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Relevant: Pope's decision "before the end of May"

From the French-language religious news agency I.Media:

Benedict XVI's decision regarding the return of the Society of Saint Pius X (FSSPX / SSPX) to the full communion of the Church will take place from now up to the end of the month of May 2012, Vatican sources close to the dossier have indicated to I.MEDIA. For the moment, the response of the SSPX to the "doctrinal preamble" prior to any agreement, delivered by Rome in September 2011, is still being studied by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Received on April 17, the response of the Superior General of the SSPX, Bp. Bernard Fellay, will be submitted to Benedict XVI afterwards. The latter has made multiple gestures, since 2005, with a view to obtain an agreement that would mark the end of a breach of nearly 24 years.
[Source: I.Media Facebook page, in French; tip: Le Salon Beige]


  1. happyhockeymom2:50 PM

    Well, this is consistent with what the SSPX priest I talked to on Friday said. He was saying something would happen this month and asked me to increase my prayers for Bishop Fellay and the Holy Father.

    Our Lady of Grace, pray for us!

  2. Ora et Labora2:56 PM

    May it be for the Greater Glory of God and for the unity of His Church!!!

    Mary Help of Christians pray for us!!!

  3. Receive today the Holy Communion for a strenght and light of Holy Spirit for Pope and for good canonical status!

  4. Anglo-Bavarian3:38 PM

    Let us pray and be vigilant! The timing and the context are incredibly important.

    First, as Rome well knows, a potentially catastrophic reality is unfolding in slow motion: a de facto schism that is not just simmering along, but slowly heating up (not just) in Austria and Germany and boiling the whole structure of the official Church system alive.

    Secondly, from May 16-20, the mighty and utterly progressivist "Central Committee of German Catholics" (ZDK) is hosting a major annual "Catholics Day". The motto: "Daring a new Departure". Thousands of "professional Catholics" (theologians, pastoral "specialists", diocesan "representatives") will again rally together to denigrate the Holy Father, denounce the Magisterium, and distract the focus of the Faithful away from the Sacraments and the Faith by demanding more "dialogue" and "democracy" about celibacy and women priests, etc.

    Thirdly, all these disgruntled dissenters and their (ultimately tax-funded!) and well-oiled political machine is backed up internationally by a mainstream media already actively re-framing the issues, for instance by a) throwing the SSPX in with fundamentalist Islamist groups (as a Catholic priest recently did on national TV in Germany) and b) sowing dissent between those who in this hour of need, must stand united - for example, Opus Dei and the SSPX.

  5. Francis3:53 PM

    These next three weeks are going to be very long and very nerve racking for we trads. More time for us to Pray for the Holy Father, Bishop Fellay and for the return of Catholic tradition.

  6. Sidney Jude - Third Order SSPX4:09 PM

    I will offer my Holy Communion today for this intention. I also have increased my daily rosaries.

  7. Gratias4:29 PM

    Regularization will be the crowning achievement of Benedict XVI's pontificate. I am surprised that there was not more public resistance to this in the media. Perhaps it will come now from the Austrians as suggested above. Perhaps the liberals' homosexual corruption of the Church weakened their standing. Seven years of a great Pope may have also helped prepare the ground. Yet, the opposition will come without a doubt.

    What is important is for all Traditionalists to stay united in the coming months. The FSSP , ICK and IBP have taken the high road and remained essentially silent. Once the SSPX is in, we can expect the Bishops to allow many more Diocesan TLMs, just to keep the SSPX away. An excellent virtuous cycle.

  8. Peterman4:41 PM

    "Once the SSPX is in, we can expect the Bishops to allow many more Diocesan TLMs, just to keep the SSPX away. An excellent virtuous cycle"

    Exactly. Their hand is forced, it makes me happy.

  9. Gratias,

    Rest assured, that resistance is coming. And sadly, just as much from inside Traditionalist circles as from the outside. We're already seeing it.

    The last thing The Enemy wishes to see is for Tradition to regain a foothold, even a small one, within the Church. He has had his run of the place for many years. The tide has turned, but he will fight this with every tool at his disposal. Of this we can be sure.

  10. If the structure being offered to the Society is as generous as it appears to be, I wonder if we may not see a movement from the other Traditionalist orders into the SSPX. Why continue under their current constraints, when a less-restricted option is available? We shall see.

  11. Storming the Gates5:27 PM

    An important question for those with a better knowledge of Church history than me: to which Saint or Saints ought prayers be addressed? Which Saints would prove most powerful at a time such as this? Saint Pope Pius X? Saint Benedict? St. Joseph? Mary, Help of Christians?

  12. Ora et Labora5:59 PM

    Storming the Gates,

    Pray to Our Lord, to Our Blessed Mother she is known under different titles She is the Mother of the Church. You want to pray and feel assured you are storming heaven PRAY THE ROSARY, PRAY THE LITANY OF THE SAINTS, PRAY THE ST. MICHAEL PRAYER.


    P.S: Go to this site the "Litany of the Saints" is there I pray it from my Missal all the time:

  13. Ora et Labora6:08 PM

    St. Michael Prayer

    Saint Michael the Archangel,
    defend us in battle.
    Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
    May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
    and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host -
    by the Divine Power of God -
    cast into hell, satan and all the evil spirits,
    who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls.


  14. LOL. I don't know if this is a great list of saints or not, but here's my "litany" of patron saints for this cause: St. Peter, St. Paul, St. Athanasius, Pope St. Gregory the Great, Pope St. Pius V, Pope St. Pius X, St. Catherine of Seine, St. John Fisher, St. Ignatius of Loyola, St. Philip Neri, St. Charles Borromeo, and Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre.

  15. Clitherow6:31 PM

    I wonder if Bishop Fellay or any of the SSPX leaders considered including in their list of 'conditions' the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary by the Pope in union the bishops of the world.

  16. Fatima6:37 PM

    I wonder if the document bringing about the regularisation might be dated May 13th?

  17. Our pastor today said (besides mentioning that the deal was 'the moon on a stick,' which I took to be the one which allows the society complete unhampered freedom structurally and philosophically), that it was very important that there be some face-saving provision for Rome, which we should support as absolutely necessary. Don't know what it could be.

    Please do pray the Veni Creator and Memorare, as Bishop Fellay has asked, beginning May 8 and lasting until the vigil of the Ascension, May 16.

  18. I wonder whether other traditional orders such as the Priestly Fraternity will be able to join the SSPX under whatever new structure may be offered?

  19. St. Dominic Savio's little friend10:08 PM

    The Holy Ghost DIRECTLY guides His children through the Liturgy. In today's Epistle He timely counsels:

    "Let every man be SWIFT to hear, but SLOW to SPEAK and slow to anger. For the anger of man worketh NOT the justice of God."

    As we adoringly, silently LISTEN for the guiding voice of the Good Shepherd: "My sheep HEAR MY voice: and I know them, and they follow Me." (John 10:27)we beseech with Our Lady and St. Joseph that Incarnate Wisdom would guide His lambs and sheep through the means He established for the transmitting of His Authority to His Church - the Vicar of Christ and His faithful 21st Century Apostlic Bishop, H.E. Bishop Fellay.

    These sources will speak for Christ, Our King and Sovereign Head of the Mystical Body with grave accountability, illuminedly cautioned by the Gift of Fear. Therefore, let our eyes and ears be drawn back to silent adoration, away from the "din" of the press, humbly, confidently supplicating that the "King of kings and Lord of lords" - the "Alpha and Omega", would speak to His servants, Pope Benedict XVI and H.E. Bishop Fellay for they are listening.

    "Veni Sancte Spiritus"

  20. Sidney Jude, Third Order, SSPX12:04 AM

    I am also praying to St. Joan of Arc (Jeanne d'Arc). I have found her intercession to be particularly helpful where strength and courage are needed.

  21. new event, the novena to the Holy Spirit for which asked Fr. Rostand. It starts on 8th May and finishes on 16th May. Invite also your friends! We must pray for a good solution! We must believe that God will help us! That He will win this battle!

  22. Storming the Gates said...

    My all-time favorite Saint to pray through is St. Anthony. He always answers :)


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