Someone from the Linden SSPX chapel, or at least someone close to the situation, sent a question about marriages witnessed by SSPX priests to Fr. Z. He responded in his column on March 7th. The details in the letter and the fact that several marriages DID TAKE PLACE at the chapel recently after the bishop refused delegation for traditional nuptial masses in diocesan churches make it crystal clear we're talking about the Front Royal/Linden situation. Here's the question from Fr. Z's correspondent who obviously is familiar with the conflict:
And here's part of Fr. Z's reply. It's pretty obvious he was riled up by the "spiritual stinginess" of the denial. After all, how does this help win the salvation of souls? Shouldn't that be our primary objective?:
Fr. Z apparently was so disturbed that he recommended organizing a large group to go to the said priest for confession:
Even better would be lining up to go to confession to the bishop himself.
Fr. Z also points out that when the Vatican allowed delegation for witnessing marriages by the SSPX, there was not one word indicating that all the previous marriages witnessed by the Society were invalid. If they were, indeed, invalid; then the Holy See has allowed those couples to continue in a state of sin, not validly and sacramentally married in the Church.
|The SSPX chapel in Linden, VA where we pray at every Mass
for Pope Francis and Bishop Michael Burbidge
According to a knowledgable source, one of the couples who married at the chapel (we attended that wedding) contacted the chancery the day before the ceremony requesting permission. They were told to go ahead with the wedding and get it validated later. I'll probably see the couple on Sunday and will ask them to confirm the accuracy, but I have no reason to doubt it's true. Another couple scheduled to marry in a few months were initially told there was no problem getting permission since another couple was able to celebrate their marriage at, I believe, St. John's in Mclean. But when they petitioned for permission, they were denied.
Really! Are things confusing and chaotic enough for you - not to mention cruel and mean-spirited? Do charity and love prevail in the Church these days?
Fr. Z didn't say anything about "applied jurisdiction," but I will address that in another post. I recommend reading his entire article. SSPX Weddings
In the meanwhile, please pray for the priests who continue to offer the traditional sacraments as well as those who don't. I recently attended a solemn requiem mass in a diocesan church in West Virginia. There is something grievously wrong when I can attend that mass in West Virginia, but in my own diocese next door couples can't celebrate a Traditional Nuptial Mass. Is a couple beginning their life together to establish a Catholic family less important than saying an earthly good-bye to a loved one? Where is the sense?
Pray for Holy Mother the Church. She is under vicious attack from within. Does anyone really believe the persecution of serious faithful Catholics is pleasing to Jesus Christ? Can someone explain to me how this helps bring about the salvation of souls which is the work of the Church?
Let all contention cease.
Be His the glory that we seek.
Be ours His holy peace.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!