Wednesday, November 30, 2011

I think I'll have a heart attack and die from this surprise ...

Bp. Bernard Fellay (©2011 CNA?)
From Catholic News Agency:

Pius X Society says Vatican's current offer not acceptable
By David Kerr

.- The Superior General of the Society of St. Pius X says he will inform the Vatican “in the next few days” that they cannot give the doctrinal reassurances required of them to advance reconciliation with the Catholic Church.
“It is true that this Doctrinal Preamble cannot receive our endorsement,” said Bishop Bernard Fellay on the society’s website, Nov. 28.
However, Bishop Fellay said his understanding is that the document is “not a definite text” and that it “can be clarified and modified.” In particular, he would like to discuss what the Vatican means when it says that there is “leeway” for a “legitimate discussion” on the documents and legacy of the Second Vatican Council.
“What is the extent of this leeway? The proposal that I will make in the next few days to the Roman authorities and their response in turn will enable us to evaluate our remaining options,” he said.
Y'know, if this were a 1950's romance, I'd say the SSPX were being rather coy about the matter, and playing hard-to-get.

This isn't really a surprise; we already got a signal earlier this month that the Lefebvrites were going to turn the preamble down. While the earlier signal was through an unofficial channel, and the leadership was quick to announce that “only the General House ... is entitled to make public an official communiqué or authorized commentary on this matter,” the fact is that Bp. Fellay's thunder was stolen.

As I said in the post on The Other Blog, the SSPX's moment is slipping away. Both JP2 and B16 have created a space within the Church in which traditionalists can work for change while leaving Vatican II intact, which makes the Lefebvrite's schism less tenable as time goes by. We can logic-chop the distinction between a "dogmatic" and a "pastoral" council all day; it still remains true that the teaching authority rests only with the bishops united in communion with the Bishop of Rome. To step outside the door is to lose that authority; you can't do that without violating the tradition you claim to uphold.

Isn't it kinda cold out there, fellas? Come back in, and warm yourself by the fire.