October 28, 2014

Rorate Caeli: SSPX "Excommunication" Decree By Italian Diocese

This post from Rorate Caeli just leads back to a previous post I made a couple of weeks ago - Who's On First - and aptly applies to this present finger-waggling from another Diocese. It simply goes against all the God-is-surprise-mercy-compassion-let's-all-just-get-along-as-long-as-long-you-do-what-I-want methodology - certainly it is not Orthodoxy - of the current Hierarchy, including Pope Francis (who nonetheless needs everyone's prayers, mine included). There are so many dichotomies that currently invade and permeate Holy Mother Church it is hard not to just run away and scream: 

- strict enforcement of C. 1108 against SSPX marriages (incl. mine) and yet C. 915 is conveniently ignored with many Catholic politicians who openly and defiantly ignore Moral and Church Law and Christ's Teachings.

- lack of defense and ignoring of Canon Law in preserving First Marriages for the supposed "good" of one Spouse and the willful decimation of a family and yet, the ready acceptance for condoning the grievous sin of adultery for the "good" of a second, illicit and immoral marriage that has children.

- welcoming Adulterers, Homosexuals, Gays, Lesbians, Sodomites (or whatever nice term is currently appropriate in today's Church) as having some perceived "good" to bring to the Church without correcting their sin, and yet, putting out the "Non-Welcome" door mat for a Traditional Order of Priests whose only fault (if such is the word) is promoting the Mass of all Ages, the Mass of Saints, the Mass of Pope St. Pius V, the Mass of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Mass that was not-abrogated-but-was-abrogated-anyway for half a century, the Mass finally restored by Benedict XVI and now seemingly being suppressed by his successor. 

Like the following excerpted article states: 

"...this heavy-handed approach is so disproportionate and so out of tune with the acceptance of all heresy and misbehavior by Italian bishops that it simply will not be taken seriously. Bishops in our age should be careful not to look utterly ridiculous, which is what selective enforcement looks like - less an exercise in authority than a cry for help."

The Church has been crying for help for the past 50 years and the statistics bear this out.

Why can't the forest be seen through the trees? Why can't the silent scream be heard? Why can't learned men see the problem that unlearned laymen already know the answer too?  Ed.

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Pope's Close Advisor & Member of Council of Nine Cardinals "Excommunicates" Faithful who go to SSPX Masses - Full Text

- Double standards.
- Selective "mercy".
- Good cop, bad cop.


All very Machiavellian. Not Christian at all, though. But it could be "divine", if we are dealing with "the God of Surprises"...

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                                Suburbicarian Diocese of Albano


                      NOTIFICATION TO PASTORS [PARISH PRIESTS]
                           ON THE "SOCIETY OF SAINT PIUS X"


In the past few weeks, requests of clarification have reached the Diocesan Chancery regarding the celebration of Sacraments at the "Society of Saint Pius X" of Albano Laziale.


Regarding it, it is right and proper to point out that the above-mentioned "Society" is not an institution (neither parish, nor association) of the Catholic Church.


This applies even after the decree of the Congregation for Bishops of January 21, 2009, by which the Holy Father Benedict XVI, reaching out in good will in response to reiterated requests by the Superior General of the Society of Saint Pius X, revoked the excommunication in which the four Prelated had incurred since June 30, 1988.


This was highlighted by Benedict XVI with his Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church of March 10, 2009:"the Society has no canonical status in the Church, and its ministers – even though they have been freed of the ecclesiastical penalty – do not legitimately exercise any ministry in the Church." (in AAS CI [2009], n. 4, p. 272). The same Benedict XVI, in the following Letter m. p. Ecclesiae Unitatem, of July 2, 2009, added: "the remission of the excommunication was a measure taken in the context of ecclesiastical discipline to free the individuals from the burden of conscience constituted by the most serious of ecclesiastical penalties. However, the doctrinal questions obviously remain and until they are clarified the Society has no canonical status in the Church and its ministers cannot legitimately exercise any ministry." (in AAS CI [2009], p. 710-711).


As a consequence of the above, it is right and proper to restate what had been formulated in the Pastoral Note on the Society of Saint Pius X of [former bishop of Albano] Dante Bernini, in which it can be read:


The Catholic faithful cannot participate at Mass, neither request and/or receive Sacraments from or in the Society. Acting otherwise would mean to break communion with the Catholic Church.


Therefore, any Catholic faithful who requests and receives Sacraments in the Society of Saint Pius X, will place himself de facto in the condition of no longer being in communion with the Catholic Church. A readmission to the Catholic Church must be preceded by an adequate personal path of reconciliation, according to the ecclesiastical discipline established by the Bishop.


It is sincerely saddening that such options [measures], particularly when in reference to the Christian Initiation of Children and Adolescents, be in constrast with the pastoral orientations of the Italian Church and, consequently, with the choices of the Diocese of Albano, where formative paths for the growth and maturation of the life of faith are favored.


To the Parish priests, the duty of providing adequate information to the faithful.


From the Albano Chancery, October 14, 2014, Prot. 235/14.


                                                                 + Marcello Semeraro, Bishop.
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In our honest opinion, this heavy-handed approach is so disproportionate and so out of tune with the acceptance of all heresy and misbehavior by Italian bishops that it simply will not be taken seriously. Bishops in our age should be careful not to look utterly ridiculous, which is what selective enforcement looks like - less an exercise in authority than a cry for help.

READ THE FULL RORATE ARTICLE HERE.




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