A work of the Church

The Society of St. Pius X is a work of the Church. It was born providentially in the Church and for the Church.”[1] But it was born in the particular circumstances in which the Church finds herself today.

  • 1. Archbishop Lefebvre, spiritual conference, Econe, October 10, 1977.

A hierarchical work

As a work of the Church, the Society recognizes Pope Francis as pope of the Holy Catholic Church and promises obedience to the Roman Pontiff in all of his legitimate acts.

It adheres

with all its heart, with all its soul to Catholic Rome, guardian of the Catholic Faith and of the traditions necessary for the preservation of that Faith, to Eternal Rome, teacher of wisdom and truth.”

On the other hand it refuses

and has always refused to follow the Rome of the neo-Modernist and neo-Protestant tendency that clearly manifested itself in the Second Vatican Council and after the Council in all the reforms that resulted from it.”[2]

A structured work

The practical organization of the Society follows its Statutes, which were recognized and praised by the Church. These Statutes are all aimed at the sanctification of the priest and provide the plan and the rules that its members strive to follow. In particular through their common life, organized in priories, the members find “a setting that breathes an atmosphere of faith, prayer and fraternal charity”.[3]

An apostolic work

The Society is essentially apostolic.”[4] Its members, when they are not dedicated to the formation of future priests in the seminaries, devote themselves to the service of the faithful in the chapels, the schools, the missions and the works of the apostolate.

We have only one desire, to make Catholic priests, because the Catholic Church cannot continue without priests. We have no other ambition than to be able to exhale our last breath saying that we contributed to the building up of the Church and not to her destruction.”[5]

  • 2. Declaration of November 21, 1974.
  • 3. Archbishop Lefebvre, retreat conference, St. Nicolas du Chardonnet, May 10, 1988.
  • 4. Statutes of the Society of St. Pius X.
  • 5. Archbishop Lefebvre, homily given at Chatelperron on August 25, 1977.