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FSSP and a farewell to the Pope

From the General House of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter, as reported by the French District:

On this Ash Wednesday, the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter had the occasion to express to the Supreme Pontiff their profound gratitude and their prayers through the voice of one of their priests, Fr. Martin Ramm, who was able to greet the Pope in the name of all his congregation. Our fellow member, received on the occasion of the public audience by His Holiness, came to deliver to him, as a sign of filial homage and in recognition for the promulgation of the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum, the new edition of the traditional Roman Missal recently printed by the Fraternity of Saint Peter.

With humility and courage, Benedict XVI has been - for eight years - at the helm of the barque of Peter, facing many storms, concern with leading souls to safe harbor. Giving the example of a deep interior life, he has refocused the attention of the Catholic faithful on the foundations of the faith, alerting them to all forms of relativism, and explaining the recent Magisterium in the light of Tradition. Concerned with the restoration of sacredness, he reconciled the Roman Church with her bimillennial liturgical heritage. A tireless apostle for ecclesial unity, he engaged, in particular, in dialogue with the Society of Saint Pius X, with a view to reaching full reconciliation. This concern of the Pope is particularly dear to us, and recalls the care which he brought to our foundation in 1988, when he aided John Paul II as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

13 comments:

poeta said...

It's a bit counterintuitive, but perhaps we may hope that discussions with the SSPX might be a bit freer under a younger, postconciliar Pope.

His Holiness was present at the Council. You never abandon your baby. That's only natural. But for a child of the Council it might be different, since it's also natural to arrive at that moment when you know you have to let go of a dying parent.

Adrienne said...

Nice!

Anonymous said...

Speaking of their foundation, it has been my understanding that the founders of the FSSP were allowed to hold reservations regarding Lumen Gentium 25 and Dignitatis humanae when they left the SSPX after the episcopal consecrations. If that is true, the obvious question is whether the current SSPX were allowed the same option in the recent reconciliation efforts.

Gravitas said...

Was this a new 62 with the new 70 prefaces?

a prayerful observer said...

This action of the Fraternity of St. Peter is celestially admirable. While humble holiness is most often extoled for its hidden life of constant sincerity and purity of intention, a public externalization is mandatory and exemplary to supportively console the afflicted, humble steps of one's superior.

"Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy." "Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted." "Blessed are the meek: for they shall possess the land. "Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called children of God."

Thank you,to the Society of St. Peter for accomplishing so noble an act in a timely, personal manner. Thank you, Rorate, for reporting this. May all other orders adherent to the Traditions of the Catholic Church follow such steps quickly to console our Holy Father.

Benedict Carter said...

"Concerned with the restoration of sacredness, he reconciled the Roman Church with her bimillennial liturgical heritage."

No, this is very far from being done.

Francis said...

I wonder what Pope Benedict's abdication will do to the content and release of the 62 hybrid missal?
Hopefully it will permanently prevent its release. I doubt it, but hope springs eternal.

Jim said...

I pray that no one forgets that the FSSP and the Traditional Latin Mass would not exist today if it wasn't for the faith and courage of Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre. Almost alone in the world, he fought for the Mass, for which we should all be eternally grateful.

Tom said...

Jim said..."I pray that no one forgets that the FSSP and the Traditional Latin Mass would not exist today if it wasn't for the faith and courage of Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre. Almost alone in the world, he fought for the Mass, for which we should all be eternally grateful."

"Almost alone in the world...", speaking relatively, yes.

But "almost alone"...not in the sense that years prior to his SSPX-related publicity, many priests kept the TLM alive, so to speak.

Father Gommar DePauw was, for example, a prominent priest in the United States (New York City area), at Vatican II and in Rome.

Launched publicly in 1965 A.D., Father Depauw founded the Catholic Traditionalist Movement.

Father played a major role in the preservation and promoting of the Traditional Roman Mass and Holy Tradition.

Additional priests contributed mightly to the preservation and promotion of the Traditional Roman Mass.

Tom

Gratias said...

The SSPX has not even answered Benedict XVI. If the pendulum now swings at the Conclave they will have contributed to the next Pope staying as far as possible from the Latin Mass. Those trying to get Summorum Pontificum applied at Diocesan masses will be the hardest hit by the SSPX lack of obedience.

Mitunter said...

@ Tom.

Well there may have been some brave individual priests, which offered the TLM. But, at least in Europe, they had almost no influence. It was Archbishop Lefebvre and his movement, who saved the TLM, Tradition and faith.

Alexander said...

God Bless the FSSP for there humility. I only wonder if such respect for the Vicar of Christ was shown by other orders and prelates of the Church, what better state we would be in. The post concilliar church seems to lack that particular grace. Without the Mass of the Ages, the tendency is toward pride and lack of Faith.

LeonG said...

"Those trying to get Summorum Pontificum applied at Diocesan masses will be the hardest hit by the SSPX lack of obedience." (Gratias said it)

This is one of the most ridiculous and subjective statements I have ever read on this blog. Please let us have objective evidence for such nonsensical speculation! It reflects a complete lack of understanding towards both The Society and toward those in the Diocese who are opposed to The Latin Mass in the first place.