This Wednesday on the 16th of May the Congregation for Doctrine will confer in a principle meeting on the canonical recognition of the Priestly Society of St. Pius X. Then Pope Benedict will give the last word.
The General Superior of the Society, Bishop Bernard Fellay, who has a large majority behind him in striving for the reconciliation with the Holy See acknowledges that the reconciliation no longer excludes the separation of a part of the Society provoked by the reconciliation. In a CNS interview Msgr Fellay stressed that he considers the offer of Pope Benedict XVI as "straightforward" and that the Pope is the driving force behind the reconciliation. Fellay himself wants to still wait till things can be more clear. Probably also because the canonical structure of the Society will have to undergo a practical test for unity: "But it probably really appears as though the Holy Father wants it to happen now."
The General Superior defended his course of reconciliation toward Rome in the CNS interview. At the same time he cautions: "We don't want to commit suicide". There is still no reunification, the Superior is cited as saying, "It's still not too late." There is above all the necessity of clarification whether the Vatican "proposed structures and qualifications are practical", so that the Society may be "free to develop" itself.
A few days earlier the General House recognized the unauthorized publication of internal documents as "worthy of condemnation". Those responsible were accused of a breech of trust amd to have "committed a serious sin", which will "further strengthen the agitators of division".
In view of the delicate situation in the Church with the unification process, Catholics should respond with "prayer and silence", says Msgr Fellay and to accompany this phase of the talks with the Holy See with "doubled prayers, so that only God's will happens, for the good of the Church and the salvation of souls."
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