Benedict XVI received
the participants of the Plenary Assembly of the Congregation for the
Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) on January 27 at the Vatican. On that
occasion its president, Cardinal William Joseph Levada, noted that the
Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, in close collaboration with
his dicastery, “is accomplishing an important work and is following
the development of the dialogue with the Society of St. Pius X”.
And so this four-day plenary assembly allowed the cardinals and
bishops who are members of it to study, among other subjects, the
response of the Society of St. Pius X to the Doctrinal Preamble
proposed by Rome in September 2011.
According to I.Media, “after an initial response sent to Rome in
December and judged insufficient”, the Society of St. Pius X
submitted “a second response” which “according to Vatican
sources” (again according to I.Media), “proves to be no more
satisfactory in the eyes of those who are studying it”. And the
Roman news agency concludes: “Rome’s response is now in the hands
of Benedict XVI.”
According to a source close to the matter, we can announce that the
letter posted by Bishop Fellay in mid-January is not a “second
response”; rather it clarifies the position of the Society of St.
Pius X and the import of the document sent to Cardinal Levada on
December 1, 2011, in response to the Roman proposal dated September
14. (Sources: IMedia/Apic/FSSPX―DICI no.249 dated February 3, 2012).