Jewish leaders express “shock” over SSPX decision to host Nazi funeral

Following yesterday’s thwarted funeral, some reaction in Italy:  The head of Rome’s Jewish community praised protesters who blocked the funeral of a convicted Nazi war criminal as Italy marked on Wednesday the 70th anniversary of the deportation of Jews from the Rome ghetto. Erich Priebke’s final resting place is now unclear after the protesters forced [Read More...]

Hundreds protest as SSPX holds funeral for Nazi war criminal in Rome—UPDATED

From the AP:  Shouting “murderer” and “executioner,” hundreds of people jeered as the coffin of Nazi war criminal Erich Priebke arrived Tuesday for a funeral Mass celebrated by a splinter Catholic group opposed to the Vatican’s outreach to Jews. Since Priebke’s death on Friday at age 100, debate has raged over what to do with [Read More...]

SSPX: “Situation of the Church is a real disaster”

The head of SSPX, Bishop Bernard Fellay, spoke about Pope Francis and shared his personal views of the state of the Church while on a visit to Kansas City this weekend. Details:  Bishop Fellay, Superior General of the Society of St. Pius X, gave an extensive lecture on Saturday afternoon that focused on the Third [Read More...]

SSPX: Dialogue with Vatican is Over

Details:  On the 25th anniversary of the illicit ordination of four bishops by traditionalist Bishop Marcel Lefebvre, the Society of Saint Pius X indicated a definitive break of talks with the Catholic Church. In a statement June 27, three of the four bishops originally ordained by Lefebvre expressed “their filial gratitude towards their venerable founder [Read More...]

SSPX criticizes Pope Francis’ focus on the poor

Details:  A rebel Catholic group at the heart of major controversies that plagued former Pope Benedict has begun criticising his successor Pope Francis for the popular approach he has taken since his election last month. In a letter to supporters this week, the head of the ultra- traditionalist Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX) asked [Read More...]

The final days: details of Pope Benedict’s schedule released; SSPX matter “entrusted to next Pope”

From VIS:  This morning Fr. Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office, presented information related to the Holy Father’s calendar and clarified some issues that have been raised in the past few days. At 9:00am on Saturday, 23 February, the Holy Father and the Roman Curia will conclude their spiritual exercises. Traditionally, the [Read More...]

Vatican: calling Jews “enemies” unacceptable

You may remember when the head of SSPX used that term recently. Now the Vatican is firing back:  The Catholic Church remains committed to deepening its relations with Jews and finds it “absolutely unacceptable” to consider the Jewish people as enemies, the Vatican spokesman said. “It is absolutely unacceptable, impossible, to define the Jews as [Read More...]

SSPX head: Jews are “enemies of the church”

Details:  The head of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X said he has been receiving mixed messages from the Vatican for years over if and how the group might be brought back into full communion with the church. Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior general of the society, claimed that top Vatican officials told him not [Read More...]

Vatican says it will not hold new talks with SSPX

Details, from Reuters: The Vatican plans no more talks with rebel Catholic traditionalists who insist the Church must revoke modernizing reforms launched five decades ago, Pope Benedict’s main doctrinal official has told a German interviewer. Archbishop Gerhard Mueller, who took up his post as head of the powerful Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith [Read More...]

SSPX demands “freedom to correct promoters of the errors of modernism, liberalism, and Vatican II”

Details:  The Lefebvrian General Chapter concluded a few days ago following the Holy See’s request for a response from the Fraternity regarding the doctrinal preamble. By accepting and signing the preamble, the Society of St. Pius X would have received canonical recognition and returned to a full communion with Rome. But the road still looks [Read More...]


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