Monday, January 26, 2009

SSPX Update

So, the Pope revoked the excommunications for four Society of St. Pius X bishops. This should be interesting.

Because of the strong feelings on both sides of this issue, please be charitable, though honest, when commenting. More from the NY Times.

Other news items about the story:
-Rocco's commentary
-Inside the Vatican Magazine
-Canonist (and one of my former Profs) Ed Peters' commentary
-Catholic News Service
-Catholic News Agency
-Bishop Fellay comments appear in the Daily Telegraph
-AP article

More to come, I am sure.

1 comment:

tour86rocker said...

It's a step. Perhaps we should note that the mutual lifting of excommunications between Rome and Constantinople was many years ago.

On the other hand, that was a different kind of schism and it hasn't gone on as long. There's a lot that has to be done between now and the SSPX's return to the fold, but it will certainly be quicker than the healing of the East-West schism.

I just wish I knew: what does the SSPX want: legitimacy or reunion or both? They value being perceived as a legitimate movement; if you check out their website, they've been claiming legitimacy all along by claiming loyalty to the Pope. Yet their illicit ordinations incurred automatic excommunications from the Pope.

As for whether they want reunion, I must confess, I'm not aware of their teachings about the validity of (what we call) the Ordinary Form of the Mass. They couldn't very well be in unity with us if they believed they were the only "real" Catholics with the only "real" mass. I don't remember if simply prefer the Extraordinary Form or if they believe the Ordinary Form to be invalid.

It can be challenging to remember where the SSPX disagrees with the myriad "sede vacantist" schismatic groups. The latter tend to be pitiably wayward, whereas the SSPX at least suggest with their actions that they hope for normal relations at some point.