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Morning Catholic must-reads: 28/09/12

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

By on Friday, 28 September 2012

SSPX superior general Bishop Bernard Fellay (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

SSPX superior general Bishop Bernard Fellay (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Benedict XVI wrote in June to Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior general of the Society of St Pius X, telling him that SSPX members must “truly accept the Second Vatican Council and the post-conciliar Magisterium“, an SSPX bishop has claimed.

Indian Bishop Felix Machado has urged Catholics upset by the new Bollywood film Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal not “to follow the path of violent protests”.

L’Osservatore Romano has published an article by Coptic expert Alberto Camplani casting doubt on claims that a newly discovered papyrus proves that Jesus married (full text).

Pope Benedict said that “spiritual and athletic excellence are closely related” during an audience with experts in sports medicine yesterday (video).

Joseph Trabbic summarises the conclusions of a major debate on what complying with the Obama administration’s contraception mandate means for American Catholics.

Fr George William Rutler argues that the “Prayer of St Francis” expresses “a semi-Pelagian heresy unworthy of the theological acuity of the saint of Assisi”.

And Jack Thornton suggests that the gritty television series Breaking Bad illuminates Catholic teaching about sin.

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  • Nat_ons

    “This is all I can tell you, I do not think Rome will let us go. The Modernist Rome [sic] will come close to us [once again], it is inevitable. They are determined, they are persistent, they want to lead us to the Council, therefore pray. Personally, I would never sign things like that, that is clear.” 
    Bp. Bernard Tissier de Mallerais, SSPX.
    And there is nub of the dilemma; is this Society to follow the path of the Lutheran Self-will and modernist, opinionated sub-magisterium as a guide to the reunification of Rome with the Society, or will it – as a group for the service of the whole church catholic – truly offer a submissive obedience to the divinely appointed (though disliked) Magisterium and its authoritative (if at time ambiguous) Teaching .. for that authority keeps watch over them also (with much sighing)?

    “Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls and will give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with sighing — for that would be harmful to you.” Heb 13 : 17.

    This is a matter of Rome accepting the Society by rejecting the divinely allotted teaching authority it is called upon to express in the body of Christ; the good of souls is clearly made secondary to the political independence of the group in Bishop Tissier de Mallerais’ short but telling sentiment (on obdurate personal will); so, it seems, Rome must abandon Peter and Paul or not be reconciled to the will of the Society of Saint Pius X, rather than the SSPX – with simple charity – loyally witnessing the egregious confusions clouding the hermeneutic of continuity in the conciliar documents, the appalling implementation of these at times confusing texts as authorised by the Magisterium, and the subsequent confused abandonment of a Sacred Tradition as the divinely gifted treasure to be used as the Church’s standard measure of sound teaching, 2 Tim 1 : 13-14.

  • Fides_et_Ratio

    The Holy Father has made a good offer to the SSPX and the SSPX should accept.

    If they accept the legitimate Catholic Magisterium, they can be a great help in promoting liturgical reverence, and fixing the aggressive secularism that infected Catholic universities, the laity, and even some religious and priests.

    But if the SSPX insists that only they have the true catholic Faith, and know better than the Magisterium, then they will continue to do more harm than good – by associating the extraordinary Mass with schism, religious intolerance and ultraconservative politics.