The UK Catholic Herald is reporting that the British district superior for the Society of St. Pius X has said that the group’s leaders have unanimously rejected the “doctrinal preamble” handed them by the Vatican last month.
The statement from Fr. Paul Morgan appeared online in a newsletter for SSPX members in the UK, and has since been removed. In a “Letter from the District Superior,” Fr. Morgan says that at a September meeting of SSPX leaders called to discuss the Vatican document in Albano, Italy, “the stated consensus of those in attendance was that the Doctrinal Preamble was clearly unacceptable and that the time has certainly not come to pursue any practical agreement as long as the doctrinal issues remain outstanding. It also agreed that the Society should continue its work of insisting upon the doctrinal questions in any contacts with the Roman authorities.”
The SSPX has not released any official statement about the Vatican’s doctrinal preamble, which outlines principles of the Catholic faith to which assent must be given in order for the traditionalist group to achieve reconciliation with the Catholic Church. It has, however, issued a communiqué regarding the “several comments [that] have appeared in the press” about the response of the group’s leaders and the Albano discussions, stating that “only the General House of the Society of Saint Pius X is entitled to make public an official communiqué or authorized commentary on this matter.”
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