Tuesday, September 13, 2011

SSPX Reunion Part Two?

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Cardinal Levada
At the start of the summer the rumour was that the SSPX would be offered an ordinariate structure sometime in July. See my last post for details. Obviously this was incorrect, but again I'm seeing similar rumours- this time based on tomorrow's meeting between Bishop Fellay and Cardinal Levada.

Now, last summer Bishop Fellay spoke during his homily at the SSPX ordination, and asked his priests and those faithful who attend their Masses not to listen to rumours, and that he would tell them as soon as anything happens. Therefore, for a while I too ignored that rumour.

However, to hear the same rumour again is interesting at the very least, and we do know that this meeting tomorrow is an important event in SSPX/Rome relations. Catholic Culture is also reporting today on rumours that a resolution is close; they even imply that it is imminent. As they write:
"The Vatican is close to an agreement with the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) that would regularize the status of the breakaway traditionalist group, according to a report in Le Figaro.
Jean-Marie Guenois, the veteran religion correspondent for the French daily, predicts that a September 14 meeting between the SSPX leader, Bishop Bernard Fellay, and key Vatican officials will lead quickly to a resolution of the split that began in 1998[...]"
For the time being, all we know is that tomorrow, Bishop Fellay, and I believe Frs. Pfluger and Nely will meet Cardinal Levada, head of Ecclesia Dei and the CDF. Cardinal Levada has, as far as I know, the authority to resolve the issues once and for all tomorrow (I imagine with Pope Benedict's approval), and Bishop Fellay too has the ability to resolve everything.

I am going to pray for all involved parties, that this entire episode can be put behind us tomorrow, so that the SSPX can be the robust force for legitimate Catholic renewal that I believe they are meant to be. In my opinion, as the situations stands now the SSPX is capable of limited good (I believe they had an important influence in the greater availability of the Traditional Mass). I do also believe though that they are seriously handicapped because of their situation of tension and conflict with Rome. I believe their intentions are good, and I believe they (or rather most of them) desire a resolution (maybe more than some Vatican officials and the more modernist Catholic faithful).

God help all involved. :)


Bishop Fellay, Fr. Pfluger, Fr. Nely, Cardinal Bertone (respectively):


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