On the first show in a new miniseries of Trad Controversies, His Excellency Bishop Daniel Dolan and Father Anthony Cekada join us to discuss SSPV's policy of forbidding parishioners to assist at the Masses of certain other traditional Catholic groups and clergy, and refusing sacraments to those who do.
Father Clarence Kelly initiated this policy in 1989. In the more than twenty-five years that have passed since then, most traditional Catholics have the impression that the controversy originated in a dispute over the validity of sacraments conferred by Abp. Pierre-Martin Ngo-din-Thuc, or over associations with the CMRI (Congregation of Mary Immaculate) of Spokane, Washington.
Most listeners will find it interesting to learn that what actually sparked the dispute and led to the SSPV policy to refuse sacraments had nothing whatsoever to do with either Abp. Thuc OR CMRI. These issues were tacked on later, well after Fr. Kelly first instituted his policy.
Our purpose is not to attack anyone’s character, but only to help listeners — especially younger listeners – to understand why SSPV has retained its bitter and harsh position over the years in opposition to canon law, sound theology and the facts. We discuss the weaknesses of individuals only in order to provide the objective information necessary to form a complete picture of how SSPV’s disastrous policies really originated.
The purpose of this series is to promote true charity among the small remnant of faithful Catholics, a charity that Our Lord Himself desires. We hope that this show, and the others that will follow, will help end, once and for all, a controversy which has affected, and in some cases destroyed, the peace and charity of so many families, homes and communities.
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