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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Latest Update on the SSPX (6/14/12)

From VIS:

BISHOP FELLAY VISITS THE CONGREGATION FOR THE DOCTRINE OF THE FAITHVatican City, 14 June 2012 (VIS) - "On the afternoon of Wednesday 13 June, Cardinal William Levada, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and president of the Pontifical Commission 'Ecclesia Dei', met with Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior general of the Society of St. Pius X who was accompanied by an assistant. Also present at the encounter were Archbishop Luis Ladaria S.J., secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and Msgr. Guido Pozzo, secretary of the Pontifical Commission 'Ecclesia Dei'", according to a communique released today by the Holy See Press Office."The purpose of the meeting was to present the Holy See's evaluation of the text submitted in April by the Society of St. Pius X in response to the Doctrinal Preamble which the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith had presented to the Society on 14 September 2011. The subsequent discussion offered an opportunity the provide the appropriate explanations and clarifications. For his part, Bishop Fellay illustrated the current situation of the Society of St. Pius X and promised to make his response known within a reasonable lapse of time."Also during the meeting, a draft document was submitted proposing a Personal Prelature as the most appropriate instrument for any future canonical recognition of the Society."As was stated in the communique released on 16 May 2012, the situation of the other three bishops of the Society of St. Pius X will be dealt with separately and singularly."At the end of the meeting the hope was expressed that this additional opportunity for reflection would also contribute to reaching full communion between the Society of St. Pius X and the Apostolic See".

From what I can gather, this seems to mean there will be an imminent reconciliation between the SSPX and the Holy See.  It also seems that there are not going to be any impediments because of the views of the other three bishops.

That being said, I have said all along that a personal prelature much like Opus Dei would be the best option. I think that it is the best option.  It allows them to continue to keep their charism in tact and they won't have to deal so much with the prejudices that will undoubtedly exist.  It is my prayer however that they work with the bishops and not simply fight them the whole way, if this is what becomes of the situation.

As for the other three bishops, time will tell.  I would like to see all of them reconcile, but if it is not to be, it is not to be.  They should however, embrace humility and accept the decision of their superior and of their Pope.  But, that being said, I will not pass judgment on them, as they must freely choose.

May God bring the SSPX back into the fold and soon.  Please pray for +Fellay, the SSPX and the other three bishops.  This is a very delicate time.

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