Pro-Francis Italian Bishop forbids Lefebvrian priests to say Mass

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Pope Francis forbids Lefebvrian priests to say Mass


The followers of the ultra conservative French bishop excommunicated, are now being targeted by Bergoglio. Through one of his loyalists has forbidden them to celebrate Mass and administer the sacraments. And whoever follows them in danger of excommunication


Orazio La Rocca
October 27, 2014

Pope Francis forbids Lefebvrian priests to say Mass

New “sticks” of Pope Francis, the pastor of mercy and forgiveness, but not all. After the severe beatings inflicted on the pedophile priests, were now being targeted – albeit indirect metaphorical beatings – are the priests Lefebvrist as one of the bishops closer and heard by Bergoglio, Bishop Marcello Semeraro, banned from celebrating Mass and give the sacraments (baptisms, first communions, confirmations, weddings …) as if they were incardinated in the universal Catholic Church. A similar veto was imposed to the Catholic faithful who, perhaps in good faith, attending functions and receive the sacraments from priests themselves Lefebvrians, running the risk – warns the bishop – in the situation of being automatically excommunicated.

The firm halt was made ​​with the publication of an ad hoc decree (Notification) signed by Monsignor Semeraro, well-known expert in ecclesialogical theologian, bishop of Albano (one of the suburban dioceses Roman), President of the New Editorial Italian, the company that publishes the newspaper Catholic Future, but mainly secretary of the commission of cardinals created by Pope C9 with the task of studying and when to give back to the bodies of the Catholic Church from the Vatican Curia, a structural and organizational setting more in keeping with the pastoral needs of the company .

Bishop Semeraro has sent its Notification to the Society of St. Pius X which has its headquarters in the diocese of Albano, the ‘traditionalist Lefebvrian most important institution in our country founded in the seventies by rebel bishop Marcel Lefebvre, first of priestly suspended for failing to the conciliar renewal (publicly challenged the Vatican celebrating the Latin Mass when it was forbidden) and then excommunicated the late 80s along with 4 other bishops illicitly consecrated by him without the consent of the Pope.

That same fraternity jumped last year the attention of the news coverage for celebrating, amid protests by thousands of citizens, at the funeral Nazi Erich Priebke, one of those responsible for the massacre of the Fosse Ardeatine. A gesture seen as a new challenge to the Catholic Church authorities as the Vicariate of Rome – with the consent of the Vatican Curia – forbade the funeral services of the former Nazi, being dead without even the slightest reconsideration of sull’eccidio Ardeatine.

In Notification – published in the Catholic newspaper Future – Semeraro explains to intervene to “numerous requests for clarification about the celebration of the sacraments at the Society of St. Pius X” that “is not an institution (or the parish, or organization, or movement) of Catholic Church. “Although – says the bishop – Benedict XVI, “graciously accepting the demands of the Prior General of the Society,” January 21, 2009 revoked the excommunication of four bishops Lefebvrians, but specify in the letter to the bishops in June 2009 that the same fraternity “not has no canonical status in the Church and its ministers, even if they have been freed of the ecclesiastical penalty, not legitimately exercise any ministry in the Church. “Provisions evidently disregarded by Lefebvrians – about 15 thousand followers in Italy – who continued to celebrate the sacraments and impart as if they were incardinated into the ecclesial bodies recognized by the CEI (Italian Episcopal Conference).

Hence the firm ban Semeraro in which the bishop reminds the faithful Catholics who “can not attend Mass or request and receive the sacraments from and to the Fraternity.” Pena, automatic excommunication. And “sorry” that the first victims of this situation are those children and young people (and even infants) that could illegitimate receive the sacraments (baptisms, first communions and confirmations) “in contrast” with the pastoral guidelines of the Italian Catholic Church.

And ‘well, then, that the priests Lefebvrians not continue to present themselves in public as members of the clergy of the Italian Church – suggests the secretary of the Commission of Cardinals C9 – assuming roles and attitudes offenses in the long run will affect the already difficult negotiations in progress between the Vatican and the leaders of the Society for the restoration of any future reports on the ecclesial and total obedience to the Pope.

[ Original Italian text… ]

Papa Francesco vieta di dire messa ai preti lefebvriani

I seguaci dell’ultra tradizionalista vescovo francese, già scomunicato, ora sono nel mirino di Bergoglio. Che attraverso uno dei suoi fedelissimi ha vietato loro di celebrare messa e amministrare i sacramenti. E chi li segue rischia la scomunica

di Orazio La Rocca
27 ottobre 2014

Papa Francesco vieta di dire messa ai preti lefebvriani

Nuove “bastonate” di papa Francesco, il pastore della misericordia e del perdono, ma non solo. Dopo le severe botte inferte ai preti pedofili, ora ad essere stati presi di mira – sebbene con indirette metaforiche bastonature – sono i sacerdoti lefebvriani ai quali uno dei vescovi più vicini e più ascoltati da Bergoglio, monsignor Marcello Semeraro, ha vietato di celebrare Messe e impartire sacramenti (battesimi, prime comunioni, cresime, matrimoni…) come se fossero incardinati nella Chiesa cattolica universale. Analogo veto è stato imposto ai fedeli cattolici che, magari in buona fede, assistono alle celebrazioni e ricevono i sacramenti dagli stessi sacerdoti lefebvriani, correndo il rischio – ammonisce il presule – di trovarsi automaticamente nella situazione di scomunicati.

Il fermo altolà è stato formulato con la pubblicazione di un decreto ad hoc (Notificazione) firmato da monsignor Semeraro, noto teologo esperto in ecclesialogia, vescovo di Albano (una delle diocesi suburbicarie romane), presidente della Nuova Editoriale Italiana, la società editrice del quotidiano cattolico Avvenire, ma principalmente segretario della commissione cardinalizia C9 istituita dal pontefice col compito di studiare tempi e modi per ridare agli organismi della Chiesa cattolica, a partire dalla Curia vaticana, una impostazione strutturale ed organizzativa più in sintonia con le esigenze pastorali dell’attuale società.

Monsignor Semeraro ha inviato la sua Notificazione alla Fraternità S.Pio X che ha sede proprio nella sua diocesi di Albano, l’ istituzione tradizionalista lefebvriana più importante del nostro Paese fondata negli anni Settanta dal vescovo ribelle Marcel Lefebvre, prima sospeso a divinis per aver disatteso al rinnovamento conciliare (sfidò pubblicamente il Vaticano celebrando la Messa in latino quando era proibito) e poi scomunicato alla fine degli anni 80 insieme ad altri 4 vescovi da lui illecitamente consacrati senza l’assenso del Papa.

Quella stessa Fraternità balzata lo scorso anno all’attenzione delle cronache giornalistiche per aver celebrato, tra le proteste di migliaia di cittadini, i funerali al nazista Erich Priebke, uno dei responsabili dell’eccidio delle Fosse Ardeatine. Un gesto letto come una nuova sfida alle autorità ecclesiastiche cattoliche in quanto il Vicariato di Roma – con l’assenso della Curia vaticana – vietò le celebrazioni funebri dell’ex gerarca nazista, essendo morto senza un pur minimo ripensamento sull’eccidio delle Fosse Ardeatine.

Nella Notificazione – pubblicata sul quotidiano cattolico Avvenire – Semeraro spiega di intervenire per “le numerose richieste di chiarimento circa la celebrazione dei sacramenti presso la Fraternità S.Pio X” che “non è una istituzione (né parrocchia, né associazione, né movimento) della Chiesa cattolica”. Anche se – puntualizza il vescovo – Benedetto XVI, “accogliendo benignamente le richieste del priore generale della Fraternità”, il 21 gennaio 2009 ha revocato le scomuniche ai quattro vescovi lefebvriani, specificando però nella lettera ai vescovi del giugno 2009 che la stessa Fraternità “non ha alcuno stato canonico nella Chiesa e i suoi ministri, anche se sono stati liberati dalla punizione ecclesiastica, non esercitano in modo legittimo alcun ministero nella Chiesa”. Disposizioni evidentemente disattese dai lefebvriani – circa 15 mila seguaci in Italia – che hanno continuato a celebrare e impartire sacramenti come se fossero organismi incardinati nell’ordinamento ecclesiale riconosciuto dalla Cei (Conferenza episcopale italiana).

Da qui il fermo divieto di Semeraro nel quale il vescovo ricorda ai fedeli cattolici che “non possono partecipare alla Messa, né richiedere e ricevere sacramenti dalla e nella Fraternità”. Pena, scomunica automatica. E che “spiace” che le prime vittime di una tale situazione siano quei bambini e giovani (ma anche neonati) che potrebbero ricevere sacramenti illegittimi (battesimi, prime comunioni e Cresime) “in contrasto” con gli orientamenti pastorali della Chiesa cattolica italiana.

E’ bene, dunque, che i sacerdoti lefebvriani non continuino a presentarsi in pubblico come membri del clero della Chiesa italiana – fa capire il segretario della Commissione cardinalizia C9 -, assumendo ruoli ed atteggiamenti illeciti che alla lunga potranno compromettere le già difficili trattative in corso tra il Vaticano e i capi della Fraternità per il ripristino di eventuali futuri rapporti sul piano ecclesiale e in totale obbedienza al Papa.

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11 comments on “Pro-Francis Italian Bishop forbids Lefebvrian priests to say Mass

  1. Seems the headline is more than a little misleading. This is just a statement by a bishop.

  2. Just quoting the newspaper, but you’re right.

  3. Headline (for my post, not the headline from Espresso) has been edited for precision’s sake.

  4. No, I was in a rush to just get the report up on AQ.

    However, I have no doubt the chuckles were audible throughout the Motel 6, but I’m glad I opted for precision. It’s pretty evident who’s behind this.

  5. “universal Catholic Church”—– seems to be sticking point for modernists who think the Church started in 1962. Repetitive as well since “catholic” means universal.

    He should understand that “universal” Church extends through all generations past, present, and future not just the current Church throughout the world at present.

  6. Just in: Video shot earlier today of Mons. Semeraro savoring his silly little putsch with a fine, handwrapped Sicilian ceeee-gar.

  7. Tell Bergoglio he is asking for it and he is going to get it….

  8. “Bishops in our age should be careful not to look utterly ridiculous…”

    That’s right, he’s looking at you, Timmy Cheese Head. At least briefly, while he turns to fix his gaze on the scores of other bishops who seem to go out of their way to look as ridiculous as possible.

  9. Excommunicated???

    But, but, but….whatever happened to having a a very real but imperfect communion? And having the closest of ties? And building up the Church every time the sacraments are celebrated? Isn’t that what we’ve been hearing about regarding schismatics and heretics for the past 45 years?

  10. Meanwhile, back at the Rancho Romo:

    >>In an i-phone recording of the meeting, published on the Ark Community website, Pope Francis thanks Palmer’s widow and the new leader of the community, Archbishop Robert Wise, for carrying forward the dream of walking together in communion. “We are sinning against Christ’s will” the Pope says, “because we continue to focus on our differences,” but “our shared baptism is more important than our differences.< < Hi, ho! The Lone Heretic rides again! www.news.va/en/news/pope-to-ark-community-we-must-focus-on-unity-not-d

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