A study in contrasts …

DiLorenzoThe Diocese of Richmond’s swift reaction to the rising SSPX menace in Buckingham County is in stark contrast to its reluctance to deal with 30 years of irregular “blended” Catholic-Episcopal worship at Holy Apostles in Virginia Beach.  And, as Rorate Caeli commenter Dan Hunter noted yesterday, the warning in the Catholic Virginian this week about attending an SSPX mass was not quite accurate. According to Rome, the Sunday obligation can be fulfilled at an SSPX chapel:

The question I posed the Commission Ecclesia Dei was simply this: “Can a Catholic in good standing fulfill his Sunday and holy day obligation at a Mass at a chapel of the Priestly Society of St. Pius X?

The Rev. Msgr. Camille Perl, the former Secretary, second in charge of the PCED, responded to my query personally, in a letter dated 20 March, 2009, by stating:

“Our response is that it is possible to fulfill the Sunday and holy day obligation by assisting at Masses of priests of the Society of St. Pius X, but until such time as their situation is regularized in the Church, even though they are part of the Church, we cannot recommend your doing so.”

All this said, we must state that Richmond Catholic is not a “Traditionalist” blog. None of its editors attends an SSPX chapel. We also believe the SSPX erred tragically in not accepting Pope Benedict’s generous offer of an ordinariate.

But the SSPX’s Saint Thomas Aquinas Seminary will soon be a reality in the Diocese of Richmond. Richmond Catholic hopes that Bishop Francis DiLorenzo will approach this challenge with wisdom, charity and the spirit of Benedict XVI.



  1. The SSPX didn’t error: http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2013/07/setting-things-straight-about-sspx.html

  2. 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!

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