Here is great news that was in the Communiqué of the General House of the Society of St. Pius X on the letter of Pope Francis that gives them power to absolve sins in the year of Mercy.The Society of St. Pius X learned, through the press, of the provisions taken by Pope Francis on the occasion of the upcoming Holy Year. In the last paragraph of his letter addressed September 1, 2015, to Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, the Holy Father writes:
“I establish that those who during the Holy Year of Mercy approach these priests of the Society of St Pius X to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation shall validly and licitly receive the absolution of their sins.”
The Society of St. Pius X expresses its gratitude to the Sovereign Pontiff for this fatherly gesture. In the ministry of the sacrament of penance, we have always relied, with all certainty, on the extraordinary jurisdiction conferred by the Normae generales of the Code of Canon Law. On the occasion of this Holy Year, Pope Francis wants all the faithful who wish to confess to the priests of the Society of St. Pius X to be able to do so without being worried.
During this year of conversion, the priests of the Society of St. Pius X will have at heart to exercise with renewed generosity their ministry in the confessional, following the example of tireless dedication which the holy Cure of Ars gave to all priests.
September 1, 2015
Menzingen is the city in Switzerland where the SSPX has it headquarters. Two things I have always been told is that the Holy Sacraments of Marriage and Confession were invalid by the Society’s priests because of their irregular canonical status with the Vatican. So this may be a beginning of resolving this dilemma.
The original author of this blog passed away in July of 2016. RIP Father Carota.