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