Vatican Communique on the Society of St. Pius X

Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Communique on the Society of St. Pius X

Vatican City, 16 May 2012 (VIS) – Early this afternoon, the Holy See Press Office issued the following communique regarding the Society of St. Pius X:

“As reported by news agencies, today, 16 May 2012, an Ordinary Session of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith met to discuss the question of the Society of St. Pius X.

In particular, the text of the response of Bishop Bernard Fellay, received on 17 April, 2012, was examined and some observations, which will be considered in further discussions between the Holy See and the Society of St. Pius X, were formulated.

Regarding the positions taken by the other three bishops of the Society of St. Pius X, their situations will have to be dealt with separately and singularly”.
Published by VISarchive 02 – Wednesday, May 16, 2012

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4 comments on “Vatican Communique on the Society of St. Pius X

  1. Two observations (assuming, of course, that the Holy See Press Office is actually reporting accurately):

    1. The mention of “further discussions” seems to indicate that Bishop Fellay’s response must not have been a “surrender” or “betrayal”, after all — not that I thought it was, just a “told you so”; and

    2. The last line makes it appear that the Vatican may be(*) employing “divide and conquer” tactics against the SSPX. Either that, or they’re trying to split at least Bp. Williamson apart from the rest of the Society in an attempt to appease the “you know who’s”.

    (*) By “may be”, I mean “almost certainly is”. Remember, the establishment of the FSSP, whatever their merits, was intended to break the ranks of the SSPX. Same thing with the Indult Masses, and it takes bilnders to not see in Summorum Pontificum an attempt to draw faithful Catholics away from the SSPX and into diocesan TLMs. Now, this response gives the impression that Bp. Fellay is the SSPX, and the other three bishops (which may simply be Conciliarese for “Bishop Williamson”) are separate somehow from the Society. I hope Bp. Fellay realizes that there are wolves in the Vatican who do not have the best interests of him, the SSPX, or the Catholic Church in mind.

    • Columba on said:

      Bishop Fellay should be meeting with and listening to his brother bishops. The leeking of the letters and +Fellay’s public prediction of a split has stoked the appetites of Vatican wolves, as this blatant attempt to divide and conquer demonstrates. +Fellay said in recent interviews that he would prefer the status quo but that the Pope was insisted on moving ahead right away. Were they making threats? The wisdom of his bishops could help guide +Fellay in dealing with these issues.

      Splitting the SSPX while the Vatican retains its modernism would be a double win for Liberals and a big loss for genuine Catholics.

  2. Father Lombardi, Holy See spokesman, added the following according to the report by La Stampa’s Vatican Insider (Italian):

    Answering the journalists, the Vatican spokesman, Father Federico Lombardi, explained that the conclusion of the negotiations “is not a question, as it might seem, for a very short time”, and he added, “it is premature to say when it will be concluded.”

    It is not clear, however, in what level will the discussions go on: considered the fact that the last word belongs in any event to Pope Benedict XVI, “it is not said that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith or the Pontifical Commission ‘Ecclesia Dei’ … are done with their task.”

    rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2012/05/rome-sspx-holy-see-press-office.html

    vaticaninsider.lastampa.it/homepage/vaticano/dettaglio-articolo/articolo/vaticano-vatican-lefebvriani-lefebvrianos-lefebvrians-15163/

  3. “Splitting the SSPX while the Vatican retains its modernism would be a double win for Liberals and a big loss for genuine Catholics.”

    The ultimate consideration should be that the SSPX and tradition stay as strong as they are and only get stronger. The V2 world is obviously the weaker party in faith, prayer, tradition, and morals.

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