As it has been widely reported this week, the Pope indeed has lifted the excommunications of four SSPX bishops today. I guess this is phase two of Pope Benedict XVI’s work to bring the SSPX fully back into the Church.
Father Z has some wise thoughts on this which I heartily agree.
I especially agree with this snippet.
What it all depends on, to my mind, is the attitude of both sides, the Holy See and the SSPX leadership. If they really want unity, then they must make these concrete gestures, such as that which we saw today, and then get into the same room, roll up the sleeves, and work things out. They have to open their minds and hearts and keep in mind that we don’t have to be in lock step about the putative glories of Vatican II, or the efficacy of the Novus Ordo, etc. It is time to let go of the Council or its “spirit” as some sort of super dogma.
It is also time to start obeying the Roman Pontiff and tone down the language