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Today we follow-up on two posts (see here and here) I published on the 26th and 27th of February regarding commentary which appeared post the conference given by the Argentine-Spanish Bishop of the Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX), Alfonso de Galarreta, in Versailles, on January 17, 2016. In that conference, Bishop Galarreta made the comment that IN HIS OPINION, Francis would be “regularizing” the SSPX status within the Church structures.
Here is what Bishop Galarreta said:
“I think, and this is the other aspect of things, that this pope who tells anyone who will listen that we are Catholic, who says and repeats that the Society is Catholic, that we are Catholic, will never condemn us, and that he wants our ‘case’ taken care of. I think– and he has already started down this path – that when he sees that we cannot agree with the Congregation of the Faith, I think that he will overreach any doctrinal, theoretical, practical condition, or any condition whatsoever… He is going to take his own steps towards recognizing the Society. He has already begun; he is simply going to continue. And I am not saying what I desire but what I foresee. I foresee, I think that the pope will lean towards a one-sided recognition of the Society, and that by acts rather than by a legal or canonical approach.”
And as everyone by now knows, Francis met with the Superior General of the Society of St. Piux X last week Friday, the 1st of April 2016 at the Domus Sanctae Marthae for a 40 minute conversation. The repost below contains information from this meeting from the Vatican side and is from the Italian daily Il Foglio via Giuseppe Nardi and the Eponymous Flower blog.
From my perspective, and I have been following this issue quite closely, I have reservations about both the information flow from the Francis/Fellay meeting and the timing. First the timing, this meeting no doubt has been brought about at this moment due to the Apostolic Exhortation that will hit the Catholic world this Friday and has purportedly “resulted” from the Stealth Sex Synod of 2014/2015™ quite aptly named “Amoris Laetitia”. Nomen Omen!
The more troubling issue however is the information flow. If we are at the point where the two parties are “discussing” a regularization process, then I smell a rat. If you recall dear reader, when Francis gave the SSPX “personal jurisdiction” to hear confessions, he made an impromptu statement as a fait accompli. Even the SSPX were suprised by the announcement. If he is now serious about regularizing the SSPX, Francis would have proceeded in a similar manner. Here is the quote:
“In the meantime, motivated by the need to respond to the good of these faithful, through my own disposition, I establish that those who during the Holy Year of Mercy approach these priests of the Fraternity of St Pius X to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation shall validly and licitly receive the absolution of their sins.”
If Francis was serious, he would have proceeded likewise with the “regularization”. Since he has not, one is left to suspect that we are being played and diverted into a substitute conversation to offset the fallout from the important issue which is the “Amoris Laetitia”.
Given the above, it also needs to be pointed out that it is not Francis that is driving this process but rather the Holy Ghost. And it is He that will allow this process to play out according to how He desires. So let’s keep praying and fasting and keep our game faces on.
I will end here. I am reproducing the Eponymous Flower post without comment (see here) and …
FOR THE RECORD
Rome and the Society of Saint Pius X: “The Meeting Went Well” — “It Goes in the Direction of a Personal Prelature”
(Rome) Matteo Matzuzzi, the Vatican expert of the Italian daily Il Foglio , reported initially on Monday that Bishop Bernard Fellay, Superior General of the Society of St. Pius X, was received by Pope Francis in private audience last Friday. Here is Matzuzzi’s piece:
The Pope Met Bernard Fellay, head of the Lefebvrians
The pope on Saturday 1 received Bernard Fellay, the superior general and direct successor 2 of Monsignor Marcel Lefebvre at the head of St. Pius X. The conversation “was positive” as Il Foglio learned from Vatican sources. Between Francis and Fellay “the consultation went well.”
It is a further step towards canonical recognition of the Fraternity to the Holy See in the form of an ad hoc erected Prelature on the model of Opus Dei, therefore with far-reaching and not only organizational autonomy.
In an interview recently translated into five languages and published on the website of the Society, Fellay showed himself very open to dialogue, by repeatedly emphasizing his appreciation for the reigning pope:
“I would not be more surprised if he sees us as one of those margins, to which he obviously gives preference. And precisely in this perspective he uses the expression “to travel part of the way” with the people on the periphery, in the hope of being able to improve things. This is therefore not a firm resolution to come directly to the destination, one way or another, a way to go … but the main thing is is quite peaceful, nice, without knowing very well where that will lead. This is probably one of the main reasons. “
Already towards the end of 2013 there was, as the internet site Rorate Caeli brought to light, a first meeting in Santa Marta. However, It was not a conversation, but more of a chance encounter.
In an interview Fellay noted another aspect of which reveals how far the path to reconciliation has already progressed:
“Very surprising, since it is clear that Pope Francis wants to give us life and to survive. To anyone who wants to hear it, he says he will never do anything evil to the Fraternity. He also said that we are Catholic. He has refused to convict us as schismatics, he said, you are not schismatic, you are Catholic ‘, even if he subsequently used a somewhat enigmatic word when he said we were on the way to full communion. For this expression, full communion, ‘we would like to have a clear definition, because it looks as if it corresponds to nothing precise. This is a feeling … you do not know exactly what it is.”
A decision in Econe where the Society has its headquarters 3 was particularly appreciated, relates to the pope granting permission that Catholics may confess to Lefebvrian priests. The Pope explained that in the letter last September 1, in which he granted an indulgence for the Jubilee Year:
“A final consideration concerns those faithful who for various reasons choose to attend churches officiated by priests of the Fraternity of St Pius X. This Jubilee Year of Mercy excludes no one. From various quarters, several Brother Bishops have told me of their good faith and sacramental practice, combined however with an uneasy situation from the pastoral standpoint. I trust that in the near future solutions may be found to recover full communion with the priests and superiors of the Fraternity. In the meantime, motivated by the need to respond to the good of these faithful, through my own disposition, I establish that those who during the Holy Year of Mercy approach these priests of the Fraternity of St Pius X to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation shall validly and licitly receive the absolution of their sins.”
Translation: Giuseppe Nardi
image: Il Foglio (Screenshot)
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Link to Katholisches…