I was interested to read the front page story in the latest NZ Catholic about the head of the SSPX (Society of St Pius X), Bishop Bernard Fellay's upcoming visit to New Zealand.
According to the article this is a man who has only recently (2009) had his ex-communication lifted and who last year called Jews "enemies of the church". The Bishop's plans include blessing a church in Ngongotaha and administering the Sacrament of Confirmation at the SSPX parish in Wanganui.
Before reading this article, my only knowlege of SSPX was that they run a school in Wanganui and many of you would have heard the same rumours I have about some of the practices at this school. Other than that, I know very little about them. I think they are fans of all things Latin? If anyone has further knowledge, please fill us in. Very intriging.
Those of you who read my post last week might remember that I talked about a cracking sermon we'd had last Sunday about our faith not being 'a-la-carte'. Well, the cracking sermons continue in this part of the world – this week the priest talked about a guy who said he was an All Black, but had never ever played a game, attended any practices or worn the jersey. The conclusion of course was that he was never really an All Black. He compared this to people who claim they are Catholics but never attend church or participate in the sacraments. He also talked about relativism in relation to religion – ie: the idea that it doesn't really matter if you're Buddhist or Muslim or Christian, we're all headed in the right direction. His words: "I'm sorry, but this just isn't true." Man, this guy is good.