Friday, March 13, 2009

On H.H. The Pope’s Letter to the Bishops regarding the Decree on the S.S.P.X. Bishops

I’m just making this brief post in order to highlight and comment briefly on what seems to me to be the most important (and exciting) point in the Letter:

In light of this situation, it is my intention henceforth to join the Pontifical Commission "Ecclesia Dei" – the body which has been competent since 1988 for those communities and persons who, coming from the Society of Saint Pius X or from similar groups, wish to return to full communion with the Pope – to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
(Beginning of Paragraph 4)
This development, and developments consequent on it, will be interesting to watch. And I wish to bring to your attention what a commenter at Fr. Zuhlsdorf’s blog noted:

While +Lefebvre was still alive, the SSPX submitted a document containing 39 dubia about the council. The response was a 50 page document from the CDF that did not address any of the dubia in particular.

The doctrinal issues are not unresolved for lack of effort on the part of the SSPX. Hopefully, these new talks will bear more fruit.

It sounds like the Holy Father is willing to hear them out.

Comment by Merriweather — 11 March 2009 @ 8:08 pm
Regarding Dignitatis Humanæ, a good place to start, perhaps, would be a wide distribution of and discussion on the C.D.F.’s official (or at least quasi-official) response to the late Msgr. Lefebvre’s dubia; the response has had, as far as I know, a very limited readership hitherto.

Reginaldvs Cantvar
13.III.2009 A.D.

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