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It has been a very busy two weeks for your humble blogger so the postings have been a bit sparse. A big Mea Maxima Culpa from yours truly. Furthermore, we all know that it is under 100 days to the start of the Stealth Sex Synod of 2015. Right? So today we will continue one of yesterday’s minor themes, i.e. the inevitability of TRUTH prevailing. Remember, we hear this in the Credo at every mass. (see here)
The idea for today’s post actually came from reading the comment section of Fr. Z’s blog, where many of his reader desperately need some good cheer right about now. (see here) And they have found this good cheer in of all places, an interview that Bishop Fellay, the Superior General of the Society of St. Pius X gave recently. So therefore, this
Bud’s post’s for you.
“O’ yea of little faith” comes to mind! But I digress…
With respect to the good news of the inevitability of TRUTH prevailing, we can observe this with our senses. One quick example is that 2+2 will always equal 4. Another example of this inevitability we can observe in the process that is underway presently in the Catholic Church, that I refer to as the “restoring all things in Christ”.
As we are probably familiar with by now, the need for this “restoration of all things in Christ” was brought about by the destruction caused by that which we call the “new springtime of the spirit of Vatican II” and the neo-modernist “pastoral” novelties that it introduced into the Catholic Church. These novelties were likewise introduced into the Sacred Liturgy. (see here) The culmination of the liturgical crisis can be dated to the promulgation of the revised rite of Mass with the Apostolic Constitution Missale Romanum of 3 April 1969 by Pope Paul VI. However, the revised Missal itself was not published until the following year of 1970 and the full vernacular translations appeared much later. Therefore, the culmination of the liturgical crisis and the promulgation of the Novus Ordo Missae (banning of the Immemorial Mass of All Ages) can effectively be dated to 1970.
This “restoration” process to combat the liturgical crisis likewise commenced in 1970 when Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre founded the SSPX in the diocese of Fribourg, Switzerland. The SSPX was and is an “international priestly society of common life without vows, whose purpose is to train, support, and encourage holy priests so that they may effectively spread the Catholic faith throughout the world”. (see here) Since those fateful days of 1970, the SSPX has grown to over 600 priests and offers the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass according to the 1962 Missale Romanum exclusively.
Given the above, I think the case can not only be made, but can also be won, that through the SSPX, the continuity of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass has been preserved since the original Mass on Holy Thursday offered by Our Lord. And if this is the case, then any priest, bishop, cardinal or pope presently offering the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass according to the 1962 Missale Romanum or earlier is defacto a “Lefebvrist”. Hence the title of this post.
Pure logic, yes?
So now for the good news.
Since we are coming to the end of ordination season, I thought it fitting to do a short summary of the SSPX ordinations and some of the other “Lefebvrist” orders and dioceses ordinations this year.
First we start with the SSPX where we learn that 4 new priests were ordained at their seminary in Winona Minnesota (see here), 2 new priests in the seminary in Zaitzkofen Germany (see here) and 7 new priests at the seminary in Econe Switzerland (see here).
And now for the SSPX breakaway orders/societies.
The Fraternal Society of St. Peter ordinations that took place in Lincoln Nebraska. Bishop Conley ordained 6 new priests on the 16th of June 2015. (see here). A further 2 new priests were ordained in Quebec Canada and 6 new priests were ordained outside the Wigratzbad seminary in Germany. (see here)
Another SSPX breakaway order is the Transalpine Redemptorists, where one deacon was elevated to the Sacred Priesthood in New Zealand on the 11th of April 2015 at the St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral in Christchurch. This was the first ordination according to the proper (non-Bugniniite) rite in decades. (see here)
Next we go to the SSPX breakaway order of the Institute of the Good Shepard where 2 deacons were elevated to the Holy Priesthood in Bordeaux France on the 27th of June 2015. (see here)
Moving on to the SSPX inspired orders.
At the seminary of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest outside of Florence, ordination week is scheduled for 27 June to 6 July 2015. Cardinal Burke will be conferring the sacrament of Holy Orders like last year. Today, 11 deacons will be elevated to the priesthood as per the FB page of the ICK. Furthermore, on the ICK FB page, information about 7 more priests being ordained by Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone on the 1st of July.
Next we move on to the SSPX inspired diocese.
One example of this phenomenon is the diocese of Madison Wisconsin. I consider this diocese in the Catholic (SSPX) camp since all of its priests are proficient in offering the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass according to the 1962 Missale Romanum. 6 new priests will be ordained on the 26th of July 2015. Fr. Z has the scoop. (see here)
And closing, a post on Fr. Z’s blog reports of a first Immemorial Mass of All Ages in Knoxville Tennessee. (see here) Here is the relevant passage that should create as warm and as fuzzy of a feeling as any neo-modernist could possibly experience:
Following his June 27 ordination in Knoxville (TN) by Bishop Richard F. Stika (Knoxville, TN), Fr. Michael Hendershott celebrated on June 28 at Knoxville’s Holy Ghost Church his first solemn high Mass in the extraordinary form, accompanied by the Knoxville Latin Mass Schola singing Mozart’s Missa Brevis in G. His first EF Mass was an especially significant event in the life of the Knoxville Latin Mass Community–as a high school student back in 2005, he was an altar server for our first Knoxville TLM under the indult granted by (then) Bishop Joseph E. Kurtz, now Archbishop of Louisville and President of the USCCB.
So all in all, another bountiful year. I count no less than 55 new “Lefebvrist” priests were added to the sacred priesthood in anno domini 2015.
On an aside, I wonder how many more “crypto-Lefebvrists” were ordained this year?
And these ordinations are only for the Northern Hemisphere, so we have the Southern Hemisphere coming up in December.
Closing, I would just like to remind you dear reader of something that Archbishop Victor Fernandez, Francis’ ghost writer mentioned in a recent interview that we posted in the The Loose Canon post, something that we should all take to heart (see here):
“The pope goes slow because he wants to be sure that the changes have a deep impact. The slow pace is necessary to ensure the effectiveness of the changes. He knows there are those hoping that the next pope will be turn everything back around. If you go slowly it’s more difficult to turn things back. He makes this clear when he says ‘time is greater than space.’”
So remember, it is important to “initiate processes” and not so much “occupy spaces”. But the Lefebvrists are occupying more and more spaces too. 🙂
And on this pleasant note, I will leave off for today.