So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

Saturday, March 28, 2015

SSPX. Wither goest thou.

Whither or wither goest the SSPX?

Pundits far more informed than this blogger have weighed in—Rorate Caeli being an eminent example among the well versed oases of information—on the curious case of Bishop Richard Williamson and the other sons of His Grace Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre.

For this blogger's vantage point, the portents have long signalled a predictable direction and outcome. The further a community is away from Peter, the more it becomes fragmented by debates between rival claimants to the authority which properly belongs to the Bishop of Rome. To be clear, anyone or any group that acts—how does one say in all charity—with the authority imitating that of a pope had better hope that Jesus Christ has forgotten His promise to the one whose office continues to this day. That is, the Office of Saint Peter and the occupant of the same. Point of fact, Jesus has not forgotten His promise that the Church He founded on Peter will be protected for all time.

The many good priests of the SSPX, and the people who attend their liturgies, might do well to consider the witness of history. Many other well intentioned people, believing they are faithful to Jesus and His Church, have split from the one true fold and found themselves outside the very Church to which they claim to belong or represent.



3:52 for specific reference

Pray for the priests of the SSPX, that they may come home before they split yet again and become mired in discord to the detriment of souls. As for Bishop Williamson who unlawfully consecrated other men, may his recent acts which have put him even further from communion with Rome be a sobering reminder to him and others that where there is disobedience division soon follows.

Pray, too, for the Roman officials who are responsible for facilitating dialogue with the SSPX. May every gesture of goodwill and the truth spoken in love saturate their conversations.

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