Saturday, January 24, 2009

Bad call, Your Holiness

It's not often that I have disagreements with Pope Benedict but every so often these things happen and this is one of those occasions. He's lifted the excommunication on the four bishops of the Society of Saint Pius X.

Bad, bad move.

Frankly, I can't think of anything good to say about this poisonous groupuscule of ultras which emerged from the worst tendencies of Action Française Catholicism and is infested with Jew-hating conspiracy nuts fathoms deep in spite-ridden decrepitude.

Anyone whose interested in the minutiae of Lefebrvist lunacy can read Damian Thompson's blog but it's one sorry story of medieval anti-Semitism and far out wingnuttery after another. But perhaps the SSPX's lowest point - and its a stiff contest with so many examples to choose from - was its helping the Vichy collaborator, Paul Touvier, evade justice by allowing him to hide in a SSPX priory in Nice. Touvier was later convicted of crimes against humanity for ordering the assassination of seven Jewish hostages at Rillieux la Pape.

Benedict's Motu Proprio, Summorum Pontificum, which loosened the restrictions around the celebration of the Extraordinary Form was controversial in some quarters, though not with your humble blogger. By all means let the faithful have access to the Church's liturgical riches; let a thousand flowers bloom and all that. But was it really necessary for him to act like an indulgent parent to a bunch of wilfully disobedient schismatics?

I don't think so.

Bad call, Your Holiness. Bad call.

Still, at least there's one bright light on the horizon. For once it's the Church of England leading the way in the battle against heresy; the General Synod is considering banning clergy from joining the BNP.

Memo to the General Synod: Just do it.


Blogger David Lindsay said...

It is simply not a heretical proposition or a schismatic act to deny the Holocaust. It is purely an historical error.

And one of this country’s leading scholars of Judaism – Professor Robert Hayward, Professor of Hebrew at Durham – is a very active Lefebvrist.

1/24/2009 5:01 PM  
Blogger Red Maria said...

Fair point, David but it is indicative of the moral rot at the heart of SSPX, no?

By their fruits shall ye know them and all that.

And anyway, the PXies have been wilfully disobedient to Peter's successor for years and that certainly is schismatic.

1/24/2009 5:30 PM  
Blogger Voltaire's Priest said...

It is purely an historical error.

You really are a cock.

Sorry RM, couldn't think of a more appropriate way of putting it! :-)

1/25/2009 7:59 AM  

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