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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Bishop Fellay summoned to the Vatican

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Bishop Fellay could be reinstated in the Catholic Church

The superior of the ultra-conservative SSPX, Bishop Bernard Fellay, could be reinstated in the Catholic Church. Benedict XVI summoned him on Wednesday to the Vatican.

The superior of the ultra-conservative SSPX, Bishop Bernard Fellay, was summoned to the Vatican on Wednesday and will receive an answer from Benedict XVI on his reinstatement in the Church, the news agency, Vatican I. media has learned.

The Pope's decision, whether positive or negative, is not likely to be communicated before Bishop Fellay has had a chance to study it and give his response. This may cause a delay before the decision of Benedict XVI is actually known.

Founded in 1970 by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre (d. 1991) and separated from Rome since 1988, the SSPX, who objected strenuously to the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965), has many priests (about 500), hundreds of seminarians, nuns and tens of thousands of faithful.

Benedict XVI's gesture
The pope had made a first move towards granting liberty for the Lefebvrists (Cathcon not a term I would use) in 2007 to use of liturgical books in Latin before the Council. Then he lifted the excommunication of four bishops of the Society, including that of British revisionist bishop Richard Williamson. Finally, he accepted the opening of doctrinal discussions.

Mid-May, the Vatican has stressed that the positions of three other bishops fundamentalists, Mgrs of Alfonso Galarreta, Bernard Tissier de Mallerais and Richard Williamson, more "ultra" that Bishop Fellay would be "treated as separate and unique".
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