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Considering how often Pope Francis denounces “rigidity”, it is odd that he is moving so rapidly to regularize the Society of St. Pius X.

You will remember that Pope Francis gave faculties to SSPX priests to hear confessions during the Jubilee of Mercy. Then, yesterday, he authorized them to witness marriages for the Church: Vatican rules SSPX priests may officiate at marriages.

http://www.catholicculture.org/commentary/insights.cfm?task=show&id=3769

Maybe we should reconsider what is rigidity.
Huh? Huh? Huh?
This pope lives by emotionalism . he had good feelings about the SSPX in Argentina because they were doing things he supported there. That's why he's very open to their regularization. I just hope the SSPX retains all their property and doesn't turn it over to the Vatican or their toast..
(04-05-2017, 08:40 PM)salus Wrote: [ -> ]This pope lives by emotionalism . he had good feelings about the SSPX in Argentina because they were doing things he supported there. That's why he's very open to their regularization. I just hope the SSPX retains all their property and doesn't turn it over to the Vatican or their toast..

An important part of teh preliminary agreement leaves them in control of their property.
The Society of St. Pius X, founded by the late Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, welcomed a Vatican letter encouraging the world’s bishops to facilitate the validity of marriages of Catholics who seek to exchange their vows in the Society’s chapels.

For a marriage to be valid, the parties must exchange their consent before a priest or deacon who has been delegated to do so by the bishop. With the approval of Pope Francis, the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei strongly encouraged bishops to grant this delegation to a diocesan priest before the celebration of the nuptial Mass, or to the priest of the Society who is celebrating the Mass.

“The Society of Saint Pius X conveys its deep gratitude to the Holy Father for his pastoral solicitude as expressed in the letter from the Ecclesia Dei Commission, for the purpose of alleviating any uncertainty regarding the validity of the sacrament of marriage,” the Society’s general house said in a statement.

“Pope Francis clearly wishes that, as in the matter of confessions, all the faithful who want to marry in the presence of a priest of the Society of Saint Pius X can do so without any worries about the validity of the sacrament,” the statement continued. “It is to be hoped that all the bishops share this same pastoral solicitude.”

http://www.catholicculture.org/news/head...ryid=31212

I think that Pope Francis is really a friend of Catholic Tradition.



I tend to think it is the Holy Ghost working through Pope Francis in spite of himself. But perhaps that is a bit unkind.