From SSPX: “We reaffirm our faith in the Roman Catholic Church, outside of which there is no salvation…”

From its website:  At the conclusion of the General Chapter of the Society of St. Pius X, gathered together at the tomb of its venerated founder, Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, and united with its Superior General, the participants, bishops, superiors, and most senior members of the Society elevate to Heaven our heartfelt thanksgiving, grateful for the [Read More...]

SSPX leader: “We cannot keep silent…”

Bishop Bernard Fellay gave an interview that was published on the society’s website.  Details, via CNS: The head of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X said he would inform the Vatican soon on the society’s official position on Vatican efforts to bring the group back into full communion with the church. The response will [Read More...]

On SSPX: “The Pope is not going to give in…”

“The Pope hopes for reconciliation — that’s the Pope’s job. The ministry of Peter is above all to preserve the unity of the Church. So, apart from whatever personal interest Pope Benedict might have, he shares his concern with John Paul II. As you know, he has been involved in this from the beginning. The [Read More...]

On SSPX: “We could not accept, we could not sign…”

“You rightly ask me how things are going with Rome. Things are currently at a standstill. There has been a lot of back and forth, exchanges, letters and protests, but we are back to square one. We said we could not accept, we could not sign; that is all.” – SSPX head Bishop Bernard Fellay.  Read the [Read More...]

SSPX update: “doctrinal difficulties” still pose problems

The  group has just released a statement, and CNS has details: The breakaway traditionalist Society of St. Pius X said unresolved “doctrinal difficulties” with the teachings of the Second Vatican Council and the Catholic Church’s subsequent liturgical reform could lead to a “new phase of discussions” over possible reconciliation with Rome. The society released its [Read More...]

BREAKING: SSPX head meets with CDF officials — UPDATED

Catholic News Service‘s Carol Glatz says: Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior general of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X, arrived at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith at 5 p.m. this evening for a meeting with U.S. Cardinal William Levada, prefect of the doctrinal congregation. News reports earlier said Cardinal Levada would relay [Read More...]

SSPX head: Rome no longer requires group to accept all Vatican II teachings

Details: The leader of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X said talks with the Vatican demonstrate that “Rome no longer makes total acceptance” of the teachings of the Second Vatican Council a condition for his group’s full reconciliation with the church. Accepting the council’s teaching is no longer “a prerequisite for the canonical solution” [Read More...]

Quote of the day, on SSPX

“The response, the new response, is rather encouraging. But there are still developments that will be made, and examined, and decisions which should be taken in the next few weeks.” – Fr. Frederico Lombardi, head of Vatican Press Office More details here. [Read more...]

Vatican to SSPX: sign here

According to reports from Rome, the Vatican has given the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X a formal “doctrinal preamble” listing several principles they must agree with in order to move toward full reconciliation with church. From CNS: U.S. Cardinal William J. Levada, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, gave the [Read More...]

What does the SSPX think about permanent deacons? Not much

In the combox for another post, media maven and blogger Deacon Keith Fournier left the comment below.  I posted on this issue back at my old place, Beliefnet, two years ago, but it’s worth a reminder: Dear Deacon Greg: I pray for healing with the SSPX and welcome the efforts of Pope Benedict XVI, the [Read More...]


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