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A disgusting display by SSPX followers in Buenos Aires

By Phil Lawler ( bio - articles - email ) | Nov 13, 2013

Let me make three requests:

First, if you disrupt services at a Catholic cathedral, please don’t try to tell me that you’re defending the Catholic faith.

Second, if you shout out the Rosary to drown out prayers, please don’t tell me you’re honoring the Virgin Mary.

Third, if you refer to observant Jews as “followers of false gods,” please don’t tell me that you worship the God of Abraham and Isaac.

Oh, wait; one more request:

If you don’t think that the SSPX is in schism, please tell me how to describe a group that claims its own hierarchy, professes its own doctrine, rejects the official teachings of Catholicism, and describes itself as the one true church.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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  • Posted by: koinonia - Nov. 19, 2013 8:25 AM ET USA

    FSSP priest last week (25th anniver of FSSP) on Lefebvre's fidelity to the pope: ...Father Denis Coiffet recalled those circumstances. They were even more excruciating for our founders because they had received everything from Abp. Marcel Lefebvre, and because they loved him like a father. For the very fidelity to the entire tradition of the Church that this prelate had taught them, which calls for fidelity to the successor of Peter, faith on the promises of Christ to his Church..

  • Posted by: koinonia - Nov. 14, 2013 11:04 AM ET USA

    Jesus Christ is either the Son of God or he is not. There is a press release citing a papal encyclical found on the Vatican's own website that has been released by the SSPX superior in Argentina that covers this topic of interreligious gatherings. Approving interreligious gatherings in Catholic churches with non Christians presiding has never been and never wiill be binding obligations for Roman Catholics. Nonetheless, it might have been handled more diplomatically.

  • Posted by: Jason C. - Nov. 14, 2013 10:37 AM ET USA

    Agreed on points 1 and 2; on 3, is their argument that God has revealed the Trinity, so a denial of the Trinity is a denial of God? I don't know... The 1983 CIC that "schism is the refusal of submission to the Roman Pontiff or of communion with the members of the Church subject to him." As I understand the SSPX claims, they believe what everyone used to believe (at some point prior to Vatican II) and that, if they are wrong now, then everyone was wrong then.

  • Posted by: mario.f.leblanc5598 - Nov. 13, 2013 6:56 PM ET USA

    Once more, and without any lack of charity, we have to admit that 'disgusting' and 'SSPX' go quite well with each other. The memory of Saint Pius X is being despised by those clowns. Let us pray for their conversion, and for our own at the same time.