Pope Benedict XVI has just made a dramatic choice, one which will certainly be numbered among the major decisions of his pontificate.He has decided, in effect, to reopen formal debate on the Second Vatican Council and its teaching.
The new dialogue, which will take place in Rome between the leaders of the Fraternity of St. Pius X (the followers of the late Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre) and Vatican experts will take place on October 26 at the Vatican, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, said today.
I don't think it was an accident that the Vatican would release the date eleven days out. There's plenty of time to organize novenas in preparation for these very important discussions.
Please join my family and me in a rosary novena, starting this Saturday, 10/17 and ending on Sunday, 10/25, for the intention of a fruitful and successful discussion between the Vatican and SSPX theologians, and that these discussions might lead to a satisfactory clarification regarding the Second Vatican Council.
Here are the press releases as presented in Dr. Moynihan's Letter from Rome:
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2009
DECLARATION OF THE DIRECTOR OF THE
HOLY SEE PRESS OFFICE, FR. FEDERICO LOMBARDI, S.I.
The first meeting of the foreseen discussions with the Fraternity of Saint Pius X will take place on Monday, October 26, in the morning.
Those who will participate will be, from the part of the Commission Ecclesia Dei, other than the Secretary of said Commission, Mons. Guido Pozzo, the Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, H.E. Archbisop Luis F. Ladaria Ferrer, S.I., and the already named experts: Fr. Charles Morerod, O.P., Secretary of the International Theological Commission, consultant of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith; Rev. Mons. Fernando Ocáriz, Vicar General of Opus Dei, consultant of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith; the Rev. Fr. Karl Josef Becker, S.I., consultant of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
The meeting will take place at the Palace of the Holy Office. The contents of the conversations, which regard open doctrinal questions, will remain strictly reserved.
At the end of the meeting, a communiqué will be released.
COMMUNIQUÉ OF THE PRIESTLY FRATERNITY OF SAINT PIUS X
Bishop Bernard Fellay has named as representatives of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Pius X for the theological discussions with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith: Bishop Alfonso de Galarreta, director of the Seminary Nuestra Señora Corredentora de La Reja (Argentina), Father Benoît de Jorna, director of the Séminaire International Saint-Pie X of Ecône (Switzerland), Father Jean-Michel Gleize, professor of Ecclesiology at the seminary of Ecône, and Father Patrick de La Rocque, prior of the Priory of Saint Louis in Nantes (France).
Bishop de Galarreta had already been the president of the commission which was in charge of the preparation of these discussions within the Fraternity, after the month of April 2009.
The works will start in the second half of the month of October and will require the discretion needed for a serene exchange on difficult doctrinal questions.