|Posted by The Editor on September 1, 2015 at 10:05 AM|
Our friends over at Reconquista alert us to the following letter, signed by Pope Francis, to the "Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangilisation". It can be found on the vatican.va website in English, here. Most interesting is the final paragraph, which reads:
"A final consideration concerns those faithful who for various reasons choose to attend churches officiated by priests of the Fraternity of St Pius X. This Jubilee Year of Mercy excludes no one. From various quarters, several Brother Bishops have told me of their good faith and sacramental practice, combined however with an uneasy situation from the pastoral standpoint. I trust that in the near future solutions may be found to recover full communion with the priests and superiors of the Fraternity. In the meantime, motivated by the need to respond to the good of these faithful, through my own disposition, I establish that those who during the Holy Year of Mercy approach these priests of the Fraternity of St Pius X to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation shall validly and licitly receive the absolution of their sins."
Clearly SSPX confessions were always valid. That is not the point. And it is not the place of modernist apostates to "show mercy" towards those who have been keeping the Faith. The SSPX in the past would have pointed this out. Remember, for example, that in 1988 the Chapter members of the SSPX all wrote an Open Letter to Cardinal Gantin asking to be "excommunicated" from the conciliar church too!
"We have never wished to belong to this system which calls itself the Conciliar Church, and defines itself with the Novus Ordo Missæ, an ecumenism which leads to indifferentism and the laicization of all society. Yes, we have no part, nullam partem habemus..."
...And they wrote, concerning the supposed "excommunications" of 1988:
"We let you judge for yourself the value of such a declaration, coming from an authority who, in its exercise, breaks with all its predecessors down to Pope Pius XII, in worship, teaching and government of the Church."
Such a response from the SSPX today is unthinkable. What will their response be to this "merciful" gesture of Pope Francis? It seems likely that they will respond with gratitude and Te Deums, thereby appearing to implicitly admit that their confessions were invalid up to this point, just as they did in 2009 when they expressed their gratitude for the supposed "lifting" of the non-existent "excommunications" of 1988.
Why else is this significant? What does it mean for the future of SSPX/Rome? What is happening in our opinion is that the agreement is being achieved by slow stages, one step at a time.
Any agreement would essentially have to be made of two parts, quid pro quo. The 'quid' is that the SSPX officially ceases to oppose Vatican II and no longer believes in the conciliar church, seeing it as no different to the Catholic Church. This has already taken place (April 2012, July 2012, June 2013, etc.). The 'quo' is the canonical recognition so desired by the betrayers at the top of the SSPX. Most people will pay little attention to doctrine, but the danger is that they would wake up if the SSPX were granted its 'quo', its reward for the beterayal, all in one go. The strategy, therefore, seems to be to achieve it a little at a time. The canonical recognition of the SSPX in Argentina set a precedent. The reaction was relatively mute. Now comes the granting of conciliar 'jurisdiction' for confessions. Watch for the reaction (or lack thereof). By the time the 'official agreement' in all its glory is complete, it will no longer seem like such a big thing. Watch out! Wake up! Start resisting before it is too late!
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