SSPX bishops authorized to ordain priests without permission of local bishops

Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior of the traditionalist group, says he received letter from Rome last yea

Bishops of the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) have been authorized by Pope Francis to ordain new priests without the approval of the local diocesan bishop, according to Bishop Bernard Fellay, the superior of the traditionalist group. “Last year, I received a letter from Rome, telling me you can freely ordain your priests without the permission of the local ordinary,” Bishop … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis offers more concessions to SSPX

A letter published by the Vatican on April 4 paves way for recognition of SSPX marriages

Continuing initiatives aimed at a reconciliation with the Priestly Society of St Pius X (SSPX), Pope Francis has made it possible for bishops to ensure the validity of marriages celebrated in the traditionalist communities. A letter published by the Vatican on April 4 said the Pope will allow Catholic bishops to appoint priests to assist at SSPX marriages and formally receive … [Read more...]

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Vatican agreement with SSPX close

Traditionalist group would be allowed to continue raising questions about some teachings of Vatican II

The secretary of the Ecclesia Dei commission has confirmed that the Vatican is close to an agreement with the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) that would regularize the status of the traditionalist group. Archbishop Guido Pozzo told the German newspaper Die Tagespost that the Vatican will ask the SSPX to endorse a formal declaration, resolving some remaining doctrinal issues. … [Read more...]

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Pope extends Jubilee mandate on abortion, SSPX confession

In apostolic letter, Francis allows all priests to continue to absolve the sin of abortion, while SSPX priests will be able to continue hearing confessions validly

The following comes from a November 21 Catholic News Agency article: Although the Jubilee of Mercy has ended, Pope Francis has decided that some of the novelties he applied to the Church during the Holy Year will continue. He is allowing all priests to absolve the sin of abortion from here on out, while SSPX priests will be able to continue hearing confessions … [Read more...]

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Will the SSPX’s return from exile be made easier by Francis?

"Perhaps only Pope Francis is able to take this step, given his unpredictability and improvisation"

The following comes from an April 26 Catholic News Agency article by Anian Christoph Wimmer: Pope Francis may soon offer the Society of Saint Pius X regular canonical status within the Church, without requiring the acceptance of certain texts of the Second Vatican Council with which they disagree. It also appears the SSPX may itself be poised to take such a historic step, … [Read more...]

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Pope extends another olive branch to traditionalist Catholics

Pope Francis reportedly set to extend indefinitely faculties of SSPX priests to hear confessions, grant absolution

The following comes from an April 11 Crux article by Ines San Martin: In what amounts to a category-bending gesture, Pope Francis, often seen as a progressive pontiff indifferent to the concerns of more traditionalist Catholics, reportedly has vowed to extend his recognition of the confessions heard by priests of a breakaway traditionalist group indefinitely. Last … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis meets with SSPX superior general

A warming in relations between the Vatican and the Society of St. Pius X is rumored

The following comes from an April 4 Catholic News Agency article by Ann Schneible: Both the Vatican and the Society of St. Pius X have confirmed that this weekend Pope Francis met with the priestly society's superior general, Bishop Bernard Fellay, at the Vatican. An April 4 statement issued by the SSPX, meanwhile, said that Pope Francis received Bishop Fellay at his … [Read more...]

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