"Double Standard" Update
Another Traditionalist Priest "Suspended"
by Christopher A. Ferrara
As the collapse of
faith and discipline throughout the establishment Church continues, yet another
priest has been "suspended" for the only offense that still seems to matter to
post-conciliar prelates: an adherence to the traditions of the Church. As
reported by the Remnant, the cardinal archbishop of Toronto, Aloysius
Cardinal Ambrozic, has "suspended" Father Stephen Somerville solely on the
grounds of "disobedience" in offering the traditional Latin Mass at chapels
maintained by the Society of St. Pius X.
This is the same
Father Somerville who served as chaplain to Mel Gibson during his filming of
"The Passion of the Christ". It was Father Somerville who published the already
justly famous "Open Letter to the Church" in which he renounced his involvement
with the International Commission on English Liturgy (ICEL), which was
responsible for the abominable translation of the Novus Ordo Mass into English.
As Father Somerville declared in his open letter: "I am a priest who for over
ten years collaborated in a work that became a notable harm to the Catholic
faith. I wish now to apologize before God and the Church and to renounce
decisively my personal sharing in that damaging project."
In short, in the
eyes of the post-conciliar ecclesial establishment the same gang that
gave us altar girls and the homosexual priest scandal cover-up Father
Somerville is an arch-heretic.
So, in the midst of
the growing crisis of a priest shortage, as the result of which entire regions
of the Church will soon be without priests, yet another faithful, traditional
priest has been "suspended" for nothing more than his insistence upon
providing to the faithful the received and approved rite of Mass in the Church,
which even Pope John Paul II has decreed must be generously permitted by local
It is hardly a
coincidence that Cardinal Ambrozic has also targeted Father Nicholas Gruner for
public denunciations and "warnings" issued through his chancery office. Here
too, we are dealing with a dangerous subversive: a priest who has kept his vows
and maintains a strict adherence to the traditions he received at the time of
And so the double
standard goes in the post-conciliar church: coddling and protection for
heretics and sexual predators, "suspensions" for militant and traditional
priests. May Our Lady of Fatima intercede for the restoration of the Church,
that we might live to see the day when, once again, the Churchs defenders
are rewarded and Her enemies punished.