Istituto Mater Boni Consilii
Mother of Good Counsel, patroness.
|Type||Catholic priestly society|
The Istituto Mater Boni Consilii (English: Institute of the Mother of Good Counsel), also known as Sodalitium Pianum,[note 1] is a Catholic priestly society in Europe, founded in 1985 at Turin by some Italian priests who had previously been members of Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre's Society of St. Pius X. The four founding priests were Fr. Francesco Ricossa, Fr. Franco Munari, Fr. Curzio Nitoglia and Fr. Giuseppe Murro. The main reasons for the split was because they opposed the SSPX using the Roman Missal of 1962 approved by Angelo Roncalli and saw new ordinations in the Vatican II Church as questionable.
In many ways, the soceity is similar to the American-based Society of St. Pius V in that both came out of the SSPX in the 1980s and took a stauncher line against the modernism of the Vatican II Church. They hold to a form of sedevacantism in regards to the Papacy, known as sedeprivationism and are advocates of the Cassiciacum thesis, the position of Bishop Guérard des Lauriers (derived from the works of St. Robert Bellarmine and Cardinal Thomas Cajetan). The society is not just active in Italy, where it's seminary is located at Verrua Savoia, but also elsewhere in Western Europe; particularly France and Belgium.
Not long after the organisation was founded, as a means to confer Holy Orders onto priests of the IMBC, Fr. Franco Munari was made a bishop by Bishop Guérard des Lauriers who served as confessor to Pope Pius XII from 1954-1955. This apostolic lineage derived through the line of Ngo Dinh Thuc, Archbishop of Huế in Vietnam. In the year 1990, Bishop Munari left the order and retired from activity. In the year 2002, to serve the institute Bishop Robert McKenna of the Orthodox Roman Catholic Movement from the United States conferred episcopal consecration on Bishop Geert Jan Stuyver, a priest of Flemish origins.
|Father Francesco Ricossa||1985||Incumbent||Founder of the Istituto Mater Boni Consilii.|
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