Peoria, AZ – SSPX Arizona Bishop Gerald Leif confirmed Thursday that he has installed four bishops in spite of SSPX forbiddance. The move comes months after meetings collapsed between Bishop Leif and SSPX’s Superior General, Bernard Fellay. Leif, a prominent critic of the Society’s growing liberal view toward ecumenism has denounced the Society’s dialogue with the Vatican. A spokesman for the Diocese of Arizona declined to comment, but did say that the four newly appointed bishops would continue to acknowledge the authority of Bernard Fellay as supreme head of SSPX, but would defy the excommunication.
Original print date: 9-14-2012