Society of St. Pius X
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|Motto||Christus vincit, Christus regnat, Christus imperat|
|Founder||Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre|
|Type||Catholic priestly society|
The Society of St. Pius X (commonly known as the SSPX) is a Catholic priestly society, founded in 1970 by the Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre from France. The purpose of the society is to provide priests who uphold traditional and orthodox Catholicism, free from any association with neo-modernist doctrines which, through external influences, came to prominence following the Second Vatican Council. Existing in around sixty countries to date, the SSPX holds to authentic Catholic doctrine and celebrates the traditional Latin Mass according to the missal promulgated by Angelo Roncalli in 1962.
Although they were not the first such society, the SSPX and the personality of Archbishop Lefebvre became in the eyes of the wider world, the standard bearers of Catholic tradition in resistance to the diabolical innovations of the Second Vatican Council and it's "spirit" in the period after. Archbishop Lefebvre and Bishop Antonio de Castro Meyer consecrated four Bishops at Écône in 1988 (Bishops Bernard Fellay, Bernard Tissier de Mallerais, Richard Williamson, and Alfonso de Galarreta); in response the Vatican II Church pretended to excommunication them, which they later claimed to "rescind" under Joseph Ratzinger.
It is in large part because of the SSPX that the Vatican II Church has responded by creating societies for Indult Catholics to poach members and bring them under their control, such as the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter and Fraternity of St. Vincent Ferrer. There have been break-aways from the SSPX over the years which embrace an explicit sedevacantist position such as the Society of St. Pius V. If you are a practicing Catholic, you should find and support your nearest SSPX chapel; do not submit or offer any sort of support to the Vatican II sect, their diocesan structure or their Freemasonic new religion.
Recognise and Resist
The official position of the Society of St. Pius X to the Vatican II Church is one of "recognise and resist." This puts them in conflict with pure sedevacantists, fellow traditionalists, who do not recognised the Vatican II claimants to the Papacy and declare that they are non-Catholic heretics (although there are people who lean towards sedevacantism within the SSPX, they do not have control of the organisation). This also leads to criticism from modernists within the Vatican II Church who declare that, if the SSPX do recognise Angelo Roncalli to Jorge Mario Bergoglio as valid Popes, then they have no right to resist the present position coming out of Rome and should obey the local Vatican II bishops. Generally speaking, figures within the Vatican II Church, have declared SSPX orders and sacraments "valid but illicit."
|Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre||November 1970||July 1982||Founded the Society of St. Pius X.|
|Father Franz Schmidberger||July 1982||July 1994||Became Superior General while Archbishop Lefebvre was still alive.|
|Bishop Bernard Fellay||July 1994||Incumbent||Has become controversial due to percieved openess to modernist Rome.|
- List of traditional Catholic websites
- Ligue de la contre-réforme catholique — earlier French society
- Tradition, Family and Property — Brazilian traditional fraternity
- Congregation of Mary Immaculate Queen — leading sedevacantist group
- Holy Synod in Resistance — Greek Orthodox equivelent of SSPX