Twenty years ago today, Archbp. Marcel Lefebvre, founder of the SSPX, consecrated four men as bishops against the expressed will of Pope John Paul II. Everyone involved, Lefebvre, the four men and co-consecrator Bp. Antonio de Castro Mayer, incurred a latae sententiae excommunication which was confirmed by the Congregation for Bishops, which has competence in the matter. John Paul II spoke of the excommunications, and even of schism, in his 2 July 1988 Motu Proprio Ecclesia Dei adflicta.
Now we have come to the end of June.
Lately, Card. Castrillon Hoyos, President of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, gave to Bp. Bernard Fellay, one of the four excommunicated bishops and now Superior General of the SSPX, five conditions to be agreed upon before the end of June so that fruitful dialogue could continue between the SSPX and Rome.
This is the last day of the month, the twentieth anniversary of the unhappy consecrations.
We have heard from Bp. Fellay that he wrote to Rome.
I also have heard that Card. Castrillon reacted positively.
I have no additional news.
My anticipation is informed by Christian hope for the unity of the Church.
This afternoon I will say Mass, once again, for the intention I have indicated to you elsewhere, now well known to regular readers.
I ask that you spend some time in prayer, perhaps will a penance, for the positive outcome of this most recent development.