PopeWatch: Refugees



From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber:



Cardinal Walter Kaspar’s anger over resettlement of ultra-traditionalist priests into his dioceses took a new turn Thursday as a growing number of German bishops rushed to oppose Church conservatives’ plan to resettle some 50 SSPX “refugees.”

Five German bishops vowed to block the entry of Society of Pope Pius X priests into their dioceses, arguing that the safety of a “more open Church” was at stake after members of SSPX continued using the 1962 missal long after the Second Vatican Council.

Cardinal Kaspar, who is leading the charge to block entry of the SSPX priests, urged the Vatican to take a harder line when dealing with traditionalist Catholic priests, including members of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, until the ecclesiastical vetting procedures for all traditionalists were “as strong as possible.”

Echoing the debate, several bishops warned that traditionalists could arrive into their dioceses without verifiable documents proving that they are in good standing with the Church in Germany and that they could pose a “medieval, close-minded” threat once there.

“I’m not interested in accepting priests from either SSPX or the Fraternity,” Kaspar told EOTT. “We would have to be very cautious about accepting priests without knowing a lot more about what they believe about Vatican II.”

Campaigning for the papacy while in Germany, Bishop Johan Bonny of Antwerp, Holland, called it “absolute lunacy” to resettle large numbers of traditionalist from either SSPX or the Fraternity.

“Who in their right mind would want to bring over a bunch of rad trads, when German bishops cannot determine, when the Vatican cannot determine, who is and isn’t filled with the Spirit of Vatican II?” he asked.

A spokeswoman for Bishop Bonny said he would introduce a document to keep “tridentine zealots” from entering the Germany, though it was not immediately clear if the document would apply only to members of SSPX or Fraternity priests as well.

PopeWatch attempted to contact the Vatican for comment but was advised that the Vatican was on lock down.  Apparently some members of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate had gotten loose  and there was concern they might be praying and/or making converts at the Vatican itself.


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  1. But why wouldn’t those German bishops want to accompany those
    priests from the peripheries? Or are some peripheries more peripheral
    than others?
    As for the idea of FFI priests making converts at the Vatican– I wish them
    all the luck in the world. They’d probably need it.

  2. Funny.

    Reminds me of the network of recovering Orthodoxoholics. You know..OA.
    “Hi everybody. My name is John. I’m a Orthodoxoholic. They say it’s not uncommon if your parents and grandparents were daily Mass participants, which makes perfect sense now…because they were, and now…I am.
    I have found myself walking into small box like rooms hoping to confess, yet these boxes were only small storage rooms. No priest to hear my confession.
    When I would pray my Rosary over and over again I thought it was OK…normal ya know…but everybody was talking and shaking their heads at me. It didn’t dawn on me that I was in deep trouble until I was caught driving to a dark chapel early in the morning.. 3am..and sitting alone in the chapel. One morning my wife followed me there. She waited in her car for an hour while I sat alone in that candle lit chapel….yeah…I had it bad.”

  3. Substitute SSPX and “rad trad” for Muslim and Islamic fundamentalist- and the story takes on an entirely different complexion.

  4. Cardinal Kasper belongs in a cloistered Cistercan monastery where he would be forbidden to open his mouth except to eat, drink or brush his teeth.

    Yes, I know this is parody. I would take the SSPX over Kasper seven days a week.

  5. I’ll take those FSSPs in my parish. The current order of priests, dear as they are, is running low on numbers to fill the vacancies. I am told that FSSP has seminarians galore. Let the Germans get what they deserve.

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