From a reader:
Does a Mass heard in a SSPX chapel fulfill the Sunday Mass obligation?
Perhaps you have answered this question before. If so, I missed it.
The 1983 Code of Canon Law, can. 1248 says:
1. "The precept of participating in the Mass is satisfied by assistance at a Mass which is celebrated anywhere in a Catholic rite either on the holy day or on the evening of the preceding day."
The Holy See has said repeatedly that attending Masses of the SSPX fulfills the obligation according to can 1248.
However, I will add that – while this strictly fulfills your obligation, I do not recommend that this be your normal way of fulfilling your obligation. The SSPX is not yet in manifest unity with the Roman Pontiff. The SSPX priests are suspended and have no permission from the Church to administer the sacraments. It can happen that people who frequent their chapels can undermine their union with the local bishop and the Vicar of Christ.
I am fully aware that in many cases what is going on at your local normal parish may seem like the childish or pagan rites of a strange cult, and that what goes on at the SSPX chapel seems entirely reasonable Catholic, our sense of ecclesial unity remains important. With very few exceptions the SSPX priests I have met have been fine men and zealous, while many liberal/heterodox priests in good standing I have known have been ignorant, arrogant, and petty.
This should spur us to earnest and frequent prayer for the success of the theological talks going on between the Holy See and SSPX and be ready to extend a welcoming hand…. especially in this Week of Christian Unity.