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Anonymous wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • Are Fr. Gruner and the "Servants of Jesus of Mary" aligning themselves with the SSPX, the Society of Saint Pius X?

If so, his literature should admit it both to the public and to the bishops who have been asked to sign the petition.

If not, will Fr. Gruner dissociate his campaign from the schismatic movement and Bishop Lazo.


  { Are Fr. Gruner and the Servants of Jesus of Mary aligned with the SSPX? }

Richard sent this from

Note: At the individual's request, a private letter referring to the Standing of the SSPX (Society of Saint Pius X) from Vatican officials to an individual has been removed from this answer.

Richard Chonak sent me the following on this issue from the Catholic World News:


VATICAN ( — Father Nicholas Gruner, a Canadian priest who has been suspended from his ministry, has received support in an open letter to Pope John Paul II, signed by 20 bishops. But the publication of that open letter in the Italian daily Il Messaggero has prompted new questions.

Father Gruner, who for 20 years has organized conferences on the messages of Fatima, has been suspended a divinis — that is, forbidden to exercise his priestly powers. The open letter which appeared in the Italian press today called upon the Holy Father to restore the priest's faculties, and accused "Vatican bureaucrats" of undermining his work. The letter used the same accusation to explain why the appeal on behalf of Father Gruner was published in the secular media, rather than relayed through normal Church channels.

The letter was signed by 20 bishops — 3 of them retired — from India, Malaysia, Brazil, Honduras, China, Belgium, and Syria, all of whom indicated their desire to participate in conferences organized by the controversial Canadian priest. However, Vatican sources expressed some doubts that all these bishops knew that their names had appeared on the document, or that they understood Father Gruner's situation.

Father Gruner was suspended by his bishop in the Italian Diocese of Avellino in 1976. When he continued his public work, regardless of the ban, the Vatican Congregation for the Clergy finally issued a statement in 1992, announcing that his annual conferences on the Fatima message were organized without ecclesiastical approval. In January of this year Bishop Natalino Zagotto, an auxiliary of the Rome diocese, again reminded potential supporters that Father Gruner's conferences were unauthorized.

Side note: SSPX stands for the Society of Saint Pius X. We would recommend you stay away from this organization which dissents from the Magisterium

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