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Bishop Williamson to be expelled from SSPX?

Catholic World News - September 13, 2012

The controversial Bishop Richard Williamson may soon be dismissed from the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX), according to a leading Vatican journalist.

Citing a report on the German internet site Kreuz.net, Andrea Tornielli of La Stampa says that Bishop Williamson could be expelled from the SSPX for continued acts of disobedience. In defiance of SSPX statutes, Bishop Williamson recently traveled to Brazil to administer the sacrament of Confirmation without approval from his superiors in the society. He has also continued to produce a newsletter, in defiance of orders from Bishop Bernard Fellay, the SSPX leader.

Bishop Williamson has caused headaches for the SSPX and for the Vatican with his public statements, especially his statements questioning the severity of the Holocaust. He has also been an outspoken opponent of efforts to reconcile the SSPX with the Holy See.

If he is dismissed from the SSPX, Bishop Williamson would almost certainly take some priests and lay people with him, forming a separate organization. Such a development could complicate Vatican discussions with the traditionalist group. On the other hand, such a rift could mean the departure from the SSPX of the most vociferous opponents of accommodation with the Vatican, leaving the remaining group closer to reconciliation.

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  • Posted by: GymK - Sep. 13, 2012 7:54 PM ET USA

    Perhaps the Vatican should re-open discussions with the "Old Catholic Church" who left under similar circumstances after Vatican Council I. The SSPX is gone! Just like the Old Catholics! Get over it! Move on! Anyone in the SSPX who is a genuine Catholic has already split with them and reconciled with the Church or else they have agreed to be in a separated state from the One, True Church. Pray for them but do not expect them to reconcile with the Church.

  • Posted by: Contrary1995 - Sep. 13, 2012 6:48 PM ET USA

    The SSPX may excommunuicate someone for disobedience.......hmmm.

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