SSPX Vocations?

Hi. Since the SSPX is not in good standing, does God really call men to the SSPX priesthood?

If yes, then would that man incur mortal sin for celebrating Mass?

Just to note, I am not discerning the SSPX. I am just wondering, since the SSPX is having an so much of an influx of seminarians that they are planning on building another seminary.

Thank you for answering. :blessyou:

Let me then ask a question: does God call Eastern Orthodox men to the priesthood? The EOs are not in union with Rome, but whenever an individual EO priest does swim the Tiber, he swims in his vestments, i.e., he is received as a priest.

That said, would God call a Catholic man to the EO priesthood? Obviously not, for God would not call a man into schism. Would God call a Catholic man to the SSPX? Obviously not, due to their irregularities.

Let’s consider, though, the state of a man who was raised by a family frequenting an SSPX chapel. Let’s say he admires the priests of the SSPX and decides to go to its seminary and become ordained. His ordination is valid, no doubt, yet illicit according to canon law. During all of this time, he has no qualms about not being in union with Rome, but ardently hopes that such will be the case. Until one day, whether through his learning or his reflection or an interior prompting, he comes to the conclusion, to which he fully assents, that to exercise his priesthood outside of that union is sinful. From then on, full knowledge and deliberate intent being there, there is a case that mortal sin is being committed, for he knows now that he is saying Mass illicitly, and thus in a state of disobedience to Mother Church. He is not, however, committing sacrilege, for the Church would never deny his priesthood.

His obligation would then be to contact the bishop of the place where he is serving, express a desire to incardinate in his diocese, and ask his counsels. He is then obliged to obey the bishop. If the bishop advises him to continue to administer the sacraments at the SSPX chapel despite their illicit state until he receives word back from the Holy See, he is obliged to do so. If the bishop orders him to cease immediately and to report to the diocesan offices to consult with him and his vicar-general, he must do so.

I hope that answers the question.

The SSPX is the best option for men who desire to pray the Mass and administer Sacraments in the Extraordinary Form only, so I would say yes, God calls people to the SSPX priesthood even if they will never reconcile with Rome.

Don’t agree one can always join to the FSSP in Rome remember Pope Benedict XV1 put both rites on equal footing, and the FSSP are approved by Rome and getting great vocations and many.

Obedience is better than sacrifice.

The FSSP, which is in good standing, is naturally a better option than a schismatic order.

I do not want to see a debate going on about this, but the SSPX is not schismatic. Their status is irregular.

Yes, I suppose that that’s a better word to use. :slight_smile:

Totally right. I quote St. Ignatius of Antioch:

“See that you all follow the bishop, even as Jesus Christ does the Father, and the presbytery as you would the apostles; and reverence the deacons, as being the institution of God. Let no man do anything connected with the Church without the bishop.

Just wait and be patient. Remember the Holy Spirit works on his own timetable. Meanwhile, we can pray that the truth will be revealed to everyone concerned.

But another choice is the excellence of the FSSP. Can’t go wrong here. Growing in leaps.
The FSSP and it’s philosophy is the exact remedy to repair the damaged Institution of Family in our time, and it is making gains in that area as well. :thumbsup:

As long as the SSPX stays away from Rome, then maybe,

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