Saturday, January 24, 2009

Deo Gratias
His Holiness lifts the "excommunications" against the Bishops of the SSPX

From The Telegraph (of London);

By way of a letter of December 15, 2008 addressed to His Eminence Cardinal Dario Castrillón Hoyos, President of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, Mons. Bernard Fellay, also in the name of the other three Bishops consecrated on June 30, 1988, requested anew the removal of the latae sententiae excommunication formally declared with the Decree of the Prefect of this Congregation on July 1, 1988. In the aforementioned letter, Mons. Fellay affirms, among other things: "We are always firmly determined in our will to remain Catholic and to place all our efforts at the service of the Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ, which is the Roman Catholic Church. We accept its teachings with filial animus. We believe firmly in the Primacy of Peter and in its prerogatives, and for this the current situation makes us suffer so much."

His Holiness Benedict XVI - paternally sensitive to the spiritual unease manifested by the interested party due to the sanction of excommunication and faithful in the effort expressed by them in the aforementioned letter of not sparing any effort to deepen the necessary discussions with the Authority of the Holy See in the still open matters, so as to achieve shortly a full and satisfactory solution of the problem posed in the origin - decided to reconsider the canonical situation of Bishops Bernard Fellay, Bernard Tissier de Mallerais, Richard Williamson, and Alfonso de Galarreta, arisen with their episcopal consecration.

With this act, it is desires to consolidate the reciprocal relations of confidence and to intensify and grant stability to the relationship of the Fraternity of Saint Pius X with this Apostolic See. This gift of peace, at the end of the Christmas celebrations, wishes also to be a sign to promote unity in the charity of the universal Church and to try to end the scandal of division.

It is hoped that this step be followed by the prompt accomplishment of full communion with the Church of the entire Fraternity of Saint Pius X, thus testifying true fidelity and true recognition of the Magisterium and of the authority of the Pope with the proof of visible unity.

Based in the faculty expressly granted to me by the Holy Father Benedict XVI, in virtue of the present Decree, I remit to Bishops Bernard Fellay, Bernard Tissier de Mallerais, Richard Williamson, and Alfonso de Galarreta the censure of latae sententiae excommunication declared by this Congregation on July 1, 1988, while I declare deprived of any juridical effect, from the present date, the Decree emanated at that date.

Rome, from the Congregation for Bishops, January 21, 2009.

Card. Giovanni Battista Re

Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops
Here is the original letter from the offocial Vatican website [in Italian].


Blogger Al said...

Why can I see the reaction to this news by the "False Spirit of Vatican II" gang being just like that of Satan in "The Passion of the Christ" after Jesus' death?

8:44 AM  
Blogger Former Altar Boy said...

Our Holy Father, like any father, want healing in his family and no more so then the family of Christ, of Whon he is the earthly vicar.

Now that he is a Catholic bishop in good standing, the question remains as to how embarassing Bsp. Williamson and his Holocaust denial beliefs will be for Holy Mother Church. Pope Pius XII risked his life saving Jews from the ovens and Williamson claims the ovens never existed! (Too bad he wasn't around when Gen. Eisenhower ordered all the German citizens living near the death camps to be marched thru them to see what had occurred.)

11:10 AM  
Blogger PreVat2 said...

As usual, you beat me to the punch!! But glad it was you, Marine!

FAB: Once again, you too are on the money. Here's hoping that Bishop Williamson gets a whole roll of duct tape wrapped around his mouth.

Semper Fi!

5:01 PM  
Blogger Hail3N1 said...

Yes, the Bishop could use a roll of duct tape around his mouth...but remember too, what the jews say of Our Lord, Our Lady, and ALL Christians in their "holy" book the TALMUD. Why doesn't that get publicised? That interview was done in Nov, 08...and NOW they air it in public? Isn't that ironic?

7:05 PM  

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