Our alert friends at Rorate posted news that SSPX Bp. Bernard Fellay, Superior of the SSPX, was received at the offices of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith… or at least, I add, at the Palazzo del Sant’Uffizio. The offices of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei are in the same building.
Either way, this more than likely concerns the necessary theological discussions that must take place between the Holy See and the SSPX. It could concern some other immediate concrete question, but I suspect it is about the discussions.
The Spanish religious website Religión en Libertad reports:Bishop Bernard Fellay received on Friday at [Congregation for the] Doctrine of the Faith…Last Friday, rumors about a possible arrangement between the Vatican and the Fraternity of Saint Pius X [FSSPX / SSPX], founded in 1970 by French Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre (1905-1991) reappeared in Rome. It all began with the news of the presence in the Eternal City of the Superior of the society, Bishop Bernard Fellay, who last Wednesday had an appointment in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
There are many who simply want the SSPX to bend immediately, show proper submission to the Holy Father, and then begin to work out theological difficulties. Others want to work through those questions before a formal reunion.
Step by step we have seen Pope Benedict with Card. Castrillon changing the climate slowly but surely so that a fuller unity can be joined.
What is clear, however, is that when these talks begin, both side remember that people of good will ought to be free to disagree when it comes to theological points, ecclesiological points, which have not been clearly and unambiguously defined. So long as everyone involved is interested in the truth, the discussions which take place will be of great benefit to everyone.