12 July 2007

Brian Mershon Interviews SSPX Bishop Fellay

Another important interview by Brian Mershon, this time of Bishop Fellay. Good things are happening out there, let us pray for full reconciliation.

Ecône, Switzerland—Bishop Bernard Fellay, Superior General of the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX), said at least three of the four SSPX bishops were satisfied with the contents of the motu proprio, confirming that the Traditional Roman rite of Holy Mass (extraordinary form of the Roman rite) has never been abrogated. By interview time, he had not spoken to the fourth bishop, but said he expected that bishop to also be pleased with the document. “The Priestly Society of Saint Pius X extends its deep gratitude to the Sovereign Pontiff for this great spiritual benefit,” read a July 7, 2007 news release from the SSPX...

I wonder if Mr. Mershon has to hold down a full time job, too?


Zach said...

I'm simply wondering if the SSPX's reaction will be the same when they see the kind of response that manny bishops (*cough* Troutman) are giving Summorum Pontificum

Athelstane said...

I thought Mershon's day job was in public relations of some kind?

Fellay's reaction has been about what I expected so far. What happens after the excommunications are lifted will be most interesting.

Anonymous said...

i'd love to see a post on how the
Motu Proprio affects the SSPX's
relationship within the Church.

Does it affect the excommunication
of the four Bishops in any way?

Does it change the status of SSPX
Masses in any way?

If the SSPX is "within" the Church
then why aren't SSPX chapels,
schools, and seminaries listed in
the various dioceses where they
are geographically located?

Folks can't have this last point
both ways: Either the dioceses
across the world must start
listing SSPX locations, or the
SSPX is, after all, not yet
reconciled by this Motu Proprio;
and Holy Father meant something
very different in His MP with
respect to the SSPX.

If the dioceses aren't *forced*
to list SSPX communities like any
other parish after Sept. 14, then
the SSPX can't be "within" the
Catholic Church. Let this be a
question for Ecclesia Dei if
necessary, but I think at the
very least this question must be
cleared up in the next 90 days or


thetimman said...

Call me a starry-eyed optimist, but I actually expect a lifting of the excommunications before 9/14.