Hope for SSPX Reconciliation?

Vatican Insider has a new story up with excerpts from a French-language interview with Bishop Guido Pozzo, Secretary of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei. In it, Pozzo discusses the possibility of full Vatican/Society of St. Pius X reconciliation. Here are two particularly interesting paragraphs from Pozzo:

The Holy See does not wish to impose a capitulation on the SSPX. On the contrary, it invites the fraternity to stand beside it within the same framework of doctrinal principles that is necessary in guaranteeing the same adhesion to the faith and Catholic doctrine on the Magisterium and the Tradition. At the same time, there is room for further reflection on the reservations the fraternity has expressed regarding certain aspects and the wording of the Second Vatican Council documents as well as some reforms that followed but which do not refer to subjects which are dogmatically or doctrinally indisputable.

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There is no doubt that the teachings of the Second Vatican Council vary a great deal in terms of how authoritative and binding they are depending on the text. So, for example, the Lumen Gentium Constitution on the Church and the Dei Verbum on the Divine Revelation are doctrinal declarations even though no dogmatic definition was given to them”, whereas the declarations on religious freedom, non-Christian religions and the decree on ecumenism “are authoritative and binding to a different and lesser degree.

The full French text of the interview is available online here.



  1. Anthony Ferrara
    October 25, 2014

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the SSPX will not be fully regularized under this Pope. The FI have been gutted under his pontificate due to their traditionalist leanings. If the SSPX couldn’t reach an agreement with Pope Benedict the most tradition friendly post VII Pope, they will never reach an agreement with Pope Francis, the least tradition friendly. These nice conciliatory words from the Secretary of Ecclesia Dei are just that, some nice words. We’ve heard even more positive signs during the last two pontificates, but nothing ever happened. I really did think reconciliation would happen in the last pontificate. I think Pope Benedict wanted it, but some in the curia hijacked it. Of course, that is just my speculation.


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