Friday, March 25, 2011

A SSPX District in Malta?

The Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX) is an international Traditionalist Catholic organisation, founded in 1970 by the French archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, who today happens to be the 20th anniversary of his death. According to its own figures, the Society had (as of November 2009) 510 priests present in 31 countries and active in 32 more, 725 Mass centers, 117 religious brothers, 164 religious sisters, 200 seminarians in six seminaries, 88 schools, and 2 university-level institutes. The SSPX's main seminary is in Ecône, Switzerland; others are located in the United States (Winona, Minnesota), France (Flavigny-sur-Ozerain), Germany(Zaitzkofen), Australia (Goulburn), and Argentina (La Reja). The largest proportion of the SSPX's priests (over 120) are stationed in France.

Rumours are circulating in traditionalist circles that the SSPX is about to establish a presence in Malta if not a fully fledged District. It is also being said that a private chapel has been put at the disposal of the Society together with a house. Pro Tridentina (Malta) is not in a position to confirm or otherwise these rumours, but we will keep you posted if any developments follow.