(Vatican) Francis Pope received Areas Bishop Rífan with great cordiality of the Apostolic Personal Administration of St. John Mary Vianney in Campos, Brazil. The administration is the only territorial jurisdiction of the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite, which was erected in 2002 by Pope John Paul II. the Personal Administration has about 150 parishes. The establishment goes back to Bishop Antonio de Castro Mayer (1904-1991), who failed to administrate the post-conciliar reform in his diocese. In 1988 he was excommunicated together with Archbishop Lefebvre because of the illicit episcopal consecration of four priests of the SSPX.
Founded by Castro Mayer The Priestly Association of St. John Mary Vianney SSJV ministered the ancient rite of the Mass even after his resignation as diocesan bishop. The bishops of the SSPX consecrated Bishop Licinio Rangel in 1991 as Superior of the SSJV. In 2002 Pope John Paul II recognized the parallel situation in the Diocese of Campos by establishing a traditional Personal Administration with its own bishop, and a new ritual next to the diocese with their bishop. Bishop Rifan is the second bishop of the administration.
The Apostolic Personal Administration was also particularly interested in finding a canonical solution for the SSPX, should an agreement between the Holy See and the same should arise. Until then, the question of when the bishops of the SSPX will be received with this obvious warmth remains in Rome.
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