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Vatican tells SSPX: your response is not good enough

By on Friday, 16 March 2012

Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior of the SSPX, ordains a priest in Econe, Switzerland (Photo: CNS)

Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior of the SSPX, ordains a priest in Econe, Switzerland (Photo: CNS)

The Holy See has said that a statement by the Society of St Pius X (SSPX) is “not sufficient” to overcome the doctrinal problems that keep it estranged from Rome.

In a communiqué published today the Holy See asked Bishop Bernard Fellay, the superior of the SSPX, to “clarify his position in order to be able to heal the existing rift, as is the desire of Pope Benedict XVI”.

The SSPX statement had been a response to a “doctrinal preamble” issued by the Vatican outlining principles that would form the basis of any further discussion between the SSPX and Rome. The preamble, issued in September, had come at the end of years of talks.

Last November Bishop Fellay said that the preamble needed changes before it could be accepted as the basis for reconciliation.

He said the preamble was “a document which can be clarified and modified, as the accompanying note points out. It is not a definitive text.

“The proposal that I will make in the next few days to the Roman authorities and their response in turn will enable us to evaluate our remaining options. And whatever the result of these talks may be, the final document that will have been accepted or rejected will be made public,” he said.

In its communiqué the Holy See said that the SSPX response had arrived in January.

  • John

     Kung and the Pope are old colleagues from way back. There is no way the Holy Father in his kindness and gentleness of spirit is going to excommunicate Kung. He’s forgiving him 70×7. Another pope down the road may not be so magnanimous.

  • John

     Oh no, you’ve got it all wrong, it’s just the abuses in the interpretation of the council documents. LOL
    I always laugh when people say this because if it were just isolated abuses of the non specific Vatican 2 docs then why were they in every Church in the early 70′s with sledge hammers vandalizing the alters and changing everything overnight.

  • John

     Maybe they’ve maintained some tradition but they’ve been attacking the Church for years so they can piss up a rope as far as I’m concerned. Peter went to Rome  and where he is is where the Church is, the Orthodox need to recognize that and fall in line. I believe world events in the next ten years will cause them to do just that.