constance.
This coming February 20th, there will be another 13 subdeacons ordained at the second international seminary of the FSSP in the US. “Therefore, there is a realistic prospect that in 2017, 24 new priests are to be ordained for this old ritual community,” said Messa in Latino .That would be twice the average of the past twelve years.
“Perhaps we should make the Holy Father aware that there are not just empty seminaries, but also full seminaries when he complains of the lack of priests next time. And that there will be a reason when there are the seminaries of tradition that are full,” says Messa in Latino alluding to the speech of Pope Francis last February 1st, to participants at the conclusion of the Year of Consecrated Life .
At the Pontifical Mass, Bishop Huonder was assisted by Father Arnaud Evrat, the General Secretary of the Society of St. Peter, Father Jean-Laurent Lefevre, House Master of the Establishment at Fontainebleau, and Father Christian Jäger, Administrator for the Apostolate of the Society of St. Peter in Munich.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Bild: FSSP Wigratzbad (Screenshots)
Trans: Tancred firstname.lastname@example.org