Quick Update: Vatican Issues Ultimatum to SSPX

Bridge Across the River Tiber

The Vatican offers SSPX another change to cross the Tiber and come home to Rome.

Today it was discovered that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith have issued an ultimatum to the Society of St. Pius X. This ultimatum gives the hierarchy of SSPX until February 22nd to restart doctrinal talks with the Vatican. If they fail to do so, the Vatican will giving individual SSPX priests the opportunity to return home to Rome.

This is a very smart move because the main impediment to the SSPX’s reunion with Rome is the hierarchy. Fellay pretends to be interested in reuniting with Rome, but he spends most of his time dragging his feet. The other bishops are outright hostile to the idea. In fact, Fellay recently said that there would be no reunion under the current pope (Pope Benedict XVI). This new move gets around this roadblock and reaches out directly to the priests who love tradition, but also want to return to the Roman Catholic Church.

From the comments I have read, some people think that Pope Benedict would never take a move like this. They seem to think that this is the work of a cardinal working on their own authority. I am of the opposite opinion. Msgr. Georg Ratzinger, Pope Benedict’s older brother, said one of the things that hurt his brother the most during his time as pope was the lack of cooperation from the SSPX in his many efforts to bring them back to the Roman Catholic Church. Pope Benedict was involved with relations between Rome and the SSPX from the beginning and he did a lot to try to resolve the break. He seems to be trying to make one final try before he abdicates on February 28th. Let’s pray that it works and Pope Benedict’s successor brings SSPX into the True Fold, with or without their stubborn hierarchy.


About John Paul Wohlscheid

Born Roman Catholic. Raised Roman Catholic. Will Die Roman Catholic.
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1 Response to Quick Update: Vatican Issues Ultimatum to SSPX

  1. lionelandrades says:

    Tuesday, April 2, 2013
    The Grand Secret : Vatican Council II says all Hindus, Buddhists, Jews, Muslims, Protestants etc are lost
    Vatican Council II says all Hindus, Buddhists, Jews, Muslims and Protestants are lost but this is a secret in the Church and no one is talking about it.

    Ad Gentes 7 says all need faith and baptism for salvation. We cannot name any one saved in invincible ignorance (LG 16) tc for them to be known exceptions to Ad Gentes 7.

    If you keep the text of Ad Gentes 7 and Lumen Gentium 14 before you Vatican Council II is saying all need to convert into the Catholic Church.All need to be formal, visible members of the Catholic Church.Visible Catholic Faith and the baptism of water is needed.Outside the Church there is no salvation.

    Vatican Council II is traditional on other religions and salvation.It is in agreement with the dogma extra ecclesiam nulla salus.

    It is in agreement with the Society of St.Pius X (SSPX), the St.Benedict Centers,USA,the popes, Church Councils,saints and the Catechism of the Catholic Church (846,845,1257).

    While those saved in invincible ignorance and a good conscience (LG 16) are only possibilities which we accept, these cases are not exceptions to AG 7 and LG 14. They are not exceptions since they are known only to God.They are not known to us in 2013.We cannot see these persons who are now in Heaven.

    We cannot name anyone saved with the baptism of desire or elements of sanctification (LG 8).We personally do not know any exceptions, since those who are dead are not visible to us.

    Yet for many Catholics, those saved in imperfect communion with the Church (UR), seeds of the Word etc are visible and known.So Vatican Council II for them is a break with the past.

    No where in Nostra Aetate is it said that non Catholics do not have to convert in their religion or that they are saved in general in their religion.We cannot name any ‘good and holy ‘(NA) non Catholic, who is saved and is an exception to all needing ‘faith and baptism’ in 2013 to go to Heaven and avoid the fires of Hell.

    Vatican Council II is traditional. This is a grand secret.
    -Lionel Andrades


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