Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The Latest on Rome and the SSPX

It is becoming increasingly likely that bishop Fellay will lead the SSPX back into full communion with Rome. While much is uncertain there also appears to be strong opposition from Fellay's three fellow bishops. It is not beyond the realm of possibility that one or more of them could break off from the SSPX and go into schism. Rome made a none too thinly veiled reference to this in a statement earlier today.

Details at Rorate. Note that the commentary there, especially from the diehards, has become increasingly strident as the likelihood of reconciliation increases.


modestinus said...

How much credence can you give to the R.C. combox? I appreciate the news and occasional translations that blog posts, but let's face it: it's a hotbed for hyperbole and (borderline?) reactionary sentiments, typically stirred up by the writers and brought into full swing by the commenters (a quarter of whom seem to be closet sedevacantists).

I'm not sure what to make of the leaked letter, but I don't see all three of them venturing off on their own. Fellay has a lot of support, at least among the Anglophone SSPX'ers, and Williamson's credibility is weak outside of the Society's more extreme (and savory) adherents. He's to the SSPX what Metropolitan Vitaly was to ROCOR at the end. As for the other two, I don't expect Bishop Tissier de Mallerais to go anywhere; he's too much in Lefebvre's mold and I think it's fairly safe to say that Lefebvre would take this "deal" (assuming there is a deal) if he were still alive.

Catholic Mission said...

SUNDAY, MAY 20, 2012
Koch’s SSPX must accept Jews do not have to convert to receive canonical status talk reported by Catholic News Service downplayed on Rorate Caeli

Comments from eucharistandmission pulled down (1) related to Koch’s Wednesday speech and CNS report.(2) Rorate Caeli now says ‘The complete text of the lecture, delivered in English, and of its Q&A follow-up session are not available at the moment’ disregards Catholic News Service report.

Even Rorate Caeli cannot carry reports on the Catholic Faith because of foreign pressure.Mentions '[Update, also for the record of events:] Jack Bemporad, a Reform Judaism rabbi, is the president of the "Interreligious Dialogue" Center at the Angelicum University and he also had some words to say regarding the decisions of Pope Benedict XVI (3)
-Lionel Andrades