They that sow in tears, shall reap in joy
When I was up in the American Redoubt I had a chance to visit Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. I enjoy attending visiting the Saint Joan of Arc parish run by the FSSP there. As you would expect the families are there and growing, children everywhere. Unfortunately the parish is still in a building provided by one of the parishioners as the Diocese of Idaho has refused to sell any of the underused parishes to the Fraternity nor will cooperate with the Fraternity in building a new parish in Coeur d’Alene. It is a crying shame to see old Catholic churches in Lewiston (and elsewhere I assume) being sold to non-Catholic faiths just because the Bishop of Idaho does not want to allow any growth in traditional Catholicism. New Mass or Novo Ordo Bishops, Priest and members will reach out to sodomites, kiss the feet of mohammadist, tell atheist they are “good to go” and encourage the theft of property. But they seem to have an allergic reaction to traditional Catholics. Even though the Pope-Emeritus Benedict XVI has ordered the diocesan Bishops to allow Catholics to worship in the Latin Mass if they ask the Bishop of Idaho apparently refuses to “obey” the Pope when it comes to “allowing” the grow of traditional Catholicism. It is as of Bishop Driscoll who likes to go by “Bishop Mike” finds it a personal affront to allow the growth in people looking for traditional Catholicism. In motu proprio Summorum Pontificum, Pope-Emeritus Benedict XVI declared that upon “the request of the faithful”, celebration of Mass according to the Missal of 1962 (commonly known as the Tridentine Mass), was to be more easily permitted. Thus it is to be a member of the traditional Catholic community of the FSSP.
Speaking of Most Reverend Michael P. Driscoll, MSW (who goes by the name “Bishop Mike”) he is retiring soon… We pray that his replacement is someone who will see the massive traditional communities in Idaho as an asset not an enemy. Someone who move to heal the wounds between various communities of Catholics. However … well, we can pray and pray hard for this but it seems that such accommodations may not be in our future. Plan for the worse, pray for the best.
The community traditional Catholic community in Coeur d’Alene was growing as you would expect. The city of Coeur d’Alene has increased from 34,515 people in the year 2000 to 44,137 in 2010. It is a resort town with the multiple sky resorts and the massive lake dominating the town. I believe there are more than 300 families who are members of the parish. There Mass times and all appear to be full. I met several people at the Saint Joan of Arc parish, and met more people at the diner around the way after Mass.
As one of our subscribers noted the Fraternitas Sacerdotalis Sancti Petri or more commonly Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP) and Fraternitas Sacerdotalis Sancti Pii X or more commonly Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX) have some “negative energy” between these two exemplary conservative Traditional Catholic groups. The FSSP history is they all were SSPX priests. When the founder of the SSPX French archbishop Marcel Lefebvre. was dying he knew he must make more priest or Catholic Tradition would die with the existing priests. He asked the Pope for permission and he refused. Thus he had a decision. Obey and let Traditional Catholicism die or disobey and create more Bishops. He did the later. The Pope excommunicated him, and the Bishops he created.
In Catholicism only Bishops may make Bishops normally with the permission of the Pope. For long lonely years the SSPX labored under this questionable excommunication. When this happened a group of 12 SSPX priest who were committed to Traditional Catholicism decided not to follow the SSPX into excommunication. There are now over 254 FSSP priest. They that sow in tears, shall reap in joy. They decided to be “loyal” to the pope and thus named their new “break away” group the Fraternity of Saint Peter. Obviously the name Fraternitas Sacerdotalis Sancti Petri is in part making the point that they are the Society of the first and all popes while the Fraternitas Sacerdotalis Sancti Pii makes their point of their special appreciation of Pope Pius the Tenth (X). In Catholicism Saint Peter is honored as the “first pope.” Both the FSSP and SSPX are Secular Clerical Societies of Apostolic Life inside the Catholic faith. Many years later Pope-Emeritus Benedict XVI lifted the excommunication of the Bishops of SSPX.
The issue with the FSSP is that when the Pope “accepted” them back in, he hobbled the Fraternity. He did not assign them a Bishop. Also he ordered that they may not open any new parishes (churches) without the approval of the local Bishop. Many Bishops hate all things Traditional or conservative and thus do not give the FSSP permission to operate in “their” diocese. I am unsure if our commenter recognizes this last point. The Fraternity is dependent upon non Fraternity Bishops to make more priest, and they cannot open a parish without the local Bishops permission.
And guess where the majority of local social, progressive Bishops give the Fraternity permission to open parishes? They only allow the Fraternity to open parishes where the Society is already strong. Well most of the parishes are like this. There is only rare cases, such as the new Parish in Saint Paul, Minneapolis that Bishops allow the Fraternity to open in areas and actually “expand” the number of Catholics they serve. And of course the ancient Vatican parish The Church of Ss. Trinità dei Pellegrini. This is a great evil on the part of these supposed leaders of Christianity. They are causing conflict in the Body of Christ. And our subscriber is right, if the Society disappeared tomorrow, the vast majority of the local liberal progressive Bishops would stop allowing the growth of the FSSP immediately. The local Bishops are trying to weaken the Society by only allowing the Fraternity to open there. Thus the Fraternity has a decision. Open no new parishes, or open them and try to “expand” the local traditional communities. This evil is in perfect example in Idaho between the Catholic communities of Post Falls and Coeur d’Alene. The local Bishop, “Bishop Mike” has allowed the Fraternity to open, but has then strangled its growth. He will not even allow Fraternity Priest to go to Lewiston to offer a single Sunday Latin Mass.
There will still be an issue with both the FSSP and SSPX. The FSSP is hobbled in its growth because it is dependent upon non Fraternity Bishops to make priests. Also it cannot operate without permission. The Society has a ticking time bomb itself. As the three existing Bishops age, they will face the same question archbishop Lefebvre faced. Let the last SSPX bishop die, or appoint one and more decades of excommunication. We pray that this will not happen.
Both of these groups, actually all of these groups should understand. They do not “hold” the truth. The Holy Bible and the Traditions of the Church are the Truth. These various groups are not actually the point. The SSPX, FSSP or the diocesan they are not the point. The point is to save souls. I feel one of the many traps the Sly one has set for both the SSPX and FSSP is to bring the “focus” on to themselves. What an insidious trap. I feel the SSPX and the FSSP are saving souls. I actually think the diocesan (such as Opus Dei) can save souls, but with their liberal, progressive Christianity that most of the diocesan priest are pushing, they are putting more souls at risk for no reason what so ever. “Who am I to judge” sodomy. Millions of souls put at risk. Governments should steal other people’s property. Millions of souls put at risk. Anyone that causes conflict in the Bride of Christ should be ashamed of themselves. From every thing I understand the work of saving souls, which is best done through a conservative, traditional understanding of Catholicism is the best way in my opinion to do that. We should all work to strengthen all of the various Traditional Catholic communities and be an arm of support to each other. For our very lives may depend upon it in the future.
For me, I feel very comfortable in either an SSPX or an FSSP parish. I will continue to support both organizations doing the Lord’s work. Pray for the continued strength of both the SSPX and the FSSP.