Meeting on April 7 of heads of dicasteries

Source: FSSPX News


According to the Holy See press office, on April 7, 2006, Pope Benedict XVI called another meeting of the heads of dicasteries of the Roman Curia in camera, for a time of reflection. This was the pope’s second official meeting with leading Roman authorities. The first took place on the morning of February 13.

 Furthermore, on March 23, Benedict XVI had called a meeting of the world’s cardinals for their first day of reflection and prayer at the Vatican, during which the question was discussed of Catholics who identified themselves with the work of Archbishop Lefebvre and of the reception in the dioceses of the faithful attached to the Traditional rite.

 On several occasions, the Holy See has thus shown its desire to readmit the Society of Saint Pius X. According to rumors reported in certain Italian newspapers, Benedict XVI had just signed (or was about to sign – both these claims were made!) a Motu proprio aimed at liberating the Mass according to the rite of St. Pius V.

 However, Apic notes, the Traditionalists seem a long way away from accepting Vatican II, one of the conditions required for their return into the Catholic Church. “We well understand that the Roman authorities would only consider with great difficulty accepting Vatican II as the root cause of the crisis, as this would be tantamount to questioning the Council, to which they remain very strongly attached. And, in such a state of affairs, it must be acknowledged that no doctrinal discussion is possible,” said Bishop Bernard Fellay, Superior General of the Society of St. Pius X, on March 25. (see DICI n° 132)