- May 27, 2020
Saturday’s decision by Pope Francis to suppress the Vatican’s “Ecclesia Dei” commission may not be the death of efforts at reconciliation with the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X.
After a meeting between the superior general of the Society of St. Pius X and the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the canonically irregular priestly society said the problem in its relations with the Holy See is fundamentally doctrinal.
A total of 62 clergy, theologians and other academics, though no cardinals and only one bishop from a break-away traditionalist society, have signed a letter accusing Pope Francis of heresy for his document ‘Amoris Laetitia’ and its cautious opening to Communion for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics, with organizers saying the last time such a “correction” happened was in 1333 under Pope John XXII.
Pope Francis on Saturday praised an abuse survivor who quit his own reform commission citing Vatican resistance, saying she was “right on some issues,” but also defended the Church’s record in recovering from the abuse scandals. He also talked about his looming May 24 meeting with Donald Trump, the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X, and Medjugorje.
An explosive report airing tonight on Swedish television charges that the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X knew about at least three cases of its priests being accused of sexually abusing minors, but failed to enforce a ‘zero tolerance’ policy. An alleged victim told Crux he believes the Vatican should have done more to hold the society accountable.
The Vatican has announced a way for the marriages of the traditionalist Society St. Pius X – which is not in full communion with the rest of the Church – to have their marriages recognized by the Church. It is the latest move in a decades-long attempt to bring the group into full unity.