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From the current SSPX UK newsletter. Posted on IA by Clare.

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As mentioned by Bishop Fellay in his ordination sermon at Econe on 29th June, the talks concerning a possible practical agreement with Rome are now back to square one (and this due to their insistance on the acceptance of Vatican II and the New Mass). Hence, as the declaration states, the Society is 'waiting for the day when an open and serious debate will be possible which may allow the return to Tradition of the ecclesiastical authorities.' This indeed has been the Society's policy to date.

It is to be hoped that the faithful who have been understandably troubled by the prospect of a practical settlement without sufficient doctrinal redress on the part of Rome, will be reassured by the reiteration of this policy, and by the Society's restated opposition to the errors of Vatican II and 'the reforms that issued from it,' as well as its steadfast attachment to 'the Catholic Faith in all its purity and integrity.'

On our side we must not neglect the work of sanctification, which begins with ourselves, 'as faith without good works is dead,' and hence the good combat for Catholic Tradition must not serve as an excuse from the pursuit of virtue.

Significant also in the declaration is the clarification that an extraordinary general chapter with a deliberative vote would have to be called in the event of any eventual settlement with the Roman authorities - at such time as the ecclesiastical authorities return to Tradition. This means the chapter as a whole would have a binding vote on the issue.

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This newsletter is now on the SSPX UK Web site: http://www.sspx.co.uk/attachments/artic ... %20web.pdf

There's more in the text than Clare's extract. Fr. Morgan tells us that the Declaration was a compromise thrashed out over some period.

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My dear brethren,

As previously announced, the Society’s General Chapter meeting took place at Econe last month from 9-14th July. Although it was not an elective chapter, which takes place only every 12 years, it provided the important occasion for addressing those major issues which have been of great concern, and indeed division, to us all in recent months. Composed of the superior general and his assistants, as well as the major superiors and a percentage of the most senior priests, the chapter produced a declaration which is included later in this newsletter. This text was consensual in its compilation, and was the result of discussions, interventions and votes.

In addition the chapter dealt with a wide ranging number of decisions and resolutions concerning our sanctification, apostolate, seminaries and administration, and these acts will be communicated to the members (bishops, priests, brothers and sisters) of the Society in due course.

As mentioned by Bishop Fellay in his ordination sermon at Econe on 29th June, the talks concerning a possible practical agreement with Rome are now back to square one (and this due to their insistence on the acceptance of Vatican II and the New Mass). Hence, as the declaration states, the Society is ‘waiting for the day when an open and serious debate will be possible which may allow the return to Tradition of the ecclesiastical authorities.’ This indeed has been the Society’s policy to date.

It is to be hoped that the faithful who have been understandably troubled by the prospect of a practical settlement without sufficient doctrinal redress on the part of Rome, will be reassured by the reiteration of this policy, and by the Society’s restated opposition to the errors of Vatican II and ‘the reforms issued from it,’ as well as its steadfast attachment to ‘the Catholic Faith in all its purity and integrity.’

On our side we must not neglect the work of sanctification, which begins with ourselves, ‘as Faith without good works is dead,’ and hence the good combat for Catholic Tradition must not serve as an excuse from the pursuit of virtue.

Significant also in the declaration is the clarification that an extraordinary general chapter with a deliberative vote would have to be called in the event of any eventual settlement with the Roman authorities – at such time as the ecclesiastical authorities return to Tradition. This means that the chapter as a whole would have a binding vote on the issue.

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