Has the purge begun?

Fr. Abrahamowicz.jpgNot only has the SSPX started removing questionable texts on Jews from their websites, but word is now that clergy who refuse to adopt a new line are also getting the boot.
Rorate Caeli cites Italian sources reporting that Father Floriano Abrahamowicz, the SSPX priest responsible for Northeast Italy, whose comments about Jews I wrote about earlier, was expelled today.
The text of the SSPX note, which has not been posted officially, reads as follows:


“The action is in effect from Friday, February 6, and was taken for grave reasons of discipline. Father Floriano Abrahamowicz had expressed for some time positions distinct from the official ones of the Fraternity of Saint Pius X. The decision of the expulsion, though painful, was made necessary to avoid that the image of the Fraternity of Saint Pius X be distorted and, with it, that its work in the service of the Church be damaged.”

This could get ugly. But it certainly seems to signal that the schismatic Traditionalists of the SSPX may be getting serious about “cleaning” up their act. Could Williamson’s “recantation” be next? And what would Pope Benedict XVI do then?

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posted February 6, 2009 at 4:17 pm

Whoa. Father Abrahamowicz? A priest of Jewish ancestry is defrocked for denying the holocaust?

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Meredith Gould

posted February 6, 2009 at 7:23 pm

“Could get ugly”? I believe it already has, woefully so.

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posted February 7, 2009 at 9:28 am

Robert –
I suspect that father Abrahamowicz is Polish.
The “-owicz” suffix on family names is common in the Polish language.
Prior to the Shoah, there were very many Jews in Poland.
I suspect that many Poles whose names end with such suffixes who emigrated to the United States were Jewish.
So it may well be that you incorrectly associate such suffixes with Jewishness, rather than Polishness.
And, if I understand correctly, this news item does not state that anyone is being deprived of his priestly faculties, or returned to the Lay order (“defrocked”). It says that this priest is being kicked out of the Order because he persists in holding opinions with which the order is no longer willing to be associated.
So it seems that this extremist faction, SSPX, in an effort to make itself more palatable, is willing to treat its members as though their Anti-Semitism, were not in the mainstream of the faction.
So either SSPX is moving inward from the lunatic fringe, or they are adopting a policy which is both dishonest to themselves and disloyal to their members. I suspect the latter.

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thomas doyle

posted February 10, 2009 at 9:26 pm

A friend, who is sort of an agnostic, asked me once, not long ago, if I could give him a single logical reason that justifies the existence of organized religion. I thought and as I thought he said, “its probably because they don’t have tinker toys in heaven.” This latest batch of lunacy coming forth from the papacy, adding to the never-ending goofiness of the bishops, certainly justifies such an opinion. One wonders if these guys in the colored outfits ever think of how the rest of the world sees them.

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alice hall

posted February 10, 2009 at 11:07 pm

Excuse me, but if I were a part of all the novelties associated with the church since Vatican II then I would say yes,I was an extremist faction, but since I am attending a Society of St. Pius X chapel and attending a Mass EXACTLY the same as when I was a child, then who is doing something different today? Not the Society Mass. Our priests are holding on to the true faith until the time comes when te Pope will finally consecrate Russia to The Immaculate Heart of Mary and then the world will be brought back to its senses. Until then ,may Our Lord have mercy on our souls!

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