www.fsspx.info - German
District of the SSPX Website.
Article roughly translated from
German-language Daily-Sun-like trad-newsportal.
"They are not ecumenical nice-talkers without spines"
Society of St. Pius X, in conflict with the Vatican over
reforms, organized spectacular Ignatian Exercises and
Retreat in the Latvian capital of Riga in April 2008.
Among those participating: the Lutheran Protestant
regional archbishop of Riga. (kreuz.net)
From April 20 until April 25 Father Karl Stehlin,
district superior of the SSPX for Eastern Europe,
preached a retreat in Latvia. The German district of the
SSPX Website reported about this event on May 17, 2008.
Seven laymen participated, but also eleven Protestant
clergymen and even the head of the Lutheran Protestant
community of Latvia, the regional Archbishop of the
Lutheran Diocese of Riga, participated.
In his sermons during the Ignatian Retreat, Father
Stehlin SSPX preached about the Holy Sacrifice of the
Mass, about the Mother of God, about divine grace, about
the seven sacraments and the one Church which is alone
During the retreat different themes of faith and
religious life came to be spoken about.
The Lutheran Pastors declared that they had asked a
Traditionalist, because ecumenical meetings with
official Catholic church representatives often consisted
out of nice words, nice-talkers without any content and
substance in their words.
Many said they had been given the impression, that
Catholics these days are rather willing to imitate the
In the meanwhile one of the Pastors said: "We are
searching for Truth, for clarification about many
ambiguities and contradictions within our own Protestant
They wanted to learn the authentic doctrine of the Roman
Catholic Church. But this doctrine would only be clearly
preached today by traditionalist clergymen:
"These are not ecumenical-nice-talkers without a spine,
but they clearly preach the authentic Catholic deposit
of faith." – one of the Lutheran pastors said.
According to the website the gratitude of the
participants was immense: "The pastors said they
particularly loved the the method of Saint Ignatius of
Loyola, which opened accession to Sacred Scripture to
The Lutheran Protestant pastors and archbishop were also
touched by the Mariology preached by priest Stehlin:
"With great intensity and piety, they also witnessed the
Catholic rite of Mass [Tridentine Rite]."
The ardent desire for the fullness of Truth was clearly
present among all of them, Father Stehlin declared.
After the Ignatian Retreat Father Stehlin received the
notification that already one of the participants had
converted to the Roman Catholic Church.
The Lutheran Regional Archbishop of Riga, leader of the
Lutheran community of entire Latvia, asked Father
Stehlin to come back soon and preach his Ignatian
retreats to a larger group of Latvian Catholic and
Protestant faithful and Lutheran Pastors.
The Retreat in Riga (Latvia at the Baltic Sea) has a
history before it. Already in November 2006 Father
Stehlin had preached Ignatian retreats for Lutheran
Protestant pastors in northern, neighbouring Estonia.
One of the pastors present in November 2006 was from
Lativa. He was particularly touched by Mariology and at
the end declared: "I
found my Mother!"
After that the contact and communication with him was
lost, but a few months ago, Father Stehlin received an
invitation from him, to come to Latvia and preach his
retreats to a larger group of Lutheran pastors.
(Picture: Fr. Karl Stehlin FSSPX, in Poland.)
Lutheran-Evangelical Protestant cathedral of Riga,
Roman Rite Mass by the Society of St. Pius X during the
Vadstena Pilgrimage in Sweden, inside a Lutheran church.
Lutheran churches in Scandinavia, Danmark and the Baltic
countries mostly conserved their Medieval high altar and
© Pictures: fsspx.info, Ignis Ardens Forum
May God bless Estonia,