SSPX responds to spurious Pittsburgh diocesan smear

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The Society of St Pius X, founded by the saintly Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, has recently come under attack by Bishop Zubic of the same diocese for their purchase of a used Catholic church that the diocese sold off more than 10 years ago, ESH has learned.

Zubic threw out the usual canard of “schism” to detract from the SSPX, which as an organization has never been in schism, whether de facto or de jure. Seems Zuzek has no problem gushing up and selling off diocesan churches to Lutherans and Baptists–who are formal heretics and schismatics–but has a great problem with those faithful Catholics who adhere to what the universal church has always taught, to be hled by all, and everywhere, a sure sign of Tradition and fidelity.

The church, formerly St James in the old West End neighborhood in the downtown area across the Ohio River from the Golden Triangle, was originally founded in 1853 (the release says 1854 but that was actually the formal dedication of the church building).

Here is their release in full. See for yourself:

SSPX refutes Pittsburgh diocese schism charge

August 31, 2014

On August 15, the Society of St. Pius X acquired the former St. James church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A few days later the Pittsburgh Diocese published a notification against the SSPX. Here is our press release in answer to this notification.

Press release: The Society of St. Pius X refutes the accusation of schism recently published by the Pittsburgh diocese

Platte City, Missouri
August 31, 2014

The Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) denounces the false accusation and unlawful threat made by the Diocese of Pittsburgh in its notification of August 29, 2014.

The Department for Canonical Services of the Diocese declares that “the Society of Saint Pius X is separated from the Catholic Church.” Ignoring the Church’s Canon Law, the same Department also states that “the Roman Catholic faithful are to know that free and willful participation with this group, including reception of the sacraments implies an act of separation from the Roman Catholic Church.

The SSPX and the Catholics frequenting its sacraments have never proven to be declared schismatic, heretical or excommunicated by the authorities of the Church who alone are competent to deliver such a judgment.

As a religious congregation of the Roman Catholic Church, the SSPX rejects the novelties of the Second Vatican Council which come in contradiction with the previous infallible teaching of the Church, and it keeps the traditional Roman Mass which has “never been abrogatedas Pope Benedict XVI reminds us, and gives valid sacraments according to the law of the Church.

The SSPX is established in 50 countries in the world. In the United States, 100 priests serve in more than 150 chapels, priories, schools and retreat houses.

The SSPX recently acquired the former St James Church in Pittsburgh in order to offer the Immemorial Roman Mass every Sunday.

ESH can see the threat that Zubic and the diocese see with the SSPX being closer to downtown,, and as it were, in competition for the so-called “extraordinary form indult” Mass normally allowed at Holy Wisdom Church (formerly known as St Boniface when Cdl Wuerl ran the diocese). Any knowledgable Catholic knows that the Tridentine Rite Mass has never been abrogated, and does not need the local ordinary’s permission to be held by a validly ordained priest. Pope Benedict XVI’s Summorum Pontificum (2007) confirmed–for the umpteenth time–that pearl of truth.

ESH can only see that Zubic feels threatened by the Mass of All Time and now wishes to engage in a very un-Christ like propaganda campaign against those who only wish to worship as Catholics of the Roman Rite have done for centuries, and to be left alone, if he wishes to not be charitable with his episcopal office with them. Seems in post-Vatican II NewChurch, everything goes with “ecumania”, masonic influences (the Ohio Valley is certainly full of this especially the hostile York Rite) and indifferentism, except when it comes to what was the norm until recent times.

Maybe he would like some pointers on how to grow Catholicism as the highly successful SSPX has done for 44 years, rather than shrink and sell off assets to pay debts and the results of homosexual sodomite predator lawsuits, the latest was the Marianist scandal at North Catholic revealed this past May.



3 thoughts on “SSPX responds to spurious Pittsburgh diocesan smear

    bigfred42 said:
    September 4, 2014 at 10:39

    What’s the inside story there? It seems that Zubik is not a Dolan-style panderer to liberals, e.g. he supports Courage: “Bishop Zubik commended an international group, Courage, which has a local chapter and strives to help people with same-sex attractions lead celibate lives according to church teachings.”

    OTOH, Zubik seems thoroughly duped by Francis’ machinations: The pope is not advocating a change in church policy but acknowledging that “civil unions are determined by civil governments,” Zubik said. “The sea-change is he’s calling us to think differently.”

    Zubik had in 2012 praised the local SSPX and thanked them for supporting FSSP:

    So what happened? Some personal rift? The Pittsburgh Latin Mass Community is saying nothing on their site.

      bigfred42 said:
      September 11, 2014 at 09:21

      It turns out that the SSPX bought an abandoned church without going through Zubik. My guess is that he’s peeved over that.

        eastsidehunky responded:
        September 11, 2014 at 09:59

        This is more of the springtime of renewal with churches closing. Yes,Zubik torpedoed SSPX previously so they weren’t going that route again. He’d rather give it to any heretical or pagan group rather than orthodox Catholics like SSPX. And, serendipity, they got it for less than half the asking price. Win, win!

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