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Thursday, August 30, 2012



I thought so. All we have is a letetr from Msgr Perle stating that he believes the confessions at SSPX chapels are invalid based on schism, excommunication, and lack of a bishop's approval. But that letetr is chock full of ERRORS. Let's look at a bit more of it:"With regard to the SCHISMATIC Society of St. Pius X we can say the following:1. The priests of the Society of St. Pius X are validly ordained,but suspended, that is prohibited from exercising their priestly functions BECAUSE they are NOT PROPERLY INCARDINATED in a diocese or religious institute in full communion with the Holy See (cf. canon 265) AND ALSO BECAUSE those ordained after the SCHISMATIC episcopal ordinations wereordained by an excommunicated bishop. They are also excommunicated if they adhere to THE SCHISM (cf. Ecclesia Del, #5, c). While up to now theHoly See has not defined what this adherence consists in, ONE COULD POINT TO a wholesale condemnation of the Church since the Second Vatican Council and a refusal to be in communion with it (cf. canon 751 on the DEFINITION OF SCHISM). Further, it is likely that these priests, after eleven yearsin a society whose head is now an excommunicated bishop, effectively ADHERE TO THE SCHISM. . .2. Concretely this means ..." So far, we have a house of cards built on two now false assumptions - that SSPX was in schism and that they are excommunicated. Strip those away and all you have is 'not properly incardinated'. But we have since learned that SSPX never met the conditions of schism because they didn't set up a parallel and competing government with the church, and, of course, that the excommunications are clearly now lifted. Continuing:"Concretely, THIS MEANS that the Masses offered by the priests of the Society of St. Pius X are valid, but illicit, i.e., contrary to Canon Law. The Sacraments of Penance and Matrimony, however, require that the priest enjoys the faculties of the diocese or has proper delegation. Since that is not the case with these priests, these sacraments are invalid. It remains true, however, that, if the faithful are genuinely ignorant that the priests of the Society of St. Pius X do not have proper faculty to absolve, the Church supplies these faculties so that the sacrament is valid (cf. Code of Canon Law, canon 144)"So we're back to the many conditions under which the church supplies jurisdiction for a priest neither excommunicated nor in schism, including such trivial and common cases as priestly travel and retirement, and escalating to such conditions as charity and a state of emergency. Now, I'm not a canonical lawyer, but because of the wrong assumptions in this letetr of Msgr Perle, we have to take seriously the arguments that SSPX jurisdiction is being supplied by the condition of a state of emergency. In fact, the clearly erroneous bias of the letetr seems to me to render it unreliable, and thus worthless in this matter. And I cannot conceive of a rational denial of a state of emergency in the church at this time and extending back to the time of VCII.And if the case cannot be made with conclusiveness and certitude, I'm quite comfortable with the supreme law of charity for souls trumping all else.Over to you.

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