The Black Hermits were founded in 1999 for “young men seeking a more primitive form of life”. The founder was Father Stephen De Kerdrel, one of the three hermits excommunicated from the Catholic Church.
“In April, the group wrote to Bishop McGee to say they intended to withdraw their ‘obedience from Pope Francis and sever communion with the Holy See’”, a spokesman for the diocese of Argyll and the Isles says.
The diocesan bishop, Brian McGee, reportedly wrote to the Hermits, when he learned of their intent to sever communion with Rome, warning them of the consequences and urging them to reconsider.
The hermits had posted a declaration with a heading “With Great Grief” on internet:
“Never in history has there been such a Pope, who by his actions, words and teaching, has thrown the whole Church into confusion.”
“Tragically the head of the Church on Earth, Pope Francis, by his utterances, his behaviour, his teaching and his actions, has shown himself to be indeed a great heretic.”
“Though we are utterly unimportant, for who is interested in hermits that dare to speak out, we cannot keep silent for fear of damning not only our own souls, but the souls of countless others.”
“We who are watchmen for the Church, who must speak from the watch tower of Truth, have no option but to withdraw our obedience from Pope Francis and sever communion with the Holy See.”
As a result of their excommunication, the three hermits will no longer be able to receive the sacraments licitly, unless they reconcile with the Catholic Church.
Father de Kerdrel says:
“Pedophile priests who’ve been put in prison have never been excommunicated. It’s extraordinary.”