On the death of Pope John Paul II and the Eletion of Pope Benedict XVI

The Superior General of the Priestly Society of St. Pius X and his two Assistants, together with all its members: bishops, priests, brothers, sisters as well as the faithful, join in the prayer of the Universal Church at the announcement of the passing of the Holy Father, Pope John Paul II. We commend his soul to the mercy of God the Father and the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

There will be a Requiem Mass said in each house of the Society for the repose of the soul of the Holy Father.

The Society of St. Pius X, founded by Mgr. Marcel Lefebvre, applauds the fight undertaken by Karol Wojtyla for the protection of life and his efforts in the moral sphere. Nonetheless, it feels it a duty to repeat that it has always condemned the indefatigable efforts of Pope John Paul II towards ecumenism, efforts which have led to a weakening of the Faith and of the defence of Truth.

The Society is aware of the superhuman task awaiting the future Supreme Pontiff and prays the Holy Ghost to enlighten the Cardinal Electors. It hopes the new Vicar of Christ will be able to take up the helm of the Church with a steady hand and make good the damage caused in the wake of the Second Vatican Council: liturgical unity and the unity of Faith have been ruined and doctrinal errors have spread amongst all the clergy.

Mgr. Bernard Fellay
Superior General of the Priestly Society of St. Pius X.

In the name of the Priestly Society of Saint Pius X, His Excellency Mgr. Fellay, Superior General, welcomes the accession of Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger to the Sovereign Pontificate. He sees in it a gleam of hope that we may find a way out of the profound crisis which is rocking the Catholic Church, of which some aspects have been spoken of by the former Head for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and indeed quite recently in his preaching on the occasion of the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday.

His Excellency Mgr. Fellay implores Our Lord Jesus Christ, Head of the Mystical Body, that the two-thousand-year-old Tradition of the Church, forgotten and abused during the last forty years, may regain its place during this Pontificate, and that the Traditional Holy Mass may be re-established with all its rights, without any restrictions.

Finally, the Superior General assures the Successor of Peter, Benedict XVI, of his prayers and those of all the Priestly Society of Saint Pius X for the considerable task which awaits him in order to restore all things in Christ.