History of the St. Benedict Centre : Part I

History of the St. Benedict Centre : Part I 1

One is either Catholic or not Catholic.There is no such thing as a Feenyite. Father Feeney was a Catholic priest who died in good standing with the Catholic Church. It is an ad hominem attack applied equally to the priest AND his followers where one attacks the man and not the ball. (This can be seen to have readily occurred during Fr. Feeney’s trial itself.) To do so would be tantamount to saying that any follower of Archbishop Lefebvre, Bishop de Castro Mayer, are ‘Lefebvrists’ or ‘Castromayerists’ Closer to home it would be the same as calling one who follows the good Fr. Hewko a ‘Hewkoite’ and even we, who at the time followed Fr. Pfeiffer were labelled as ’Pfeifferites’.

Having previously accepted, without question, the judgment of the status quo I decided to do my own research. It is well worth taking the trouble to read through the following historical account of Fr. Feeney’s trial to get to the truth of of the matter. As there are many forums where argumentation on this subject are endless no debate will be entered into here on Cor Mariae. We encourage readers to make up their own minds.

What is most remarkable is that the treatment metered out to Fr. Feeney closely resembles that dealt out to Archbishop Lefebvre and his subsequent ‘excommunication’.


The strangest feature of this case is not, as might be commonly supposed, that some Boston Catholics were holding heresy and were being rebuked by their legitimate superiors. It is, rather, that these same Catholics were accusing their ecclesiastical superiors and academic mentors of teaching heresy, and as thanks for having been so solicitous were immediately suppressed by these same authorities on the score of being intolerant and bigoted. If history takes any note of this large incident (in what is often called the most Catholic city in the United States) it may interest historians to note that those who were punished were never accused of holding heresy, but only of being intolerant, unbroadminded and disobedient. It is also to be noted that the same authorities have never gone to the slightest trouble to point out wherein the accusation made against them by the “Boston group” is unfounded. In a heresy case usually a subject is being punished by his superior for denying a doctrine of his church. In this heresy case a subject of the Church is being punished by his superior for professing a defined doctrine. Source

NB. Nowadays the St. Benedict Center has *at least* one foot in the conciliar church since they depend on the local bishop to provide them with a priest. They submit themselves to Rome via the local bishop. The tabernacle in their chapel is empty and they have no Mass or sacraments any longer.

Fr. Wathen, featured prominently on Cor Mariae, is himself accused of being 'a Feeneyite'. The truth is that he was not a follower of any man. He was a Catholic priest authorised and obligated to teach Catholic doctrine. Like Archbishop Lefebvre, who hated his followers to be labelled 'Lefebvrists', Fr. Wathen upheld the very same Catholic doctrine that Fr. Feeney fought for.

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