The Society of Pius IX

Membership

(a) Application for active membership of the Society shall be made to the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors shall admit to active membership of the Society only clergy with apostolic orders acceptable to the Roman Pontiff, as determined by the Rector. Applicants for active membership of the Society whose orders are not acceptable to the Roman Pontiff shall consent to conditional or sub-conditional ordination upon terms mutually agreeable to the Rector and Applicant. Clergy admitted under this Article shall have voice and vote at the Annual General Meeting.

(b) At his discretion, the Rector may admit members of celibate religious communities to the Society. Applicants admitted under this Article shall have voice and vote at the Annual General Meeting.

(c) At his discretion, the Rector may confer upon clergy or religious who are desirous of the prayers and fellowship of the Society the status of Associate Member of the Society. Applicants admitted under this Article shall have voice but no vote at the Annual General Meeting.


We invite applications for membership from clergy and religious who uphold Catholic teaching.

We offer ourselves to our Christian brethren as an alternative to the dysfunction of the diocesan system
in the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches.


N.B. Bishops who apply for reception into the Society will, upon reception, function as priests for a minimum of one calendar year before an application for recognition of episcopal status can be considered.


Policy on the Regularization of Orders


The Society does not wish to place any unnecessary impediment in the way of clergy seeking refuge in our ranks. However, all clergy genuinely desirous of membership of the Society will appreciate that the people of God have a moral and canonical right to receive sacraments of whose validity they can have moral certitude. Furthermore, as an apostolate of the Order of Corporate Reunion, in execution of the Apostolic Mandate conferred upon the Order of Corporate Reunion by His Holiness Pope Pius IX, it is our moral duty to ensure that the orders of all clergy actively ministering in our ranks are acceptable to the Roman Pontiff.

For this reason, the bishops of the Society are willing to do everything necessary to remedy any possible defects in the orders of the clergy who enter into its ranks. The bishops of the Society commit to remedying these possible defects in a discreet and sensitive manner respectful to the Applicant and the orders that he may have previously received.

Clergy who, for whichever reason, are not morally able to receive orders acceptable to the Roman Pontiff but who nevertheless wish to share in the prayers and fellowship of the Society are cordially invited to apply to become Associate Members.


Father Richard P. Cumming, OCR, Rector of the Society of Pius IX

Father Michael J. Kline, OCR, Auxiliary Bishop, Society of Pius IX

January 15th, 2022