SSPX Bishop Tissier de Mallerais revealed during a conference a letter written by Benedict XVI which says an agreement between the SSPX and the Holy See is impossible

Things have become inscrutable. Vatican Insider reports :

Last 30 June, just days after the start of the Society of St. Pius X’s General Chapter, Benedict XVI wrote a letter to the Lefebvrian Superior, Bishop Bernard Fellay. The letter was revealed during a conference held on 16 September at the Priory of St. Louis-Marie Grignon de Monfort in France, by Mgr. Bernard Tissier de Mallerais, one of the Fraternity’s four bishops, who is renowned for his disapproval of an agreement with Rome.

During the conference, the prelate said: “On 30 June 2012 – this is a secret but will be revealed to the public – the Pope himself wrote a letter to our Superior General, Mgr. Fellay: “I confirm to you that in order to be fully reintegrated into the Catholic Church, you must really accept the Second Vatican Council and the post-conciliar teachings.”

“This really is a sticking point – Tissier de Mallerais said – because we cannot accept or sign something like this. Clarifications can be made as the Council is so vast and it does have its positive points but this is not the essential element of the Council.”

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3 Responses to SSPX Bishop Tissier de Mallerais revealed during a conference a letter written by Benedict XVI which says an agreement between the SSPX and the Holy See is impossible

  1. toadspittle says:

    Jorge Luis Borges described the Falkland Islands conflict as, “Two bald men fighting over a comb.” Catchy phrase.


  2. JabbaPapa says:

    The position that SSPX has developed over the course of the summer is both irrational and untenable.

    If they do not abandon it, their theology will lose the ability to be described otherwise than as schismatic and heretical.

    The actions over the past 30 years or so by these rebellious clergymen have been nothing more than destructive of the defence of Catholic orthodoxy within the Church, where all those hundreds of young priests should have been ordained to, instead of to this rebellious and separate group.

    The Holy Father’s principal concerns should be towards those hundreds of falsely ordained priests, and the thousands and thousands of faithful who are being misled by this coterie of rebellious bishops and theologians, into a position outside of Communion with our Church.

    The actions of these men are utterly shameful.


  3. TerryC says:

    Bishop Tissier de Mallerais does not speak for the Society. The Holy See has already said the its relationship to the bishops of the society is not the same issue as recouncilation with the SSPX. A society or congregation or order can have only one leader. Bishop Fellay is the Superior General of the Society. It is he who speaks for the SSPX. I expect that should the socety be reconciled with Rome some bishops and priest will walk. At that point they will no longer be able to pretend they are not in schism. JabbaPapa you are right. At that point the number of priest who can be reintegrated into the Church either as members of a canonically restructured SSPX prelature the FSSP or individually will be most important, both for these men and for the Church as a whole. We must also not forget the many members of the laity raised and catechized in the SSPX environment.


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