Societas Sacerdotalis
Christi Regis


The Priestly Society of Christ the King

History & Apostolate

Societas Sacerdotalis Christi Regis (SSCR), known as the Priestly Society of Christ the King, began as a pious association of young seminarians who were studying for the Archdiocese of  Los Angeles. When it became apparent that the Novus Ordo establishment could not, nor would not provide them with a solid Catholic sacerdotal formation they departed the New Church, with a determination to establish a traditional Catholic Clerical Society: the Society is not a Religious Order, but rather, a clerical society and Confraternity of the type described in canons 673 (for the clerics) and 707 (for the lay associates) of the 1917 Iuris Canonici. Members of this confraternity include both seculars (the Society Clergy proper) and Religious (currently Franciscans, Benedictines and Holy Ghost Fathers).

 

On Holy Name Sunday 1994 the members of the Society of Christ the King made their first public promises in the presence of the Reverend Casimir Puskorius, CMRI at Queen of Angels church in Santa Clarita, CA. In the fall on 1997 two of the Society’s members received Major Orders at Ashford, Kent in Great Britain, from the Most Reverend John Christopher Simmons (d. 2003), a traditional Catholic Bishop.


Since its founding the Society of Christ the King has established Missions and Mass centres for the purpose of providing the faithful with valid and licit Sacraments in the historic traditional Roman Rite of the Catholic Church, exclusively in Latin. The Clergy of the Society use only the approved rites of the Church (the rubrics of S. Pope Pius X) and rejects as dangerous and non-Catholic any and all of the so-called reforms of the mid twentieth century, even those of Pope Pius XII who exceeded his legitimate authority in revising the texts and rites of Holy Week.

 

The Fourfold Mission of the Society of Christ the King is: Firstly, to provide a place of refuge and hope for those who wish to remain faithful to the true and authentic teachings of the most Holy and Catholic Church, most especially to the sacred Rites and Ceremonies of that same Church before the disastrous so-called "reforms" of the mid to late Twentieth Century. Secondly, to teach true and sound doctrine, according to Scripture and Holy Tradition, including the Holy Councils and Decrees of the Church and her lawful authority, i.e.: the Popes. Thirdly, to provide community, stability and normalcy; which shall foster the spirit of charity and unity amongst those faithful to Holy Tradition. Fourthly, and by no means last, to help bring about Christ’s Social Kingship through prayer, penance, service and devotion to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. The Society of Christ the King has chosen as its Mission Field the cities of the world rather than the far-away lands, in the hope of recapturing for Christ the souls of the people in most need. By bearing the unchanging Gospel to modern man in his home and workplace the Society of Christ the King, following the examples of Saints Peter and Paul, hopes to convert the world back to Christ the King and His Social Kingship. It is with the purpose of the return of Christendom that the Society labours.

 

Theological Opinion

The clergy of the Priestly Society of Christ the King are Roman Catholic Priests who remain faithful to all dogmas, doctrines and disciplines of the Roman Catholic Church, as they were delivered to her by her Divine Founder, Our Lord Jesus Christ, King, and have been held to and safeguarded by her visible head, the Blessed Apostle Peter and his true and lawful successors. The clergy of the Priestly Society of Christ the King also conform to the sublime teachings of Peter and the Holy Councils convened in union with him, as well as the disciplines of the Roman Congregations and the Code of Canon Law as codified by Saint Pope Pius X and promulgated by Pope Benedict XV in 1917.

 

The Priestly Society of Christ the King makes use of all the Liturgical Rites and Ceremonies of the Roman Catholic Church as were approved and used up to 1958 (the death of Pope Pius XII), save those that pertain to the decrees Maxima Redemptionis Nostræ Mysteria, of November 16, 1955, the instructio Cum Propositum of the same date, and Hebdomadæ Sanctæ Instauratus, of November 30, 1955, which being tainted by the reformers would most certainly be abrogated one day by a true and legitimate Pope.

 

The Theological Opinion that a Pope can fall into formal heresy and lose his office (the Papacy) commonly referred to as Sede Vacantism, has taken hold in the hearts and minds of many of today’s faithful Catholics in order to make sense of the contradictions and erroneous proclamations that come out of modernist Rome today, as well as those from all modernist clergy. Great Catholic minds such as S. Robert Bellarmine and Francisco Suárez, SJ  (to name just two) have written about its possibility. Those who hold that the current Popes are “not pope at all” due to formal heresy (called sede vacantism), or due to the invalidity of order deriving from the new "rite" of Ordinations and Consecration, cannot in any way be considered schismatic and outside of the Church; quite the opposite, they are holding to logical principles that help explain the current crisis in the Church. This theological opinion remains that and does not affect one’s membership in the Church. Likewise, those who hold that the successors of Pope Pius XII are true and legitimate Popes, but have exceeded their authority and must be resisted in regards to the Faith, Holy Mass and the Sacraments, are likewise faithful Catholics and cannot be considered schismatic or outside of the Church.

The throwing of anathemas and excommunications by those who stand on either side of this  theological debate are the only ones in error and in danger of grave sin. The faithful are exhorted to stop looking for a human solution to this spiritual problem. The only answer will come by prayer, penance and sacrifice.


For further reading on this subject contact the Catholic Research Institute and obtain a

copy of Can The Pope Go Bad? by Arnaldo Vidigal Xavier Da Silveira.