Friday, December 18, 2015

CNA Interview with Fr. Schmidberger on SSPX-Rome Relations


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Es geht um mehr als die Beichte: Wie die Piusbruderschaft die Geste von Franziskus nutzt

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Zaitzkofen, 17 December, 2015 / 11:15 am (in German) .-

"SCHMIDBERGER: Certainly Pope Francis sees in our Society a force that may help in the new evangelization asked by different sectors."

For the year of Mercy Pope Francis has stated that the
confession of the SSPX can be "valid and allowed" received. The General House of the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) thanked the Holy Father in a letter for "his fatherly gesture". How does the SSPX to this gesture? Reply by Father Franz Schmidberger, rector of the seminary "Heart of Jesus" and former District Superior of the Brotherhood in Germany and Austria.

CNA: Fr. Schmidberger has the SSPX actually learned from the press of this gesture, especially since it was to be read in a letter to Archbishop Rino Fisichella?

SCHMIDBERGER: Yes, we have the news, Pope Francis gave the Fathers of the Society of St. Pius X for the period of the Holy Year generally Beichtjurisdiktion for all believers, learn from the press. As you know, our relations with the Roman authorities are not the closest and most friendly, so we learned everything in advance.

CNA: You have also heard from other church representatives? How do you rate the coverage to in Catholic and secular media?

SCHMIDBERGER: I have to read an article in the daily press; otherwise the mass media held in the German language very back. Now we are not even particularly in their favor, because we do not follow the mainstream of the zeitgeist. In church media I read an empty set. It may well have been affected rather embarrassing in the dioceses that clergymen who falsely years as outside the Church have been insulted or even standing as fundamentalists, now the Beichtjurisdiktion is given, and this. By an act of the Holy Father himself


CNA:. Its predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI has sought a rapprochement with the SSPX. Now Pope Francis writes in the same letter said: "I trust that in the near future solutions can be found to recover full unity with the priests and superiors of the Fraternity". How do you assess this statement?

SCHMIDBERGER: Certainly Pope Francis sees in our Society a force that may help in the new evangelization asked by different sectorsAlso our work corresponds to his spirit of poverty, for we do not receive ecclesiastical taxes, nor state support, but live solely by the generosity and the spirit of sacrifice of the faithful. If the Pope really considers a canonical structure, this would open many doors for a far more extensive work of our priests, than what it is now possibleAbove all, we could according to our vocation participate in forming a generation of new priests full of faith and apostolic zeal.

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