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He's the one falsely accused of running off to Mexico to open up a tattoo parlour after leaving the SSPX. Clearly, we don't endorse this man's total agenda, but what is valuable about his contribution is that his testimony challenges the way Church Militant will distort and lie about a person to promote an agenda, just like the 'real' news does. Is Church Militant actually interested in the truth.or obsessed with a witch-hunt?

A visitor sent me a heads-up on a new Church Militant report on sex abuse in the Society of St Pius X. There is a 10-minute video available only to paid subscribers from Michael Voris himself, but there is also a more detailed 40-minute video with transcript available for free by Christine Niles. As I've become more experienced as a Catholic, I've tended to be skeptical of Church Militant -- in my own experience, they have a very specific agenda and do not spend time on matters outside it -- but this report is well-sourced and detailed.

Visitors here can go to the Church Militant link to get the report itself. The bottom line is that according to the report, from Abp Lefebvre on down, clergy in the society have had a history of apparent active same-sex conduct, abuse of minor children of both sexes, and coverups. A major difference is that, unlike the diocesan Church, the society has taken no measures to end the scandal or control its clergy. Priests who have been credibly accused have simply been reassigned, allowed continued unsupervised contact with minors, and even moved to countries where they're beyond legal accountability while continuing to offend in their new locations.

Because the SSPX isn't quite in, isn't quite out of the Church, dioceses and the CDF haven't been able to address the problems effectively. Interestingly, the angries who transmit to me on the Kenneth frequency speak highly of the SSPX, and one became exercised when I recently told him I thought it was a fringe group. He angrily cited a post by Fr Z saying it's not -- the effect of that has been to make me think more seriously about taking Fr Z off my blogroll.

This is especially relevant to my focus here. As Michael Voris puts it,

Since it was the celebration of the Mass itself that was the most obvious change that occurred in the Church 50 years ago, many Catholics reacted by clinging ever more tightly to the Old Rite, the Traditional Latin Mass. Various groups sprung up that essentially placed all their eggs into the basket of the Traditional Latin Mass — the most notable probably the Society of St. Pius X, commonly known as the SSPX. . . . And while the Society itself — strictly speaking — is only a society of priests and bishops, there is a sizable portion of laity who are adherents to the Traditional Latin Mass and the Society, almost to a fault. And herein, a serious problem has arisen. . . . Laity who attend SSPX chapels are not immune from the consequences of fallen human nature because they prefer Latin Masses. In fact, that love for the reverence and awe of the Old Rite has actually been turned against many of them to hide crimes and cover-ups.
What concerns me is that as more information on the Divine Worship missal has become available, it's becoming clearer that the Anglicanae Traditiones commission made a deliberate decision to address a different market than had been implied in Anglicanorum coetibus -- the major focus moved from prayer-book Anglicans to conservative Catholics who wanted a return to the Latin mass. This is clearly the same group that's drawn to the SSPX. What's odd, though, is that unlike the fully Catholic FSSP that operates in a diocesan environment, the ordinariates are personal prelatures, which the SSPX has also sought to become, according to the Church Militant report.

The result is an entity that's not quite in, not quite out of the tested Church structure, just maybe a little closer to the real Church than the SSPX. The difficulty is that the great majority of its priests have been formed outside the Church and have been ordained in most cases with only cursory evaluation and what appears, in the cases at least of Luke Reese and Shane Borley AKA Zdenky Burkhardt AKA Robert Bengry, no competent psychological exams.

But because they say a thee-thou mass that's almost as good as Latin, they have a following that's apparently willing to trust them.

My own view continues to be that there's another side to this issue. Church Militant is concerned that SSPX laity may be naive people who are potentially being conned. The other side of the coin is you can't con an honest man.

When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on street corners so that others may see them. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward.But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.In praying, do not babble like the pagans, who think that they will be heard because of their many words.Do not be like them. Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
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One day after Church Militant's groundbreaking exposé detailing decades-long history of abuse and cover-up in the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX), the SSPX has issued an official response (since deleted), which contains a number of evasions, half-truths and inaccuracies that require a response. Most telling is not so much what the SSPX says, but rather its silence on so much of what Church Militant reported in our exposé.

Ad Hominem

The SSPX attempts to justify its stonewalling, silence and lack of transparency as a refusal to be 'baited' by Church Militant, which it dismisses as 'tabloid journalism' whose only purpose in reporting on the SSPX is to 'generate web-clicks and revenue while hoping to stoke the fires of public controversy.'

Church Militant has been at the forefront of exposing corruption, abuse and cover-up at all levels of the Church, with a strong track record of serious investigative journalism exposing the grave misdeeds of predator clergy and their protectors. The McCarrick revelations, the Pennsylvania grand jury report, the resignation of Cdl. Donald Wuerl, the bombshell testimony of Abp. Carlo Maria Viganò revealing a 'corrupt gay mafia' strangling the Church — in short, the Summer of Shame vindicated everything Church Militant has been saying — often a lone voice in the wilderness — for years.

No serious Catholic with integrity would dismiss our work as merely clickbait in order to generate revenue. Thus the SSPX's dismissal of Church Militant's reportage can only be seen as a pathetic attempt at further evasion and subterfuge, more typical of the tactics of liberal, cover-up bishops we've encountered, who shoot the messenger rather than answer difficult questions about their role in protecting predator priests. We are all too familiar with such maneuvers.


The SSPX's claim that it wouldn't answer Church Militant's questions as a matter of 'prudence' in order to avoid a 'public war of words' is also disproven by their deeply embarrassing leaked emails, exposing leadership's strategizing on how to prevent Church Militant from knowing too much about Fr. Pierre Duverger's case — a case Vogel admits would be viewed as 'bizarre' by the public because he's allowed to run a school while the subject of multiple sexual assault allegations — allegations known for at least two years that Fr. Wegner admitted directly to Jassy Jacas the SSPX never investigated.

The SSPX emails reveal one motive alone: how best to hide the truth from the public. James Vogel's admission about 'ugly cases in France' (cases that involved the intervention of two superiors general — Franz Schmidberger and Bernard Fellay — to shuffle a pederast to another congregation, or lift his ban so as to allow him to be around children) as well as his admission that Church Militant would find a 'gold mine' in Jassy's allegations suffice to expose their agenda.

The SSPX emails reveal one motive alone: how best to hide the truth from the public.

It is thus laughable that the SSPX would charge Church Militant with a supposed 'gross lack of ethics' for publishing the emails, when their strategizing to cover up the truth is the very definition of a 'gross lack of ethics.'

The Society's claim that it 'cooperates with all police or other official investigations' is also demonstrably false. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation revealed to Church Militant that the SSPX stonewalled their investigation, dragging its feet in response to a subpoena inquisition the KBI submitted in November. It took months for the SSPX to respond with the documents, when the subpoena could have easily been responded to in a matter of two weeks or less — the expected response time for subpoena inquisitions of that nature.

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The SSPX statement also attempts to cast doubt on the existence of a criminal investigation against multiple SSPX clergy — another false statement, as the KBI confirmed directly with Church Militant that this criminal investigation has been ongoing for approximately a year, and that it involves multiple clergy. In an email to Church Militant, Fr. Wegner himself admits there is a criminal investigation of SSPX clergy. While the name of Fr. Pierre Duverger has already been made public (thanks to the whistleblowing of Jassy Jacas), other SSPX clergy under investigation may not necessarily be known to the SSPX, and we are not at liberty to disclose their names so as not to compromise the investigation.

As to Fr. Jurgen Wegner's transfer to Austria, the assignment was announced in the middle of the criminal investigation, and comes at a highly convenient time. In spite of whatever treaties exist between the United States and Austria, the SSPX is fully aware that investigations are made infinitely more difficult when a priest is moved across state lines, cutting off investigators' access to the subject under investigation.

Church Militant has learned, however, that this is standard operating procedure for the SSPX, shuffling predator clergy — and those who cover for them — from one country to another, never informing their new flock of their priests' past misdeeds, in the hopes others will not find out. This makes the SSPX no different from 'Novus Ordo' cover-up bishops who transferred guilty clergy from one place to another, never warning the flock about the priest's crimes.

The SSPX admits there have been 'serious and tragic individual cases of abuse' by their own clergy — including those Church Militant exposed in our report:

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  • the conviction and imprisonment of SSPX priest Fr. Christophe Roisnel in 2016 for the rape and torture of three women (a priest Fellay was willing to let loose after only two years of prayer and penance in a monastery)
  • the conviction and imprisonment of SSPX priest Fr. Frédéric Abbet in 2017 for sexually abusing three boys (more details below)
  • the conviction and imprisonment of Fr. Uribe Silviano Bernabe in 2013 for sexually assaulting a girl and an adult woman
  • the canonical conviction of SSPX priest Fr. Philippe Peignot in 2014 for sexually abusing boys (whose ban on access to children was lifted by Fellay)
  • the sexual abuse of multiple boys by former SSPX priest Fr. Douglas Laudenschlager in the 1980s, one of the first U.S. priests ordained by Abp. Lefebvre

As we said in our report, this is only the tip of the iceberg. Church Militant did not touch on the protection of gay pederast Fr. Carlos Urrutigoity by then-Fr. Alfonso de Galarreta when he was district superior of the SSPX in Argentina. Galarreta was made known of multiple charges of homosexual predation by Urrutigoity, who was a seminarian at the time, yet did nothing, leading to such exasperation by others at the seminary that a dossier of Urrutigoity's misconduct and Galarreta's failure to act was sent to Abp. Marcel Lefebvre.

There is much, much more. Church Militant is well aware of multiple other SSPX clergy and brothers all over the world who have sexually groomed, assaulted and raped victims, in some cases fathering illegitimate children with them while forcing the victims to remain silent and then abandoning the children — all with the knowledge of SSPX leadership.

It would take a secular court to deliver the justice the SSPX canonical court refused to serve.

Church Militant has confirmed that these priests still minister in various SSPX chapels to this very day.

With regard to the SSPX's so-called cooperation with Belgian authorities in the criminal trial of Fr. Abbet, the SSPX fails to mention that Bp. Fellay (as we exposed in our report) personally sent his private secretary, Fr. Raphael Granges (a lawyer), to accompany Abbet to the courthouse daily. Granges dressed in lay clothes in order to escape notice.

The SSPX also fails to mention that an SSPX tribunal cleared Abbet of guilt years earlier when other sex abuse allegations came to light — allegations brought by distraught parents when they discovered their child had been abused by the priest. The SSPX leadership assured the parents they would handle the matter, asking that they not go public with their allegations — only for the SSPX to set up a tribunal to formally clear Abbet of guilt. It would take a secular court to deliver the justice the SSPX canonical court refused to serve.

'Lack of Infrastructure'

It's also laughable that the SSPX blames its failure to report known abusers to police on a 'lack of infrastructure.' As if a 'lack of infrastructure' is what prompted Fellay to lift a ban on gay pederast Fr. Philippe Peignot (found guilty of abusing an 11-year-old boy, among others), allowing him to be around more young boys.

As if 'lack of infrastructure' is what prompted Schmidberger to sit on the allegations against Peignot for a year — before transferring him to another congregation, where he would go on to abuse more boys.

As if 'lack of infrastructure' is what prompted Lefebvre to ordain a known homosexual predator who had earlier been kicked out of the SSPX seminary for his sexual propositioning of a seminarian.

As if lack of infrastructure is what prompted Fellay to limit rapist Fr. Roisnel's punishment to two years of prayer and penance in a monastery before letting him loose. Thanks be to God the police found him and delivered him to justice, rather than waiting on the soft 'justice' of the SSPX.

Was it that 'lack of infrastructure' that led three SSPX priests to counsel Kyle White not to report child rapist Peter Palmeri to police?

Was it that 'lack of infrastructure' that prompted Fellay to move pederast Fr. Abbet to live in a priory right next door to a school, where he abused three boys? We could go on, but the point is clear.

Was it that 'lack of infrastructure' that prompted Fellay to move pederast Fr. Abbet to live in a priory right next door to a school

This 'lack of infrastructure'is the exact same excuse we've heard before from so many cover-up bishops to justify their failure to report predators to police in times past, instead sending them off to do prayer and penance or go to rehab centers before placing them back in active ministry, where they often abused again.

The SSPX claims to be fully 'committed to transparency.' That is yet to be seen, proven by its latest statement full of evasions and deceptions, only lending further weight to our report exposing the SSPX as a bastion of cover-up and corruption, carrying on its work under the cloak of piety and traditionalism. Because of their promotion of orthodoxy and a reverent liturgy, their betrayal can rightly be viewed as far greater than that of other clergy.

Victims and witnesses of abuse by the SSPX or other clergy can contact the Kansas Bureau of Investigation at [email protected] or they can call 1 (800) KS-Crime (1-800-572-7463).

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SSPX Priest Dogged by French Sex Scandal
SSPX Pedophile Priest Arrested in Switzerland
SSPX Silences Witnesses
SSPX Protected Sadistic Rapist
SSPX Priest to Bp. Fellay: Stop Protecting Predators
SSPX Cone of Silence
SSPX Bishops Ordained Known Gay Predator
SSPX Admits Abuse
SSPX, Police Protected Child Rapist
SSPX Gave Pedophile Repeated Access to Boys
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