The CDF versus the SSPX

A new statement from the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith says that the SSPX is in a state of formal schism and their bishops and priests are suspended from offering the Sacraments. He said that a “restoration of full communion would require the SSPX to accept the authority of the Church and of the Pope.”

Pope Benedict XVI, some time ago, lifted the juridical excommunication of the SSPX. But they remain automatically excommunicated, because they continue in a state of schism. I add that the SSPX are also in a state of formal heresy, since they reject the dogma of the indefectibility of the Church as well as all of those teachings, since Vatican II, which are infallible under the ordinary and universal Magisterium.

Under the eternal moral law, any baptized Christian who commits the sins of apostasy, or formal heresy, or formal schism is automatically excommunicated.

Ronald L. Conte Jr.
Roman Catholic theologian and
translator of the Catholic Public Domain Version of the Bible.

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3 Responses to The CDF versus the SSPX

  1. Dora says:

    Forgive me if you’ve covered this before… If a priest in the pulpit proposes that we should redefine marriage, is he automatically excommunicated? Does he retain the power to consecrate the Eucharist?

    • Ron Conte says:

      Formal heresy means that the person knowingly chooses to reject a teaching that has been taught infallibly by the Magisterium. The claim that same-sex marriage is a true type of marriage or even a true Sacrament of marriage is heresy. But I would not accuse a priest of heresy unless his assertions were public and very clear.

      The Council of Trent infallibly taught that heretics and schismatics can validly dispense Sacraments, as long as all the usual conditions for validity are met. So if a priest, by his sermons, SEEMS to be a heretic, you can rest assured that the consecrated bread is Jesus Christ.

  2. Dora says:

    Your point is taken. “Marry whomever you want” stealthily inserted into a homily… public but unclear. However I never thought I’d be lectured on racism and “homophobia” in a Catholic Church. (feels like a college campus).

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