i think we should pray for the catholic church lots and lots. it's obviously a big and difficult time for them and the enemy wants to make a mess there.
may God have mercy.
by the way, i don't understand all the stuff in this thread about sspx
(society of something or other about the previous roman patriarch pious the tenth).
1. what does it actually stand for again? (i always get confused)
2. why are they antiChrists / part of the 'illuminati' bringing the end of world etc. etc? (most popular internet opinion if you try and fail to get a straight answer about who they actually are)
3. why are they not the above, but actually a brilliant and special group and helping to keep the catholic church on the straight path? (i met a really nice catholic guy recently that had this opinion, but that was before the resignation and the lightning)
4. i mean why does everyone have really strong feelings about them? what have they been up to?
5. are they not just some minor group within the catholic church that likes to speak in latin? (my understanding so far)
i would like answers to include some brief history of what they did, and an explanation of which groups think they are wonderful and which hate them.
if this can be done without anyone getting offended, that would be great, as i am honestly trying to make sense of all the rubbish on the internet. i heard nothing about them when i was protestant, and have had nothing from the coptic church on them, so i am really in the dark.
i realise this is orthodoxChristianity.net, so i apologise in advance to all the people i have already offended without meaning to.
Here is my understanding:
The Society of Saint Pius X believes that Vatican II is a non-binding council that is in error on some matters. They also believe that that the move from the old Latin mass to the new mass was a big mistake. When the Latin mass very greatly suppressed, the founder of SSPX ordained several bishops without the approval of Rome, in order to continue their traditional Catholic mission. As a result of this act of disobedience, the clergy of SSPX were excommunicated.
Pope Benedict, in an attempt to heal the rift between the Vatican and SSPX, removed the excommunication. Unfortunately, the SSPX remains obstinate in its rejection of VII and so, they remain in cannonical limbo.
The problem with the SSPX is their disobedience to Rome in ordaining bishops without approval from the Pope, and their rejection of VII.
However, the ironic thing is that SSPX is in greater agreement with VII than many of the liberal priests and bishops we have been dealing with over the past 50 years. In fact, one might argue that the SSPX is not so much in disagreement with Rome, as they misunderstand the proper interpretation of VII. While I don't approve of their disobedience, they still remain a healthy corrective to current state of the Church.