Saturday, 17 March 2012

Last chance for the SSPX....

The Holy See Press Office has released a communique on the latest round of SSPX talks, and it is not good news:

"During the meeting of 14 September 2011 between Cardinal William Levada, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and president of the Pontifical Commission 'Ecclesia Dei', and Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior general of the Society of St. Pius X, the latter was presented with a Doctrinal Preamble, accompanied by a Preliminary Note, as a fundamental basis for achieving full reconciliation with the Apostolic See. This defined certain doctrinal principles and criteria for the interpretation Catholic doctrine, which are necessary to ensure faithfulness to the Church Magisterium and 'sentire cum Ecclesia'.

"The response of the Society of St. Pius X to the aforesaid Doctrinal Preamble, which arrived in January 2012, was examined by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith before being submitted to the Holy Father for his judgement. Pursuant to the decision made by Pope Benedict XVI, Bishop Fellay was, in a letter delivered today, informed of the evaluation of his response. The letter states that the position he expressed is not sufficient to overcome the doctrinal problems which lie at the foundation of the rift between the Holy See and the Society of St. Pius X.

"At the end of today's meeting, moved by concern to avoid an ecclesial rupture of painful and incalculable consequences, the superior general of the Society of St. Pius X was invited to clarify his position inorder to be able to heal the existing rift, as is the desire of Pope Benedict XVI".
Apparently the deadline for this last chance for the SSPX to submit to the Magisterium is 15 April (Low Sunday, or Quasimodo Sunday in the EF; Divine Mercy Sunday in the OF).

1 comment:

A Canberra Observer said...

Let's hope they can come to some agreement.

I've never had anything to do with them but it does seem weird and unjust that they are outside the church while so man bishops (even cardinals), priests and religious remain inside but are patently, and often publicly, at odds with core church teaching.