Lefebvrian and Integrist

I have taken heat from some quarters for even having a link on The Anglo-Catholic to the web site of the United States District of the Priestly Society of Saint Pius X.

<wink>I wonder what these same folks will say in a few weeks' time? </wink>

[But it's not a done deal yet.  Go here and pray the novena for Bishop Fellay and the Holy Father.  If you do one pious thing today, do this!]

Author: Christian Clay Columba Campbell

Christian Clay Columba Campbell is a Roman Catholic of the Anglican Use. As Senior Warden of the Cathedral of the Incarnation (Orlando, FL), he organized the process by which the parish accepted the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus, petitioning to join the Catholic Church. The Anglican Cathedral is now the Church of the Incarnation in the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. He is also the CEO of Three Fish Consulting, LLC, an Information Technology consultancy based in Orlando, FL. He can be reached via email at ccampbell at threefish dot co.

7 thoughts on “Lefebvrian and Integrist”

  1. Thank you for reminding me, Christian. I have prayed the novena for today. Perhaps the latest on the upcoming reconciliation of the FSSPX is this, from the Vatican Insider, to the effect that the upcoming week will be crucial:


    Some friends I was with this past week, who are close to one of the key players, are convinced the deal is done and only awaits the announcement, said by many knowledgeable people to be imminent. Why this is so important even to those of us of Anglican patrimony can be hinted at by the following:

    As I was telling some fellow quasi-integrists today after Mass (devoutly celebrated by our Ordinary, with another really outstanding homily), there is a very interesting book review in the current issue of ISI's "Modern Age" quarterly, by Allan Carlson, entitled "The Myth of the Fifties", in which he reviews a book named "The Permissive Society: America, 1941-1965", by Alan Petigny, noting that despite the fond memories of many of us, the 50s were in fact a time of incipient decay, even though they seemed to be a period of social, cultural and moral renewal: "In essence, Petigny's argument is that these [statistics of increased family size, church attendance, etc.] were all ephemeral developments, almost illusions, and the strongest evidence in support of his view is the rapidity with which these signs of social health evaporated in "the Sixties" (notably, even 'Catholic exceptionalism' on matters of family and fertility had vanished by 1970)."

    Then the take-away: "The implication for twenty-first-century social conservatives is that there are no secular or easy paths back to social health. The great array of 'pro-family' organizations in Washington and Colorado Springs can accomplish little. Nor can suburban megachurches offering 'a different way to do church'. Only the voluntary submission of adults to demanding religious disciplines (think Latin Mass Catholics, 'Quiverfull' Evangelicals, Mormons, Hutterites, and so on) remains as a viable path back to family health."

    As the reconciliation of the FSSPX would bring back closer to the Catholic mainstream such a demanding religious discipline, both as an option for some and as a challenge for the others of us, this matter has significance far beyond the persons involved or even the particular few theological matters at issue, so it is a matter much to be prayed for.

    If I may plagiarize a late, great Catholic publisher: Oremus–and hard!

  2. I pray for the reconciliation of the SSPX with the Church because I believe that I am commanded to do so. If Benedict can reconcile the bulk of the SSPX, that is an accomplishment, since healing of schisms (or semi-schisms in this case) are rare things. From a doctrinal point of view, however, I am very much a Vatican II man, including on the issues that give the SSPX heartburn, such as religious freedom. I was very irritated that the US head of the SSPX criticized the bishops' recent statement on religious freedom for endorsing religious freedom – – I cannot imagine any of the Ordinaries doing such a thing. I have strong sympathies for those attached to the old Latin mass and those who are alienated from the more goofy and/or pathological manifestations of the "Spirit of Vatican II" crowd, but the problems with the SSPX go beyond the old liturgy and aging totalitarian hippies.

    1. I remember a Catholic commentator ask: "Do you believe that the Catholic Church is the one, true faith? If so, then you're on the side of the saints and martyrs. If not, you need to leave." I tend to agree with this opinion. But I understand why many people, bishops even, are hesitant to declare that the fullness of the truth lies only within the Catholic Church (I'm not saying just the ROMAN Church, but the Universal Church, in communion with Rome) We live in a time when peoples' feelings are hurt because they don't like what they hear, even if it's true. So we become entrapped in a culture of political correctness. But then this gets in the way of any sort of progress towards doing what we baptized Christians are supposed to do, which is to help save the world by gathering all peoples to Christ. Should we be ashamed of the fact that Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, that He is present in His Church, so that people who disagree wouldn't be offended? Saints and martyrs have experienced more than social alienation and being pariahs so that the Lord would be recognized as the Lord. As for the SSPX, their main issue is obedience, I observe. They're not wrong in many other aspects, but it is their zeal that becomes immoderate, causing them to disobey, and be entrenched in their pride, masquerading as piety. Let us pray that these fellow sinners are guided by the Holy Spirit to the reunion with The Mystical Body of Christ.

  3. Since this post is directed at me amongst others (I was one of those who criticised the link to the SSPX), I shall try to reply briefly.

    I, as one of "these same folks" will be happy if Benedict XVI has succeeded in searching for, finding and bringing home the 100th sheep. Bishops Fellay's letter of April and Fr. Rostand's filial piety to the Sovereign Pontiff on the site you have linked us to, give grounds for a certain hope that those returning to the bosom of the church do indeed intend to work within the church rather than against her.

    I shall not be sorry if the Sede Vacante-ists and those who call for masses of penance and expiation for the Holy Fathers' sins make a clear break with the rest of the SSPX (you will recall that it was in the context of this penance and expiation that I considered the link to the SSPX site unfortunate, to say the least).

  4. Disgusted in DC:

    But what do you do with the fact that the Catholic Church has expressely rejected and condemned this modern liberties for centuries and vice versa has taught unanimously for more than 1000 years that the state has the right (and duty) to protect the faithful by regulating and restricting public acts of the false religions and communities?

Leave a Reply