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Most Asked Questions About the Society of Saint Pius X

Question 13: What are we to think of the Fraternity of Saint Peter?

     Since the introduction of the new sacramental rites, Rome had allowed no Society or Congregation exclusive use of the older rites. Then on June 30, 1988, Archbishop Lefebvre consecrated four bishops to ensure the survival of the traditional priesthood and sacraments, and especially of the traditional Latin Mass. Suddenly, within two days, Pope John Paul II recognized1 the "right-fill aspirations" (for these things) of those who wouldn't support Archbishop Lefebvre's stance, and offered to give to them what he had always refused the Archbishop. A dozen or so priests of the Society of Saint Pius X accepted this "good will" and broke away to found the Society of Saint Peter.

     The Society of Saint Peter is founded upon more than questionable principles, for the following reasons:

(i) It accepts that the conciliar Church has the power:

  • to take away the Mass of all time (for the Novus Ordo Missaeis not another form of this, QUESTION 11 ),
  • to grant it to those only who accept the same conciliar Church's novel orientations (in life, belief, structures),
  • to declare non-Catholic those who deny this by word or deed,2 and,
  • to professes itself in a certain way in communion with anyone calling himself "Christian," and yet to declare itself out of communion with Catholics whose sole crime is wanting to remain Catholic.3

(ii) In practice, the priests of the Society of Saint Peter, having recourse to a Novus Ordo bishop willing to permit the traditional rites and willing to ordain their candidates, they are forced to abandon the fight against the new religion which is being installed:

  • they reject the Novus Ordo Missae only because it is not their "spirituality" and claim the traditional Latin Mass only in virtue of their "charism" acknowledged them by the Pope,

  • they seek to ingratiate themselves with the local bishops, praising them for the least sign of Catholic spirit and keeping  quiet on their modernist deviations,4 even though by doing so they end up encouraging them along their wrong path, and

  • note, for example, the Society of Saint Peter's wholehearted  acceptance  of the  Catechism  of the  Catholic Church (QUESTION 14),acceptance of Novus Ordo professors in their seminaries, and blanket acceptance of Vatican Us orthodoxy (QUESTION 6).

They are therefore conciliar Catholics and not traditional Catholics.

This being so, attending their Mass is:

  • accepting the compromise on which they are based,
  • accepting the direction taken by the conciliar Church and the consequent destruction of the Catholic Faith and practices, and
  • accepting,  in particular,  the lawfulness and doctrinal soundness of the Novus Ordo Missae and Vatican II.

That is why a Catholic ought not to attend their Masses.


1. Ecclesia Dei Afflicta, July 2, 1988

2. An interpretation of "Everyone should be aware that formal adherence to the schism (of Archbishop Lefebvre) is a grave offense against God and carries the penalty of excommunication" Ecclesia DeiAfflicta.

3. Vatican II, e.g., Lumen Gentium, §15; Unitatis Redintegratio §3.

4. Unless perhaps it is a question of a diocese where they have no hopes of starting up.


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