I read the news about the statement issued by the Bishop of Albano (near Rome) stating that the faithful who receive the sacraments in SSPX chapels risk excommunication. I also read the original statement.
Does anyone here know about this? Does this statement only apply to the diocese of Albano? I attended an SSPX mass (not in Albano) one time, took Communion and went to Confession and had a conditional baptism…this was two or three years ago. I’ve never been back to an SSPX chapel and have no plans to, unless they regularise their situation with the Church.
I actually ended up at the SSPX chapel because I was looking for a priest to hear my confession…I had had some “unusual” experiences in my parish and was confused about things. I knew a lot less about the faith than I do now, and was really worried that I was not getting valid confessions in my parish.
A couple of people that I believed to be faithful Catholics suggested that I try an SSPX chapel, and I did. I told one of them that I had heard that SSPX confessions were not valid, but she said that the SSPX priests used the traditional formula for absolution, and she said something along the lines that we were in an emergency situation in the church so we were justified in going to an SSPX priest for confession, despite their lack of faculties. (I can’t remember exactly how she said it, but it was something along those lines…) So believing that everything was fine, I went to the SSPX chapel.
I had heard some things about the problems between SSPX and Rome, but I did not really understand the details. I certainly had no intention of separating myself from the Church by doing this. I certainly had no idea that receiving the sacraments in an SSPX chapel would put me at risk of automatic excommunication. I didn’t think that I was putting myself in schism, or anything like that.
I haven’t somehow managed to excommunicate myself, have I?
I don’t live in Albano, so I’m not subject to that bishop. I just want to make sure that I’m not automatically excommunicated!