Communiqué of the SSPX concerning the foundation of the Institute of the Good Shepherd

Source: FSSPX News


The Society of Saint Pius X took note of the formal creation on this day of the Institute of the Good Shepherd, signed by Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos. This Institute of pontifical right has been founded especially for five priests and a few seminarians, who have in the past been members of the Society founded by Archbishop Lefebvre.

The creation of the Institute is no surprise. It fits the logic of the steps some of these priests had been taking for several months with the Ecclesia Dei Commission in view of a canonical regularization: signing the “formula of adhesion,” obtaining  a “celebret” and seeking incardination.

The Institute itself is not a canonical novelty. Since its creation in 1988, the Ecclesia Dei Commission has favored similar foundations: the Society of St Peter, the Society of St John-Marie Vianney in Campos (Brazil)… The Institute of the Good Shepherd can in fact be compared more particularly to the Institute of St Philip Neri in Berlin, founded in 2003, by pontifical right. It was founded for one priest and four seminarians and is today in a very precarious situation. Time will tell what distinguishes the new Institute from all the previous initiatives.

On this occasion, the Society of Saint Pius X repeats that it cannot accept as its own a communitarian solution in which the Tridentine Mass would be confined to a special status. The Mass of a 2000-year old tradition must possess full and entire rights of citizenship within the Church. It is not a privilege reserved for a few, but a right for all the priests and faithful in the universal Church.

This is why the Society of Saint Pius X invites the priests and the faithful to join its prayer crusade to present a million rosaries to Pope Benedict XVI next October, for the complete liberalization of the traditional Mass.


Menzingen, on the feast of the Nativity of Our Lady, September 8, 2006