Thursday, 26 June 2008

The Five Conditions for the SSPX: An Australian Translation

The five conditions set by the Holy See for a return of the SSPX into 'full communion' have now appeared in a number of languages around blogdom (you can find them in English here), but not until now in Australian terms. Here is my attempt for your consideration:

1. The Pope has decided to put on a barbie for you (the fatted calf is even now being readied). Come to the party and bring a bottle of vino with you.

2. Stop slagging off at the Pope.

3. Stop pontificating.

4. Play by the rules. No sledging. No foul play.

5. RSVP by end June.

A Mr Jason Keeler, in a comment on Fr Z's blog coined a new title for the Pope, in the light of his offer to the SSPX - Pope Benedict the Generous.

I like it.

I hope the SSPX accept. If they don't they lose any credibility they had left.

I suggest we all use either the prayer Fr Z has composed for the situation, or perhaps this collect from the mass for the removal of schism:

"O God, who dost correct what has gone astray and gatherest together what is scattered,
and keepest what thou hast gathered together,
we beseech Thee in Thy mercy to pour down upon Christian people the grace of union with Thee,
and putting aside disunion and attaching themselves to the true shepherd of Thy Church, they may be able to render Thee due service."

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