For this 1st of April, thanks to St. Louis Catholic, a good source of trad news, I found this timely piece… with my emphases and comments.
In a bold and surprising move, the Holy See today announced that His Excellency Bernard Fellay, General Superior of the Society of St. Pius X, has been named as the new Archbishop of Saint Louis. [No wonder the Bolletino was down for a while…]This appointment was accompanied by a decree from the Congregation for Bishops that provides immediate temporary jurisdiction for SSPX priests and bishops worldwide. This temporary jurisdiction involves the elevation of the SSPX to a personal prelature, [I am a bit surprised by the use of a personal prelature. I would have thought there would be a different structure. But given that Archbp. Burke surely still has some interest in his successor, perhaps he suggested this canonical solution.] but this structure is only granted for 2 years, subject to review.
(The link to the Holy See’s announcement is down, I guess due to traffic, but I will repost it when it comes up again).A press conference will be held tomorrow at the Archdiocesan Chancery at 3 pm CDT. The SSPX press arm, DICI, posted the following statement from Archbishop-elect Fellay [I don’t think that is the proper terminiology for sede vacante… Don’t they usually become bishops immediately?]:
I am grateful to the Holy Father for this appointment, the confidence it represents, and the acknowledgement of tradition it necessarily entails. This is the culmination of a long and prayerful road of suffering for so many faithful Catholics. I have also to thank my immediate predecessor Archbishop Burke, who laid the groundwork for a real restoration to this most venerable of Sees.
I look forward to the practical re-implementation of Catholic tradition in St. Louis. I encourage all of my beloved sons in the priesthood to reestablish the ancient Mass– the so-called "Extraordinary Form"– in their parishes as soon as possible. It is my intent to make the celebration of the traditional liturgy mandatory in every parish, allowing an indult for one Ordinary Form Mass per Sunday and Holy Day [Well.. this some will say this is not in keeping with the provisions of Summorum Pontificum. The Holy Father’s provisions seem to allow for only one TLM. However, lately I wrote to the PCED and received the response that more than one TLM can be celebrated in a fixed way on days of precept, but there must be a possibility for those who want to attend the Novus Ordo.] in order to facilitate the transition to the restoration of the timeless Mass for those who have become accustomed to the newer form.May St. Pius X and St. Louis pray for us! I ask all of my subjects in St. Louis to pray for me as well.+ Bernard FellayMenzingenApril 1, 2009
WDTPRS congratulates Bp. Fellay!
This appointment is not without its drawbacks. It would have been better to solve the whole question of the Council’s teaching on religious liberty before such a dramatic move.
But, I was not consulted.
I will go to St. Louis for the installation.