Saturday, 24 January 2009

The SSPX return: some key points

We live in amazing times - first Summorum Pontificum; now the lifting of the SSPX excommunications. This is indeed a very magnanimous gesture on the part of the Holy Father, and we should surely pray that it bears fruit in a full reconciliation.

A few points:
  • it is clearly stated to be only a first step towards full communion;
  • the next step in the process needs to deal with doctrinal issues given that the SSPX bishops still have 'some reservations' about Vatican II. The canonical status of the organisation will also need to be addressed;
  • it is a lifting of the original decree not (as the SSPX seem to have hoped, and the Superior General's letter to the SSPX faithful rather obfuscates on) a declaration that they never had any effect in the first place;
  • it says nothing about the two consecrating bishops (who are both dead).

1 comment:

Terra said...

Dear Child of the First Fleet, it was meant to be irony, not insult.

Actually I'm descended from First Fleeters too, both convict and marine. The majority of the convicts in the Fleet and subsequently were guilty of petty crimes at best, others were political prisoners. And they more than proved themselves by surviving near starvation, drought and much more to create a nation.

But the term 'cesspit of England' was coined at the time, and popularized by those in the other Australian colonies such as South Australia who felt themselves superior to the 'cancer of convictism'.

My point was that Australians have historically been very ambivalent towards their origins - in my home state of Tasmania for example, no one would admit to convict ancestors until very recently, doing their utmost to lose them in their family trees (my own family being no exception to this attitude).

I would actually see their arrival in chains as a metaphor for our nation - we all arrive in this world in chains in one sense, until we are freed through Christ. But because we are humans, bound still by the effects of original sin, even the best we create will be imperfect. Still, that shouldn't stop us from striving for perfection in ourselves and our society.