SSPX leader hopes Vatican will take "first step"
Apr. 04 (CWNews.com) - Bishop Bernard Fellay, the superior of the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX), says that a Vatican initiative allowing wider use of the Latin Mass would be a welcome “first step” to satisfy the demands of traditionalist Catholics. But the leader of the Lefebvrist group says that it is still “premature” to speak about a full reconciliation between the SSPX and the Holy See.
In an exclusive interview posted on the DICI web site, Bishop Fellay acknowledged the widespread rumors that Pope Benedict will soon issue a “universal indult,” allowing priests anywhere to celebrate Mass using the Tridentine rite, which prevailed throughout the Roman Church before the liturgical changes that followed Vatican II. The traditionalist leader said such a document could help to “create a new atmosphere in the official Church.” He explained: “It would be a first step toward making traditional Catholic life possible again.” In talks with Vatican officials, aimed at restoring full communion between the Holy See and the breakaway traditionalist group, SSPX leaders have demanded that the Vatican allow free use of the Latin Mass throughout the world, and rescind the decrees of excommunication issued against Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre and the four traditionalist bishops he ordained in 1988.
See the full interview with Bishop Fellay at the DICI web site.]