I post this as an update, rather than an original post, because the source is the same and the combox discussion can continue. Rorate posts this update:
The text of the response of His Excellency Bp. Bernard Fellay, Superior General of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Pius X, requested during the meeting in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith of March 16, 2012, was delivered on April 17, 2012. This text will be examined by the Dicastery and submitted afterwards to the judgment of the Holy Father.
Father Lombardi, head of the Holy See Press Office, offers his comments:
"Today's news means that yesterday Bp. Fellay's response, that had been requested by Cardinal Levada at the last meeting, was delivered to the Congregation, to the Ecclesia Dei Commission, to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Now, this response, it is a reponse that, according to the words of those who could see it, is a very different response from the previous one, and this is encouraging, we proceed forward. But, naturally, we also find in the response the addition of some details or integrations to the text of the doctrinal preamble that had been proposed by the Congregation for a doctrinal agreement, and this response will be discussed, it will be examined first by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, in one of its meetings of the next few weeks and, afterwards, it will also naturally be examined directly by the Pope. It can be said that steps forward have been taken, that is to say, that the response, the new response, is rather encouraging, but there are still developments that will be made, and examined, and decisions that should be taken in the next few weeks. I think the wait will not be long because there is the desire to reach a conclusion in these discussions, in these contacts."Original post follows:
I post this for the simple fact that the news, if true, is stupendous, and heralds the resolution of a tragedy more than 23 years in endurance. Rorate has the story, as usual.
The canonical regularization of the Society is entirely a good thing, for all parties. This is not the moment to dredge up the wounds or to play the blame game. Nor is it wise to make bold predictions of a future that is in God's hands.
It is enough, more than enough, to be grateful to God.
SSPX supporters, there is no need to worry that Bishop Fellay suddenly gave away the Sudetenland. He has been leading his group very well through a tough minefield. It is OK to be grateful to the Holy Father. He is not your enemy. Though much can be chalked up to the demands of justice in the SSPX's position, it is still a plain fact that the Pope has exhibited courage, mercy, and charity.
SSPX critics, don't make the mistake of thinking that this means that the SSPX was necessarily wrong in any question of doctrine. The consecrations of 1988 were not authorized, but that incident's books were closed when the excommunications were lifted earlier in this pontificate. No, in many areas the Society was exactly right. And if they did not go about some things the way you'd prefer, they were steadfast--and right-- about the Mass, the traditional sacramental forms, and the doctrines handed down from time immemorial. We don't know what better or worse fate would have followed a decision not to consecrate the four bishops in 1988, but there is much to be grateful to the Society for preserving what not many else were interested in preserving.
Humility is called for on both sides. It is the basis of true charity.
So, a little long winded, but the gist of my post is this: thank Our Lord and His Mother, God bless the Pope and the Society, and may the whole Church benefit.