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The Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter (FSSP)


persecution  brought to you by Allan Gillis

I found this continuation of Fr. Hunwicke’s opinion on what appears to be “intolerance” [GASP!] within the church… as opposed to those who abandoned the one true faith and hereticized completely 500 years ago!  It seems that the Nouveau Catholics have a double standard when it comes to their more “traditional” brethren.
I urge you to visit Fr. Hunwicke’s site “Mutual Enrichment“!

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I was initially squeamish about bringing other’s scribblings to you dear reader – but now, I find that many other’s views are so much better articulated that I could do.  I also find that other’s hear news about the “goings on” in the Catholic world and tend to write the same things I would – but only earlier!  Hence, I bring you their thoughts.

I’ll include here Fr. Hunwicke’s entire second portion to his musings on this matter:

Intolerance of minorities (2)

The Priestly Fraternity of S Peter, FSSP, was erected with lightning speed after the uncanonical episcopal consecrations performed by Archbishop Lefebvre in 1988. The promise was that the participants would be given, within the canonical unity and structures of the Church, the ‘deal’ which had been agreed with Archbishop Lefebvre; the ‘deal’ which he had signed, but had thought better of overnight, and had repudiated the next morning.

Broadly, this is what the FSSP was given … although the most significant item in that package, the provision for them to have a bishop, never materialised, and, to this day, never has.

Little more than a decade later, things, apparently, were not well. In the middle of 2000, the Fraternity priests learned that their canonical election of a new superior had been suspended, a new superior was to be parachuted in, and the Rectors of the Fraternity’s seminaries were replaced. A letter referred to “a certain spirit of rebellion against the present-day Church” among the seminarians. And one (otherwise generally sympathetic) Cardinal later explained to journalists that the “Fraternity’s members must be helped in their endeavour to strike a balance between their original charism … and the outcome of their insertion within the ecclesial reality of today“. Mark that phrase!

It is not easy to see how the ecclesial reality of today can mean anything other than the prevalent ethos of Novus Ordo Catholicism. “Striking a balance” looks to me horribly like the old “Latinisation” as it used to be applied in a “uniate” context: the intolerance of the majority towards a culturally different minority, of which, for some reason, they feel dreadfully fearful. Or is the problem that Traditionalists are not humble enough? That they continue to address reasoned questions to the ecclesial reality of today?

Ecumenism is fashionable in some Catholic circles. I have long suspected that ‘liberal’ Catholics, who profess a sympathy for Ecumenism, favour it because their real desire is to change their own Church so that it conforms to the paradigms of Liberal Protestantism. Be that as it may, there is something strange about Catholics who have a professed warm ecumenical enthusiasm for ecclesial bodies which have been separated from them for half a millennium … but who yet have a visible and vocal visceral intolerance towards fellow Catholics living loyally in canonical structures confirmed by the Church.
To be continued. —-

This caught my eye as I am a member of the FSSP Confraternity.  I can only imagine how isolated and tenuously-connected the poor priests in the SSPX feel!  Pray for them

“The Old Latin Rite is Dying”? Wherein I Correct My Brother


By Allan Gillis

Augustinus says in an earlier post : “the old Latin rite is dying”. He couldn’t be further from the truth! Even taking a look at just ONE of the priestly orders who hold dear the traditional rite as a centerpiece of their charism; the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (to whom I belong in their fellowship through their confraternity), we see steady growth among young seminarians! I include here (above) a continuously-updated graph featured on the wonderful site Rorate Caeli that shows the steady growth of just the seminarians in this one particular order:
FSSP statistics

The new statistics of the Fraternity of Saint Peter (updated this autumn) in the 25th anniversary of their foundation show the steadily growing numbers of this society of apostolic life dedicated to the Traditional Roman liturgy.

• Total: 407 (incl. 238 incardinated)

• Priests: 244
o 228 incardinated
o 11 incorporated ad annum
o 2 associated
o 3 postulants
• Deacons: 10
• Non-deacons seminarians (including postulants): 153

• Average age of members: 37 years
• Deceased members: 6
[Source: FSSP; see also: Apostolic Benediction by Pope Francis]