Rumors have been circulating for the last several days in regard to a possible pending statement about to be released by the Vatican in regard to a lifting of Excommunications of at least a portion of the SSPX community. It appears that for once, the rumor mill was passing around accurate information and the pronouncement has been made. Many other blogs are covering the developing news and it is just beginning to hit the secular media.
National Catholic Register has just reported the story today and the brief article by Tom McFeeley can be found here.
If you have never heard of the SSPX or are unsure as to what exactly the story is behind the traditionalist group, see articles linked to below:
Is the Society of St. Piux X Schismatic? - Commentary
Vatican Has Replaced Faith, SSPX Bishop Charges
For decades now, Catholics who attended Mass at SSPX churches exclusively were participating in an invalid celebration and therefore not in full communion with the Catholic Church. With the new proclamation, we are probably left with more questions than answers. Let us each pray that the Lord's will be done in this, and every matter involving the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.
The announcement on Vatican website (in Italian)
The announcement translated into English on the Rorate Caeli Blog
Fr. Z's take on the story
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