I, as many others, have over the last couple weeks wondered whether or not Pope Francis would extend beyond the Year of Mercy the opportunity for penitents to seek out priests of the SSPX for sacramental confession and valid absolution. There have been rumors – rumors – to that effect but nothing concrete.
That was an opportunity extended during the Year of Mercy.
The Year of Mercy is now over.
That opportunity for confession, as far as I know, is now over as well.
Hope springs eternal.
Today, however, I see a different of story, which is even better than the mere chance to go to confession (as great as that is).
Today I read at the German site Katholisches that Pope Francis may – may – regularize the SSPX in the structure of a Personal Prelature, similar to Opus Dei. He may – may – do this on Monday. That’s tomorrow.
Wouldn’t that be a fine and concrete manifestation of the mercy, accompaniment, and concern for peripheries that we hear so much about?
Keep in mind that this, too, is no more than a rumor. It would, however, explain why there has been no statement about confessions to SSPX priests beyond the Year of Mercy, if it was ever the Pope’s intention to extend such a grant. That in itself was a rumor.
Nixon went to China. Francis could unite the SSPX.
Lots of rumor and hearsay! It would be best to take this all with icy reserve. Do NOT get all worked up about it.
To anyone who is even slightly interested in traditional expressions or our Faith, and to anyone who is even slightly interested in matters of unity in Holy Church, I suggest that some time be spent today in prayer for this outcome: that Pope Francis establish the SSPX as a Personal Prelature, if that is deemed to be the best route to greater manifest unity and fruitful service to Holy Church.