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2. A partial translation of the stern letter of the Bishop of Albenga-Imperia (Liguria, Italy), Mario Oliveri, ordering his priests, under pain of disobedience, to implement the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum faithfully. (The New Liturgical Movement)

Bishop Oliveri stands out in the Italian episcopate for his respect for Tradition: he wrote the preface for Msgr. Brunero Gherardini's The Ecumenical Vatican Council II: A Much-Needed Discussion, spoke out repeatedly in favor of Summorum Pontificum (in addition to offering Pontifical Mass according to the 1962 Missal a number of times) and welcomed the Benedictines of the Immaculate to his diocese. Rorate wrote about him in 2009: An Oasis for the 1962 Missal in Italy

3.  (Update) The content of the third external news item  to which we had linked was incorrect in several of its most important details. From the SSPX we have received the following note: "The affirmation according to which the abjuration was received from the hands of Bp. Fellay and approved by Cardinal Levada is incorrect."


  1. wow!
    What interesting times we live in!!

  2. Melchior Cano5:05 PM

    "The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has accepted as valid the entry into full communion of a former Orthodox priest accomplished by the Superior-General of the Society of Saint Pius X (FSSPX /SSPX), Bp. Bernard Fellay"

    Isn't this a bit like saying, "Dear Bishop Not-In-Full-Communion: The CDF is pleased to announce that we accept as valid your reception of Fr. Former-Orthodox into Full Communion. How it's possible for someone outside full communion to receive someone into full communion will be a discussion for another day."

    So, at this point, will people finally acknowledge that Rome treats the Society as in Communion already? Especially considering this and the canonical permission granted to transfer a Sister into a Society-affiliated order earlier this year?

  3. "3. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has accepted as valid the entry into full communion of a former Orthodox priest accomplished by the Superior-General of the Society of Saint Pius X (FSSPX /SSPX), Bp. Bernard Fellay."

    And Bishop Fellay is not even in "full communion"

  4. Refreshing to have some good news once in a while ...

    The last newsbit is interesting:
    - The orthodox is now in FULL communion (as opposed to what he had before ... does this mean that the Vatican sees the Eastern Orthodox as being in PARTIAL communion? Are schismatics no longer out of communion?)
    - By the action of Bp Fellay, who is himself STILL in PARTIAL communion !!!!!

    So in Vatican-speak this is what we have:
    - The schismatic Orthodox and the SSPX are both in PARTIAL communion with the Vatican (apparently)
    - A PARTIAL communion cleric can apparently lead another PARTIAL communion cleric into FULL communion.

    Clear as mud!

    Or perhaps, lurking in the mud, is yet another sub-classification of partial communion. The SSPX is more partially in communion than the Eastern Orthodox, and by imparting some of that additional partial communion managed to accelerate the Eastern Orthodox trajectory into full communion sufficiently to propel the dude into full communion.

    Now if only Bp Fellay can muster some partial communion buddy of his to propel him into full communion we'll be approaching a FULL COMMUNION FLUSH!

    Easy to understand if you are a Levada-ite (as opposed to a a Lefebvre-ite, or is that a Lefebvre-ian)!

    Cheers, MKT

  5. SO.......indication of probable canonical status for SSPX?

  6. The third event seems to be to be utterly amazing.

    How is it possible to be in full communion if one is a priest of an order that is in irregular communion........

    Can someone explain this to me?

    Could this astonishing report signify that the SSPX may be much further along the road to a reconciliation and canonical status than many expect?

    Or is there some other, more mundane explanation for this?

  7. MKT

    You made my day....hilarious!

  8. Tradster6:38 PM

    Can we make Bishop Mario Oliveri the next pope? Please???

  9. Thanks and praise to Bishop Oliveri for his promotion of Catholic tradition.

  10. P.K.T.P.6:51 PM

    Dear Mr. DeLano:

    The answer lies in the soil, as they used to say. But, to the hippy liberals, it's blowing in the wind.

    The answer is to distinguish between the S.S.P.X, an unapproved, irregular, non-Catholic organisation, and its Catholic members.

    Seriously, the Pope has hinted at the solution recently (it was somewhere on this site): they might be irregular and yet still within the ambit of communion with the Holy Father.


  11. Yianni7:27 PM

    I was writing to thank a commenter (whose name I had not yet noted) for his posting which I thought shed a great deal of light on the “partial communion” remarks – that there is no such animal as being in partial communion. Now as I look to check his name, I see his comment has disappeared. As an Eastern Orthodox Christian, the “partial” banter was mind-boggling. I found myself wondering whether perhaps Bishop Fellay’s and the Bulgarian Archimandrite’s respective partials might be complementary, adding up to one shared “full communion” status that could be conferred on the Archimandrite! Thankfully not.

    More interesting for me is the personal story behind the Archimandrite’s renunciation of his Orthodox faith. This is not an everyday – or every century - occurrence for Athonite hieromonks. One can only pray that in some way – through God’s providence - it contributes to understanding and healing between Rome and the Orthodox.

    As for Bishop Mario Oliveri – a courageous and faithful bishop, and a good man. He’s fighting an uphill battle, and I pray that many other European bishops will follow his example.

  12. @MKT - Yes, the Orthodox are not considered in Schism anymore, believe it or not. I don't understand it as a new Catholic, but that's how things are.

  13. P.K.T.P.7:40 PM

    These incidents are like 'testing the waters' or 'weather balloons'. If the screaming from the left is not too loud, a measured declaration will follow 'in due course' and preferably while this pontificate lasts.

    There are also signs of an Hegelian tit for tat: changes are coming to our Missa. We shall hate some of them, be somewhat tolerant of some, perhaps welcome others. Such changes prepare for the first changes to NewMass. A first tentative step (as liberals are sooo sensitive) might be to restore Communion in lingua.

    A recognition will come for the S.S.P.X, but accompanied by a stern admonition to avoid it until it can be regularised--not a command but an admonition.

    Etcetera. Meanwhile, Europe goes pagan and Canada, at least, is following suit.


  14. Confusius8:03 PM

    Bellaigue is a power house of Benedictine spirituality and excellence. A beautiful monastery, where monks have recently restored an ancient and crumbling church with their own hands. Well worth a visit ( and please support them with your prayers and financially if you can- the future of Christian civilisation depends on such islands of prayer, penence and all round faithfulness).
    Bishop Mario Oilveri is a living saint. Were he to be offered preferment he would refuse it, so committed is he to his diocese. Along with Archbishop Haas of Liechtenstein and Bishop Schneider, he is one of a very small band of truly Catholic bishops and a true friend to Tradition.
    God bless Tradition!

  15. "These incidents are like 'testing the waters' or 'weather balloons'. If the screaming from the left is not too loud, a measured declaration will follow 'in due course' and preferably while this pontificate lasts."

    So the left controls many of the Holy Fathers moves?

  16. If they make a few small changes to the Missa in-line with the change to the Good Friday prayer, I won't get too bent out of shape. The Mass has evolved for all of her 2,000 year history.

    But substantial changes in this juncture of dialogue with SSPX would be a disaster.

    I am actually happy we have the Novus Ordo! In a strange sense, in trying to destroy the Vetus Ordo, Bugnini actually saved it from a hatchet-job! God works in mysterious ways!

    For more on Gherardini, see here. Cardinal Ranjith also penned a forward. I don't know if that is more surprising or the fact that this book was published inside the Vatican.

    This is how some prelates in the Vatican received the news.

  17. Oh this Italian bishop is excellent...