Pope Gives Society Of St Pius X Power To Absolve Sins In ‘Year Of Mercy’

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.logo_fsspxThe 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.”Archbishop-Lefebvre-documentary-case-front-800x800

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.SSPX Ordination_imposition_of_hands

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.

Menzingen,
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.

5 Replies to “Pope Gives Society Of St Pius X Power To Absolve Sins In ‘Year Of Mercy’”

  1. Father, The SSPX Superiors always follow Grace and always according to Canon Law.
    This was the modus operandi of His Grace A.bishop Lefebvre and the ensuing Superiors, including the present Superior,H.E. Bishop Fellay. If there is a question mark about anything they do concerning the Faith, there is always a solid reason, backed by Canon Law. The answers are there.
    This announcement from the Holy Father is a wonderful confirmation of their position in the Church, and a help to souls.

    1. How many, many Traditional Catholics have interpreted this gesture incorrectly. This act of the Holy Father confirms what is objectively known, namely, that SSPX priests have no faculties to grant absolution in their day to day operations. Like a laicized priest is granted such faculties when a dying man requests confession, so the SSPX has been granted special faculties in extraordinary circumstances such as in the cases of reserved sins and a special year of Mercy. Though we may have great sympathy for the SSPX because it holds the True Faith, let us not forget the need for jurisdiction in the case of confessions and marriages. Objectively speaking…in ordinary circumstances…they are all invalid. I offer the old Mass and Sacraments exclusively under a Novus Ordo bishop. Even in difficult times, we can work within the regular structures of Holy Church. Public ministry without public faculties doesn’t work. Independent priests and chapels are foreign to any traditional notion of the nature of Holy Mother Church.

  2. I am Catholic in Uganda and have confidently approached priests of the Society of St. Pius X for confession. Never have I wavered in my belief that they are valid Catholic priests. This news is a further welcome reconciliatory gesture from the heart of Rome, following in the spirit of Benedict XVI. We give thanks to God and the Blessed Virgin. Let us pray and work for the triumph of charity among and between all Catholics.

  3. This is terrible news. It leaves the SSPX in a bad situation.

    If they accept this, they have to admit their absolutions were invalid in the past.

    If they reject it, Bernard Fellay has to give up his yearning to join the counterfeit Novus Ordo church.

  4. Elaine, my reading of the pontifical gesture does not elicit a sense of foreboding for the SSPX future. The Pope, to my mind, has adopted a charitable and commonsensical position to what is in effect a ‘domestic’ matter. By a masterful sleight of hand, he has called the bluff on the specious accusations levelled against SSPX of schism and invalid orders. What has been claimed to be invalid, especially sacramentally, cannot all of a sudden, through the means of a papal missive to a curial archbishop, become temporarily valid. The thought of the sacrament of penance, as administered by a SSPX priest, suddenly becoming valid on 8th December 2015 and ceasing to be so at midnight of Sunday 20th November 2016 raises unsettling and un-Catholic implications about the workings of divine Grace. Christopher Ferrara’s article in the Remnant is illuminating.
    SSPX is progressively being rehabilitated and is emerging as a dynamic force for renewal and restoration of the Catholic Church that for over 50 years has been buffeted by the blustery winds of modernism. Let us confidently embrace the Franciscan offer of peace.

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