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Davao prelate rejects rosary feast invite

tags: St. Pius X, Lebvre, Blessed Mother, Marian, Rosary, SSPX, Fernando Capalla

by NJ Viehland, Quezon City

by NJ Viehland, Quezon City

Published: October 07, 2011 09:46 AM GMT
Davao prelate rejects rosary feast invite

An invitation by the Society of St Pius X to clergy and lay people to attend their celebration of the feast of the solemnity of the Most Holy Rosary today has been rejected by Davao archdiocese. Father Thomas Onoda, the head of the international Catholic traditionalist organization in the Philippines, had announced that all who wanted to join could gather in liturgy today. There will also be liturgical celebrations in other dioceses, he said. Archbishop Fernando Capalla of Davao rejected the group's invitation, and advised Catholics against joining. "As long as the society does not have canonical status in the Church, its ministers do not exercise legitimate ministries in the Church," he said quoting Pope Benedict XVI's 2009 letter regarding the organization. "For this reason our Catholics - priests, Religious and laity - are hereby advised not to participate in any ministry - liturgical celebration, teaching and community - of the Society of St. Pius X," the prelate declared.

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