Bishop Athanasius Schneider On Society Of St. Pius X

Here is a clarification by Bishop Schneider on his opinion of the Society of St. Pius X dealing with whether they are schismatics and what their canonical standing is with Rome. This assessment came after his visit to their seminaries on the part of the Vatican.  FellayPhone
Dear Michael Voris, here are some clarifications about the issue of the SSPX:
1. I have not said that there are no reasons which would hinder a canonical recognition of the SSPX, but I said more cautiously “To my knowledge there are no weighty reasons”.
2. I have not said that the current canonical situation of the SSPX is OK. The contrary, because of the their uncanonical status it is necessary that they receive the recognition from the Holy See.
3. I said that the SSPX should be received as they are, meanwhile. My thought is this: for pedagogical and pastoral reasons they should be meanwhile accepted as they are, in order to correct by time those things which have to be corrected in the SSPX.
4. I never said, that I support the positions of the SSPX about Vatican II. I only said, that there is on both sides, i.e. the Holy See and the SPPX an over-evaluation and overestimation of Vatican II, yet on opposing points of views. The question is the right measure, i.e. we must have an estimation and a good evaluation of Vatican II, but not in an exaggerated manner. We have not to make Vatican II a Council isolated from all the previous Councils or a kind of super-Council.
5. This is the tragedy of the history, that in confused times as this is our time, the good forces in the Church, which want to restore the true faith and Divine worship often fight one against the other, to the detriment of the true renewal and to the joy of the enemies outside and inside the Church.
6. Of course, the SPPX has to make their critics with more respect towards the supreme authority of the Church and has to avoid incorrect and exaggerated expressions and judgements. One has to act with the principle “veritatem facientes in caritate” (to defend the truth with love). This I often told to the representatives of the SSPX.
7. One has to have enough intellectual honesty and objectivity as to admit that the SSPX makes some theological criticism of some not strictly dogmatic affirmations in the texts of Vatican II and of some postconciliar documents, which have to be taken seriously. Unfortunately their criticism lacks sometimes the due respectful form. Nevertheless, some theological objections of the SSPX can be a constructive contribution for a more mature theological explication of certain themes, as for example the collegiality, religious liberty, the liturgical reform
8. Each true catholic should only be glad and thank God, when the SSPX with all their priests and Catholic families, from which the majority are faithful Catholics, would be recognized by the Holy See, so that there would be a new considerable force for a renewal of the Church according to the mind of the Saints, of our forefathers and of the true intention of Pope John XXIII, the intention which is demonstrated in his speeches and especially in the document drafts (schemata) which this Pope ordered to prepare and which he personally approved.
9. The current situation of the Church is similar to that of the Arian Crisis in the 4th century: there is a naval battle in the night, where the enemies of the Church attack vehemently the big ship of the Church, whereas in the same time little ships of several true Catholic groups attacks one another, instead of make a common defense against the enemies.
I give you the permission to use these my clarifications and to spread them. God bless you, + Athanasius Schneider
Taken from Rorate Caeli blog.

3 Replies to “Bishop Athanasius Schneider On Society Of St. Pius X”

  1. Thank you for this posting. It seems that a lot of people got their knives out against each other, who actually ought to work together to truly renew the church. Perhaps the egos are getting in the way.
    May God bless you always for being such a good shepherd and teacher of our faith.

  2. “The question is the right measure, i.e. we must have an estimation and a good evaluation of Vatican II, but not in an exaggerated manner. We have not to make Vatican II a Council isolated from all the previous Councils or a kind of super-Council.”

    But the language is right there in VII. Google Gleize Ocariz and you will find a short article that gives a straightforward rendition of the poison language and its location, and it is the language that has yielded exactly the conditions we are facing. It is pivotal. It is like Ratzinger’s deft insertion of the prohibition to discriminate against homosexuals. A tiny, seemingly inconsequential distinction, but large enough to drive a legal elephant right through. With all respect, Bishop Athanasius does not get it.

  3. “The ensemble of these fake enemies of the Revolution is what we call the false right. It is the best ally of the Revolution when the true and legitimate Counter-Revolution is present. The more numerous the false right factions, the better it is for the Revolution.

    This revolutionary strategy is quite frequently employed in the revolutionary process. Sometimes it is very difficult for the public to discern the false right. The ones who, for obvious reasons, immediately discern a new false right when it enters the scenario are the true counter-revolutionaries. At the Final Judgment, where all these tactics will be exposed, Catholics will be surprised to learn how often they were fooled by false rights…

    Among these new heroes is Bishop Athanasius Schneider…”


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