SSPX Bishop Bernard Fellay
A first response text from the Society of St Pius X reached the Vatican in December, but it was considered inadequate and the Holy See called for a new document, reports the Vatican Insider.
It arrived last week and is now being examined.
The response of the superior, Bernard Fellay, was formulated according to the requests of the Holy See. The first reply, received by the Vatican on December 21, was not considered adequate by Vatican authorities, who urged the head of the Lefebvrians to redraft it, considering the first delivery as more of a "documentation" than a reply.
Thus Bishop Fellay has prepared a second text, more concise than the doctrinal preamble that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith sent him last September. This second text is now being examined by consultants from the Ecclesia Dei Commission - who follow the Lefebrvian dossier - and this could take time, the report adds.
The fact that the new and more appropriate response - considered a "step forward" - needs to be carefully studied and considered, means it is neither a definitive "yes" or "no" to the final text of the Vatican's preamble to the SSPX.
It reportedly welcomes some parts of the Vatican text, while expressing reservations about others, and above all, it calls for further clarifications and additions.
Fellay's second response (Vatican Insider)
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