New Traditionalist Institute

Friday, September 08, 2006
Catholic World News : Vatican approves new traditionalist institute

Sep. 08 ( - The Vatican has established a new religious institute to accommodate priests and seminarians leaving the schismatic Society of St. Pius X, the I Media news agency report.

The new group, the Good Shepherd community, will be located in Bordeaux. Members will be allowed to celebrate Mass using the traditional liturgy exclusively. "


Would it be a Religious Institute or a Society of Apostolic Life?

Interesting. I’ll add it to my list of traditional orders.

I don’t have a subscription to CWN so all I could read is the little snippit it had… I suppose more news will follow…

I wonder if this is because negotiations with the Society are “going south” and this is a way to bring in the ones that are leaning our way?
I am sure the Society wouldn’t like the idea of this new community, especially seeing how they view the Fraternity…

Hmm…well this new institute would dispute the entire theory that FSSP was only setup for former SSPX Priest.

It indeed is a very interesting development, yet one alsopatiently awaits the widening of the indult.

It appears to me the formation of this Institute is a sign that Rome is growing cold on the prospect of any formal reconciliation with the SSPX. But I may very well be wrong, though it wouldn’t suprise me given the apparent lack of progress following last year’s Benedict-Fellay meeting.

Its rather ironic that the SSPX accepts and uses all the Roman rubrics and liturgical norms prior to Vatican II, while disagreeing with Rome on the role of the Petrine office as well as Vatican II…

It’s not an order.

Fr. Z at “What Does the Prayer Really Say?” has these words to say:

A new traditionalist institite has been established under the aegis of the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei” (my old stomping ground) and the Congregation for Clergy together with the Congregation for Religious. I tip my cappello romano to Rorate for this news this morning, o):¬) which published the article in French but without English text. Here is an English translation of what I consider the salient paragraphs. The rest are details of who is involved, etc., which can be dealt with later. My emphasis.

Friday, September 08, 2006
Vatican erects new Traditional Institute
Vatican – Agence I.MEDIA

Rome has set up a new traditionalist fraternity accepting former priests and seminarians of the Fraterniy of St. Pius X.

The Congregation for Clergy erected on 8 September 2006, a new religious institute, “Good Shepherd”, taking in former priests and seminiarians of the Fraternity of St. Pius X, separated from Rome since 1988, according to the information gathered by I.MEDIA.  The seat of this new fraternity where the priests will celebrate Mass exclusively according to the traditional liturgical rite of St. Pius V could be at Bordeaux (France) at the Church of St. Eligius.

On the morning of 8 September 2006, Feast of the Nativity of the Virgin, Dario Card. Castrillon Hoyos, prefect of the Congregation for Clergy, also in charge of the Commission “Ecclesia Dei”, signed the decree of erection of the institute of pontifical rite of the “Good Shepherd”.  This concerns a society of apostolic life under the guidance of the Commission “Ecclesia Dei” and also the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.  In the decree Card. Hoyos approved the statutes of the new institute which will have as its superior a priest ejected from the Fraternity of St. Pius X, the ebullient Fr. Philippe Laguérie.

According to Vatican sources, the innovation rests in the fact that “Benedict XVI himself desired this approach” according to which “the traditional Missal of St. Pius V is not a separate Missal but rather a special form of the unique Roman Rite.”   In the Vatican, as among the members of the new institute, it is stressed that “this accord corresponds to the requests once made by Monsignor Lefebvre”, separate from Rome in 1988.

The new fraternity counts among its ranks, aside from five priests, some seminarians assured to be ordained in the near future.  Dario Card. Castrillon Hoyos has said he will celebrate the first ordinations.  Those responsible for the fraternity also count on the fact that the priests of the Fraternity of St. Pius X could opt to follow them and that they can found in different dioceses, “personal parishes”.   In Bordeaux, Paris and other places, these priests are supported by a number of faithful attached to the Missal of St. Pius V, the liturgical rite in force before the liturgical reform of 1969.


In April 2006, at Lourdes, Jean-Pierre Card. Ricar stated before a meeting of the bishops of France that “the question of relations with the Fraternity of St. Pius X” merits “a special treatment”.  “We know that Pope Benedict XVI is concerned about this” he explained, adding that, “in the weeks or months to come, he should be giving directives to facilitate a path toward a possible return to full communion.”  “We will welcome these in good faith and put them into practice faithfully”, Card. Richard again shot at the bishops.

What is going on? Here are a few points.

  1. There is some bad blood between the SSPX and the FSSP as well as (probably) the Institute of Christ the King, which makes the FSSP and the ICK less than optimal alternatives for men of the SSPX who want to be in union with Rome. This new group offers a fresh possibility for those who were in line with the men in this new group who themselves were tossed from the SSPX for various internal reasons.

  2. This seems to be main a French reality.

  3. Benedict XVI is using Cardinal Ricard, a member of the P.C. “Ecclesia Dei” to put head pressure on the French bishops who, in the past, have been terribly hostile to anything having to do with the older form of Mass, etc.

  4. Benedict XVI is acting, chipping away at the edges.

  5. Card. Ricard suggests that this move is part of Pope Benedict XVI’s plans for “full communion”.

  6. The fact that this group is for former SSPXers suggests that it is not going to be accepting new candidates who were not in the SSPX. Thus, this is aimed squarely at the SSPX.

  7. Given the fact of the plenary of the SSPX and the contact Bp. Fellay had with Pope Benedict XVI, it strikes me that His Holiness belives that there is enough discontent in the SSPX, or enough harmony with the positions of the former SSPX priests founding this new institute, that it was time to “strike while the iron is hot” so to speak.

These are some initial impressions.

Hmm…this can be read in 2 directions.

  1. It points towards an opening of of the indult for the TLM.
  2. The statement is saying that there hardly is any difference between the NO and TLM.

To me point 2 is a rather weak argument, since it is plain obvious even when you just look at the Ordinary of the Mass that the 2 are worlds apart.

This new institute is far from any abandonment of dialogue with the SSPX. In fact, it is exactly the tact Rome took with FSSP and a few other smaller orders when reconciling SSPX priests and also, in another case, a few former (validly ordained) sedevacantists.

The important thing to note here is that Rome explicitly 1) granted them jurisdiction 2) allows them to form personal parishes, and 3) allowed them the exclusive use of the Pian Rite. The third point is interesting because this does not accrue to the other Society of Apostolic Life (the FSSP) because of Prot. # 1411.

Also, my understanding is that the ability of the Institute of the Good Shepherd to erect personal parishes is dependent on the Congregation and not the local diocese. This is a fundamentally different situation than that of the FSSP.

There will be more to come in the future.

So the Ordinary would directly be the Pope? Or would it be the Superior of the Institute?

I wish, somehow the traditional orders would merge into one. Just a thought.

Well different Societies would be able to serve different areas.

There is no traditonal “order.” The Church stopped created orders with the Orders of Friars Minor, I believe – centuries before the idea of “traditionalism.”

And well from the translations of the Eccelsia Dei documents, its a Society of Apostolic Life, created ad experimentium for 5 years.

:slight_smile: The Superior of the Institute of the Good Shepherd said, “Rome is about to publish a document destined to restore the Traditional rite to its place, to liberalise its usage.”

“…one may say, I believe, that this giant step which has just been taken is, not only for us but for all the Church, is the sign, the preparation, the propaedeutics of this document which shall be released, certainly in November, in which the rights of the Traditional Mass shall be restored in all their dignity.”

And we all pray that such truly comes to light.

Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum; benedicta tu in mulieribus, et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Iesus. Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen.

:gopray2: A widening of the general indult to celebrate the Mass of Pope Pius V would completely solve the whole problem. Overnight the SSPX would be irrelevant, and traditionalist priests, institutes and societies would simply become leaders (ahead of the curve) in the worldwide Catholic Church. As for SSPX priests; their main excuse for staying at odds with the Vatican would be eliminated. In effect; the wind would be taken out of the sails of the SSPX and redirected toward traditional Catholics within the canonical structures of the Catholic Church.

Does anyone know if the Institute of the Good Shepherd—is under the sole authority of the Pope–or do they also fall under the jurisdiction of the bishops-----to where our bishops can restrict them.


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