Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Official interview with Bishop Bernard Fellay on the September 14 meeting with Cardinal Levada

As reported today in rorate-caeli, we now have the official interview with Bishop Bernard Fellay on the September 14 meeting with Cardinal Levada. Many prayers are need for the successful conclusion of this series of dialogues.

Following the meeting that Bishop Bernard Fellay and his two general Assistants had, in the Vatican, with Cardinal William Levada, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, on September 14, 2011, at 10 AM, the Superior General of the Society of Saint Pius X answered our questions.

[Bishop B. Fellay's words:]

[1. On the Doctrinal Preamble mentioned in the official Communiqué released by the Holy See:] "This document is titled Doctrinal Preamble, it was handed to us for a profound study. Due to this fact, it is confidential, and you will understand if I do not say anything else about it to you. Nonetheless, the word preamble indicates well that its acceptance constitutes a preliminary condition for all canonical recognition of the Society of Saint Pius X by the Holy See"

[2. On the content of the Doctrinal Preamble:] "I must in the name of objectivity recognize that one cannot find, in the doctrinal preamble, a marked distinction between the dogmatic area and the pastoral area submitted to discussion. The only thing I can declare, because it is included in the communiqué, is that the preamble contains, 'doctrinal principles and criteria of interpretation of Catholic doctrine necessary for ensuring fidelity to the Magisterium of the Church and to the sentire cum Ecclesia, while leaving open to legitimate discussion the study and theological explanation of particular expressions and formulations present in the texts of the Second Vatican Council and of the Magisterium that followed it.' There it is, not more, not less."

[3. On the canonical statute to be proposed, concerning the rumors of an Ordinariate or of a Prelature:] "As you correctly recall, this canonical statute is conditional [on a response to the Preamble]; its exact format cannot be seen but afterwards, and still remains the object of discussion."

[4. In response to the question, "When do you believe you will present your response to the proposition of Doctrinal preamble?"] "As soon as I have taken the time that is needed to study this document and to consult with the main officials of the Society of Saint Pius X, because, in such an important matter, I am obligated before my brethren not to take any decision without consulting with them beforehand.

"But I can assure you that our decision will be taken for the good of the Church and of souls. Our Rosary crusade that has been taking place for several months must increase in intensity to allow us to obtain, through the intercession of Mary, Mother of the Church, the graces of light and strength of which we have greater need than ever."

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