Monday, April 11, 2016

Pope Francis extends authority for SSPX to validly and licitly hear confessions

Pope to extend authority of SSPX priests to hear confessions?

April 11, 2016
Pope Francis plans to extend the authority of priests of the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) to hear confessions, according to the leader of the traditionalist group.
Last year the Pontiff said that during the Jubilee Year, Catholics who approach the priests of the SSPX "shall validly and licitly receive the absolution of their sins." That move by the Pope was a significant step toward regularizing the status of the SSPX; since the bishops of the breakaway group are suspended from ministry, SSPX priests did not previously have authority from the Church to absolve sins.
Bishop Bernard Fellay, the superior of the SSPX, told a French outlet that a recent meeting, the Pontiff told him that he plans to extend the authorization beyond the end of the Jubilee Year. He added that Pope Francis indicated to desire to regularize the SSPX, referring to the traditionalist group as "a part of the Church." 

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