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Tornielli: A two-page document in
"Judgement day" for SSPX and the Vatican

Main excerpts of Andrea Tornielli's article for La Stampa/Vatican Insider (adapted according to Italian original):
The superior of the Fraternity of Saint Pius X [FSSPX / SSPX], Bishop Bernard Fellay, will enter the Palace of the Holy Office accompanied by his collaborators, Father Niklaus Pfluger and Father Marc-Alain Nely.

Cardinal William Levada, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and the Secretary of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, Monsignor Guido Pozzo, will be there to greet them.

Vatican Insider has learned that the Lefebvrian superior will be handed a two-page document, containing the Church’s appraisal of the doctrinal discussions held in recent months between the Vatican and the Fraternity, approved by the Pope. It is an altogether brief but accurate document, which contains the answers to the problems raised in the discussions regarding the interpretation of the Second Vatican Council’s texts on religious freedom, ecumenism, and ecclesiology.


The former Holy Office will ask him to take his time in evaluating it and to then offer a response within a reasonable space of time, if not immediately. In short, the Lefebvrians will have to adopt a position: they may ask the Holy See for further clarifications, but they cannot beat around the bush any longer.

The Holy See considers the acceptance of the document as an essential condition for full communion, which would also provide for a legal settlement for the Fraternity founded by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, probably through the constitution of a similar ordinariate to the one expected for the Anglicans.