Saturday, March 17, 2012

BREAKING!!! Holy See says NO to demands of SSPX

From National Catholic Register


The Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has said that the theological position of the breakaway Society of St. Pius X is insufficient to restore full unity with the Church at present.

Pope Benedict XVI has reviewed a January 2012 letter from Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior general of the society. In that letter, the bishop responded to a doctrinal statement intended to be a basis for full reconciliation with Rome.

However, following the decision of the Pope, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has found that the position Bishop Fellay expressed is “not sufficient to overcome the doctrinal problems which lie at the foundation of the rift between the Holy See and the Society of St. Pius X,” a March 16 communiqué from the Holy See Press Office said.

The congregation is concerned to avoid “an ecclesial rupture of painful and incalculable consequences” and has invited Bishop Fellay to clarify his position “in order to be able to heal the existing rift, as is the desire of Pope Benedict XVI.”  [Hmmm...sounds like the Holy See really wants to keep a door open for the SSPX.]

Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre founded the Society of St. Pius X in 1970 in response to what he saw as errors that had arisen in the Church after the Second Vatican Council. The society broke from the Church in 1988, when its founder ordained four bishops against Pope John Paul II’s instructions, resulting in their excommunications.

Pope Benedict XVI lifted the excommunications in 2009 as a prelude to talks about reconciling the society with the Church. At the time he said that the society would have to show “true recognition of the magisterium and the authority of the Pope and of the Second Vatican Council” to restore full communion.  [The SSPX wants nothing to do with Vatican II.  Wha?!  It happened so we have to deal with it.]

Vatican officials said that the restoration of unity could come in the form of a personal prelature, a special Church jurisdiction without geographic boundaries.

In September 2011 Cardinal William Levada, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, presented Bishop Fellay with the doctrinal preamble, a statement of principles that outlines points of doctrine which the breakaway group needed to accept to restore communion.  [And a lot within SSPX were up in arms for what they see as a preamble that would compromise their position as traditionalist and as, uhm, as uh....remnant Catholics?]

In November 2011, Bishop Fellay said that the society cannot endorse the preamble. He said he particularly wanted to discuss what the Vatican meant when it said there is “leeway” for a “legitimate discussion” on the documents and legacy of the Second Vatican Council.


Still the Holy See wants them back into the one fold of Jesus Christ under the leadership of Peter.

Now let me rant...

I guess the THAT priest-blogger will now say that I am happy that the SSPX did not go back to the Vatican II Rome since I am really an undercover SSPX and I do not want to have anything to do with Vatican II!


See what a lot of steam does.

Now he just lost show.

But I digress.

Please pray for him also.  He is a man full of anger.  He is always mad.

No really, not joking.  He always is.  Too much time fighting anti-Catholics got into him, much like a post-traumatic stress disorder that soldiers experience.  He needs help and guidance.

Pray for him.  When you pray please say "Please bless and heal the priest blogger that Pinoy Catholic is talking about."  Then say One Pater, Ave and Gloria for him.  That would suffice.

And pray One Pater, Ave and Gloria to soften the hearts of the SSPX and that they go back to the One Fold of Jesus Christ.


  1. Excuse me.

    Are you refering to Fr. Abe?

  2. Dear Brother,

    May I suggest you read the entry at Rorate Caeli about this. There are a lot of speculations roaming around the press that isn't really helpful and are rather confusing. The didn't say no to the "demands" of SSPX since there are no demands. I've been religiously following this discussion since it started and I haven't read anything close to a demand from the SSPX. What the Vatican says in the communique is that the Society should further clarify their theological position into terms more conciliatory to the results of the preamble and the discussions.