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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Genug ist genug!

It's not often I get to use what's left of my college German, but when I saw a news bit at The Tablet, I couldn't resist :) ...

The Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller, has said that he is about to declare the dialogue between the Vatican and the Society of St Pius X (SSPX) to be over .... Asked in an interview with the German magazine Focus for his reaction to the SSPX's declaration of 30 June, in which they sharply criticised the Second Vatican Council and the Ordinary Form of the Mass and swore to be true to their founder Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, Archbishop Muller said: "Enough is enough." ....

Speaking of Lefebvre, he had an interesting past as Superior General of the Holy Ghost Fathers, and Thomas Reese SJ wrote about him back in 1988 in an article that gives some background for the SSPX - Archbishop Lefebvre: moving toward schism? (when I first read the article in 2009, it was published online at Georgetown University's site) ...

[...] Marcel Lefebvre was raised in a conservative French family by an industrialist father who longed for the return of the monarchy. Both father and son believed all of France's problems (liberalism, modernism, socialism and Communism) originated in the French Revolution. In the Archbishop's mind, the council presided over the marriage of the church and the revolution. "The union of Church and Revolution is adulterous. And from such an adulterous union, nothing but bastards can come forth. And who or what are the bastards? Our rites. The rite of the Mass is a bastard rite!"

Archbishop Lefebvre is known most widely for his support of the Tridentine liturgy and his attacks on the liturgical changes initiated by Vatican II. But his complaints against Vatican II go far beyond liturgical reforms. He also rejects conciliar developments in collegiality, religious liberty and ecumenism. These are seen by him as corresponding to the Revolution's égalité, liberté and fraternité.

At the Vatican Council, he even refused to sign the final versions of "The Dogmatic Constitution on the Church," "The Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World" and "The Declaration on Religious Liberty." In his view, "The council has allowed those professing errors and tendencies condemned by the believe in good faith that their teachings are now approved."

Archbishop Lefebvre was suspended from priestly functions in July of 1976 after ordaining priests against the direct order of Pope Paul VI. He has continued to ordain priests against papal orders. These priests, and others who have joined him, do not recognize the authority of the Pope or of local bishops. They have sown confusion among the faithful by constantly reviling the council and attacking local bishops as heretics. In a 1970 profession of faith, he rejected "the Rome of neo-Modernist and neo-Protestant leanings that clearly manifested itself in the Second Vatican Council and after the council in the reforms issuing from it.".......


Blogger Dina said...

Is this for Bastille Day today? :)

8:33 PM  
Blogger crystal said...

Hi Dina,

I didn't realize it was Bastille Day until I saw your post but I do think it's good news :)

8:53 PM  
Blogger Mountain Man said...

Blessed be the archbishop and his father!

9:43 PM  

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