Sunday, 22 March 2015

Bishop William Richardson - a statement

With great affliction the Society of Such Pious Gents has learned of the unlawful episcopal consecration conferred on Father Jean-Michel Jarre by Bishop William Richardson. In itself, this act was one of disobedience to the Roman Pontiff in a very grave matter and of supreme importance for the unity of the church, such as is the ordination of bishops whereby the apostolic succession is sacramentally perpetuated. Hence such disobedience - which implies in practice the rejection of the Roman primacy - constitutes a schismatic act. The root of this schismatic act can be discerned in an incomplete and contradictory notion of Tradition. Bishop Richardson claims this illicit consecration is justified in order to preserve 'Tradition'. But how can an act that is gravely against Catholic teaching be justified on the grounds that its purpose is to defend Tradition? Dear faithful, the teaching of the Church on this matter is crystal clear. In his encyclical Ad Apostolorum Principis, Pope Pius XII clearly taught that it was NEVER legitimate to consecrate a bishop in defiance of the express will of the Pope. Such consecrations may be valid but were 'gravely illicit i.e. criminal and sacrilegious'. Allow me to quote from Pope Leo XIII who wrote in his encyclical Satis Cognitum: ...it must be clearly understood that Bishops are deprived of the right and power of ruling, if they deliberately secede from Peter and his successors; because, by this secession, they are separated from the foundation on which the whole edifice must rest. They are therefore outside the edifice itself; and for this very reason they are separated from the fold, whose leader is the Chief Pastor; they are exiled from the Kingdom, the keys of which were given by Christ to Peter alone. Nobody can doubt that Bishop Richardson's actions are completely in opposition to the divine constitution of the Church and the Society of Such Pious Gents condemns these consecrations unconditionally.