ROME FINALLY RECOGNISES THAT THE SOCIETY OF ST PIUS X WAS NOT IN DOCTRINAL ERROR – WILL THE DETRACTORS OF SSPX NOW APOLOGISE FOR SAYING THAT THEY WERE?
|His Lordship Bernard, Bishop Fellay, superior general of SSPX, outside St Peter's Basilica|
Pope Benedict XVI, when, in 2009, he recognised the unfairness of the excommunications of SSPX bishops, nevertheless continued to note that “doctrinal questions obviously remain and until they are clarified the Society has no canonical status in the Church and its ministers cannot legitimately exercise any ministry”.
Pope Francis, on the other hand, is imposing no conditions at all beyond an agreed doctrinal statement which merely reflects what SSPX has always taught and its members always endorsed.
But now Pope Francis is finally recognising this.
|His Holiness, Pope Francis|
Meantime, the German bishops traduce not only the Faith but even the 10 Commandments and the Natural Law and go wholly unpunished for demanding that unrepentant adulterers be allowed to receive Holy Communion:
These German epsicopal hypocrites have no excuse.
The Holy See, to be fair, was in a more difficult position. It must have a care for the law of the Church and the rule against consecrating bishops without the authority of the Holy See (although it has now recognised the illegally consecrated bishops in China).
Having backed itself into a corner over the consecration of bishops in 1988, and ignoring the appeal against the ipso facto excommunication of the SSPX bishops, the Holy See, perhaps unwisely, bound its own hands in its dealings with SSPX and so felt it could not back down....until now.
“certain texts of the Council did not constitute criteria for Catholicity”
Among these, he said, are texts related to religious freedom, relations with non-Christian religions, ecumenism, and liturgical reform.
If Pope Francis is making an illegal offer then the critics can continue to criticise. But who is arguing that Pope Francis is committing an illegal act? No-one.
Desolate, indeed, are the houses of the numerous unfaithful bishops of today’s Church – their churches near-empty, their seminaries near-empty, the numbers attending their administration of the Sacraments declining, whilst the traditionalist churches and seminaries are bursting at the seams and attendance at the Sacraments at an all-time high.
Pope Francis, out of pastoral solicitude, appears to be changing that. Pope Francis has issued a decree to ensure that marriages witnessed by SSPX priests will be clearly seen to be valid.
|His Eminence Gerhard, Cardinal Mueller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith|
In a letter approved by Pope Francis, Cardinal Müller, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, says: “The Holy Father . . . has decided to authorize local Ordinaries the possibility to grant faculties for the celebration of marriages of faithful who follow the pastoral activity of the Society”.
Here is the full text of the letter: