Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Originally Posted on Sandro Magister's blog
April 13, 2012
A THEOLOGIAN'S QUESTIONS
by John R.T. Lamont
In a communiqué of March 16th 2012, the Holy See has announced that Bishop Bernard Fellay, Superior-General of the Society of St. Pius X, FSSPX, has been informed that the Society's response to the Doctrinal Preamble presented to them by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has been judged to be "not sufficient to overcome the doctrinal problems that are at the basis of the rift between the Holy See and the aforesaid Society" (in the original French of the press release, "n’est pas suffisante pour surmonter les problèmes doctrinaux qui sont à la base de la fracture entre le Saint-Siège et ladite Fraternité.") The press release does not make clear whether this judgment is made on the part of the CDF and approved by the Pope, or is the judgment of the Pope himself. The judgement is the latest step in a process of discussion on doctrinal issues between the CDF and the FSSPX. The nature and seriousness of this judgment raises important questions for a Catholic theologian; the purpose of this article is to ask these questions.
A Way Forward ... Why Tradical is writing these annoying articles (originally posted on angelqueen.org)
This was originally posted on angelqueen.org and encapsulates some of my motivations for writing these articles.
Some forum members have been questioning my motivations for writing the articles focused the organizational culture issues surrounding this crisis in the Church.
“… Breaking through all resistance the new Pope steers his ship safely between the two columns and moors it to the two columns; first, to the one surmounted by the Host, and then to the other, topped by the statue of the Virgin. At this point, something unexpected happens. The enemy ships panic and disperse, colliding with and scuttling each other. … A great calm now covers the sea“ (Salesian society 1986)
The recent and continuing interactions between the Vatican and the SSPX have been a great opportunity for prayer and reflection.
The basis for the disagreement is theological and not liturgical. As noted by Dr. Lamont (2012), the SSPX theological position on the four key controversial aspects of the Second Vatican Council are base on prior theological work that resulted from relevant magisterial pronouncements. So it is difficult to understand the apparent rejection of the theological position of the SSPX.