Tuesday, 1 November 2011

So no agreement [updated AGAIN!] ...

This story already has a bizarre life. It was posted on Rorate Caeli yesterday afternoon, but then disappeared. I picked it up when someone sent me the link to Ignis Ardens, a traditionalist forum based in the UK, which among other things regularly publishes the newsletters of the SSPX's district superior, Fr Paul Morgan, in GB. The forum post there contained a link to the November letter published on the SSPX's GB website which I verified as valid yesterday afternoon. As of 2 November, the link from Ignis Ardens has gone dead.

According to that letter, the consensus of the SSPX's superiors was that no agreement with Rome is currently possible (see: (now a dead link). It is a report which I have not seen anywhere else:

Hence the stated consensus of those in attendance was that the Doctrinal Preamble was clearly unacceptable and that the time has certainly not come to pursue any practical agreement as long as the doctrinal issues remain outstanding. It also agreed that the Society should continue its work of insisting upon the doctrinal questions in any contacts with the Roman authorities.

I'm fascinated. It really isn't for Fr Morgan to be making such an announcement before Bishop Fellay has made it... or is something else going on here?

Watch this space ...NEWS NOW IN:

Rorate Caeli relays a press communiqué from SSPX Headquarters today:

Following the meeting of the Superiors of the Seminaries and Districts of the Society of Saint Pius X in Albano (Italy), on October 7, 2011, several comments have appeared in the press on the response Bishop Bernard Fellay [Superior General of the Society] would give to the Roman proposals of September 14, 2011. It is recalled that only the General House of the Society of Saint Pius X is entitled to make public an official communiqué or authorized commentary on this matter. Until further notice, reference should be made to the communiqué of October 7, 2011.

Curiouser and curiouser...


Anil Wang said...

Such a comment is odd in and of itself. Rome has clearly said that the preamble was amendable. All that the SSPX would need to do is to state where it needed clarification.

If the SSPX wouldn't even try to attempt clarification it shows that the SSPX was in negotiations in bad faith.

I think the key reason the link disappeared is precisely because the SSPX is negotiating in good faith. The preamble is likely unacceptable to the SSPX as it stands, but it is being sent back to ensure that there will no "doctrinal issues remain outstanding". The poster of the newsletter likely didn't understand this distinction and this had to pull it down once it was made clear to him/

R. Catesby said...

Yes, I too noticed that yesterday. Anil, I think you are spot on in your comments. Well stated.

David said...

Weighing in late on this. I hope that someday soon the Doctrinal Preamble will be available for all Catholics to read. We all have a stake in the resolution of these doctrinal issues.