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The Prelature of St. Pius X: what Bishop Fellay signed
Riposte catholique // 22 June 2012
Despite the confidentiality of the negotiations between Rome and the Society of St Pius X, and notwithstanding the typical “last minute” turbulence which occurs in these kinds of undertakings and can (is intended to?) test men’s nerves, we now know the essential core of the doctrinal declaration signed by Bishop Fellay on 15 April 2012, which should serve as the basis of a canonical recognition of the work of Archbishop Lefebvre as a Personal Prelature.
Indeed, in his lecture on Tuesday, 5 June 2012 at the École St-Joseph-des Carmelites, Father Pfluger, First Assistant Superior General of the Society of Saint Pius X, communicated the main elements of this declaration that – and this much is no secret – was deemed entirely satisfactory by the Ecclesia Dei Commission. The pliant terms used by Bishop Fellay were intended to be acceptable to his interlocutors, while nevertheless maintaining the firm line of Archbishop Lefebvre. A canny reworking, in short, of the formula of adhesion of 1988.
On the fundamental question, according to the testimony of the first assistant, Bishop Fellay has said and has signed the following with respect to those things that are problematic in the Council and the new liturgy:
“The entire Tradition of the Catholic Faith should be the criterion and guide for understanding the teachings of the Second Vatican Council, which in turn clarifies certain aspects of the life and doctrine of the Church, not yet formulated but implicitly present in it. The statements of the Second Vatican Council and of the subsequent papal magisterium regarding the relationship between the Catholic Church and non-Catholic christian confessions must be understood in the light of all of Tradition.”
Enough to satisfy both the Ecclesia Dei Commission and those with concerns within the Society.
N.B. While Riposte Catholique has proven a reliable source in the past, and the post reproduced above has been linked to by the trusted Vatican-watcher Francisco José Fernández de la Cigoña and the Brazilian traditionalist news portal Fratres in Unum among others, we do not yet have confirmation from Rome or Menzingen as to the accuracy of this text. Please also bear in mind that when it comes to the key passage, this is just one possible translation of the given text. In other words, don’t bet the farm on an online translation of an online report of someone’s spoken words.