Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Retired Catholic bishop meets SSPX

Breakaway Catholic group to ordain 13 in Winona : Winona Daily News

Reached at the Winona seminary on Thursday, he said Friday’s ordinations are “absolutely not” intended as a challenge to Rome. He said the society has always considered itself part of the Catholic church, and that the planned ordinations are a normal part of the society’s life.

Fellay said he viewed the Vatican’s statement as a “mild” response to society members in Germany. He said he believes the Germans are indeed trying to provoke the Holy See, questioning why the Germans would try to impede reconciliation “particularly when the pope makes such a kind gesture to us.” Society officials there plan to ordain three priests and three bishops (Cathcon- now that would be news!) in southern Germany on June 27.

Hammes said that “as a general rule” the Winona diocese keeps a distance from the seminary, although retired Bishop Bernard Harrington met with officials there several times
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