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Do Priests of the SSPX Have Jurisdiction? - Episode 13 - SSPX FAQ Series

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sspx.org - One of the main objections to the situation and work of the Society of Saint Pius X is the problem of jurisdiction. Do priests of the Society of Saint Pius X have jurisdiction? This is …More
sspx.org - One of the main objections to the situation and work of the Society of Saint Pius X is the problem of jurisdiction. Do priests of the Society of Saint Pius X have jurisdiction? This is the question we are going to answer in this video.

The crisis currently affecting the Church really justifies and even necessitates traditional priests to fulfill their duties even without ordinary jurisdiction.

Every member of the Church has the right to receive from it the doctrine and the sacraments necessary for salvation. If the normal hierarchy (pastor, bishop, etc.) do not fulfill its duty, the faithful find themselves in a state of necessity that allows them to have recourse to any Catholic priest. Because of the necessity, this priest then receives from the Church what is called supplied jurisdiction, in order to minister to the faithful.

In the current crisis, supplied jurisdiction empowers traditional priests to hear the confessions of penitents, to marry those who request it, etc. These are often Catholics who otherwise would not depend on these priests. That is why there is no doubt about the validity of such confessions or marriages: Canon Law allows for such emergency measures.

By virtue of his ordination, a priest can bless all things and even consecrate bread and wine so that they become the very Body and Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ. But whenever in his ministry he has to deal authoritatively with people, he needs, over and above the power of Orders, that of Jurisdiction, which empowers him to judge and rule his flock. Jurisdiction is, moreover, necessary for the validity itself of the sacraments of the penance and matrimony.

Now, the sacraments were given by Our Lord as the ordinary and principal means of salvation and sanctification. The Church, therefore, whose supreme law is the salvation of souls wants the ready availability of these sacraments, especially penance. The Church wants priests and empowers them liberally to hear confessions. This jurisdiction to hear confessions is to be revoked only for a grave reason. Jurisdiction is ordinarily given by a mandate from the Pope or diocesan bishop, or perhaps delegated by the parish priest.

The priests of the Society of Saint Pius X do not have jurisdiction in this way. Extraordinarily, however, the Church supplies jurisdiction without passing by the constituted authorities. This is foreseen in the Code of Canon Law.

Therefore, the Church, wanting the ready availability of penance, extraordinarily supplies jurisdiction in view of the needs of her children, and it is granted all the more liberally the greater their need. Now, the nature of the present crisis in the Church is such that the faithful can on good grounds feel it a moral impossibility to approach priests having ordinary jurisdiction. And so, whenever the faithful need the graces of penance and want to receive them from priests whose judgment and advice they can trust, they can do so, even if the priests do not ordinarily have jurisdiction. Even a suspended or excommunicated priest can do this for the faithful who ask “for any just cause whatsoever” in the words of Canon Law. This is even more the case if a faithful Catholic can foresee his being deprived of the true sacrament of penance from priests with ordinary jurisdiction until he dies. Only God knows when this crisis will end.

The extraordinary form for marriages is foreseen in canon 1116, §1. If a man and woman cannot approach their parish priest “without serious inconvenience” and they may consider as such his insistence on having the Novus Ordo Missae for the wedding, or their apprehensions concerning his moral teaching in marriage instructions - and if they foresee these circumstances to last for at least a month, then they can marry before another priest (e.g., a priest of the Society of Saint Pius X) if possible. Even if one were to consider the above arguments as only probable, then jurisdiction would still be certainly supplied by the Church (Canon 144). And so we must answer affirmatively: Traditional priests do have a jurisdiction that is neither territorial nor personal but supplied in view of the needs of the faithful in a state of necessity.

This interesting question, so important in the present crisis in the church, deserves a complete episode in another series.

For further understanding and insight on this question, we recommend watching the DVD: Archbishop Lefebvre—A Documentary, which can be found at Angeluspress.org

Another great source we recommend is “Supplied Jurisdiction” by Bishop Tissier de Mallerais and “Validity of Confessions and Marriages in the SSPX” a canonical study by Father Ramon Angles, also available at Angeluspress.org

To learn more, go to sspx.org and subscribe to our email list.

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Dr. John Smythe
From Pope Francis,"... those faithful who for various reasons choose to attend churches officiated by priests of the Fraternity of St. Pius X. This Jubilee Year of Mercy excludes no one. From various quarters, several Brother Bishops have told me of their good faith and sacramental practice"

In response to this announcement, the Society of St. Pius X's General House has issued a communique expr…More
From Pope Francis,"... those faithful who for various reasons choose to attend churches officiated by priests of the Fraternity of St. Pius X. This Jubilee Year of Mercy excludes no one. From various quarters, several Brother Bishops have told me of their good faith and sacramental practice"

In response to this announcement, the Society of St. Pius X's General House has issued a communique expressing its gratitude to Pope Francis for this "fatherly gesture" while reminding that:

"In the ministry of the sacrament of penance, we have always relied, with all certainty, on the extraordinary jurisdiction conferred by the Normae generalesof the Code of Canon Law."

sspx.org/…/pope-francis-ss…
Gibbs212521
@Andrew Angelo The Pope has however denied any legitimate ability to administer the sacraments, Pope Benedict in 2009 said, " In order to make this clear once again: until the doctrinal questions are clarified, the Society has no canonical status in the Church, and its ministers – even though they have been freed of the ecclesiastical penalty – do not legitimately exercise any ministry in the …More
@Andrew Angelo The Pope has however denied any legitimate ability to administer the sacraments, Pope Benedict in 2009 said, " In order to make this clear once again: until the doctrinal questions are clarified, the Society has no canonical status in the Church, and its ministers – even though they have been freed of the ecclesiastical penalty – do not legitimately exercise any ministry in the Church" (w2.vatican.va/…/hf_ben-xvi_let_…).
Andrew Angelo
If no Pope has condemned the Sacraments given by the SSPX, why would the Modernists take it upon themselves to condemn their celebration of the Sacraments? What about the Sacraments celebrated by the Modernist heretics? When will the Modernists acknowledge that it is they who are in an irregular situation? By their formal heresy they have incurred excommunication Latae Sententiae according to …More
If no Pope has condemned the Sacraments given by the SSPX, why would the Modernists take it upon themselves to condemn their celebration of the Sacraments? What about the Sacraments celebrated by the Modernist heretics? When will the Modernists acknowledge that it is they who are in an irregular situation? By their formal heresy they have incurred excommunication Latae Sententiae according to Canon Law.
JeanBaptiste
There is one thing you don't understand: it is merely impossible that the whole hierarchy of the Church "do not fulfill its duties", especially in the case of the Pope. If you don't obey "Francis" (and you are right on that), you don't acknowledge him in any way, for all theologians teach that the Pope must be acknowledged both theoretically and practically.

Archbishop Lefebvre has received the …More
There is one thing you don't understand: it is merely impossible that the whole hierarchy of the Church "do not fulfill its duties", especially in the case of the Pope. If you don't obey "Francis" (and you are right on that), you don't acknowledge him in any way, for all theologians teach that the Pope must be acknowledged both theoretically and practically.

Archbishop Lefebvre has received the papal mandate of Pope Paul VI in 1988, who was still in life and who is still in life currently.

It is impossible to disobey a true pope for decades: either you obey Francis and then you are in the false Church, or you disobey him and then you do not acknowledge him as a pope. Tertium non datur.

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,Jaimemn
Can. 1116 §1. If a person competent to assist according to the norm of law cannot be present or approached without grave inconvenience, those who intend to enter into a true marriage cancontract it validly and licitly before witnesses only:

1/ in danger of death;

2/ outside the danger of death provided that it is prudently foreseen that the situation will continue…More
Can. 1116 §1. If a person competent to assist according to the norm of law cannot be present or approached without grave inconvenience, those who intend to enter into a true marriage cancontract it validly and licitly before witnesses only:

1/ in danger of death;

2/ outside the danger of death provided that it is prudently foreseen that the situation will continue for a month.
...contra nequitiam et insidias diaboli esto praesidium
Only a return to the Mass of All Times and the enthronement of Jesus Christ as King in each country by the Episcopate and the Parliament can save the world and the Church of Satanic sects of New Age and prevent the creation of a one world government for the antichrist.