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Official statements on the election

We will update this post with various official statements by different Catholic organizations on the election of the new pope.

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From the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter (North American District):

The Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter welcomes the accession of the Most Eminent and Reverend Jorge Cardinal Bergoglio, SJ, to the Sovereign Pontificate, taking as his name Pope Francis.

We ask all of our supporters to join with us in continually offering daily prayer and sacrifice that his pontificate may occasion the increase of faith, hope and charity throughout the Church, and the world.

May Pope Francis be filled with the courage and fortitude needed to steer the Barque of Peter amid the turbulent seas and rough winds in which we find ourselves, for the Psalmist tells us, “He that dwelleth in the aid of the most High, shall abide under the protection of the God of Jacob. He shall say to the Lord: Thou art my protector, and my refuge: my God, in him will I trust. For He hath delivered me from the snare of the hunters: and from the sharp word.” ~ Psalm 90:1-4

We beseech Our Lord Jesus Christ, Head of His Mystical Body, the Catholic Church, to increase the love of the Deposit of Faith and our sacred traditions amongst the episcopacy, clergy, religious and laity, so that through the shepherding hand of Pope Francis, the Divine assistance will remain with us, that we might witness the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and continue to restore all things in Christ.
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This is a moment of great joy for Catholics all over the world. Pope Francis is the 266th successor of Peter. From the moment the white smoke was first seen we have welcomed him with great thanks. And now, following the example of Benedict XVI, we express to him our unconditional reverence and obedience. And also our affection and prayer, continuing the prayers that we shared with the Pope during his first appearance on the balcony of blessings in Saint Peter’s Basilica.

In this moment filled with emotion, when the Church’s universality is vividly sensed, I reaffirm to the new Roman Pontiff complete adhesion to his person and ministry, with the certainty that I am expressing the sentiments of the faithful, both priests and laity, of the Prelature of Opus Dei. We all entrust ourselves to the prayers of His Holiness, in order to contribute effectively, with joyful availability, to the work of evangelization that the Pope has mentioned in his first greeting to the Church.

During these weeks of serene waiting, much has been said about the burden that weighs on the shoulders of the Holy Father. But let us not forget that the Pope relies on God’s help, on the assistance of the Holy Spirit and the affection and prayers of all Catholics, and of millions of other men and women of good will.

As Saint Josemaría Escrivá always advised, I ask our Lord today very especially that all of us Catholics may share “one will, one heart, one spirit, so that omnes cum Petro ad Iesum per Mariam — so that we may all go to Jesus, closely united to the Pope, through Mary (The Forge, 647).

+ Javier Echevarría
Prelate of Opus Dei
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From the Society of Saint Pius X:
Communiqué from the SSPX's General House on the occasion of the election of Pope Francis

With the news of the election of Pope Francis, the Society of St. Pius X prays to Almighty God that He abundantly bestow on the new Sovereign Pontiff the graces necessary for the exercise of this heavy charge.

Strengthened by Divine Providence, may the new pope "confirm his brethren in the Faith"[1], with the authority which St. Pius X proclaimed at the beginning of his pontificate:

We do not wish to be, and with the divine assistance never shall be aught before human society but the Minister of God, of whose authority We are the depositary. The interests of God shall be Our interest, and for these We are resolved to spend all Our strength and Our very life.[2]

St. Francis of Assisi, whose name the new pontiff has taken, heard the Crucified Savior say to him, "Go, Francis and rebuild my Church." It is in such a spirit that the bishops, priests, and religious of the Society of St. Pius X assure the Holy Father of their filial desire "to restore all things in Christ, so that Christ may be all and in all”[3] according to their means, for the love of the Holy Catholic and Roman Church.

Menzingen, March 13, 2013

1 Luke 22:32.

2 St. Pius X’s encyclical E supremi apostolatus (October 4, 1903).

3 Eph. 1:10 and Col. 3:11.

35 comments:

Anonymous said...

Signore, pieta e misericordia!

ByeByeOpusDei said...

Such bovine irenicism is why, a few years ago, I renounced my ties to Opus Dei. This is yet further confirmation of my decision.

Ferraiuolo said...

Menzingen have a letter as well.

Mike said...



This is called being CATHOLIC.

pie said...

They have a lot to gain from all this.

They will again assume the role of safe haven and all that.

TradDadof4 said...

I see the Prelate of Opus Dei specializes in purple prose. Good, I have a fresh example for my English Composition class.

GO said...

As a traditionalist, I can’t help but think of Job. He never lost his faith, always insisting God is good.

TradDadof4 said...

I am afraid that under Pope Francis I, the SSPX is going to have to go back to its natural habitat: the *wilderness*.

tramtrist said...

I'm sure this has been posted already but..
http://www.oltyn.org/page48/files/cf03d9549745970ad024ab939e4366aa-17.html

Jon said...

It's my understanding he took the name Francis after Francis Xavier.

Can anyone confirm or correct that?

Anonymous said...

I thought Francis for St. Francis of Asissi

Kathleen said...

May God bless both the FSSSP and the SSPX -- we will need their strength.

And the Prelate of Opus Dei has indeed mastered the "art" of purple prose, judging by this example.

Matt said...

Jon said, It's my understanding he took the name Francis after Francis Xavier."

I hope it's namesaked after F Xavier rather than St. Francis of Assisi. The latter has been so ickied up by the libs over the years I've tended to shy away from anything Franciscan merely because. As an aside, though, his pectoral cross speaks volumes. It's so schmaltzy '70s. The "Eucharistic ministers" at the parish wear those just like it. :/

I hope the Holy Father's name is symbolic of things which may pleasantly surprise us rather than disappointingly affirm.

traddadof4 said...

@tramtrist

Thanks for posting that video of the farce of a mass he presided over.

The other viral video is of the new Pope presiding over a Hannukah ritual at a synagogue.

He is better at guaranteeing the sobriety of the latter than the former.

traddadof4 said...

If you havent watched the link that tramtrist sent yet, a good place to put your boat into the water of this long video, is this pan shot of the absurdly-smiling Christ behind the altar: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3RJK0yULkCY&feature=player_detailpage#t=650s

John said...

Seems he didn't think much of the Ordinariate, preferring they would stay Anglican.

Archbishop Gregory Venables on Facebook: "He called me to have breakfast with him one morning and told me very clearly that the Ordinariate was quite unnecessary and that the church needs us as Anglicans."

http://www.virtueonline.org/portal/modules/news/article.php?storyid=17315

Andrew S. said...

We should all pray and FAST for Pope Francis. I'm glad to see a response from the SSPX. What I'd like to see especially is one of their priests responding to the election of Pope Francis. They have a seminary in Argentina which indicates a minority presence of traditional Catholics in that country, so surely we should be able to get some type of perspective from them.

Seleucia-Ctesiphon said...

Somewhat lost (as far as I am aware) during the period of His Holiness +Benedict's renunciation, sede vacante and the election of His Holiness +Francis is this little tidbit from His Beatitude, Mar Louis Raphael of Babylon, the new Patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church:

http://vaticaninsider.lastampa.it/en/world-news/detail/articolo/caldei-sako-papa-pope-el-papa-21930/

Tantumblogo said...

Well, that SSPX chapel about 50 miles away might just become a life-saving/sustaining necessity.

I agree that FSSP is at risk, as are Christ the King and IBP.

Rick Heiman said...

Reading the words of the Opus Dei Prelate, fresh on the heels of my recent visit to the LA Religious Education Congress Youth Day where I witnessed the (Opus Dei) Archbishop presiding serenely over a "Catholic Mass" which included dancing girls (even leading the Responsorial Psalm with "intepretive movement"), a full on rock band and futuristic/New Age decor...I may soon be inclined to accept the SSPX Third Order Rule which demands very little but does stipulate "no assistance at Novus Ordo masses."

Gratias said...

Opus Dei did next to nothing to support Benedict XVI. If you want specifics look up extraordinary form mass and Opus Dei. They disrespected Benedict XVI but seem to support Francisco I. Spanish racism?

http//devotionofreparation.blogspot.com said...

The Holy Father Francisco must save the Catholic Church by invoking the light and guidance of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Fr. Pancras M. Raja, India
pancrasraja@rediffmail.com

I am not Spartacus said...

Pity the FSSP.

Without a Bishop and now with a Pope who ain't a fan of the Real Mass; they must know their days of offering the Real Mass are numbered.

Look for the new Pope to ditch permission for the Real Mass - as an act of unity, of course - and then wait for the Brick By Brick crowd to, reluctantly, fall in line behind the coming destruction and devastation of the praxis of indifference,

Simon said...

I'm surprised at the reactions on here! Most of you have gone from religious optimists to dispairing disbelievers! Where is you faith?

Peter John said...

Simon,

I agree. Pope Francis has done nothing "wrong" as Pope other than not wearing the mozetta and asking the faithful to pray for him (the horror!).
Instead of serenely trusting in Divine Providence and praying for our new Holy Father, many of the comments have been extremely harsh, some possibly slanderous, and others thoroughly disrespectful of a man who has been Pope for less than 24 hours.
Grow up people! Where is your faith! He is Pope Francis now, and this level of criticism less than a day after his being elected is totally uncalled for and is a sign of profound spiritual immaturity.

Peter

oidwinds said...

Lets have Faith people...We pray and watch...We must let Our Blessed Mother who Pope Francis is dedicated to, guide him...Please, lets pray first...
Oscar

Anonymous said...

Right,found the Father-General of the Society of Jesus' official statement:

http://www.sjweb.info/news/index.cfm?Tab=7&Language=1&PubNumID=184

TradDadof4 said...

@Gratias I preferthe term Spanish chauvinism to "Gratias". But yeah, that explains some of it.

But, in general, they are just way, way, way over the top as illustrated here. And seem to be very into power, order, discipline, and "getting on with the modern world, already". A cocktail that is very strange to *my* sensus catolicus, however wrong it may be.

I dont know, maybe a Spanish person "gets it" better than I do.

Barbara said...

We don't know that yet Spartacus.

We have to wait and see...

Most of my Adoration today was for our Holy Father Pope Francis...and I am more tranquil today with just a little anxiety about what is to come.

I like it that he went immediately to Our Holy Mother this morning...

He is offering the Mass in Latin at the moment...I'm quite moved at seeing our Pontiff so...

With Our Lord and His Holy Mother all things are much easier - even this awkward, surrealistic moment for Holy Church...

Patrick Gray said...

In light of my two posts here -'revoco'.

Rick Heiman said...

It is indeed too early to tell what Pope Francis' support of the Immemorial Mass will be, now that he is in charge of the whole Church. I think, optimistically, that he would not have achieved the votes of the most orthodox cardinals if they did not believe he would protect the Latin and continue Benedict's mission to "reform the reform." I will pray and continue to hope for the best.

Canonico said...

Correction, Rick: Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church. A pope is His Vicar. Therefore, a pope's being "in charge" is conditioned on his fidelity to the teaching of the Head, as is our obedience to His Vicar. As Galatians 2 and Acts 4 teach us, when our obligations to the Vicar and our obligations to Christ conflict, where to choose Christ. For the salvation of souls is the supreme law of the Church.

Thus, for example, if Pope Francis or any other pope were to outlaw the Catholic Mass and demand that only the Novus Ordo service (whether in Latin or not) be done, then we'd have to disobey the pope in this regard.

brandsma said...

His earliest task should I hope be to abolish Communion in the hand.

brandsma said...

His. first task must be to abolish Communion in the hand.

Msgr. Corvo said...

Can't wait for Msgr. Marini's new job in the slums of Rome - or of the new Pope's relegating the lace and frippery of Benedict XVI to the closets of the Vatican, as well as the sale of all the golden pectorals Ratzi was so fond of.

The lack of mozzetta, fanfare and ruby slippers should be a sign to you silly lace-wearers that the jig is, indeed, up