The Lefebvrian HERESY AND THE STATE OF MORTAL SIN
[…] those who participate in liturgies celebrated by these bishops and priests derogatory authority of the Church and its teachings and why increasingly subjected to regime suspension; who receives the sacraments from them; who through books, journalistic activities, conferences and supports various forms of propaganda in the Catholic world the cause of Lefebvre as valid or promotes their heretical interpretations and those of their founder; soweth serious errors between the People of God by saying that the Holy Father Francis' expression modernist heresy "and that the Bishop Marcel Lefebvre had acted in" legitimate state of necessity against the Second Vatican Council and against the Popes Paul VI, John Paul II and Benedict XVI, as at the time acted St. Athanasius against the Arian heresy "; should not be considered at all a defender of the true Catholic tradition but a soul in a state of mortal sin.
Dear Father Ariel.
I do not participate in the Mass for years according to the novus ordo. I do not mean to argue, even if they do not agree with many things that she, so hard, Father John Cavalcoli, style with softer but also hard, you wrote about the traditionalists. I follow the same willingly, since you people of deep preparation. The wonder: because in recent times he attacked her so hard with Lefebvrians and the Society of St. Pius X? I am a Catholic who has been participating every Sunday at their celebrations at Albano, because I'm comfortable with the ancient rite and not with the antics that we have to suffer in many churches conciliarist. I'm happy and I go out in peace with my conscience from the Mass. Where is the problem? And then, Benedict XVI, Did not withdrawn even excommunication? — Andrea B. (Castel Gandolfo)
I say first of all putting on notice that should not feel at peace with his conscience and to respond to his questions I will use part of a text that the Dominican theologian John Cavalcoli and I wrote recently, drawing from it the necessary elements for enlighten.
The Society of St. Pius X is a serious problem both doctrinal and canonical. It is true that the Roman Pontiff has freed the four bishops consecrated by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre illicitly from the burden of excommunication, in order to institute a dialogue for their full re-admission into the communion of the Church, but we must not forget that at present, Bishops and priests from their ordered, remain effectively Valid but illegal, ie suspended that fact from the order that received validly but illicitly [CF. Code of Canon Law, can. 1382, 1383, 1015], all in virtue of the existence of serious doctrinal problems unresolved, as pointed out in March 2009 the Supreme Pontiff Benedict XVI saying that they "do not legitimately exercise any ministry in the Church" [text WHO].
It's true, the Church has lifted the excommunication, but he did it to solicit these schismatics to return to full communion with Rome; has however never canceled suspension based not on disciplinary matters but on serious doctrinal problems. Therefore it is our obligation to remind the faithful that it is not permissible for them to receive the sacraments from these priests, as recently reiterated the Bishop of Albano Laziale SE. Mons. Marcello Semeraro, on whose canonical territory is home to the Italian district of Lefebvre, with whom she participates illicitly in liturgies celebrated in total disobedience to the Church and to the norms established by the Diocesan who in a decree stated and clarified:
"Any Catholic who requests and receives the Sacraments in the Society of St. Pius X will arise in fact in the position of not being in communion with the Catholic Church. A readmission in the Catholic Church should be preceded by an adequate personal journey of reconciliation, according to ecclesiastical discipline established by Bishop » [see WHO – basically full reproduction of the document].
Only if a Catholic were in danger of death can properly be absolved by a priest of the Society of St. Pius X, because the Church, urges the eternal salvation of all souls, in that case authorizes any priest, including a cleric suspended peep, or even excommunicated and defrocked, to give valid sacramental absolution [Code of Canon Law, can. 1335].
The fundamental error of Bishop Marcel Lefebvre, from which follow those of his followers and sympathizers, is the persistent accusation leveled at the Second Vatican Council of "falsifying Sacred Tradition" [see WHO]. Such an accusation is implicitly and explicitly in itself heresy, since it is assumed that with the Council, the Church is out of the path of the truth revealed, which in turn implies the lack of confidence that the Second, in establishing its doctrines, was assisted by the Holy Spirit, against the promise made by the Lord to his Church to lead it to the fullness of truth.
My answer is therefore objective since it is based on the acts of the Popes, the directives issued in time by the relevant departments of the Holy See, on the criteria of the solid Catholic doctrine and canon law, certainly not on moods or purely subjective. And the answer that a priest and theologian must take for imperative of conscience is as follows: soweth serious errors between the People of God by saying that the Pope Francis is a heretic modernist [see WHO, WHO] and that the Bishop Marcel Lefebvre had acted in legitimate state of necessity against the Second Vatican Council in its time acted as St. Athanasius against the Arian heresy; who receives the sacraments from them, subject to the provisions of canon 1335; those within the Catholic world sowing among the People of God the poison of error through books, journalistic activities, conferences and various forms of propaganda in favor of the cause of Lefebvre as valid or promotes their heretical interpretations and those of their founder; can not be considered at all a defender of the true Catholic tradition but a soul in a state of mortal sin.
The invitation therefore to apply as soon as a confessor to seek absolution after his repentance and firm resolve not to attend most institutions and liturgies celebrated by bishops and priests not in communion with the Roman Pontiff; not to attend and do not pay more attention to all those who spread the doctrinal errors and blatant heresies of these schismatics behind pretexts of an alleged purity Catholic who is not God's work but the whole work of Satan, whose sin favorite has always been the pride, Queen and charioteer of all other deadly sins.
In Italian dioceses there are priests who in obedience to their bishops in full communion with the Bishop of Rome as the Church allows celebrate with The old order is posted, that embodies an extraordinary heritage of faith and piety that must not be lost. Then there is the Fraternity of St. Peter, who works in full legitimacy with the recognition of the Holy See and also preserves and offers to the faithful the Holy Mass celebrated with the venerable Missal of St. Pius V [see WHO]. In such cases it may lawfully receive the sacraments in full communion with the universal Church and the Bishop of Rome and said then really at peace with his conscience, drawing from all spiritual benefits for the edification of his soul in this life and eternal life.
The island of Patmos not conduct battles against anyone and it is our Christian always good care to distinguish the erroneous deviations from the teachings of the Church and the Catholic doctrine - which as such must be fought with all the weapons of Christian charity - ranging from single errant instead correct and welcomed, place that is the Lord Jesus himself to affirm: "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick; I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners " [Cf Mc 2, 17]. We therefore have no animosity towards Lefebvre and their individual members, that we must consider in serious error without resorting to any justifying philosophical sophistry; and the care of souls, pastors and theologians if necessary we can not exempt ourselves from remembering the good Catholics what is right and what is wrong, because God, who gave his people in custody, we will have to respond very seriously the salvation of souls entrusted to us.
ACTS AND DOCUMENTS OF THE HOLY SEE ON THE CASE LEFEBVRE AND ITS FRATERNITY schismatic
– «Letter S.S. Paul VI to Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre», 29 June 1975 [text WHO]
– Apostolic Letter of SS. Paul VI, «New admonition to S.It is. Mons. Marcel Lefebvre», 8 September 1975 [text, WHO]
– S.S. Paul VI, «Letter to Bishop. Marcel Lefebvre», 15 August 1976 [text WHO]
– Speech by SS. Paul VI «On the painful story of Mons. Marcello Lefebvre», 1September 1976 [text WHO]
– «Apostolic Letter Ecclesia Dei"The Supreme Pontiff John Paul II in the form of Motu Proprio, 2 July 1988 [text WHO].
– Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, Explanatory Note "On the excommunication for schism they face the adherents to the movement of Bishop Marcel Lefebvre», 24 August 1996 [text WHO].
– Congregation for Bishops: «Decree of remission of the excommunication latae sententiae to the Bishops of the Fraternity of St. Pius X», 21 January 2009 [text WHO]
– «Note from the Secretary of State about the four bishops of the Fraternity of St. Pius X», 4 February 2009 [text WHO]
– Letter of the Holy Father Benedict XVI to the Bishops of the Catholic Church concerning the remission of the excommunication of 4 Bishops consecrated by 'Archbishop Lefebvre [text, 10 March 2009 WHO].
Copy the text circulated to the priests of his diocese by Bishop of Albano on the canonical territory which houses the district of the Italian Society of St. Pius X