BERLIN — The controversial Society of St. Pius X plans to consecrate three priests June 26 in Germany, a move the local bishop called a "provocation" that could upend a tentative peace with the Vatican.Source
The conservative society, which rejects many of the Catholic Church's modernizing reforms, has long had a difficult relationship with the Vatican. A decision to consecrate four bishops against the orders of Pope John Paul II in 1988 led to excommunications that were lifted in 2009.
The Vatican was deeply embarrassed after one of the rehabilitated bishops, Richard Williamson, turned out to be a vocal denier of the Holocaust.
Regensburg Bishop Gerhard Ludwig Mueller, in whose diocese the ordination for three deacons from Sweden, the Czech Republic and Italy is set to occur, said that until the group's status is clarified, any such ceremonies should "only be attempted with clear direction and permission from the pope."