The Phoenix chapel is still having trouble paying its mortgage:
SECOND COLLECTION FOR BUILDING FUND: JUNE 11 MORTGAGE PAYMENT AMOUNT $11,051 – APR. COLLECTION $9,932. CURRENT CHURCH DEBT: $2,428,205
I'm wondering if the month is a typo and it should have been the MAY mortgage payment?
Recently, the SSPX pulled some sleight-of-hand and transferred a substantial "nest egg" from the San Antonio chapel (St. Joseph's) to cover the debt on the new Phoenix property.
A bit shady, if you ask me. Especially since St. Joseph's has needed a bigger building for at least 15 years now. They've been saving up their "building fund" all that time. The SSPX even has the parishioners praying a Novena to St. Joseph after every Mass, holding out hope they will get a building -- and now it will be 5 years minimum until they even get all their money paid back by Phoenix! Talk about cynical!
Reminds me of Bishop Fellay abusing the piety of his Faithful (e.g., devotion to Fatima, the Rosary) to achieve his own political aims.
Keep in mind: the average man-in-the-pews doesn't even know this. Only a few connected parishioners, and those involved with the finances of the chapel, know this.Just another reason why the SSPX is "done", and why I gave up on them.
I'm glad I went off and started a new independent Traditional Catholic chapel from scratch. We're doing quite well in many ways.