GERARD QUIRKE has announced that he is leaving Tuam after three years to join a Latin Mass outfit!
He was only ordained for Tuam in 2018.
This time last year, Tuam was celebrating his 30th birthday with him and praising him as their youngest priest.
Now he is leaving them.
THE PRIESTLY FRATERNITY OF SAINT PETER
The FSSP consists of priests and seminarians who intend to pursue the goal of Christian perfection according to a specific charism, which is to offer the Mass and other sacraments according to the Roman Rite as it existed before the liturgical reforms that followed the Second Vatican Council. Thus, the fraternity uses the Roman Missal, the Roman Breviary, the Pontifical (Pontificale Romanum), and the Roman Ritual in use in 1962, the last editions before the revisions that followed the Council.
The 2007 motu proprio Summorum Pontificum had authorized use of the 1962 Roman Missal by all Latin Rite priests as an extraordinary form of the Roman Rite without limit when celebrating Mass “without a congregation”. Its use for Mass with a congregation was allowed with the permission of the priest in charge of a church for stable groups attached to this earlier form of the Roman Rite, provided that the priest using it was “qualified to do so and not juridically impeded” (as for instance by suspension). That was abrogated by the 2021 motu proprio Traditionis custodes that emphasized deference towards the Missal of Pope St. Paul VI and added restrictions to which clergy could perform the Roman Rite according to the pre-Vatican II form.
Following from its charism, the fraternity’s mission is twofold: to sanctify each priest through the exercise of his priestly function, and to deploy these priests to parishes. As such, they are to celebrate the sacraments, catechise, preach retreats, organize pilgrimages, and generally provide a full sacramental and cultural life for lay Catholics who are likewise drawn to the rituals of the 1962 missal. In order to help complete its mission, the fraternity has built its own seminaries with the goal of forming men to serve the fraternity.
PFSP FOUNDED BY 18 FORMER MEMBERS OF THE SOCIETY OF ST PIUS X
The society was founded in 1988 under the leadership of 12 priests who were formerly members of the Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX), another traditionalist organization, but were unwilling to remain part of it following the Écône consecrations, which resulted in its bishops being excommunicated by the Holy See.
Headquartered in Switzerland, the society maintains two international seminaries: the International Seminary of St. Peter in Wigratzbad–Opfenbach, Bavaria, Germany, and Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary in Denton, Nebraska, United States. The society is officially recognized by the Holy See and its priests celebrate the Tridentine Mass in locations in 124 worldwide dioceses.
These Latin Mass societies should be totally and immediately suppressed by Francis and the Vatican.
Their foundation and continuation is a direct attack on Vatican II and the intentions of the council fathers as regards the celebration of the Mass in the vernacular.
Benedict XVI and others tolerated these latin dinosaurs when they should have been resisted and now they have a firm hold and are running another church alongside the Vatican II church.
Furthermore, they are taking vocations away from dioceses and parishes.
I’m surprised Michael Neary is allowing Quirke to abandon the diocese he was ordained for to join up with these bunch of nutcases.
What about the Tuam money soent on his training?
He should gave been forced to do at least 10 years of service in Tuam before indulging in this fantasy.
Were I his bishop I would have given him a firm NO and told him to serve Tuam or apply for laicization.
The priesthood is primarily one of pastoral service.
Not a way of indulging liturgical fantasies.