La Croix: You received, on the past April 1st, Bp. Bernard Fellay, Superior-General of the Society of Saint Pius X. Is the reintegration of the Lefebvrists in the Church once again being considered?It seems one can expect just about anything from this pontificate. In the meantime, our correspondent, Guy Noir, asks whether this is in fact newsworthy, stating that he isn't sure. "I'd be interested in what Fellay says about Francis!" he writes, "Does that make me heretical?" Funny man.
Pope Francis: In Buenos Aires, I always spoke with them. They saluted me, they asked for [my] blessing on their knees. They consider themselves Catholic. They love the Church. Bp. Fellay is a man with whom we can dialogue. It is not the case of other somewhat strange elements, such as Bp. Williamson, or others who have radicalized. I think, as I had expressed in Argentina, that they are Catholics on the path to full communion. During this Year of Mercy, it seemed that I should authorize their confessors to pardon the sin of abortion.[*] They thanked me for this gesture. Before that, Benedict XVI, whom they respect greatly, had liberalized the Mass according to the Tridentine Rite. We dialogue well, we do a good work.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Pope Francis: "The SSPX are Catholics on the path to full communion"
"Pope Francis speaks: "The Society of St. Piux X are Catholics on the path to full communion" (Rorate Caeli, May 16, 2016), via La Croix. Excerpt: