On Monday, May 20, 2019, Pope Francis relieved Bishop Vitus Huonder of his duties as Bishop of the Diocese of Chur (Switzerland), while appointing an administrator with a view to the election of his successor.
According to an intention that he stated long ago, Bishop Huonder is retiring to a house of the Society of Saint Pius X. The one sole purpose of this step is to dedicate himself to prayer and silence, to celebrate the traditional Mass exclusively, and to work for Tradition, the only way of renewing the Church.
The Society of Saint Pius X appreciates Bishop Huonder’s courageous decision and rejoices to be able to provide him with the spiritual and priestly surroundings that he desires so deeply. May this example be followed by others, so as to “restore everything in Christ”.
May 20, 2019
His Excellency Vitus Huonder – Bishop Emeritus of Chur
Don Davide Pagliarani – Superior General of the SSPX
Joint communiqué of Bishop Huonder and Father Pagliarani, FSSPXNews, 20 May 2019
Bp. Huonder is a typical Novus Ordo of the liberal strain who occasionally makes a decision which appears Catholic. He is big fan of interreligious dialogue and a friend of Moslem and Talmudic Jew alike. Thinks highly of ‘Nostra Aetate’, is a member of the Jewish / Roman – Catholic Dialogue Commission, implemented the ‘Day of Judaism’ in Switzerland, wrote his doctoral thesis in 1975 – Israel Sohn Gottes: Zur Deutung eines alttestamentlichen Themas in der jüdischen Exegese des Mittelalters (Israel Son of God: On the interpretation of an Old Testament theme in the Jewish exegesis of the Middle Ages), ad nauseum.
Vitus Huonder’s goal in retiring to the SSPX
Bp. Huonder, “In the spirit of Pope Francis, I will strive myself to contribute to the unity of the Church, not to marginalize, but to discern, accompany and help integrate.”