SSPX Superior +Fellay in Rome…Final Countdown?
The net has been abuzz with talk of the SSPX’s Superior General, Bishop Bernard Fellay, being in Rome today concerning the Doctrainal Preamble that could bring the SSPX back into full canonical status within Holy Mother Church.
After having studied with attention the text of the doctrinal preamble, with the modifications requested by the Superior of the Society of Saint Pius X, Benedict XVI would have made his decision and had delivered it to Cardinal William Levada, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and to the Secretary of the same Dicastery, Archbishop Luis Ladaria Ferrer, during the audience granted to both last Saturday.
The text of the doctrinal declaration is a top secret, but it will be published – this was assured from the beginning – if an agreement between the Holy See and the Society founded by Archbishop Lefebvre is formalized. It is not possible to know, therefore, if modifications or clarifications were added to the text that Bishop Bernard Fellay had sent to Rome in mid-April and that the Cardinals had examined and discussed on May 15, in the Feria Quarta [Wednesday meeting] of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. In the upcoming hours, the papal response may be delivered to the Lefebvrian superior. It will be up to him to give final assent to the preamble. … If Fellay, after having received the Vatican response, signs the doctrinal declaration, the agreement will be officially announced.
In any event, the matter concerning the other three Lefebvrian bishops will remain open … . Even if the Superior of the [Society of] Saint Pius X signs the doctrinal declaration, the positions of the three bishops will be examined individually by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
Pope Benedict XVI is the Pope of Christian Unity. Let’s all pray for him.