From Vatican Information Service:
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.
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.
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
"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
If an agreement is reached, it seems unlikely that all of the Society would follow Bishop Fellay back into the Catholic Church.
Last month the other three Society bishops issued a letter warning that
any deal with the Vatican would mean the Society would “cease to
oppose the universal apostasy of our time.” They also dismissed Pope
Benedict as a “subjectivist.”
Vatican negotiations with each of the Society’s bishops are now being handled “separately and singularly,” the communique said.
It concluded by expressing the
hope that “this additional opportunity for reflection” would help
bring about “full communion between the Society of St. Pius X and the
For more about the possible split(s) within the SSPX, see Michael J. Miller's CWR article, "The SSPX and the Electronic Grapevine" (May 16, 2012).
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