|11/13/2012 4:42:00 PM|
Vatican says it is willing to be patient with SSPX
Catholic News ServiceVATICAN CITY — “Patience, serenity, perseverance and trust are needed” as the Vatican continues talks aimed at full reconciliation with the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X, said a statement from the Vatican commission overseeing the discussions.
The Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei,” in a statement, said the leadership of the SSPX had requested “additional time for reflection and study” before responding to Pope Benedict’s latest efforts to reintegrate them into the church.
The Vatican initially presented what it described as a “doctrinal preamble” to SSPX leaders in September 2011. While it never released the text, the Vatican had said it outlined “some doctrinal principles and criteria for the interpretation of Catholic doctrine necessary to guarantee fidelity” to the formal teaching of the church, including the teaching of the Second Vatican Council.
The SSPX gave the Vatican its response in April. The Vatican, in turn, gave the SSPX the doctrinal declaration to sign in June and also presented a proposal to establish for SSPX members a “personal prelature,” which is a church jurisdiction without geographical boundaries. Currently, the church’s only personal prelature is Opus Dei.
Just three days before the Vatican statement was published, the SSPX announced it had ousted British Bishop Richard Williamson, one of the four bishops ordained by SSPX founder Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre without papal approval in 1988.