This just in, via the good folks at Rorate-Caeli:
On Friday 7 July 2006, on the feast of the saints Cyril and Method, the General Chapter of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter (a clerical society of apostolic life of pontifical right), gathered in its mother house in Wigratzbad (Germany), has elected today Fr. John Berg as Superior General for a six-year term according to law. An American citizen, Fr. Berg has studied philosophy in the USA and theology in Germany (Wigratzbad) and in Rome. He has worked in pastoral ministry and as a seminary professor. Very Rev. Fr. Berg is the third Superior General of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter.
Rev. Fr. A. de Malleray, FSSP
Rev. Fr. Franz Karl Banauch, FSSP
I don't know Fr. Berg, and it doesn't sound like I will. But it's shocking that they've elected an American and a priest of less than 10 years' experience. He must be impressive (but then, nearly every FSSP priest I've met is impressive. How does one stand out in such a crowd?)
However, my personal prayers were answered in that (a) they didn't elect one of those naughty Frenchmen who brought about--or were complicit in--the intervention in the last General Chapter and the issuance of Protocol 1411, and (b) they didn't elect MY chaplain. I continue to pray that my chaplain comes home from the General Chapter as a mere chaplain, untouched by ecclesiastical politics, and resumes his humble life as a backwater priest.
Anyways, I would recommend that folks click over to Rorate-Caeli and follow the story there. They're not just a bunch of cranks like me--they really are on top of things.
Jeff at Hallowed Ground, one of Fr. Berg's former parishioners, has a shot of the the new FSSP Superior General getting ready to bean some unseen soul at dodgeball. Gotta like that. Does anyone have a picture of Msgr. Gilles Wach throwing a big, red ball at someone?