Some clarification on the (deficient) presuppositions that 'Lefebvrian' priests invoke in support of their ministry without missio canonica. Moreover, it is the SSPX that refuses to enter the Church.
Benedict XVI had made it clear: without doctrinal clarification there is no canonical status for the Fraternity and no ministerial legitimacy. The point to understand is that the essence of the Church is at stake here.
Monsignor Lefebvre's episcopal appointments are illegitimate in all respects. The excommunication lifted by Benedict XVI was aimed at paving the way for reconciliation, but does not cancel the schism. In the same way it was for the Orthodox.
Many faithful now attend the chapels of the St Pius X Priestly Fraternity, much like castaways in search of dry land, due to the serious crisis being experienced in the Church. But this is a mistake and stems from the confusion surrounding the real status of the Lefebvrians. The Daily Compass explains where the problems lie in a series of four instalments.
President Volodymyr Zelensky’s decision to dissolve the Regional Military Committees highlights the level of corruption fuelled by the thousands of men trying to escape the front line. Moreover, Prosecutor Gratteri raises the alarm that weapons donated to Kiev by the West are already on the black market and at the disposal of the mafias.
The unworthy treatment of the Holy Eucharist aroused the reaction and acts of reparation by some of the young people present, including Savannah, 22, who tells the Daily Compass what young people really ask of the Church.
They call it bed rotting. It means literally "rotting in bed": the new phenomenon, fuelled by social media, to combat anxiety. Although, not an absolute novelty, it is justified today and denotes a lack of balance.
The Vatican media ignored the 30th anniversary of Veritatis Splendor, St John Paul II's encyclical that denounced the misrepresentations of Catholic morality on fundamental issues. As those misrepresentations have now become the rule in the Church, commemorating the encyclical becomes compromising.
Meeting with rulers and diplomats, Francis extolled globalism and invited young people to cultivate the "desires of unity, peace, and fraternity": a proposal hardly distinguishable from worldly desires.
At World Youth Day in Lisbon (1-6 August), themes such as pollution and the climate occupy a central place. But environmentalism overturns the order of creation, degrades mankind and replaces the worship of God with the worship of the Earth.
The Italian Senate has recognised the Holodomor in Ukraine as genocide. The 'death by starvation', the artificial famine created by Stalin to bend Ukraine and collectivise agriculture, is a crime denied for almost a century.