Wednesday, April 18, 2012
SSPX response delivered to Ecclesia Dei Commission: Catholic World Report:
"While Anicetus was Pope, St. Polycarp, then in extreme old age, came to confer with him about the Paschal controversy. Polycarp and others in the East used to celebrate the feast on the fourteenth of the month of Nisan, no matter on what day of the week it fell, whereas in Rome it was always observed on Sunday, and the day of the Lord’s death on Friday. The matter was discussed but nothing was decided. According to [the early fourth-century Church historian] Eusebius: ‘Polycarp could not persuade the Pope, nor the Pope, Polycarp. The controversy was not ended but the bonds of charity were not broken.’ The Pope permitted the aged saint to celebrate on the day he had been accustomed to in the Church of Smyrna."