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SSPX facing deadline before papal resignation

Catholic World News - February 19, 2013

The Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) has been asked to respond by February 22 to a Vatican proposal that could lead to reconciliation.

Archbishop Gerhard Müller, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has set the deadline for a response from the traditionalist group to the Doctrinal Preamble, which would, if accepted, furnish the basis for a reconciliation of the traditionalist group. The SSPX has not yet formally responded to the Vatican offer, although leaders of the group have indicated that they are not prepared to accept the document.

February 22 is the feast of the Chair of St. Peter. The deadline could also represent the last opportunity for the SSPX to reconcile with the Holy See under the authority of Pope Benedict XVI, who has made it a priority to repair the split between the Vatican and the traditionalist group founded by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre.

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  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Feb. 19, 2013 7:07 PM ET USA

    They had better take the deal now, because Benedict's successor is almost certainly going to give this a lower priority than he has.

  • Posted by: GymK - Feb. 19, 2013 6:02 PM ET USA

    Time to stand-up or shut-up. Either get into the boat or get out. Last chance! Amen. God, please grant them the wisdom to make the right decision.

  • Posted by: koinonia - Feb. 19, 2013 2:13 PM ET USA

    There has been a tremendous amount gained for the Catholic cause of restoration in liturgy (Motu Proprio), the correction of translation errors in the Ordinary Form, and a growing chorus of admissions that the SSPX concerns are not simply fantasy. One commentator has cited a Roman axiom, "He who outlasts all, gains all." Politically, the SSPX has gained much without compromise. A rushed agreement does not seem likely; perhaps there's more to this story. Many prayers are in order either way.

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