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While visiting a friend in Sacramento this past weekend, I had the distinct pleasure of being able to attend Sunday Mass at St. Stephen the First Martyr, a parish served by the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter. The FSSP, for those of you who are unaware, is an order of priests who celebrate Mass according to the 1962 missal; it was founded in 1988 by several priests and seminarians who had left the Society of St. Pius X after its founder, Archbp. Marcel Lefebvre, illicitly ordained four bishops and was excommunicated. Thus, the Fraternity is in good standing with Rome, unlike the SSPX (though the latter’s schismatic status may be resolved in the near future; but that’s another story). In any event, I managed to make the 10:30 AM High Mass, and was I ever impressed.

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