Tag Archives: schism

You can never really “leave the Church”.

I occasionally get an message from someone who explains in self-righteous high dudgeon that she is leaving the Church because of [INSERT FLIMSY EXCUSE HERE]. Over at his excellent blog, Ed Peters looks at a case of someone who said … Read More

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Splitters: A few priests form the Society of St. Pius X of the Strict Observance

When you break off from the Church’s duly appointed shepherds, only trouble follows.  Schism is rather like an old fashioned women’s silk stocking: once it get’s a snag in it, it’s all over. The snag turns into a run that … Read More

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Will SSPX Bp. Williamson be expelled?

From CWN: The controversial Bishop Richard Williamson may soon be dismissed from the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX), according to a leading Vatican journalist. Citing a report on the German internet site Kreuz.net, Andrea Tornielli of La Stampa says … Read More

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QUAERITUR: A Catholic leaves for the Orthodox Church, is ordained, and wants to return

From a reader: A person [a man] who WAS Catholic, baptized and confirmed in Latin Rite, left the Church and became Orthodox and was ordained in the OCA then latter returned to the Latin Rite Catholic Church, desires to serve … Read More

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Of Anger Management, Benedict XVI and the SSPX. Wherein Fr. Z imagines dire things.

Do the SSPXers think that Pope Benedict is so patient and kindly that he would never withdraw his outstretched hand? Perhaps that is it.  Maybe that is why they dawdle and find excuses not to accept what the Holy See … Read More

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QUAERITUR: Returning to the Church after joining another church for many years

From a reader: If a person leaves the church and joins another faith for 10 plus years, what is required to return to good standing in the church? This isn’t as hard as one might imagine. Usually all a person … Read More

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Msgr. Bux to SSPX: “Come take part in this blessed future in which we can already foresee dawn, despite the persistent darkness. “

Monsignor Nicola Bux, a consultor to the CDF and to the Office of Pontifical Ceremonies, etc., (originator of what I call the Bux Protocol – which every priest and bishop should remember that people may invoke!) has written a letter to … Read More

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Holy See Statement about SSPX and avoiding “ecclesial rupture of painful and incalculable consequences”

I thought something was coming! This is from the Holy See Press Office: COMMUNIQUE CONCERNING THE SOCIETY OF ST. PIUS X Vatican City, 16 March 2012 (VIS) – Given below is the text of a communique relating to the Society … Read More

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QUAERITUR: Can I be godfather to child of a former-Catholic, now Orthodox?

From a reader: A childhood friend of mine formerly a catholic “converted” to an Eastern Orthodox Church to get married. Now they are expecting their first child and have asked me to stand as sponsor for their child in their … Read More

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QUAERITUR: Joining the Polish National Catholic Church

From a reader: Some relatives told me they were considering joining the Polish National Catholic Church. I see from what you have previously written they have valid sacraments (that’s good) but they don’t seem to be in union with our … Read More

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QUAERITUR: Is the SSPX in schism or not?

From a reader: Greetings! I am writing in order to ask you abou the SSPX’s canonical status. I’ve heard that they certianly are in schism, as Bishop ___ (my bishop) said, yet I’ve also heard from you that the Prefect … Read More

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PATRISTIBLOG: Augustine’s Sermons on 1 John – PART 1

You may remember my intention to work through St. Augustine’s sermons, or tractates, on 1 John. I think it is time to get at them. I am motivated in part because in these sermons, Augustine tackles, among other things, “enemy … Read More

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Schism in New Jersey

The Fathers of the Church had a real horror of schism.  Schismatics were dissenters who causes disunity.  Jerome wrote: Between heresy and schism there is this difference, that heresy perverts dogma, while schism, by rebellion against the bishop, separates from … Read More

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QUAERITUR: Are Orthodox “Masses” valid?

From a reader: A friend of mine, who runs the R.C.I.A. program in my parish, recently told me that an Orthodox Mass is just as valid as a Catholic Mass. Is this true? (I thought that the fact that the … Read More

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Why are groups of liberal Catholics splitting from their bishops?

Schism and disobedience, undermining one’s ecclesial identity, are hardly new in the Church. Still, I have noticed that coverage of these aberrations has increased. There is the renegade community in Brisbane, Australia.  Pretty much heretics as well. In St. Louis … Read More

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