From the intrepid Andrea Tornielli at Vatican Insider with my emphases and comments:
The letter sent by the Secretary General of the Society of St. Pius X, outlining the hitches in the latest version of the text delivered by the Holy See, has been published
New hurdles will need to be overcome before the Lefebvrians enter into full communion with the Catholic Church. This was confirmed in a circular letter sent to district superiors and Society of St. Pius X seminar superiors, dated 25 June and classified as “confidential”. [So much for that.] A website that closely follows traditionalist affairs published the news. The letter was communicated internally and was signed by Fr. Christian Thouvenot, the Society’s Secretary General. It was sent from the Fraternity’s Headquarters in Metzingen, to heads of Lefebvrian communities.
Thouvenot wrote that “many sources agree” that the version of the doctrinal preamble corrected by Fellay “appeared to satisfy the Supreme Pontiff.” [A little thin, but I believe it.]
On 13 June, the letter stated, Levada “delivered the April text to our superior general but with corrections that were essentially a re-proposal of the original proposals” made in the doctrinal preamble sent to Fellay in September 2011. Basically, the situation was back to square one, with the Vatican going back to the propositions it made the first time round meaning the amendments made by the Society of St. Pius X were rejected. [Does that sound right? It doesn’t to me.]
Thouvenot wrote that Fellay immediately made it known he could not sign this new, clearly unacceptable document. The next Chapter will give the opportunity to discuss the dossier on the Fraternity’s relations with the Holy See.
The letter states that Fellay refused Bishop Williamson’s participation in the chapter, “due to his stances which encourage rebellion and his constant disobedience.” [There’s a good thing.] Finally, Fr. Thouvenot confirmed the news about Fellay’s decision to postpone the 29 June ordinations of Dominican and Capuchin clerics who are members of the Fraternity. This is because he wants to be certain “of the loyalty of these communities” before “imposing his hands on their candidates.” This shows that the communiqué issued by the Society of St. Pius X following the meeting at the Vatican on 13 June made it clear there were still creases that needed smoothing out.
These snags were also discussed by Fr. Alain-Marc Nély, second general assistant of the Society of St. Pius X at a meeting with priests from the France district, held last 21 June. Nély stated that the last modifications made to the doctrinal declaration which Levada delivered to Fellay do not satisfy the Fraternity on key points such as the Second Vatican Council and the Novus Ordo Missae, the mass introduced after the post-conciliar liturgical reform. The Lefebvrian superior’s response will come after the next general chapter. Fellay seems adamant about the importance of restoring full communion with the Church, which, as is known, the Pope is also very keen on. Fr. Nély focused on the concluding words of the communiqué sent by the Fraternity after the last meeting in Rome. These expressed the hope for continued dialogue in order to reach “a solution for the good of the Church and its souls.”
It is hard to imagine that SSPX modifications to the Doctrinal Preamble which the Holy Father would have had to sign off on would be then circumvented by anyone in the CDF before the Preamble was given back to Bp. Fellay.
While this is not positive news, I read it in the context of the move of Archbishop DiNoia to the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei“. It is hard to imagine why they would be boosting up the PCED if not in preparation for the reunion of the SSPX…. unless… it is for the sake of adjusting the Novus Ordo and Traditional calendars or adding some saints to the 1962 MR.
That said, Benedict XVI is the Pope of Christian Unity.