SSPX news has quieted down for a week or so. There was a lot of anticipation that some sort of recognition by the Vatican would take place by the end of May. This recognition has not happened yet. There are opponents both within the Society of Saint Pius X and within the Vatican to a regularization of the Society. Please pray for the Holy Father, the Society’s Superior General Bishop Bernard Fellay, and all involved that God’s will be done.
A lot of people have no idea who or what the Society of Saint Pius X is, and why it is considered controversial. What are the Vatican II documents that the SSPX has issues with, that they do not like? And why?
Below are some of the Vatican II documents that are commonly discussed, and which the SSPX argues are a break from Catholic Tradition.
Dignitatis Humanae – Declaration on Religious Freedom
Sacrosanctum Concilium – Constitution of the Sacred Liturgy
Nostra Aetate – Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions
In addition to the above, last month I noted some papal encyclicals that it would benefit every Catholic to read. That post is HERE, and includes Mirari Vos. Read that and compare it with the Declaration on Religious Freedom. Mirari Vos is not the only older document that could seem to contradict the Vatican II document, but it will give you an idea of what the doctrinal discussions between the Vatican and the SSPX have been about.
Finally, if you want a history of the SSPX, or their positions in their own words, visit the SSPX Website.