Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Pope Francis gives SSPX priests faculties to grant absolution from sins

Rorate Caeli has posted a letter from Pope Francis stating that SSPX priests can now validly hear confessions (officially). Nobody saw this coming, which was issued in conjunction with the the so-called "Year of Mercy" that starts on Immaculate Conception, December 8, 2015. 

SSPX priests have been hearing confessions and granting absolution for forty-five years, especially when your neighborhood parish priest thinks this and that is not a sin. 

This is the second major positive news item from the Holy See regarding the SSPX; the first earlier this summer was the appointment of Bishop Fellay by the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith to be the first-instance judge of a disciplinary hearing for a Society priest. And the folks at the Detroit Warehouse still believe that they are in schism? Give me a break. 

Secondly, the Pope also held a satellite forum hosted by ABC News, where he spoke to Catholic school students from Chicago, a border town in Texas, and Los Angeles. I promised to give my opinion on his visit to the United States, which I will express:

I believe the Holy Father should stay home and don't waste the energy addressing Congress and the United Nations. Unless he is going to excommunicate all those "Catholic" politicians who regularly vote to fund Planned Parenthood, sodomy, and all other problems, then he should cancel his speech. 

As far as the SSPX are concerned, they do not need a preamble with the Vatican if they already do what canon law allows them to do: give the sacraments via supplied jurisdiction. 

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