Pope Benedict XVI has reached a decision on the reconciliation of the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX), and the head of the traditionalist group will receive the Pope’s decision today, according to a leading Italian journalist.
The Rome-based news agency I Media confirmed that Bishop Fellay was in Rome on Wednesday, June 13. Bishop Fellay did meet with Cardinal Levada late in the day. The Vatican did not release a statement following the meeting.
Tornielli reports that at a meeting last Saturday, June 9, the Pope and Cardinal Levada discussed the Doctrinal Preamble and the SSPX response. The Pope then made his own reply to the SSPX response, the Italian journalist says.
“If Fellay, after having received the Vatican response, signs the doctrinal declaration, the agreement will be officially announced,” Tornielli writes. A spokesman for the SSPX said that Bishop Fellay would have several days to weigh the Pope's position before making his own decision.
The Vatican has not made any official announcement on the case. Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Vatican press office, that talks with the SSPX were still continuing. That statement would not exclude the possibility that a final agreement is imminent, pending Bishop Fellay’s acceptance.
The lengthy discussions between the Vatican and the SSPX have appeared to be nearing a conclusion that would allow the reconciliation of the traditionalist group, ending a split that dates back to the 1970s. But fissures have appeared within the SSPX, and in May, Bishop Fellay cautioned that there are “some discrepancies” among the leading members of the traditionalist group. Some informed observers have suggested that if Bishop Fellay agrees to a reconciliation with the Vatican, the three other bishops of the SSPX may refuse to accept the accord.
The Vatican addressed the potential for a split within the SSPX with a terse announcement in May, indicating that regarding the other three SSPX bishops, “their situations will have to be dealt with separately and singularly.”
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|BISHOP BERNARD TISSIER DE MALLERAIS|
“We have no need of it, and the Church has no need of it,” he continued. “We are already on the pinnacle, as a sign of contradiction, that attracts those noble souls, that attract lots of young priests, despite our pariah status. One would wish to place our lamp under the bushel for our integration in the conciliar world. This status that is proposed to us, of a personal prelature, analogous to that of Opus Dei, is a status for a state of peace. But we are currently in a state of war in the Church. It would be a contradiction to wish to ‘regularize the war.’”
Bishop Tissier de Mallerais added:
The irregularity is not ours. It is that of Rome. A Modernist Rome. A Liberal Rome that has renounced Christ the King. A Rome that had been condemned in advance by all Popes up until the eve of the [Second Vatican] Council …“It is true that the Pope is very pleasant,” the bishop continued. “He is a kind, polite, thoughtful man, a man who is discreet, but possesses natural authority, of man of decisiveness, who has solved many problems in the Church with his personal energy. For instance, problems of morality in this or that priestly institute. But he is imbued with the Council.”
It is certain that Benedict XVI has made some gestures in favor of Tradition. Especially by declaring that the Traditional Mass has never been suppressed and, in second place, by suppressing the so-called excommunication that had been declared regarding us following our episcopal consecration by Abp. Lefebvre. These two positive gestures drew bitter complaints from the episcopates towards Benedict XVI. But Pope Benedict XVI, while he is Pope, remains Modernist.
“When he says that the resolution of the SSPX problem is one of the main tasks of his pontificate, he does not see where the real problem is,” Bishop Tissier de Mallerais added. “He misplaces it. He sees it in our so-called schism. Well, the problem is not that of the SSPX, it is the problem of Rome, of the neo-Modernist Rome, that is not the eternal Rome anymore, that is not anymore the Mistress of wisdom and truth, but that has become a source of error since the Vatican II council, and that remains so today. Therefore, the solution of the crisis can only come from Rome. After Benedict XVI.”
Bishop Tissier de Mallerais made his remarks on June 1; they have been published in the new (June 15) issue of Rivarol.