Author: Gary Campbell

The Schisms Within The SSPX: Will Fellay Ever Win Communion?

In 2012 a reconciliation between the schismatic Society of St Pius X and the Holy See appeared imminent. In 2009 Pope Benedict XVI lifted the excommunication of the Superior-General of the Society, Bishop Bernard Fellay, and the three other SSPX bishops. Furthermore, Benedict relaxed the restrictions on the celebration of the 1962 rite of Mass, effectively raising it on a par with the reformed Missal, which now became the ‘Ordinary Form’ of the Roman Rite. Many Catholics were alarmed that these gestures were too generous, and more than that, conceding the objections of the Lefebvrists. In the Lefebvrist camp,...

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Why an SSPX Priest Returned to Rome

The Society of St Pius X, or SSPX, is an organization of clerics founded in 1970 by an archbishop named Marcel Lefebvre. It denies the authority of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) and repudiates the reforms that followed it. In particular, it refuses to observe the reformed Missal and other liturgical rites. Lefebvre was excommunicated when he consecrated four bishops in 1988. I was an SSPX priest in the Society. When I left in 1999 I happened to see a movie called The Truman Show. Those who have seen it will recall that Truman Burbank (played by Jim Carrey)...

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