Rorate Caeli

Swiss Bishop Allows the SSPX to Use Churches After All

The Church of St. Maurice, Fribourg

In 2013 we reported that the Bishop of Lausanne, Geneva and Fribourg, Mons. Charles Morerod, OP, had issued a decree allowing Catholic churches in his diocese to be lent to Orthodox churches and Protestant ecclesial communities for ‘pastoral’ reasons, but not to clergy of the SSPX (see here and here). Now an official website of the Swiss Bishops’ Conference reports that Bishop Morerod has allowed the SSPX to use the Chapel of Bourguillon and the Church of St. Maurice (both in Fribourg) for the celebration of their 50th anniversary. 

The report quotes the bishop as saying, “It is really problematic not to accept the Fraternity of St. Pius X, when we do accept other Christian confessions.” This was precisely the point that Rorate made in 2013.