SSPX: Vatican II and Novus Ordo still pose “doctrinal difficulties”

On the heels of the Vatican’s confirmation today that a personal prelature has been offered to the Society of St. Pius X should they sign on to the Holy See’s doctrinal preamble, the SSPX has released the following statement:

SSPX General House Communiqué


On Wednesday, June 13, 2012, Bishop Bernard Fellay, Superior General of the Society of St. Pius X, accompanied by the First Assistant General, Father Niklaus Pfluger, was received by Cardinal William Levada, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, who delivered to him [Bishop Fellay] his dicastery’s evaluation of the Doctrinal Declaration sent in by the Society on April 15, 2012, in response to the Doctrinal Preamble submitted on September 14, 2011, by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

During this meeting, Bishop Fellay listened to explanations and further details from Cardinal Levada, to whom he presented the situation of the Society of St. Pius X and spelled out the doctrinal difficulties posed by the Second Vatican Council and the Novus Ordo Missae. The desire for additional clarifications could result in a new phase of discussions. [CWR: emphasis added]

At the end of this long, two-hour interview, Bishop Fellay received a draft document proposing a Personal Prelature, in the case of a possible canonical recognition of the Society of St. Pius X. During the meeting the situation of the three other bishops of the Society was not discussed.

At the conclusion of that meeting, it was hoped that the dialogue might continue so as to allow the parties to arrive at a solution for the good of the Church and of souls.

Menzingen, June 14, 2012


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