Congregation For Divine Worship Rules Against FSSP Novus Ordo Ban
A Congregation for Divine Worship panel has unanimously ruled against Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP) Superior General Reverend John Berg’s controversial Novus Ordo ban, which would have stripped the right of every priest from saying a Mass that was not in the traditional Latin form.
The three judges from the Congregation For Divine Worship 9th circuit court rejected the traditionalist community’s argument that suspension of the ban should be lifted for spiritual reasons.
“We have a situation where the security of our immortal souls are at stake, and it’s a very, very serious situation, so we look forward to seeing them in court,” Berg told EOTT.
The judges said that they could not uphold the ban because it “runs contrary to the fundamental structure of Vatican II.”
“The Fraternity has pointed to no evidence that priests from non-traditionalist parishes have perpetrated an attack on the beauty of the Mass,” one of the judges wrote. “Rather than present evidence to explain the need for this attempted ban, the Fraternity has taken the position that we must not review its decision at all.”
The Society of St. Pius X, which defended the Fraternity’s position, told reporters that it was “reviewing the decision and considering its options.”
“To say that we have not pointed to evidence that certain priests from non-traditionalist parishes have perpetrated an attack on the beauty of the Mass is ludicrous. I ask the judges to simply go to a NO parish on any given Sunday to see the evidence first hand.”