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Bishop Fellay: SSPX ‘does not seek primarily a canonical recognition’

June 29, 2016

The superior general of the Society of St. Pius X said in a June 29 statement that the Society “does not seek primarily a canonical recognition.”

“In the great and painful confusion that currently reigns in the Church, the proclamation of Catholic doctrine requires the denunciation of errors that have made their way into it and are unfortunately encouraged by a large number of pastors, including the Pope himself,” said Bishop Bernard Fellay.

The prelate’s new statement comes one month after he expressed optimism about an accord between the Vatican and the Society, which was founded by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre.

The Society “has only one desire: faithfully to bring the light of the bi-millennial Tradition which shows the only route to follow in this age of darkness in which the cult of man replaces the worship of God, in society as in the Church,” Bishop Fellay continued.

“The ‘restoration of all things in Christ’ intended by Saint Pius X, following Saint Paul (cf. Eph. 1:10), cannot happen without the support of a Pope who concretely favors the return to Sacred Tradition,” he added. “The Society of Saint Pius X prays and does penance for the Pope, that he might have the strength to proclaim Catholic faith and morals in their entirety.”


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  • Posted by: james-w-anderson8230 - Jun. 29, 2016 9:39 PM ET USA

    His position is understandable. His followers had a hard time considering reunion under the stable conditions under Pope Benedict XVI. There is no way he could sell reunion today where every day brings more confusion.