SSPX alone is worthy to be condemned

The Society Alone is Worthy to be Condemned

Posted on July 10, 2013 by 

Looking to the early days of the Church and the wealth of martyrs (both red and white) that she produced, we may lose sight of the very real human temptation and difficulty presented to those same martyrs. We may ourselves be tempted to think that it came to a very simple confrontation, similar to the confrontations experienced by Catholics in our own age suffering under the forces of Communism or under Islamic regimes. The confrontation in these cases, placed before the faithful Christian is to unequivocally and absolutely deny Jesus Christ. Failure to do so results in martyrdom.

It is true that in the early Church, the martyrs were also asked to deny Christ, but in a more subtle, and thus more nefarious way. You see, the Roman Pantheon had plenty of room for Christ. After all, they had adopted gods from the Greeks, from the tribes living in the far Western reaches of the empire, and at the height of the empire, even the strange mystery cults of the East. Christ need not be denied as a god – He simply had to be denied as the God. As long as the Christians were willing to play nice and sprinkle just a teeny bit of incense in front of the Emperor’s representation – well, then all would be well! As all Christians know, this simply isn’t possible. And so, the Christians must be destroyed.

Turn now almost 2,000 years later. The Society of St. Pius X is opening one of, if not the largest seminary in the United States at this time. Forced to move from its beautiful grounds in southeastern Minnesota due to space constraints, the new building is located in beautiful Buckingham County, Virginia. In an age in which seminaries are closing at unprecedented rates, and vocations in most of the country are dismal at best, shouldn’t this fresh growth be seen as a cause of rejoicing? One would think.

Enter the Diocese of Richmond, in whose diocese the new seminary will be located. In an article released two days ago in the diocesan newspaper, The Catholic Virginian, we read,

“The St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary in a rural area of Buckingham County is operated by the Society of St. Pius X, a schismatic sect which is not in communion with the Holy See.

Catholics who attend Sunday liturgy there do not fulfill their Sunday obligation and the sacraments offered are not valid in accordance with the Vatican.”

Without addressing the absurd claims, which have been disproven a thousand times, and which Rome itself has clarified are not the case (thus, Rome has stated explicitly that the Society is not in schism, and that one may fulfill their Sunday obligation at Masses offered by the priests of the Society of St. Pius X), we may ask what brings the Diocese of Richmond to present this opinion?

After all, a quick Google search reveals that the Diocese almost falls over itself to promote ecumenical relations with false religions. Thus, for example, at last year’s annual Virginia LARCUM Conference (an ecumenical gathering made up of Lutherans, Episcopalians, Catholics, and United Methodists), which was attended by both of Virginia’s diocesan bishops, we have the following paragraphs from The Catholic Virginian’s report:

“He then described how his mother-in-law, then in her 80s and a devout Catholic, and a close woman friend who was a “devout Episcopalian would alternate between going to daily Mass in the Catholic parish or the Episcopal worship service during Lent.

“That would have been unthinkable 50 years ago,” Dr. Borelli said.

He suggested that there are various interfaith activities local congregations can implement if they want to worship together. Possibilities could be an Ash Wednesday service or a Way of the Cross procession on Good Friday in an urban neighborhood which would be visible to passersby. Dr. Borelli recalled that his own parish, Holy Trinity in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, celebrates Pentecost with Catholics walking in procession after Mass to an Episcopal church whose worshippers join the procession and then walk to a third church and then continue to the fourth church. They then all gather for a common reception “to celebrate the church,” he said.”

So, apparently, in the mind of the Diocese of Richmond, alternating between daily Mass and Episcopal “worship service” during the most penitential season of the year is a blessing! Not only that, but everyone should consider how to do other joint liturgical or devotional activities. Followed by what? A common reception “to celebrate the church.”

We hear nothing from Bishop di Lorenzo opposing what can only be called an immense affront to the Catholic Church’s role as the unique means of salvation ordained by Our Lord, Jesus Christ. Why then, when it comes to the Society of Saint Pius X, are things so different?

I think the answer comes from the above consideration on the early martyrs. It’s not that the Diocese of Richmond, or any other number of dioceses, doesn’t have room for Protestants, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, and even atheists. No, all are welcome, as long as each one promises to obey the golden rule of indifferentism: No religion has any unique claims more than any other. I’m OK, you’re OK, we’re all OK…Kumbaya.

The reason the Society is treated with disdain is that it won’t sprinkle the incense before the altar of modernism. And so, those who are the bishops’ most loyal sons, who wish for nothing more than the exaltation of the Catholic Faith, are met with derision, calumny, and scorn. The fort is betrayed even by those who should have defended it.

How long, O Lord, how long?

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7 comments on “SSPX alone is worthy to be condemned

  1. Yet the Diocese of Richmond allowed the following crap to go on for 30 years, up until last year when Rome shut the Catholic heretics down:

    Diocese says parish must hold separate Communion services
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    The church, led by both Catholic and Episcopal clergy, must begin having Catholics and non-Catholics meet in separate rooms to observe Holy Communion.
    Va. Beach combined parish worries about future – Nov. 10, 2012

    By Jeff Sheler
    The Virginian-Pilot
    © November 21, 2012

    The Roman Catholic Diocese of Richmond has told the nation’s only blended Catholic and Episcopal parish that it must change its worship services so that Catholics and non-Catholics meet in separate rooms for Holy Communion.

    The parish, Church of the Holy Apostles, has been led by Catholic and Episcopal co-pastors for more than 30 years. Parishioners say it’s an arrangement that has allowed families in mixed marriages to worship together and has helped build bonds that transcend denominational boundaries.

    In an emotionally charged meeting Monday with parish leaders, representatives of the Catholic diocese voiced support for the ecumenical congregation, said the Rev. Michael Ferguson, the parish’s Episcopal pastor.

    But the officials made it clear the current worship practice – using a combined liturgy in which the priests move to separate altars in the same room to say the Eucharistic prayers – was unacceptable, Ferguson said.

    They instructed the parish to come up with a plan that provides for separate liturgies in separate rooms, Ferguson said.

    “What was left in our laps was to develop a way to be together in those parts of the service where it would be acceptable to the diocese for us to be together, and then to separate… without making it disjointed,” Ferguson said.

    Once a plan is developed, Ferguson said, it will need approval of Catholic Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo and Bishop Herman Hollerith of the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia.

    Ferguson said he is confident an acceptable arrangement can be worked out.

    “It could have been much worse,” he said.

    Michael Cherwa, president of the parish vestry council and a Catholic, said council members were “surprised and saddened” by the diocesan officials’ presentation during the two-hour meeting.

    “They told us what we are doing is not in compliance with the Roman Catholic Church, that there are some things we need to change,” Cherwa said.

    He said they were told it was a message handed down from Rome.

    “That came as news to us. It’s been such a joy for families to come together from different sides and celebrate together. To be told we’ve been doing something wrong, it was a shock and a disappointment.”

    Yet from the beginning, the ecumenical arrangement raised eyebrows in the church hierarchy. While it was not unusual for Catholic parishes to share facilities with other denominations, a combined parish using a shared liturgy was unheard-of.

    Retired Bishop Walter Sullivan, who helped launch the parish and participated in a recent 35th anniversary service, had encouraged local church leaders to keep a low profile, parish leaders said.

    “Whenever I have visited, I’ve found the services distracting,” said Stephen Neill, a spokesman for the Richmond diocese and editor of its newspaper. “It was like going to a movie that has two different endings, or having two people talking to you at once.”

    He offered no explanation as to why this objection was raised now.

    Ferguson said many parishioners at the church on Lynnhaven Parkway are still upset by DiLorenzo’s removal earlier this month of the parish’s Catholic co-pastor, the Rev. James E. Parke.

    DiLorenzo gave no reason for Parke’s dismissal, which was communicated in a letter to the parish on Nov. 2. Parke has not been reassigned.

    Cherwa said no additional explanation was offered at the meeting.

    The diocese has temporarily installed as interim priest Monsignor Raymond Barton, who was the parish’s Catholic co-pastor at its beginning in 1977.

    Ferguson said he planned to give a detailed report of the meeting to parishioners during Sunday’s service.

  2. Bishop Di Lorenzo has been the Bishop of Richmond since March 31, 2004.

  3. More than 20 years ago, someone on a list had the temerity to speak of us trads as “true Catholics.” It left me cold. I replied that eat three squares a day, sleep on a soft pillow, and sometimes bleed a little when shaving. Does that sound like a true Catholic?

    Likewise, this article leaves me cold. I think of the +James Su Zhimin, bishop of Baoding, China. He’s been missing, in custody of chicom devils, since 1997. Before that he had been imprisoned and beaten. In the meantime, Pope Benedict granted approval for consecration of bishops in the Patriotic Association fake church. Bishop Zhimin is worthy to be condemned by the deeds of Rome.

    Then there are the grubby Catholics in other hell-holes around the world who sneak out to attend a Novus Ordo while in fear for their safety, as rag heads bomb them and hang their friends on hooks. And the pope wishes the Muhammadan devils a happy Ramadan. Grubby Catholics are worthy to be condemned, too.

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    Holy Apostles Home

    A Short History of Holy Apostles

    Prepared by Bonnie Startt

    Our First home at Barry Robinson. Our Second home at St Stephens. Our present home in Virginia Beach.

    Return to Home Page


     The people of Holy Apostles, Episcopalians and Roman Catholics, share a vision with their Bishops and Priests to form a visible sign of Christian unity.  Ours is a Christ-centered community which draws on the best of renewal in both Churches and on two decades of ecumenical dialogue.  We are committed "to do all things together which deep conviction does not require us to do separately."  (Summary Statement 1977)

     Membership in the Church of the Holy Apostles is a commitment to this vision.  The vision is lived out in the congregation’s life, which is characterized as:

     eucharistically centered

     intent on mission

     involved in shared ministry

     creative in liturgy

     expressive in total stewardship

     committed to Christian education and formation

     ecumenically optimistic

     In light of the historic signing of A CALL TO COVENANT in November 1990 by Episcopal, Roman Catholic, and Lutheran Bishops in the Commonwealth of Virginia, we pledge to continue to be a visible sign of Christian unity and an ecumenical witness and a resource to all others who hear the call of the Holy Spirit for unity in Christ.


     Holy Apostles, the Anglican/Roman Catholic Congregation is located in the southeastern corner of the Diocese of Southern Virginia, one of three dioceses in the state of Virginia, and is under the leadership of The Rt. Rev. Holly Hollerith, Bishop, the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia.

     Catholic members of Holy Apostles are under the Roman Catholic Diocese of Richmond led by Bishop Francis Dilorenzo who resides in Richmond, the See City.  The Diocese of Richmond comprises the souther portion of Virginia.

     In 1983 the first annual Anglican-Roman Catholic (ARC) conference was held to educate clergy and laity on the ARC dialogue.  This conference was expanded in 1985 to acknowledge the international dialogue inclusion of the Lutheran Churches.  In 1990 the Lutheran-Anglican-Roman Catholic (LARC) Conference had the great honor of witnessing the signing of a LARC Covenant by the Bishops of two Lutheran Synods, three Episcopal dioceses, and two Roman Catholic dioceses in Virginia. This Covenant was renewed in 1995 in Roanoke in celebration of 10 years of cooperation.


     Our story begins with a small seed – a dream, an idea, a hope.  And like the parable of the mustard seed…

     ‘It is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the biggest shrub of all and becomes a tree so that the birds of the air come shelter in its branches.’

     The concept of a shared Episcopal/Roman Catholic parish was conceived during an after-dinner conversation in 1974 between two men with a dream – Walter F. Sullivan, Roman Catholic Bishop of Richmond, and David S. Rose, Episcopal Bishop of the Diocese of Southern Virginia.  A year later the two Bishops announced the formation of a Joint Committee charged with giving that vision shape, to develop guidelines for the establishment of an ecumenical shared parish.

     After three years of dedicated labor by religious and lay leaders, the "Summary Statement of Joint Committee for A/RC Parish" was published on All Saints Day, 1 November 1977.  The Rev. Donald W. Gross (Episcopalian) and the Rev. Raymond A. Barton (Roman Catholic) were installed as co-pastors by their respective Bishops.  Within one year, the congregation presented to the Bishops a ratified constitution for their signatures.  This enabling document provided the framework by which the people of Holy Apostles could develop a parish reflective of the convergence of the Episcopal and Roman Catholic Churches.  Additionally, the Mission statement was adopted.

     Inherent in our community, there has been an emphasis on sharing all aspects of our life together.  Awareness of common traditions brings a greater understanding of our commonality and a sensitivity to our differences.  Our commitment to ecumenism is witnessed through a high degree of involvement in all areas of parish life.

     The priests, ecumenical couples, and other families have traveled to workshops and presented topics of interest to those seeking Christian Unity.  Our membership as well as our Clergy stand ready to speak to interested parties.Taking leadership roles, our members have served on diocesan ecumenical commissions, the Virginia Council of Churches, the state and local planning committees for Lutheran, Anglican and Roman Catholic conferences and have provided positive, informed, ecumenical witness.  The parish has sponsored programs for prayer and scripture study, parenting groups, church issues, church history, Christian stewardship, marriage, family, and spirituality.  We hope to renew these programs and our ecumenical mission with our co-pastors.

    Our first home was the school chapel at James Barry Robinson Home for Boys. During the early years at James Barry Robinson Chapel in Norfolk, our efforts were concentrated on defining the structure and form of our life as an ecumenical symbol. As we outgrew our space there, we moved to  St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Norfolk where we shared a facility with the existing parish. This time offered additional challenges as the dream took shape  using the many of the gifts of the community.

     An unexpected and exciting opportunity to purchase a permanent home in Virginia Beach brought challenge to all.  Active and former parishioners, as well as friends of Holy Apostles raised $60,000 within four weeks.  The Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia turned over one third value of the property; this was matched monetarily by the Bishop of Richmond.  By providing a gift of two thirds ownership, both Dioceses expressed their commitment to the future of Holy Apostles.  Thus we were able to move to our present building in the Green Run section of Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA. We have since enlarged our building.

    Our dream  lives on  in Virginia Beach, but our former members are carrying  the message of ecumenism around the world.
      Return to Home Page

    Barbara Kimpan and Bonnie Startt- Web ministers
    Updated:June 28, 2011

  5. GRAVE

    You can build a Hindu Temple
    You can build a Mega Church
    A Mosque with many minarets
    Where muezzins sit and perch.

    Jehovah Witness Halls
    A Synagogue, you bet
    But a Christian Seminary
    Is the one and only threat.

    Rama – dama – ding – dong
    The People pray and sing
    Amazing Grace, there’s no disgrace
    ‘Cause nice is everything.

    Except this Seminary
    Of line, Melchisedech
    Hova, Yahweh, Allah…
    But certain Christians keep in check!

  6. Ruse is most aptly named.

    • … and it’s worse than that. Ruse has a lot of nerve accusing the SSPX when he once proclaimed the salvation of murderous Aztec priests. The July 1997 issue of Excelsis, the newsletter of Christifedeles, published by Fr. John Perricone, featured an article by Austin Ruse which contained the following horrifying and false statement: “The Catholic Church teaches that even an Aztec priest gutting virgins on a slab can achieve the beatific vision, but only if he has never formally rejected the claims of the Catholic Church, and, in the gutting, follows the dictates of his conscience.”

      That’s Austin “in the gutting” Ruse for you — a man with a warped imagination.

      The mindset of the envious neoCat is ultimately inconsistent. A pagan can murder in good conscience, but an SSPX bishop can never act in good conscience. I’m sure you’d find that Mirus, Fr. Z, and many more suffer from the same inverted judgment.

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