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SSPX meets amid tension on bid for reconciliation with Vatican

July 09, 2012

As the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) opened a chapter general at Écone, Switzerland, on July 9, the French daily La Croix reported that the traditionalist group is deeply split on a proposed reconciliation with the Holy See.

Roughly one-third of the SSPX supports Bishop Bernard Fellay in his drive to restore ties with Rome, La Croix reports; another one-third would accept a reconciliation. But one-third of the SSPX remains strongly opposed, and would resist an accommodation with the Vatican. The resistance is strongest in England, Ireland, and France, La Croix says, while traditionalists in the US and Germany are most open to the Vatican’s offer.

Questions about the Vatican proposal, and about the future of the SSPX if some members split from the body, are foremost in the minds of leaders as the chapter general begins.


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  • Posted by: koinonia - Jul. 09, 2012 9:07 PM ET USA

    Archbishop Muller's interview doesn't give Bishop Fellay much to work with in persuading the dissenters, but it sounds as if the two principal leaders- Bishop Fellay and Pope Benedict- are determined to see this through. Bishop Fellay has reiterated his goal which is to move forward doing God's will for the good of the Church and for the salvation of souls. Archbishop Muller is working to rehabilitate liberation theology and playing hardball with the SSPX in interviews. The plot thickens.

  • Posted by: demark8616 - Jul. 09, 2012 6:08 PM ET USA

    Watching the video of the CNS interview with Bishop Fellay, it is clear that he is a happily changed man. His genuine recognition and thanks to the Holy Fatheris a very touching expression of his filial obedience. The other three bishops cry 'non serviam' already from their pulpits around the globe, inciting the faithful (who depend on them) to open rebellion. Shame on them.