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FSSP Requests Audience with Pope Francis

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FSSP Requests Audience with Pope Francis

Official Communiqué of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter

Audience with Pope Francis

Following a request from the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, Pope Francis invited Fr. Andrzej Komorowski, Superior General of the FSSP, to meet with him. He received him in private audience at the Vatican on Thursday, February 29, 2024, accompanied by Fr. Benoît Paul-Joseph, Superior of the District of France, and Fr. Vincent Ribeton, Rector of St. Peter's Seminary in Wigratzbad.

The meeting was an opportunity for them to express their deep gratitude to the Holy Father for the decree of February 11, 2022, by which the Pope confirmed the liturgical specificity of the Fraternity of St. Peter, but also to share with him the difficulties encountered in its application. The Pope was very understanding and invited the Fraternity of St. Peter to continue to build up ecclesial communion ever more fully through its own proper charism. Fr.

Komorowski informed the Holy Father that the decree of February 11, 2022 had been given on the very day of the Fraternity of St. Peter's consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, on the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. The Holy Father hailed this coincidence as a providential sign.

Remnant Editor's Comment: Some unfortunate controversy has swarmed around this meeting since it became known last night (Feb 29). At first, before the FSSP released it's embargoed statement, the going assumption seemed to be that the Francis Regime was preparing to ax the second-largest traditionalist order of priests in the world. However, with the welcome news offered this morning in the above press release, the sentiment turned—perplexingly—on the Fraternity itself. Cries of "Sell-outs!" and "Compromisers!" are among the baffling amount of mud-slinging happening online today. Please, we are all friends of the Fraternity. Would you seriously have been happier if the FSSP had been shut down yesterday? There is so much more going on behind the scenes with this. We must stop the reactionary toxicity. For God's sake and the sake of our children, pray for the priests of the FSSP... now more than ever. I think we can all agree on this last. 

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Michael J. Matt has been an editor of The Remnant since 1990. Since 1994, he has been the newspaper's editor. A graduate of Christendom College, Michael Matt has written hundreds of articles on the state of the Church and the modern world. He is the host of The Remnant Underground and Remnant TV's The Remnant Forum. He's been U.S. Coordinator for Notre Dame de Chrétienté in Paris--the organization responsible for the Pentecost Pilgrimage to Chartres, France--since 2000.  Mr. Matt has led the U.S. contingent on the Pilgrimage to Chartres for the last 24 years. He is a lecturer for the Roman Forum's Summer Symposium in Gardone Riviera, Italy. He is the author of Christian Fables, Legends of Christmas and Gods of Wasteland (Fifty Years of Rock ‘n’ Roll) and regularly delivers addresses and conferences to Catholic groups about the Mass, home-schooling, and the culture question. Together with his wife, Carol Lynn and their seven children, Mr. Matt currently resides in St. Paul, Minnesota.