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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Deal With SSPX Looks Grim

I have been following the SSPX dialog with the Vatican that has been going on with great anticipation. For one, I think it is a good thing that the many varying interpretations of the Vatican II documents are being discussed for the enrichment of all Catholics. This includes finding out what this doctrinal preamble says, which will hopefully be released soon. That being said, I had my doubts as to how this reconciliation would go. As it stands at this moment, it seems that the Holy Father has rejected the SSPX's proposal. Perhaps something more will come from this situation yet. For now here is the news...

The Vatican has informed leaders of the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) that doctrinal differences prevent the regularization of the traditionalist group.
The Vatican announced on March 16 that Bishop Bernard Fellay, the head of the SSPX, has been notified that Pope Benedict XVI could not accept the position put forward by the traditionalist group in its response to an offer from the Holy See....The Vatican made it clear in September that the SSPX would be asked to accept the “doctrinal preamble” as a condition for reconciliation with the Holy See. Although the contents of the document have not been made public, the Vatican was asking for an acknowledgment from the SSPX that the teachings of Vatican II are valid...
Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Vatican press office, told reporters that an agreement is still possible. “The question isn’t considered closed,” he said. An official Vatican statement indicated that Bishop Fellay “was invited to clarify his position in order to be able to heal the existing rift, as is the desire of Pope Benedict XVI.”. However, the prospect of an agreement now appears remote....In its March 16 statement, the Vatican said that it was seeking another response from Bishop Fellay in order “to void an ecclesiastical rupture of painful and incalculable consequences.”

1 comment:

Unknown said...

This is unspeakably depressing.