The Vatican is close to a long-awaited agreement to regularize the status of the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX).
Archbishop Guido Pozzo, the secretary for the Ecclesia Dei commission
that has been conducting talks with the traditionalist group, has
confirmed that the talks are aimed toward the creation of a personal
prelature for the SSPX.
Bishop Bernard Fellay, the SSPX superior, had earlier told a
television audience that an agreement is close.
Bishop Fellay said that
the SSPX would not wait for a “totally satisfactory” sitution in the
Church before accepting an agreement that would regularize the group’s
Bishop Fellay said that Pope Francis has shown an keen interest in
reconciliation with the SSPX, consistent with the Pontiff’s frequent
calls for reaching out to those who are marginalized.
leader reminded an interviewer that Pope Francis had authorized SSPX
priests to hear sacramental confessions during the Jubilee Year, then
extended that authorization indefinitely.