Communique of the Holy See Press Office : Meeting between the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and the Superior General of the Society of St. Pius X (March 16, 2012)
During the meeting of 14 September 2011 between Cardinal William Levada, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and president of the Pontifical Commission ‘Ecclesia Dei,’ and Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior general of the Society of St. Pius X, the latter was presented with a Doctrinal Preamble, accompanied by a Preliminary Note, as a fundamental basis for achieving full reconciliation with the Apostolic See. This defined certain doctrinal principles and criteria for the interpretation Catholic doctrine, which are necessary to ensure faithfulness to the Church Magisterium and ‘sentire cum Ecclesia.’
“The response of the Society of St. Pius X to the aforesaid Doctrinal Preamble, which arrived in January 2012, was examined by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith before being submitted to the Holy Father for his judgement. Pursuant to the decision made by Pope Benedict XVI, Bishop Fellay was, in a letter delivered today, informed of the evaluation of his response. The letter states that the position he expressed is not sufficient to overcome the doctrinal problems which lie at the foundation of the rift between the Holy See and the Society of St. Pius X.
“At the end of today’s meeting, moved by concern to avoid an ecclesial rupture of painful and incalculable consequences, the superior general of the Society of St. Pius X was invited to clarify his position in order to be able to heal the existing rift, as is the desire of Pope Benedict XVI.
Communiqué de presse : Rencontre entre le préfet de la Congrégation pour la Doctrine de la Foi et le Supérieur général de la Fraternité sacerdotale saint Pie X (16 mars 2012)
Communicato : Incontro tra il Prefetto della Congregazione per la dottrina della fede e il superiore generale della Fraternità Sacerdotale San Pio X
Pressecommuniqué zum Treffen des Präfekten der Glaubenskongregation mit dem Generaloberen am Freitag, dem 16.3. 2012
Comunicado: Encuentro entre el Prefecto de la Congregación para la Doctrina de la Fe y el Superior General de la Fraternidad Sacerdotal San Pío X, 16.03.2012