Society of St. Pius V
|Type||Catholic priestly society|
The Society of Saint Pius V (commonly known as the SSPV) also operating under the names Congregation of St. Pius V and Daughters of Mary, is a Catholic priestly society, founded in 1983 by a group of priests in the United States expelled from the Society of St. Pius X by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre. This group included Fr. Clarence Kelly, Fr. Daniel Dolan, Fr. Anthony Cekada and others. The main reasons for the split was because they opposed the SSPX using the Roman Missal of 1962 approved by Angelo Roncalli and did not regard new ordinations in the Vatican II Church as valid.
Not long after founding, some of the original priests left to found various groups, including Catholic Restoration. Fr. Kelly remained as the Superior of the SSPV. All of these are de facto sedevacantist organisations; holding that the Seat of St. Peter is presently vacant and there is no valid Roman Pope. Some of the former SSPV priests have since become Bishops through the line of Ngo Dinh Thuc, Archbishop of Huế in Vietnam. This includes Bishop Daniel Dolan and Bishop Donald Sandborn in 1993 and 2002 respectively.
Through Alfredo Méndez-Gonzalez, Bishop of Arecibo from Puerto Rico, the Superior of the SSPV was himself made Bishop Clarence Kelly in 1993. To date, Bishop Kelly has likewise only consecrated one bishop and that is Bishop Joseph Santay in 2007. The Society of St. Pius V only operates in the United States (it is particularly active in New York and Montana), it has around twenty five mass centers in various states where the Tridentine Mass can be heard. There is also a convent for women known as St. Joseph's Novitiate and the Immaculate Heart Seminary for priests. Sermons from present and former members are easily accessable through the internet.
|Bishop Clarence Kelly||1983||Incumbent||Founder of the Society of St. Pius V, became a Bishop in 1993.|
|“|| If the SSPV held a low opinion of the CMRI, not only because of their origins with Shuckardt but also because of their continued association with Thục-line bishops, the CMRI also had a low opinion of the SSPV, although they are far too polite to air that opinion publicly. In all the years that they had endured Shuckardt's egotism as "the last Catholic bishop that we know of," and then their Herculean efforts to rid themselves of Shuckardt and his influence and clean up their act they never received even one kind word of encouragement from the SSPV.
It is hard to avoid seeing the stories of the SSPV and the CMRI as being very like the parable Jesus spoke about the man with two sons. The CMRI is so very like the prodigal son who wandered off in strange directions following that "rock-and-roll outlaw of Catholic traditionalism," Francis Shuckardt, but who came to himself in 1984 and then began the long journey back to the father. The SSPV is so very like the elder son who labored in the fields, never did any wrong (and to whom all the father's property will go), and yet who is envious that the father has welcomed back his prodigal brother. Thus exists one of the more painful divisions in the Church.
|— Griff Ruby, 2002, Resurrection of the Roman Catholic Church: A Guide to the Traditional Roman Catholic Movement.|
- List of traditional Catholic websites
- Congregation of Mary Immaculate Queen
- Orthodox Roman Catholic Movement
- "Chapter 9, Resurrection of the Roman Catholic Church: A Guide to the Traditional Roman Catholic Movement". Griff Ruby. Retrieved on 14 March 2012.
- Society of St. Pius V at SSPV.org
- The Congregation of St. Pius V at CongregationofStPiusV.net
- Daughters of Mary at DaughtersofMary.net
- A Workshop for the Soul at WSFTSRadio.com
- Sermons at TraditionalCatholicSermons.org
- Bishop Mendez and the 1990 SSPV Ordinations by Father Anthony Cekada
- The Sacred and the Profane by Bishop Clarence Kelly
- The Resurrection of the Roman Catholic Church by Griff Ruby