Francis to extend SSPX faculties for Confession? April 13, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, episcopate, Francis, General Catholic, Interior Life, Sacraments, Spiritual Warfare, SSPX, the struggle for the Church, Tradition, Virtue.
Beats me. Nothing would surprise me anymore. It has long been said of Cardinal Mahony that while he is crazy liberal, he operated his diocese in a kind of “do what feels good” manner that also permitted some freedom of action even to orthodox Catholics. Perhaps Pope Francis is the same. While the below does not come from an unbiased source – it comes from the leader of the SSPX, Bishop Bernard Fellay – it is now reported that Francis intends to extend the faculties of the SSPX for Confession beyond the scarifying Year of Mercy:
Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior general of the SSPX, celebrated the Mass for Good Shepherd Sunday with his two Assistants General.A few days earlier he had met with Pope Francis during a very positive meeting which strengthened ties between the Holy See and the Society founded by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre. Despite the publication of the Post-Synodal Exhortation, which “makes us cry,” he revealed some “happiness” from the interview
The Pope confirmed that the SSPX was Catholic in his eyesHe confirmed that he never would condemn it
He confided that he wishes to expand the faculties of the SSPX, starting with the authorization of its priests to validly hear confession.
Finally, during the talks in Rome, Bishop Fellay was encouraged to establish a seminary in Italy.
Are heads exploding among the SSPX-SO? I have no idea. If Francis is succeeded by a similarly progressive pontiff, will he be as inclined to a go-go mentality? The concern of the SSPX-SO has always been that any “deal” with “modernist Rome” would inevitably lead to an undermining of the SSPX’s mission and immediate attempts at co-opting by the forces of modernism. Given the experience of Campos, that’s not a totally unfounded fear, but we’re still miles away from that. I have heard from a number of folks, however, who wonder if it might not paradoxically take a very liberal pope, one not “hung up” on doctrinal definitions and issues of authority and mission, to bring about a reconciliation with the SSPX.
Wonders never cease, I suppose. Or weird stuff happens. h/t reader Tim