give in to simple curiosity about the Society of St. Pius
Msgr. Gallo it is a sin, but Rome says’ ok
In the pages of the BC Catholic, Msgr. Gallo,
has repeatedly belittled the Latin Mass and accused the Society
of St. Pius X of being schismatic and excommunicated. For
him, a Catholic who simply shows interest in the SSPX is placing
himself in a near occasion of sin.
answering such enormity, I would like to consider the question
of the membership in the Church. One of the most important
Catholic beliefs is that “out of the Church, there is no salvation.”
But now, Catholics are told that members of other religions
don’t have to convert, but rather that they should dialogue
and be friendly with them. This new concept is called Ecumenism.
As a result, many Catholics think that everybody goes to heaven,
no matter what religion they belong to.
everybody goes to heaven, then what remains on the list of
forbidden sins? Murder or theft? Msgr. Gallo warns
us about a new kind of sin, and admonishes Catholics not to
give in to “simple curiosity about the Society of St. Pius
X”. For him, it is tantamount to “being in a near occasion
not only of sin, but also of sympathizing with their heresy.”
Msgr. Perl, secretary of the Ecclesia Dei commission,
in Rome, has a different opinion. On January 18, 2003, he
answered the question: “Can I fulfill my Sunday obligation
by attending a Pius X Mass?” His response was: “In the
strict sense you may fulfill your Sunday obligation by attending
a Mass celebrated by a priest of the Society of St. Pius X.”
Nevertheless, Msgr. Gallo goes as far as to state that “this
adherence (to SSPX) is made by a positive act of the will
by which one abdicates from the Catholic faith and is ipso
facto excommunicated.” Again, Cardinal Hoyos,
president of the same Ecclesia Dei commission, has a different
opinion. He affirmed that, after studying carefully what
the SSPX members said and did, he reached the conclusion
that there is nothing heretical nor schismatical in their
behaviour. I would like to challenge Msgr. Gallo
to find out any article of the Catholic faith which is ‘denied’
by SSPX members. But, maybe, the only ‘heresy’ of the SSPX
is to dare to criticize the super-dogma of the modern Church,
namely the Vatican II Council.
the Society of St. Pius X, we made the choice to obey not
only to one council and three popes, but to all the 21 councils
and 264 successors of St. Peter. If we reject the
present day novelties, it is not out of contempt of authority
or out of pride, but it is as much as they depart from the
constant teaching of the Church.
Dominique Boulet, SSPX
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