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SSPX decries rumored rejection of Vatican statement

Catholic World News - November 02, 2011

Moving to subdue rumors, the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) has issued a reminder that any authoritative response to a Vatican offer must come from the group’s leadership.

The SSPX issued its statement after a British traditionalist group reported that the SSPX leadership had decided against accepting a “Doctrinal Preamble” that the Vatican had drafted as a prelude to regularizing the status of the group.

SSPX leaders met in October to discuss the Doctrinal Preamble. No formal statement has been made to indicate the group’s response. The Vatican has indicated that if the SSPX accepts the document, its status within the Church might be consolidated, perhaps in the form of a personal prelature.

A British arm of the SSPX said that the Doctrinal Preamble was unacceptable because it did not concede that Vatican II statements were at variance with prior Church teachings.

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  • Posted by: koinonia - Nov. 04, 2011 8:11 AM ET USA

    These lost sheep have succeeded in convincing Pope Benedict to acknowledge that indeed the Tridentine Mass had never been abrogated against the false claims of many bishops and priests who had suppressed it unjustly for decades. The ipso-facto exommunication was also lifted unilaterally. No SSPX apologies. The Holy Father met the demands expeditiously. It is clear the Holy Father feels this group has a role to play in the Church today, and he has risked a great deal politically on their behalf.

  • Posted by: GymK - Nov. 03, 2011 12:18 AM ET USA

    Pray that the SSPX accepts the deal and "regularizes" its position within the Church. Heaven will rejoice when/if these "lost sheep" are found and returned to the Flock!

  • Posted by: Steve214 - Nov. 02, 2011 10:22 PM ET USA

    I've noticed that when things go wrong in SSPX--which happens regularly--the response is immediate, direct, and unambiguous. The Vatican could study that phenomena: and perhaps even implement it themselves sometimes?

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