The "conciliar" canonical regime now imposed on FSSPX priests and spouses.



Tuesday, July 23, 2019

SOURCE (Excerpt. Bold and underlined added by NP)

Last year a wedding was held at a French priory of the San Pío X Fraternity.

This marriage had been prepared by a priory priest, and he agreed with the bride and groom to dispense with the delegation of jurisdiction of the local bishop, and to celebrate the marriage in accordance with the extraordinary form provided by canon law in the situation described as a state of necessity .

But since it was a union held within the framework of the Fraternity, the preparatory file had to go through the Office of Canon Affairs of the District of France (Fr. Jean-Paul André), which applied the internal directives in force since 2017, and He referred the matter to the territorially competent bishopric to request the delegation in favor of the priest who had prepared the bride and groom.

But what was probably not foreseen in this case (or not very sure) ... is that the delegation was granted by the bishopric, and nominally to the priest in question!

On the day of the wedding, given the problem and supported by the bride and groom, this priest preferred to "give his place" to one of his brothers, to express his rejection to the diocesan delegation.

Thus the marriage happened: the titular priest of the delegation remained retired, and it was his brother who received the consents without delegation , that is, under the regime of canonical substitution (which is content with the assistance of the two witnesses for the validity of the marriage).

Upon hearing Suresnes [headquarters of the District Superior. NP note] of the incident, the priest was rebuked. But the matter did not end there ...
The Fraternity has implemented a canonical procedure to regularize this marriage a posteriori!

It is a sanatio in radice , literally a "healing" (restoration) in the "root" (origin) of a cause of disability
. The procedure in question allows the revalidation of marriage and exempts spouses from renewing their consent, allowing, through a legal fiction, to consider the sacrament as valid from its conclusion (cf. RP Héribert JONE, Précis de Théologie morale catholique , Salvator - Casterman).

The anatomy is in principle granted by the Holy See, but also (within certain limits) by the local Ordinary. It should be noted that it can be carried out with the knowledge of the spouses, but also without the knowledge of one or both spouses.

The use of the sanatio in radice for this marriage means that the person responsible for the canonical affairs of the FSSPX and the Superiors of the Fraternity, in accordance with the diocese or the competent Roman dicastery, considered that the marriage was null and void due to the absence (or rejection) of the diocesan delegation, and that it was not possible, in these circumstances, for the second brother to validly invoke the state of necessity .

The conciliar ecclesiastical authority and the Fraternity considered it necessary, therefore, to validate by common agreement this "null" marriage.

The priest who prepared the marriage would have been informed, but we do not know what his attitude towards his hierarchy was. In any case, to date, we have no knowledge of any public protest on your part.

Nor is it known at this time if the spouses themselves have been informed of the open canonical action on their case and, if so, if they have been given the possibility to objectively oppose this "regularization", given what is at stake at the canonical level, but above all doctrinal, in the current context of the Church in crisis and the Fraternity in the process of "ralliement" ...

- The San Pío X Priestly Fraternity no longer allows its priests to reject the diocesan delegation for marriages. From now on, in the eyes of their hierarchy, this refusal invalidates the marriages celebrated by these priests without this delegation. In addition, both for the Fraternity and for Rome, this behavior bears witness to a "schismatic" spirit. Consequently, the observation also applies to the sacrament of Penance, in the event that the priest intends to continue to absolve the faithful under the regime of "canonical substitution", as practiced in the SSPX until 2015.

- The seven signatories (former Prior Deans) of the letter on marriages of May 7, 2017 have not yet reacted. However, they must do so because the implementation of this new regularization procedure is an irrefutable sign that the Neo-FSSPX no longer accepts marriages celebrated under the canonical substitution regime when the local bishop has given his delegation.