Pope Francis Says FSSP Can Continue Traditional Latin Mass, Use 1962 Liturgical Books

Fr. Paul-Joseph (left) and Fr. Vincent Ribeton (right), FSSP England, Facebook / Mater Dei Catholic Parish, Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

This is wonderful news for the FSSP! 🙌

The FSSP (The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter) announced on Mon., Feb. 21, that two priests from the order met with Pope Francis earlier this month.

District of France Superior Fr. Benoît Paul-Joseph, FSSP, and Rector of St. Peter’s Seminary in Wigratzbad Fr. Vincent Ribeton, FSSP, met with the pope privately on Fri., Feb. 4 to discuss the FSSP and confirm its mission.

The Holy Father confirmed with the priests that the Latin Mass restrictions in the Motu Proprio Traditionis Custodes do not apply to the FSSP, because “the use of the ancient liturgical books was at the origin of their existence and is provided for in their constitutions.”

Pope Francis signed an official decree on Feb. 11, which confirmed their “right to use the liturgical books in force in 1962, namely: the Missal, the Ritual, the Pontifical and the Roman Breviary.”

Here’s the official announcement below:


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Here’s the text below:

“On Friday, February 4, 2022, two members of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, Fr. Benoît Paul-Joseph, Superior of the District of France, and Fr. Vincent Ribeton, Rector of St. Peter’s Seminary in Wigratzbad, were received in private audience by the Holy Father, Pope Francis, for nearly an hour.

“During the very cordial meeting, they recalled the origins of the Fraternity in 1988, the Pope expressed that he was very impressed by the approach taken by its founders, their desire to remain faithful to the Roman Pontiff and their trust in the Church. He said that this gesture should be ‘preserved, protected and encouraged’.

“In the course of the audience, the Pope made it clear that institutes such as the Fraternity of St. Peter are not affected by the general provisions of the Motu Proprio Traditionis Custodes, since the use of the ancient liturgical books was at the origin of their existence and is provided for in their constitutions.

The Holy Father subsequently sent a decree signed by him and dated February 11, the day the Fraternity was solemnly consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, confirming for the members of the Fraternity the right to use the liturgical books in force in 1962, namely: the Missal, the Ritual, the Pontifical and the Roman Breviary.

“Grateful to the Holy Father, the members of the Fraternity of St. Peter are in thanksgiving for this confirmation of their mission.

“They invite all the faithful who feel close to them as a spiritual family to attend or join them in prayer at the Mass tomorrow, on the feast of the Chair of St. Peter, and to pray for the Supreme Pontiff.”

FSSP in North America Responds

The FSSP’s North American Province expressed their gratitude for Pope Francis’ clarification on this matter. They also thanked Our Lady and St. Joseph.

“The North American Province of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter is grateful to the Holy Father for this clarification,” the FSSP’s website states.

“We also express our gratitude to the ever-glorious Mother of God, to whose Immaculate Heart the entire Fraternity of St. Peter was consecrated on February 11th, the date of the Holy Father’s decree. Finally, we express our gratitude to St. Joseph, Patron of the North American Province.

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[See also: Pope Francis Drastically Restricts Traditional Latin Mass – Here’s Why & What You Should Know]

[See also: These FSSP Seminarians in Cassocks Chanting in the Mountains Will Transport You to Heaven]

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Jacqueline Burkepile is the editor for the English edition of ChurchPOP. She is a journalist, former university campus minister, and a wife and mother. You can follow her posts on Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok.

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Jacqueline Burkepile is the editor for the English edition of ChurchPOP. She is a journalist, former university campus minister, and a wife and mother. You can follow her posts on Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok.