Asked Questions About the Society of Saint Pius X
is the Society of Saint Pius X?
"retired" archbishop, mgr. Marcel Lefebvre, agrees
to help a handful of young seminarians who are disconcerted
by the direction being taken in post-Vatican II seminaries
in their priestly formation. He does this, not only by undertaking
their training, but also by founding a Society aiming at fostering
a priestly life according to the wise norms and customs of
the Church of previous days.
Society of Saint Plus X is officially recognized by the Bishop
of Lausanne, Geneva, and Fribourg, Bishop Charriére.
It is therefore truly a new little branch pushed forth by
Wright, Prefect of the Sacred Congregation for the Clergy,
issues a decree praising the wisdom of the Society's statutes.
Lefebvre announces, together with the staff of the Seminary
of Saint Plus X at Ecône, the refusal to adopt the Novus Ordo
Missae (cf, QUESTION
on Cardinal Wright's letter are other sure signs of Rome's
full acceptance of the Society of Saint Plus X:
allowing its houses to be erected canonically in one Italian
and two Swiss dioceses.
allowing three outside priests to join the Society and to
directly into it.
the same years the French Episcopal Conference was maneuvering to
have the Society and its seminary suppressed (cf,
its tenth anniversary, the Society of Saint Pius X has 40
houses on two continents.
its 25th Anniversary, the Society of Saint Pius X numbers four
Bishops, 332 priests, 50 brothers, 120 sisters and 53 oblate
sisters, all living in 140 houses in 27 countries. Together
they seek the goal of the priesthood: the glorification of God,
the continuation of Our Lord's redemptive work, the salvation
of souls. They accomplish this by fidelity to Christ's testament-the
Holy Sacrifice of the Mass (see Appendix
incardinated. Accepted by the Church as being a cleric belonging
either to a diocese or to a religious institute. Without incardination
a cleric is a "vagabond" and has no right to exercise
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