LEFEBVRISTS - REGULARISATION - TWO STEPS FORWARD, ONE BACK

ARCHBISHOP BERNARD FELLAY
SUPERIOR GENENERAL OF THE SOCIETY OF SAINT PIUS X
Yesterday, Wednesday 16th May, 2012 the Holy See's Press Office issued the following communique:
"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".

The last sentence of the Communique relates to the situation revealed when letters of the three other Lefebvrist Bishops to the Superior General were published by leaking. The letters expressed in varying terms and for varying reasons , intense opposition to the course being followed by Archbishop Fellay, in his efforts to respond favourably to the overtures by the Holy Father, seeking to return the SSPX in good conscience to the bosom of the Church.

It is believed that the route being discussed is the approval of a Personal Prelature in the manner of the structure accommodating Opus Dei.

The decision to deal separately and individually with the three dissident dissidents, whilst continuing the mainline discussions with Archbishop Fellay, is a recognition of Archbishop Fellay's right , under the SSPX constitutions, to deal with the matter in his own right, for the whole Society. 

Archbishop Fellay has responded to the three dissident Bishops in a very polite and charitable, yet firm and strongly reasoned letter, which he has published in view of the leaking of the letters of the dissident three.

It seems some time yet will pass, before a resolution is finally achieved. We should all pray that all involved will respond to the Grace of the Holy Spirit in seeking that early favourable result.

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