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Bishop Pozzo

Here is one for the glass half full/half empty category.

As you by now know, your humble blogger has been following the SSPX/Vatican movements with respect to the “full communion” issue. (see here and here) Today we get more news.

Over at the Sedevacantist website Novus Ordo Watch, a translation of an article from the French  newspaper La Croix appeared (see here).  Of note is the following passage citing Archbishop Guido Pozzo, the Secretary of the Ecclesia Dei Commission:

“Vatican II documents (should) be welcomed according to the required degree of adherence.” The acceptance of the texts on relations with other religions [Nostra Aetate] does not constitute a prerequisite for juridical recognition of the Lefebvrist society and certain questions will be able to remain “objects of discussion and clarification,”

He followed this up with the following:

”“In what concerns the Second Vatican Council, the course taken in the meetings of the last years has led to an important clarification: the Second Vatican Council can be sufficiently understood only within the context of the entire Tradition of the Church and its constant magisterium,” Archbishop Pozzo specified.

WOW!

Once again:

”“In what concerns the Second Vatican Council, the course taken in the meetings of the last years has led to an important clarification: the Second Vatican Council can be sufficiently understood only within the context of the entire Tradition of the Church and its constant magisterium,” Archbishop Pozzo specified.

For those who are new to the ins and outs, the finer points and the nuances of the “irregular status” of the SSPX within the Universal Church and the background which brought it about, need to understand that this is…

BIG!

What we have in this La Croix article is a very high official of not only the Ecclesia Dei Commission but in essence the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith stating that through the:“dialogue” with the SSPX, the post-conciliar Church has “clarified” that indeed, Archbishop Lefebvre and the SSPX have been correct all along in that the pastoral, non binding council that was VII…

MUST BE READ WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF THE ENTIRE TRADITION OF THE CHURCH AND ITS CONSTANT MAGISTERIUM.

Full Stop

So what is the significance of this passage, you might ask dear reader?

For the initiated, as you recall, it is the Nostra Aetate (Catholic Church’s VII document on the relations with other “religions”, read Judaism in the aftermath of the Second World War) which was the ROOT CAUSE used by the Neo-modernist forces at VII to justify the entire Vatican II process in the first place. If we have the post-conciliar church now admitting that Nostra Aetate MUST be read in line Catholic Tradition and the Universal Magisterium, then we have a real breakthrough going forward.

Below is the republication of the La Croix article from the Novus Ordo Watch website…

FOR THE RECORD

 

Certain Conciliar Texts Can Be Objects of “Discussion” With the SSPX, According to the Vatican

By Marie Malzac, April 7, 2016, 3:43 p.m.

Days after the meeting between Pope Francis and the superior of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Pius X (SSPX), Archbishop Guido Pozzo, Secretary of the Ecclesia Dei Commission, indicated that “Vatican II documents (should) be welcomed according to the required degree of adherence.” The acceptance of the texts on relations with other religions [Nostra Aetate] does not constitute a prerequisite for juridical recognition of the Lefebvrist society and certain questions will be able to remain “objects of discussion and clarification,” he explained to La Croix.

The meeting, on April 1, between Pope Francis and Bishop Bernard Fellay, head of the Lefebvrist line, falls “within the context of the SSPX’s progression towards full reconciliation, which will come with canonical recognition of the institute,” which was explained to La Croix by Archbishop Guido Pozzo, Secretary of the Ecclesia Dei Commission, which is in charge of relations with Tradition inside of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.“At this moment, it is especially important to work towards creating a climate of trust … to overcome the hardness of distrust, which is understandable after so many years of distance and fracture,” continued Archbishop Pozzo, assuring he wants to “dispel” it in order to rediscover “the reasons for unity and for promoting the integrity of the Catholic faith and the Tradition of the Church.”

Different degrees of adherence are required

For the person in charge of discussions with the SSPX, it is fitting to recall the three essential points which make a person Catholic: “adherence to the profession of faith, the bond of the sacraments and hierarchical communion with the pope.” This is what the Doctrinal Declaration will contain, “which will be submitted to the adherence of the SSPX at the appropriate time.”“In what concerns the Second Vatican Council, the course taken in the meetings of the last years has led to an important clarification: the Second Vatican Council can be sufficiently understood only within the context of the entire Tradition of the Church and its constant magisterium,” Archbishop Pozzo specified.“The affirmations of truths of faith and of sure Catholic doctrine contained in the Second Vatican Council documents must be welcomed according to the degree of required adherence,” the Italian bishop continued, who repeats the distinction between dogma and certain decrees or declarations containing “directives for pastoral action, orientations and suggestions, or exhortations of a practical-pastoral character,” as is notably the case with Nostra Aetate, in its opening to dialogue with non-Christian religions.

Not an obstacle for canonical recognitionThese “will constitute and be part of, after canonical recognition, a subject of discussion and further deepening, in view towards a greater precision, in order to avoid misunderstandings or equivocations which, as we know, have become widespread in the present ecclesiastical world.”“The difficulties raised by the SSPX regarding questions of Church-State relations and religious liberty, the practice of ecumenism and dialogue with non-Christian religions, certain aspects of liturgical reform and their concrete application, remain objects of discussion and clarification,” Archbishop Pozzo added, “but do not constitute an obstacle to the SSPX’s canonical and juridical recognition.”The SSPX is asked “to accept that the magisterium of the Church is the only one to whom is confided the deposit of the faith to be guarded, defended and interpreted.” “I believe this clarification can constitute a fixed point for the SSPX.”

(Marie Malzac, “Certains textes conciliaires peuvent être objet de « discussion » avec la FSSPX, selon le Vatican”, La Croix, April 7, 2016; our translation; underlining added.)

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