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SSPX foresees ‘new phase of discussions’ with Holy See

June 15, 2012

The Society of St. Pius X has issued an official statement following a meeting between Bishop Bernard Fellay, its superior general, and Cardinal William Levada, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

“During this meeting, Bishop Fellay listened to explanations and further details from Cardinal Levada, to whom he presented the situation of the Society of Saint Pius X and spelled out the doctrinal difficulties posed by the Second Vatican Council and the Novus Ordo Missae,” according to the statement. “The desire for additional clarifications could result in a new phase of discussions.”

“At the end of this long, two-hour interview, Bishop Fellay received a draft document proposing a Personal Prelature, in the case of a possible canonical recognition of the Society of Saint Pius X,” the statement added. “During the meeting the situation of the three other bishops of the Society was not discussed. At the conclusion of that meeting, it was hoped that the dialogue might continue so as to allow the parties to arrive at a solution for the good of the Church and of souls.”


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  • Posted by: John J Plick - Jun. 16, 2012 9:58 PM ET USA

    This is not so much a matter of doctrine as it is of trust and mutual respect. If the SSPX cannot “trust” the basic good intentions of the Holy See or even more the guarantee of Christ that “upon this rock I will build my Church” there is a significant obstacle. Further, if the SSPX feels compelled to impose their own personal worship preferences on the whole Mystical Body then, again, there is an obstacle.

  • Posted by: koinonia - Jun. 16, 2012 10:09 AM ET USA

    Bishop Fellay will not make an agreement that is a tenuous one. The reaction of the other bishops indicates the challenges that he is facing. The Holy Father is dealing with similar challenges at the opposite extreme with "his people." There is no sense in an urgency that will set this whole process up for failure. The candor on both sides is important as prudence indicates that inevitably a disingenuous and hasty agreement will prove much more problematic than no agreement at all.

  • Posted by: demark8616 - Jun. 16, 2012 2:44 AM ET USA

    Talking to and praying with those of another religion for world peace at Assissi or elsewhere is not 'a blasphemy or sin' as is claimed by these schismatic Traditionalists! "Schismatics are those who refuse obedience to the Sovereign Pontiff and who refuse to communicate with the members of the Church subject to him." (Summa Theologiae, IIa, IIae 39) Creating your own organization in defiance and disobedience; being content to remain outside of the Mystical Body, deluded that one is not...

  • Posted by: Justin8110 - Jun. 15, 2012 5:28 PM ET USA

    I'd love to see the SSPX regularized but don't believe it's going to happen in the near future. The Holy Father wants this but there are many enemies of traditional Catholicism that see any aknowledgment of anyone that likes things they way they were done before 1965 as dangerous and are willing to do anything to stop this reconciliation. Funny how these same people will talk and pray with Jews, Buddhists, Hindus and atheists but want nothing to do with traditional Catholics.