Good news again for the traditional Catholic resistance! And so, at the same time bad news for the betrayers in Menzingen (Bp Fellay, Fr Pfluger, etc) and Stuttgart (Fr Schmidberger, etc).
First the "big trouble" in the French SSPX district due to the brave letter of 37 priests
Now the traditional contemplative Carmel St. Joseph
with their six Carmelites in the German village Brilon am Wald
plans to break their affiliation with the Neo-SSPX.
Stated reason (and I only give the gist of it): The betrayal of the SSPX superiors against the Faith.
When recently Bp Galarreta wanted to visit the Carmel -- because he's looking after such monasteries affiliated with the SSPX --, the Carmelites rebuffed him because as they said, he's not a friend of the Faith anymore.
Then of course the German SSPX district superior Fr Schmidberger wanted to visit the Carmel, but they rebuffed him, too, for the very same reason.
The Carmelites would already have ended their affiliation with the Neo-SSPX, but Fr Schmidberger begged i.e. pestered the sisters to take time for consideration until Eastern. Then the Carmelites will tell their final decision to the Neo-SSPX.Some background information
When Archbishop Lefebvre started his society, his biological little sister, Sister Marie-Christiane, founded in Belgium a Carmel affiliated with the SSPX. Later an autonomic subsidiary Carmel was founded on 1st February 1984 in Germany: The mentioned Carmel St. Joseph in Brilon am Wald
One SSPX priest is always stationed in the Carmel to spend the Holy Sacraments, read retreats to the Carmelites, say the Holy Masses daily (also for the Catholics in the area, so it's actually also a Mass Center). Since one or two years the Bavarian Fr Zaby is doing this, a close friend of the brave Bavarian Fr Hermann Weinzierl (I outlined his resistance story here on CI
Fr Zaby is against the sell-out to Newrome and surely played an important role in waking-up the Carmelites. According to my information, if the Carmel is going to split with the Neo-SSPX, also Fr Zaby will leave the SSPX and hold position in and with the Carmel.
The Carmel St. Joseph consisted of seven Carmelite sisters, but due to the clash with Fr Schmidberger one sister whose brother is a priest in the Neo-SSPX, left the Carmel right now and joined the sell-out party. Unfortunately also the mother Carmel in Belgium stays with the betrayers in Menzingen and so is about to cut ties with its own subsidiary Carmel in Germany.
Some readers could think now: "What, there's only six sisters, and this is big news?", but if you know of the importance of a dedicated contemplative Carmel, you'll realise the true dimension of this news
(i.e. that hopefully this Carmel will join the resistance).
Archbishop Lefebvre was once asked why his spiritual undertaking was so successful, and he answered: because of the five Carmelites praying for us constantly (he meant a French-speaking Carmel IIRC). That's why the German-speaking resistance priests in and out the Neo-SSPX are thrilled with this news. Also Fr Schmidberger knows the importance of such an "own" Carmel, that's why he boils with rage
currently about this potential split.
Please, help us in praying for the Carmelites of St. Joseph, their brave Mother Superior (year 1958) and their brave priest Fr Zaby. Let's pray the Rosary for these Carmelites
so that they stay firm to their plan and will officially break affiliation with the betraying Neo-SSPX. They just do what Archbishop Lefebvre suggested to various monasteries in similar situations; see recent Eleison Comments about Dom Thomas Aquinas in Brazil for example.
St. Joseph, pray for us!
P.S. If a reader knows some corrections or additional informations, please post them. Many tanks!