(Rorate Caeli) - The Priestly Fraternity of Saint Pius X has asked the Vatican to lift the excommunications pronounced against it, an Integrist [sic] organization, to display its will to dialogue, according to religious news agency I.Media.THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: What was previously reported as an "ultimatum" from the Vatican appears to be overstated. What the Vatican issued was an "offer," which on paper was politely refused in it's current form, but a counter offer was given in response. The SSPX has already made knwon the exact conditions it needs to restore full communion with Rome, and these were outlined in 2006....
The Superior of the Fraternity, Bishop Bernard Fellay, sent Pope Bendict XVI a letter responding to the conditions posed by the Vatican to a reintegration of this organization, founded by schismatic [sic] bishop Marcel Lefebvre, the agency notes.
According to an internal note of the Fraternity mentioned by I.Media, Bishop Fellay asks that the dialogue "be placed at a doctrinal level" and that he may avoid every hastiness. He underlines that "prior withdrawal of the excommunication of 1988 would favor the serenity of such a dialogue".
"These conditions seem to aim the achievement of a climate favorable to an ulterior dialogue rather than precise commitments on exact points," the Priestly Fraternity considers in its note...
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SSPX Plan for Reconciliation...Of these conditions, half of the first has already been met fully with Pope Benedict XVI's motu proprio Summorum Pontificum. It would seem that this half was the more difficult of the two halves. The second half would be the withdrawal of the excommunications against Archbishop Lefebvre and the bishops he consecrated. It would seem that such a withdrawal would be far more simple to obtain than what the pope has already done with Summorum Pontificum. The only question that remains; is he willing to do it? Once that's done, it would seem the road to reconciliation is just a matter of time. But the Vatican may be annoyed with the SSPX by now, and Pope Benedict XVI certainly has more pressing matters facing him with the "reform of the reform" and the battle against the "tyranny of relativism." He may not have time for the SSPX any longer. We shall see. Anything he does from now on is pure generosity.
- obtaining the two preconditions, which are the withdrawal of the decree of excommunications and the freedom of every priest to celebrate the Mass of Saint Pius V;
- the resolution of doctrinal questions;
- the search for the most adequate canonical solution.