Rorate Caeli

Press Release regarding the Priestly Ordinations

The Seminary of the Sacred Heart of Jesus of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Pius X, regarding the Ordinations to the priesthood planned for 27 June, 2009, declares the following:

1. These ordinations are bestowed with the intention of serving the Catholic Church. We bestow these priestly ordinations because we wish to express our unity with the Church of Rome. This unity consists of the same doctrine, the same sacraments, and the holy sacrifice of the Mass of all times. The newly ordained priests, as well as all of the members of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Pius X, recognize the office of the Pope and the authority of the Church. Just as all other clergy of the Fraternity, the candidates for ordination will pray by name for the reigning Pope as well as the local Ordinary - an expression of solidarity, which theFraternity has practiced since its founding more than 30 years ago. We do not want a parallel Church, but instead wish to preserve the incalculable treasure of Catholic Tradition within the one true Catholic Church.

2. When Rome, on January 21, 2009, repealed the decree of excommunication that had been declared against the 4 bishops of the fraternity, the Holy Father surely intended it as a provision of life, and not of death. The generous gesture was primarily intended to be a confidence-building measure for the coming theological discussions with representatives of the Holy See, in which, through difficult negotiations, the difficulties which still remain will presumably be eliminated.

3. An emergency requires and justifies corresponding emergency measures. Is there an emergency in the Church today? We refer to an appendix attached to this declaration, in which representative statements from popes, cardinals, bishops, and theologians are documented. Pope Paul VI, for example, speaks of the "self-destruction of the Church", Pope John Paul II speaks of "silent apostasy". Additionally we give two numerical examples: In 1950 in Germany, 13 million Catholics regularly attended Sunday Mass. Today it is less than 2 million - a reduction of more than 85 percent. The number of priestly ordinations in German dioceses in 2008 reached a record low of less than 100.

It is a question of the existence or the dissolution of Christianity in Europe. Should the ordination of these new priests, who have been formed on the solid foundations of Catholic tradition and who are so necessary for the survival of the Church, be postponed? Instead, as true vocations become more and more uncommon, should we not with great devotion thank God for the grace of such vocations? There can be no talk of an insult to the unity of the Church and most certainly not of a rebuff of the outstretched hand of the Holy Father, for whom we pray daily.

4. The bishops, in their fury, continuously invoke canon law. But consider an analogy: a valuable building is burning down, a group of courageous young men rushes to the blaze to extinguish the fire, or at least to contain it and then afterwards to begin with the rebuilding. But they are detained by law enforcement for having exceeded the speed limit. Isn't the last canon of the 1983 code of canon law still valid today, according to which the highest law of the Church is the salvation of souls?

5. Since the current problems are not of a disciplinary nature, the discussion has to be conducted at an entirely different level; in particular, at the level of faith. When Pope Benedict XVI, in his letter to the bishops of March 10, 2009, made the dramatic declaration that the faith is in danger of being extinguished in many parts of the world, is it not urgent that we together make every effort to ascertain the causes of this crisis of faith and to utilize the means at our disposal to remedy this crisis? In this spirit we renew our readiness to engage in dialogue with the German bishops in an atmosphere of peace and intellectual honesty, far removed from all polemics and unhelpful accusations.

Zaitzkofen, June 13, 2009
Father Stefan Frey, Rector of the Seminary

28 comments:

New Catholic said...

Thanks to "WSXYZ" for his wonderful work.

Considering the attitude of the Cardinal Archbishop of Vienna (see post above), it is not very hard to at least accept the notion that emergency measures are needed in Europe...

NC

Anonymous said...

God Bless Bishop Fellay, and the 21 zealous young men about to become priests of the Roman Catholic Church and to offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass according to the timeless traditions and beliefs of the Faith not subject to changing fashions and culture.

May God bless the SSPX, it's leaders, and faithful with a great outpouring of Grace, and many more faithful and priestly and religious vocations coming to the SSPX around the world.

Anonymous said...

although the act is illegitimate, I am more inclined to believe that the church is in a state of necessity. To think of the current problems in the German and Austrian church. Why not imposed discipline on those who promote a bizarre and novel forms of liturgy, who make a mockery of the Eucharist by abuse and false ecumenism?

Anonymous said...

I pray the Holy Father soon grants faculties to the SSPX while discussions are underway...By doing so he will disarm his enemies and enemies of the SSPX...And he is the only on with the power to do so with the stroke of a pen. I think it is bigger than the Church needs them. The world does.If the German Bishops had more ordinations perhaps they would have something else to do besides try to destroy what is left and just outside their reach.

Joe B said...

Just comparing this communique with that from the Vatican (which is above this one on Rorate Caeli), this one has clarity, efficiency, substance, and thoroughness. The Vatican statement is a repeat, totally one-sided toward the liberal bishops (thus failing to address the issue in substance), and without any inspiration whatsoever.

SSPX runs circles around these guys. The Holy Father better employ better minds than this in the upcoming discussions or this is going to be embarrassing.

Dan Hunter said...

Comparing this letter with the communique from the Holy See we see a monstrous difference in genuine clarity and charity.

The former is cold and full of a lack of clarity whilst the latter is clear concise and full of charity.

This is very revealing and interesting, not to mention somewhat confusing and sad, in reading the Vatican statement.

The first letter seems to be in keeping with the gospel of the world.
The second letter in keeping with The Gospel of Christ.

God help His Holiness.

Paul Haley said...

The state of necessity has been declared eloquently in this thread and still the Holy See Press Office seems intent on not recognizing same. Have we seen other instances where the Holy See Press Office has been delinquent in presenting the whole story? Methinks so. Stay tuned, folks, the head man has yet to speak.

Anonymous said...

Rome's statement is crystal clear to me. . . "no legitimate ministry." Unfortunately, the SSPX doesn't like the answer.

Anonymous said...

One of you writes this:

"[A]lthough the act is illegitimate, I am more inclined to believe that the church is in a state of necessity. To think of the current problems in the German and Austrian church. Why not imposed discipline on those who promote a bizarre and novel forms of liturgy, who make a mockery of the Eucharist by abuse and false ecumenism?"

It is clear that the Pope and curia do not recognise a state of necessity which supplies jurisdiction. They just don't. They do recognise that there is a serious problem in the Church but that need not be the same thing as a canonical state of necessity. The Pope has now made it possible to benefit from the pre-conciliar liturgy and has even offered the Society a universal apostolic administration which would be 100% independent from the local bishops. In light of this offer, made repeately since 2000, there is no state of necessity to justify disobedience.

Why doesn't the Pope impose discipline on the liberal heretics? It's because he figures that any such showdown would cause a formal schism on the Left. He wants to use diplomacy and time to replace the worst of the Modernist leaders and lead their followers back to Christ. He cannot achieve this if they all leave him now. His mission is to save souls and he wants to avoid losing them in large numbers in a rebellion. His thinking is sound in principle. Whether or not he has analysed the situation accurately is a matter of opinion. Frankly, I think that he has overestimated the power of the paper tigers in the European episcopate. But I suppose that he bases his decisions on far more evidence than I have access to.

A comment: We now know why Bishop Fellay changed his tune in Toronto and was willing to accept a canoncial structure. What we are hearing today, he has heard about two days ago.

P.K.T.P.

Prodinoscopus said...

I agree with you, Dan. The Vatican press release was like a punch in the stomach -- and I'm not even formally affiliated with the SSPX.

The evangelical spirit has drained away from Rome, where once the blood of martyrs sanctified the very stones.

Prodinoscopus said...

SSPX:
'These ordinations are bestowed with the intention of serving the Catholic Church. We bestow these priestly ordinations because we wish to express our unity with the Church of Rome. This unity consists of the same doctrine, the same sacraments, and the holy sacrifice of the Mass of all times. The newly ordained priests, as well as all of the members of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Pius X, recognize the office of the Pope and the authority of the Church.'

Rome:
'The ordinations are, thus, still to be considered illegitimate.'

A real kick in the teeth, that's what it is.

Peter said...


It is clear that the Pope and curia do not recognise a state of necessity which supplies jurisdiction. They just don't.


If they would have recognised the state of necessity, there would be no state of necessity.

Paul Haley said...

Peter said...

"It is clear that the Pope and curia do not recognise a state of necessity which supplies jurisdiction. They just don't."

"If they would have recognised the state of necessity, there would be no state of necessity."

ROFL. Kudos, my man, for saying it all in so few words. However, I'm not so sure the Pope doesn't recognize the state of necessity as it now is. Let's wait and see.

Anonymous said...

The SSPX is likened to the woman who divorces her husband for what she deems are "abuses," demands reconciliation on "her terms," then deceives all of her sympathizers with statements like "I love my husband and pray for him by name, one day he will see it my way and then, and only then, I will renounce my independence and reconcile.." Call then "modernists," call them "tradionalists." Rebels are rebels. If they look like ducks, walk like ducks and quack like ducks..well..

Joseph said...

I agree (to a certain extent) with the above comment that a wide-spread and strict discipline against the liberal side would not be the most fruitful, though a bit more discipline than that presently exercised might not hurt.

Alex said...

Let's see..The Novus Ordo Church is dying a cruel Protestant death and people are attacking the SSPX for trying to right the wrongs of the last 40 years? If you call people who stand up against all the Protestantism and liberalism which has creeped into the Church rebels, then I must say I would be proud of that term.

Picard said...

@ peter:

( "If they would have recognised the state of necessity, there would be no state of necessity.")

rofl and GREAT -- the most brilliant comment to the thread!!

Makes you king of the com-box,
;-) !!!

Joe B said...

I think the better analogy is that SSPX is like the wife who very reluctantly separates from, not divorces, her husband because he is abusing the children. She'll willingly be back when he gets the proper counseling.

Peter said...

Picard, Paul Haley: thank you.

Please keep praying for entire Church to come back to Tradition. The SSPX Rosary Crusade seems to be the best way to do it.

Robert said...

In a strange way, the German Bishops are doing the SSPX a favor by forcing the issue. The situation they have created has helped Bishop Fellay to see that he needs to accept some form of practical agreement before and during the doctrinal discussions. This represents a significant change from his "feuille de route" described hitherto which included "no practical agreement before doctrinal discussions."

Anonymous said...

P.K.T.P. wrote,"It's because he figures that any such showdown would cause a formal schism on the Left. He wants to use diplomacy and time to replace the worst of the Modernist leaders and lead their followers back to Christ. He cannot achieve this if they all leave him now. His mission is to save souls and he wants to avoid losing them in large numbers in a rebellion."
Sir, I believe a large number of souls are daily being lost by these Modernist leaders in sheeps clothing! The time for a showdown was many years ago. If the Pope does not try with everything in his power to right Holy Mother Church ASAP, he will have lost just as many souls or more than if there was a rebellion IMHO. VIVA CHRISTO REY! T. Massett

LeonG said...

Twenty one urgently required well-formed priests. How many does France, for example, have to offer this year?

Oliver said...

Fellay needs to display the same back bone and fortitude that elevated Lefebvre and create more priests unafraid of Rome's liberalisms. Wojytla and Ratzinger are tarred with the same brush and are willing promoters of the modernist agenda. One should not witness such destruction without active opposition.

Sarah said...

If the SSPX is truly in communion with our current pope, they will patiently wait for a formal decision about the legitimacy of these ordinations. There is still much that is unclear about the lifting of the excommunication of the 4 bishops. It would truly be a testament of their obedience to the Holy Father if those involved with these ordinations wait until he makes a final decision about them.

Anonymous said...

The Pope needs "counseling?" And just whom do you presume has the authority to "counsel" The Vicar of CHRIST? Fire breathing traddies? Traddies often(rightly) trump modernists with Boniface VIII's rebel pouncing Papal Bull, Unum Sanctum. Conveniently, though, they disregard it when it applies to themselves...
"but if the highest power of all err, it can be judged only by God, and not by man, according to the testimony of the Apostle: 'The spiritual man judgeth of all things and he himself is judged by no man' [1 Cor 2:15]."

Anonymous said...

Confused NO Catholic quoted first Corinthians two on 18 June, 2009 22:40.

Do some homework on obedience buddy. We are not obliged to obey unjust laws.

There would be no pre V2 Church left if it wasn't for fire breathing traddies, esp. Archbishop Lefebvre.

The Pope needs to follow the Church Law as did his venerable Popes before him. That would be his counselor....not V2 gobbly gook.

There be dragons, let us go hence and sleigh yonder dragon.

Jonathan said...

Counseling, our beloved Holy Father does not need. But the Supernatural Gift of God the Holy Ghost, Counsel, I would say, he does as he is a fallen man like all of us. The Pope is not immune from human nature and weakness, he is not made immaculate by the Triple-crown of our Lord's Vicariate Holy See on earth. We will good and virtuous to pray to the Holy Ghost for him to give him and ourselves His sevenfold-gift. This is a DUTY of receiving our Holy Confirmation in and by the Holy Ghost our God.

And keep nigh to our Immaculate Mother Mary.

May she keep nigh to you all.

May God the Father, the Son and Holy Ghost bless and help you all.

Anonymous said...

Sarah: If the SSPX is truly in communion with our current pope, they will patiently wait for a formal decision about the legitimacy of these ordinations.

There were no dimissorial letters issued, so the ordinations are obviously formally illegitimate, but I just believe them when they say that never since 2000 they were told to stop ordaining.

The leftists are trying to push Holy Father to action, so I think they suppose that the action will be against SSPX....