Sunday, April 3, 2011

Personal Ordinariat?

Happy Sunday!

Even while our own short-sighted Bishop Bambera has forbidden faithful Catholics from attending the Society of Saint Pius X in Pittston, it seems the real authority in the matter, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, is working on a solution with the Lefabvrists.

I'll get back to the Pope in a second.

Does Bishop Bambera go out of his way to instruct the faithful to not attend the Orthodox? Or a Baptist Church? Or a Mosque?

No. No. And no.

But he will go out of his way to instruct the faithful to avoid the Society.

Go and visit the Protestants and do damage to your soul, but stay away from those other Catholics over there. We accept all the religions, all the sects, all the cults, but not those Catholics. Foolishness.

Anyway, back to the Pope and those terrible SSPXers.

The Pope is considering a personal ordinariat for the Society, which is basically a non-geographic diocese. This would secure for the Society a freedom from the local Bishops, and surely this will grate on his Excellence. But eventually I think that will need to change, as it certainly would need to include a change to the Constitution of the Church, which I don't see happening.

Anyway, things are moving along, keep a close eye on how they progress.

"Let them alone: they are blind, and leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both will fall into the pit." Matthew 15:14


Anonymous said...

I hate to be rude, but how about you do a little research before you post?

The "Lefabvrists" as you call them are in schism, plain and simple. The good bishop is instructing his people to avoid them, as a Catholic in the pews could get confused. Typically, not participating in services at a Baptists Church or Mosque goes without saying.

Pray for the union of all Christians, first of all.

Secondly, the good bishop does have bigger fish to fry, let's say a prayer for the guy and stop sniping.

-Mike Smith

The Rockin' Traddy said...

Thanks for pointing out my misspelling, Mike Smith. The virtue of charity certainly has been obtained by you.

As far as the Society is concerned, they are not in schism and one may attend their masses to fulfill one's Sunday obligation. One may not go to them for confession or marriage, supposedly because there is no jurisdiction, but the SSPX has shown where supplied jurisdiction may very well be in play, considering the current crisis in the Church.

In an interview in The Remnant Newspaper in 2005 Cardinal Dario Castrillion Hoyos said that the Society was not in formal schism. The Vatican and the Society are as we speak in talks to regularize their relationship.

It still astounds me how people are so very quick to condemn the Society for "schism", but hold no such opinion for the false religions and heretics one sees at every turn.

God bless you!