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Monday, July 2, 2018

The SSPX and Ecclesia Dei

The SSPX and Ecclesia Dei

 
 
Last week Fr Morgan celebrated his thirtieth anniversary as a Priest, congratulations to him from all. One wonders what he thinks of his birthplace and the current trajectory of the SSPX there? 
 
 
The closing of the Oxford Mass center, (which was founded by Fr Wrighton in the chapel of East Hendred House, home of the Eyston family who are descendants of St Thomas More) is apparently due to a failure to grow!? I thought the SSPX had supplied jurisdiction due to its laity being unprepared to risk their faith by going elsewhere? How can one justify closing a Mass centre that had weekly Mass? 
Easily, when one reads the latest copy of its magazine ‘Ite Missa Est
To quote Fr Brucciani
..”The Ecclesia Dei commission was erected in opposition to the Society and the moment the Society disappears or is neutralised, it will be open season on the Fraternity of St. Peter, the Institute of Christ the King and all the rest. It is indeed a blessing that we have not fallen into Satan's trap of making these communities, who are closest to us, our worst enemies as is often the case for groups who exist on the periphery. They are good and holy people and, for the most part, our differences are not in the domain of faith, but of prudence and fortitude.
Okay, fair enough in part. To demonize those who attend Ecclesia Dei as liberals is not fair. However, historically the SSPX has made it very clear, to its own detriment in the eyes of trad-ecumenists, that one risks his faith by regularly attending these groups without even taking Communicatio in sacris into the equation.
This editorial appears to be part of an ever increasing softness on behalf of the SSPX towards Ecclesia Dei groups whilst hardening towards those who have left the SSPX over such issues. For example, one may recall Fr Brucciani’s comments when laity rightly raised objections regarding the SSPX magazine ‘Flying Squirrel’
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Unfortunately, I did not foresee the scurrilous campaign of the dishonourable priests who have the effrontery of calling themselves the "Resistance"
Well thank goodness he did not fall into Satan’s trap of of making these communities, who are closest to us, our worst enemies!!
But then perhaps that is the point. That the new SSPX actually do feel closer to the various Ecclesia Dei groups than the likes of Fr Morgan, Chazal etc. 
Also in the UK, Fr Pazat in Preston decided to use a recent article on liberalism in the traditional movement to say
..So often we see so called Catholic traditional people who do not hesitate to refuse the judgement of our General Superior, because it is not according their opinion, their reason or their perception of the common good.” (Context here)

Whenever I hear SSPX priest's cite obedience in an argument I cringe, as it truly is the one virtue that we cannot use without turning it on ourselves from the viewpoint of a conservative catholic. I have heard that the issue of obedience is now voiced to such an extent in the UK, whether on a retreat or day of recollection etc, that it is almost a caricature. How long before wags start to take bets on how long passes before it is mentioned?!
If the Superior General was consistent there would be no need for such lectures.  See here for Bishop Fellay's latest.
As Sean Johnson points out in this shocking article, which is essential reading (for if he is correct) for the first time an SSPX priest may become bi-ritual with permission of his superior. 
The SSPX is rapidly revising its opposition to Ecclesia Dei. Perhaps this also explains the following change in the well known SSPX published book “Christian Warfare”?
2006 version