Down to the Wire: Just $4,912 left to match to win our Challenge Grant. Your gift will still be doubled!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Vatican warns SSPX against new priestly ordinations

Catholic World News - June 17, 2009

The Vatican has warned against the ordination of new priests for the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X (SSPX), saying that the ordinations scheduled later this month would be "illegitimate." A Vatican statement released on June 17 quoted from the letter sent by Pope Benedict XVI to the world's bishops on March 10, referring to the irregular status of the SSPX bishops: "As long as the Society (of St. Pius X) does not have a canonical status in the Church, its ministers do not exercise legitimate ministries in the Church."

The Vatican statement hinted that if SSPX go ahead with the ordinations-- which are scheduled to take place in separate ceremonies held in three different countries-- they could endanger the progress of talks designed to complete the process of reconciliation between the traditionalist group and the Holy See. In Germany, bishops have warned that the ordinations would be a "provocation," risking new disciplinary action against the SSPX.

Contrary to several media reports, the Vatican statement did not say that the ordinations would be invalid. Earlier this year the Holy Father lifted the excommunications of the SSPX bishops. But the traditionalist prelates still do not have regular canonical status; their sacramental ministry is valid but illicit.

In Zaitzkofen, Germany, the site of one of the SSPX seminaries at which ordinations are scheduled for June 27, a spokesman said that the group's defiance of local Church leaders was justified because of the "emergency situation" facing Catholicism. " It is a question of the existence or the dissolution of Christianity in Europe," said Father Stefan Frey, the rector of the seminary. Saying that the SSPX fully supports the authority of the Pope, Father Frey said that in lifting the excommunications of SSPX bishops the Pontiff "surely intended to promote life, not death" for the traditionalist group.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($52,482 to go):
$150,000.00 $97,518.13
35% 65%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

The gift of orthodoxy: A mercy and a challenge to mercy November 26
Getting Marriage Right November 25
O Earthly Lord, vouchsafe to us high speed Internet. November 25
No 'Francis effect' in Strasbourg November 25
What Pope Francis told European Parliament, and what Pope John Paul II said November 25

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis: Europe seems 'elderly and haggard' CWN - November 25