- Jul 12, 2020
In a document concluding his jubilee Holy Year of Mercy, Pope Francis has extended indefinitely special permission for priests to forgive women and others involved in abortions, as well as permission for Catholics to receive forgiveness from members of a breakaway traditionalist body.
Bishop Mario Oliveri of the Diocese of Albenga-Imperia, a hero to Catholic traditionalists, has resigned following a Vatican investigation into priests and seminarians accused of various scandals including posting naked photos on gay websites and sexually harassing parishioners.
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.