Thursday, 22 January 2009

On Christian Unity and SSPX rumours...

This week is traditionally a week for prayer for the unity of the Church (including the conversion of heretics and pagans).

Pray for the unity of Christians

And the Pope made a point of the importance of this at his General Audiewnce this week.

He said:

"Last Sunday we began the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity dedicated this year to the theme: “that they may become one in your hand” (Ezek 37:17). This scripture passage recalls God’s command to Ezekiel to take two sticks, one representing Judah and the other Israel, and join them together as a symbol of the Lord’s power to gather his people into one.

As Christians, we read these words as an exhortation to pray and work for the full unity of Christ’s disciples. As the Second Vatican Council reminds us, “there can be no ecumenism worthy of the name without a change of heart” (Unitatis Redintegratio, 7)....

Let us pray that the various initiatives this week at the local and universal levels will encourage all who confess “one Lord, one faith, and one baptism” to listen more attentively to the Word of God, to deepen prayer, and to intensify dialogue, so as to imitate Saint Paul’s example of a life completely devoted to the Lord and the unity of his Body, the Church."

Interesting therefore to read Rorate Caeli's reports of rumours that the excommunications of the SSPX's bishops will be lifted at any moment.....

4 comments:

Son of Trypho said...

I've made a few comments on Rorate - essentially I was wondering, if the SSPX were regularised, how this would work with dioceses with the FSSP?

Could they work together? and for that matter, how would the ordinary clergy interact with them?

Could a (malicious?) bishop order them to combine because he doesn't see the need for several EF's to be offered within their diocese? Could he order the SSPX to concelebrate with OF clergy? Who has ownership of SSPX religious structures?

I'm not that familiar with either of the two groups but I think this raises alot (more than I've raised)of questions that need to be considered.

Jakob Sprenger said...

This topic has already gone to 3 pages on Catholic Answers Forums as t 4.00 PM Eastern Australian Daylight Saving time. Link: http://forums.catholic.com/showthread.php?t=303856

And it seems more and more sites are picking up the same vibe. I reckon this has gone beyond a rumour. But I've been wrong before...

Terra said...

More than a rumour? Maybe - Rorate's arguments about the sources gives it some credibility but we've had these before, and once one blog picks it up, the internet is a very small place indeed! Still, we can certainly hope.

In terms of the implications, lifting the excommunications is only a first step. The priests of the SSPX would still be suspended, and its properties etc completely outside the authorised structures of the church, so it has no immediate implications for anyone -they still have to take the next step and reconcile.

Still, the SSPX have always said that this was a necessary precondition for any further negotiations toward reconciliation.

As to the canonical structures that might eventuate if they did reconcile, we can only speculate! I really can't imagine that there is any prospect of the SSPX and the FSSP (or other 'indult/SP' traddie groups) amalgamating in the foreseeable future, too much history!

Catholic Voice said...

Only politics separates SSPX and FSSP.