False Trad FSSP Priest Speaks….
These false trads are simply material heretics. Archbishop Lefebvre was our St. Athanasius for these times. Vatican 2 is to be rejected. It is these types of priests which are the most dangerous who are doctrinally unsound yet give the appearance of “tradition”
“No traditionalists, but simply Catholic”
The Pius Brotherhood may be a concept for many. Also the Brotherhood of Peter? Father Bernhard Gerstle, German district leader, talks in an interview about the concerns of the Petrusbrüder.
Question: Father Gerstle, the Brotherhood of Peter (FSSP), was born in 1988 as part of the Pius Brotherhood. They were immediately there. What exactly happened then?
Gerstle: I entered the priestly seminary of the Pius Brotherhood in Zaitzkofen in the autumn of 1985 and hoped that a Rome reconciliation would be possible as soon as possible. At first, the signs were relatively favorable. The revolt in Assisi, which Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre rejected, was a turning point in 1986. There were efforts on the part of Rome, especially by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, to avert the unauthorized bishops’ ordinances in 1988 and yet to reach an agreement.This would have been almost successful by a text of agreement, which had been signed, but had been revoked a short time later by Lefebvre. I think the whole thing was based on a lack of confidence in Rome.
Question: And with the breaking break you and other members of the Pius Brotherhood did not want to go with you?
Gerstle: For me the decision was clear from the outset. In a break with Rome, I am on the side of the Pope. Many confreres wanted reconciliation with Rome, but did not succeed. So there were only a few priests and seminarians who had left the Pius Brotherhood. The fact that the founding and ecclesiastical recognition of the Brotherhood of Peter came to be was not to be expected and was due to Cardinal Ratzinger, the prefect of the Congregation of the Congregation.
Father Bernhard Gerstle has been a district priest of the priestly brotherhood of St. Peter for the German-speaking region since 2015.
Question: In what points does the FSSP differ from the Pius Brotherhood?
Gerstle: It must first be noted that there are different currents within the Pius Brotherhood. It is necessary to distinguish between the moderate wing and the hardliner wing. Above all in the German-speaking world, there are a larger number of moderate priests within the Pius Brotherhood who want to avoid a permanent break with Rome and are interested in an agreement. On the other hand, the hardliners who largely reject the Second Vatican Council, for example, the freedom of religion or ecumenical decree, some of which even doubt the validity of the new liturgy.The Brotherhood of Peter, on the other hand, has embarked on an unconditional study of the Council texts, and has come to the conclusion that there is no rupture to earlier lectures. However, some texts are formulated in such a way that they give rise to misunderstandings. In the meantime, however, there have been clarifications on the part of Rome, which the Pius Brotherhood should also recognize.
Question: Are there any other differences?
Gerstle: It goes without saying that the new church law of 1983 is also decisive for us. Here, on the part of the Pius Brotherhood, there seems to be a need for clarification. Likewise, terms such as “church” or even “church church” should be avoided. We reject these because they express not only a certain distance but also because there is no pre- and post-conciliar church for us. There is only one church that goes back to Christ. In addition, we always practice our apostolate in consultation with the respective bishops and priests on the ground and strive for a good cooperation. Almost everywhere our priests have a good relationship with the local church. We do not want to polarize or even split, but in the communities we serve to convey the faithful an ecclesiastical attitude. This also means that undeniable abuses and abuses must be named in the Church, but this must be done in a differentiated and moderate way.
Question: Nevertheless, the FSSP, like the Pius Brotherhood, is described as “traditionalist”. Do you really like that?
Gerstle: I do not like the term at all. We are not “traditionalists” but simply Catholic. And as Catholics, we value tradition. But not in a way that we are completely blocking against organic adjustments and changes.
Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre (1905-1991) was the founder of the priestly brotherhood of St. Pius X.
Question: What are the core concerns of the FSSP?
Gerstle: First, the celebration of the liturgy in the extraordinary Latin form. The endeavor for a worthy celebration of the Holy Mass in conjunction with a faithful proclamation is an important service in the sense of the Church. The concern for the salvation of souls, as Pope Francis emphasizes this time, must be our main core concern. We have to re-educate people that it is ultimately the eternal life, which decides here on earth. It is precisely in this sense that the message of Fatima, where the Holy Mother of God appeared a hundred years ago, should be recalled to men. In the past decades, the last things have unfortunately been pushed into the background in favor of more secondary topics, so that many Christians no longer know what is really the issue in this life. This has led to a trivialization of sin and a profound loss of confessional practices.
Question: Do you reject the new liturgy?
Gerstle: We recognize the new liturgy as valid and legitimate. But we do not close our eyes to the fact that with the liturgical form some developments have become independent, which lead away from what the mass is according to the faith of the church. Not infrequently, the sacrificial character is reduced to the background or there is a lack of respect for the holy of holies. We are very grateful to Pope Benedict XVI. On these negative developments. The question of whether the changes in the external form led to a rather Protestant understanding of the masses among a few priests and faithful, is the question whether the “ad orientem” celebratory celebration is still practiced.
Question: In your opinion, this would not have happened if you had stayed at the “Old Mass”?
Gerstle: Probably not to this extent. Certainly, this is not due solely to the changes in the liturgy. Also today’s priestly education would have to be reconsidered. But the liturgy is an important mosaic stone as a whole, it is the visible expression of faith. It is precisely the many signs of reverence and worship associated with the extraordinary form of the mass, as well as the prayers, which illustrate the sacrificial character of the mass and express the great mystery that is performed on the altar.
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