- Jan 24, 2020
Despite recent rumors that Pope Francis might be on the brink of reconciling with a breakaway traditionalist Catholic body, the Society of St. Pius X now says that’s not a priority because of the “great and painful confusion that currently reigns in the Church.”
ROME—For months there have been rumors about a possible normalization of the situation of a breakaway traditionalist Catholic group, known as the Society of Pius X, which heated up again after a meeting between Pope Francis and the head of the society taking place last month. Although many observers have
Pope Francis may soon offer the Society of Saint Pius X regular canonical status within the Catholic Church without requiring acceptance of certain texts of the Second Vatican Council with which they disagree.
Pope Francis, often seen as a progressive pontiff indifferent to the concerns of more traditionalist Catholics, reportedly has vowed to extend his recognition of the confessions heard by priests of a breakaway traditionalist group indefinitely.
ROME— Confirming reports in the Italian press, the Vatican acknowledged Monday that Pope Francis held a 40-minute meeting on Friday with Bishop Bernard Fellay, leader of a group of traditionalist Catholics known as the Society of St. Pius X that broke with Rome a quarter-century ago. The meeting took place
In an extraordinary gesture of clemency, Pope Francis announced Tuesday that during a special Holy Year of Mercy set to begin Dec. 8, every priest in the world will be able to forgive the sin of abortion, and anyone who confesses their sins to a priest of a breakaway traditionalist group will be considered validly forgiven.