Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Feast of Pope St Anicetus

SSPX response delivered to Ecclesia Dei Commission: Catholic World Report:

"While Anicetus was Pope, St. Polycarp, then in extreme old age, came to confer with him about the Paschal controversy.  Polycarp and others in the East used to celebrate the feast on the fourteenth of the month of Nisan, no matter on what day of the week it fell, whereas in Rome it was always observed on Sunday, and the day of the Lord’s death on Friday. The matter was discussed but nothing was decided. According to [the early fourth-century Church historian] Eusebius: ‘Polycarp could not persuade the Pope, nor the Pope, Polycarp. The controversy was not ended but the bonds of charity were not broken.’  The Pope permitted the aged saint to celebrate on the day he had been accustomed to in the Church of Smyrna."

Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you life



Icon given to me on the occasion of the blessing of my house by an Orthodox priest. There is no hope of the ecumenism towards the East until the SSPX take their rightful place in the Church. If the Orthodox had done to their liturgy what the West has done for the last fifty years, there would have been ecclesiastical revolution. The Pope also has to take up the title of Western patriarch, a title which he recently abrogated- a strange decision as this title is not a matter of dispute for the East. See Archbishop Hilarion on this issue.

Recording of the house blessing
St Christopher, pray for us!

Lefebvrite schism may be nearing an end

Lefebvrite schism may be nearing an end | National Catholic Reporter:

 "The Vatican confirmed Wednesday that the Society of St. Pius X, the traditionalist movement founded by the late French Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, has responded to a “doctrinal preamble” presented in September as a precondition for reunion with the Catholic church.

A terse statement released by the Vatican’s Ecclesia Dei Commission, responsible for relations with the traditionalists, said only that a response has been received and will be studied by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and eventually submitted to the pope.

Sources indicate, however, that the Lefebvrite superior, Swiss Bishop Bernard Fellay, has communicated a largely positive reaction to the preamble, proposing only small changes described as “non-substantive.”
That concession could clear the way for formal readmission of the Society of St. Pius X into full communion with Rome."