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Monday, 26 March 2012

SSPX in my memento tonight

Fr Schmidberger, the District Superior of the SSPX in Germany has written to all the churches and chapels of the German District of the Priestly Fraternity of St Pius X as follows:
Dear faithful,

On 16 March in Rome Cardinal Levada, Prefect of the Congregation, gave the Superior General of our Fraternity, Bishop Fellay a letter with statements in which we are asked ultimately to react more positively to the doctrinal preamble of September the 14th then we had done so far.

As a final deadline for a response is given the 15th of April 2012. Surely you have heard this already wholly or partially from the media. We have thus arrived at a crucial point.

Even if the letter strikes an unpleasant sound, there are legitimate hopes for a satisfactory solution. If this solution would be reached it would considerably strengthen all the orthodox forces in the church. If not it would weaken and discourage these forces. So it is not primarily about our brotherhood, but for the good of the Church.

Therefore we ask for the eager, insistent and imploring prayer of all our faithful and all Catholics, that God through the redemptive suffering of His only begotten Son, will lead His Church through this crisis and give her in the Holy Resurrection of Jesus life new strength and new prosperity.

Stuttgart, 22 March 2012

Father Franz Schmidberger, District Superior
I do hope that there is a satisfactory solution and I am encouraged by the far-sighted attitude of Fr Schmidberger that a solution would strengthen all the orthodox forces in the Church.

Tonight in my parish we have a Missa Cantata for the feast of the Annunciation. The intentions of the Society, and of a successful resolution, we be included in the memento for the living.
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