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Monday, May 21, 2012

SSPX Update

From our friends over at Rorate Caeli:

Rome-SSPX - Fellay speaks in Vienna: the words of Pope Benedict XVI
Following his visit to Salzburg, the Superior General of the Society of Saint Pius X (FSSPX / SSPX), Bishop Bernard Fellay, was in Vienna yesterday, for confirmations of local faithful. He had additional words on the current relationship with Rome, including some words of Pope Benedict XVI:
"You have surely heard that, in the last few months, Rome has offered us a solution - we could rather say, a recognition.
"This structure that is being offered to the Society is in fact entirely appropriate. That is, if it actually takes place, you will feel absolutely no difference between now and afterwards. We will remain as we are, so to speak. The problem is the [existence of] safeguards: will it actually happen this way? The fear is great that we will be transformed. ...
"It is quite clear that this offer is also very, very controversial in the Church at large. I can assure you: It is the will of the Pope. This must not be doubted. But it is certainly not the will of everyone in the Church.
"Whether this will come to fruition depends on terms that are not yet clear terms. There are still points that remain unclear. It could happen that, in the upcoming days, weeks - it is very hard to ascertain this - the Pope will decide directly. It could be that he takes the case back to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. There is a lot of pressure in Rome. Which is why I couldn't say more than this. That is the current status.
"One must not think that things will be easy afterwards. To use the words of the Pope that describe the situation quite well: 'I know,' he said, 'that it would be easier both for the Society and for myself to leave the situation as it currently is.' This describes very well the situation, and also that the Pope himself knows that he, when he does it, will be attacked. And also that the situation will not be easy for us. That which will arise out of this situation will be with Rome or against it. Both of which will be difficult.
"Yet we have trust in the good God. He has guided us very well so far. We must not think that, praying so much, He would abandon us in the moment of greatest danger. That would be [a thought] against hope. We are counting on God's assistance. His will be done.

I am refraining from serious comment until a final decision is rendered or it becomes clear that no decision will be rendered.  But this is good least from my point of view.

1 comment:

  1. Tuesday, May 22, 2012

    False accusatons against the Society of St.Pius X(SSPX) are being made by Cardinal Walter Brandmuller. He rejects the infalllibility of the popes ex cathedra, when he rejects the dogma extra ecclesiam nulla salus. He then accuses the SSPX of rejecting the infalliblity of the popes and Vatican Council I.

    On the issue of religious liberty and other religions, the cardinal says Vatican Council II was a ‘developmnent of doctrine’ In other words the ex cathedra dogma said every one needs to convert into the Church for salvation but Vatican Council II, for the cardinal, says everyone does not have to.This would mean Vatican Council II (LG 16) contradicts itself (AG 7) and also the thrice defined dogma.

    The text of Cantate Domino, Council of Florence 1441 is included in the Council of Trent.Pope Pius XI referred to ‘the dogma’ the ‘infalllible teaching’.(Letter of the Holy Office 1949).For the cardinal however defined dogmas ‘develop’.

    German Cardinal Walter Brandmuller and Italian Archbishop Agostino Marchetto spoke to reporters May 21 after presenting a book they wrote with Father Nicola Bux, "Pope Benedict XVI's Keys for Interpreting Vatican II" according to the Catholic News Service.

    Strangely enough, the two most controversial documents" for the SSPX -- those on religious freedom and on relations with non-Christians -- "do not have a binding doctrinal content, so one can dialogue about them," the cardinal said.

    Cardinal Brandmuller said that it must be kept in mind is the differing degree of acceptance and obedience Catholics owe to different types of church teaching, which range from absolutely embracing the teaching in the creed to accepting the principles of Catholic social teaching and trying to put them into practice in a variety of social and political situations, said the cardinal, who is the former president of the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences.

    The cardinal says the SSPX rejects the papal infallibility teaching of the First Vatican Council when it is really the Vatican Curia who assumes that the baptism of desire etc are exceptions to the dogma extra ecclesiam nulla salus and so also a negation of papal infallibility.They mean the pope was wrong for saying ex cathedra every one needs to convert into the Church when there are exceptions of the baptism of desire and invincible ignorance for them.-Lionel Andrades