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Fr. Wegner address sex abuse in the Church
« on: September 29, 2018, 05:31:30 PM »
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  • September 29, 2018


    Dear faithful,
    I write to you with a heavy heart. Over the past several months, new revelations of sexual abuse and coverups have been reported by ecclesiastical, legal, and media sources the world over. The resignation of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick over credible allegations he abused minors and seminarians for decades was soon followed by the stunning testimony of Archbishop Carlo Viganò which implicates the Holy Father himself in covering-up McCarrick’s unspeakable crimes. Additionally, judicial and independent inquiries continue to turn-up further evidence that the sex-abuse crisis which rocked the Catholic Church over a decade ago is far from over.
    It is against this sorrowful backdrop that I wish to reiterate that the Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX) takes any and all reports of illicit and illegal behavior on the part of its clergy, religious, employees and volunteers with utmost seriousness. Every report is submitted to a thoroughgoing investigation by the appropriate authorities within the Society and full cooperation is given to all law enforcement and official investigative agencies concerned, particularly when reports involve minor children. Moreover, any priest or religious of the SSPX found guilty of immorality is subject to sanctions under canon law, including removal from active ministry and laicization.
    In an effort to forestall the spread of sin within its ranks, the SSPX abides by the Church’s longstanding and prudent prohibition on admitting men harboring same-sex or other unnatural sexual attractions to any of its seminaries, including St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary in Virginia. If, after admission to either seminary or holy orders, credible evidence is found of immoral inclinations or acts by an individual, said individual is immediately expelled from the seminary and/or the Society. And, if the evidence warrants, the matter is immediately referred to the ecclesiastical and secular authorities.
    I understand that in this time of confusion and crisis, there is a temptation to look for easy answers and a simple causal chain to explain away the corruption in the Church. Be careful. While we cannot discount the adverse effect the Second Vatican Council and its aftermath has had on the Mystical Body of Christ, I fear that the roots of the sexual-abuse crisis run much deeper. For now, we must do everything we can to uphold the tenets of divine and natural law in our daily lives while working to re-spread the Gospel in a world that has forgotten that what it needs most above all is God.
    I ask that you beseech the Queen of Heaven, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and all of the saints, especially St. Michael the Archangel, in lending us here below the spiritual assistance we need to weather this storm. Pray, too, for the priests, religious, and seminarians of the SSPX, along with those charged with their formation. Pray that we have the wisdom and discernment to form holy clerics dedicated to serving Jesus Christ through the administration of the traditional sacramental rites and the promulgation of sound catechesis.
    With blessings in the Lord,
    Fr. Jürgen Wegner
    "Let God arise, and let His enemies be scattered: and them that hate Him flee from before His Holy Face"  Psalm 67:2[/b]


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    Re: Fr. Wegner address sex abuse in the Church
    « Reply #1 on: September 29, 2018, 05:48:23 PM »
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  • Quote from: Fr. Wegner
    I understand that in this time of confusion and crisis, there is a temptation to look for easy answers and a simple causal chain to explain away the corruption in the Church. Be careful. While we cannot discount the adverse effect the Second Vatican Council and its aftermath has had on the Mystical Body of Christ, I fear that the roots of the sexual-abuse crisis run much deeper.
    I wonder if he's referring to sedevacantism as one of the "easy answers and" "simple causal chain to explain away the corruption in the Church".
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    Re: Fr. Wegner address sex abuse in the Church
    « Reply #2 on: September 29, 2018, 06:47:46 PM »
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    While we cannot discount the adverse effect the Second Vatican Council
    This stands out like a sore thumb.

    I would like to hear from others regarding the connection between the two.


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    Re: Fr. Wegner address sex abuse in the Church
    « Reply #3 on: September 29, 2018, 09:10:45 PM »
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  • This stands out like a sore thumb.
    Yes, I'm glad he said that.
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    Re: Fr. Wegner address sex abuse in the Church
    « Reply #4 on: September 29, 2018, 10:19:10 PM »
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    Overall, it's a courageous and appropriate message, at a time when something needs to be said.
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    However, I see some rotten apples. For example:
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    "Pray that we have the wisdom and discernment to form holy clerics dedicated to serving Jesus Christ through the administration of the traditional sacramental rites and the promulgation of sound catechesis."
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    How about the wisdom and discernment to abandon the ridiculous path of the AFD and GREC and expecting to be able to convert apostate Newrome while operating from a position of subjection to Newrome's authority? 

    How about doing something to stop the promotion of idiocy like Fr. Daniel Themann's "Resistance to What?
    And knock off the teaching of big-bangism to seminarians like in Fr. Paul Robinson's Realistic Guide to Religion and Science?
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    How about them apples?
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    Re: Fr. Wegner address sex abuse in the Church
    « Reply #5 on: September 29, 2018, 11:10:19 PM »
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  • And knock off the teaching of big-bangism to seminarians like in Fr. Paul Robinson's Realistic Guide to Religion and Science?
    I don't think Fr. Robinson is in the U.S. district.
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    Re: Fr. Wegner address sex abuse in the Church
    « Reply #6 on: September 29, 2018, 11:39:35 PM »
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  • I don't think Fr. Robinson is in the U.S. district.
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    Good observation.
    A)  Since these things are issues under the purview of Fr. Wegner's superiors, there might not be much he can do about it.
    B)  Which goes to show how ridiculous it is to think he (being the subject) would have power to convince his superiors of anything.
    C)  Consequently the same applies to the SSPX looking for "normalization" by Newrome so they can work from the "inside."
    D)  Impossible.
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    Re: Fr. Wegner address sex abuse in the Church
    « Reply #7 on: September 30, 2018, 12:13:18 AM »
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  • Thank you, Father Wegner.  
    It is a good start.  
    We pray that actions speak louder than words.  
    To form Holy Priests is the goal of SSPX in order to save souls.   

    To restore all things in Christ!
    To live with the Saints in Heaven is all bliss and glory....To live with the saints on Earth is just another story!  (unknown)


     

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