Deo Gratias, Excommunication Lifted!

Their Excellency's, Bishops Bernard Fellay, Bernard Tissier de Mallerais, Richard Williamson and Alfonso de Galarreta

Their Excellency’s, Bishops Bernard Fellay, Bernard Tissier de Mallerais, Richard Williamson and Alfonso de Galarreta

Updated at the bottom of the post.

Congregation of Bishops

By letter of 15 December 2008 addressed to His Eminence Cardinal Dario Castrillón Hoyos, President of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, Mons. Bernard Fellay, also on behalf of the other three bishops consecrated on 30 June 1988, again petitioned for the removal of the excommunication latae sententiae formally declared by Decree of the Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops on 1 July 1988. In the aforementioned letter, Mons. Fellay affirms, among other things: “We are always firmly determined in the will to remain Catholics and to put all our forces at the service of the Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ, which is the Roman Catholic Church. We accept its teachings with filial spirit. We believe firmly in the Primacy of Peter and his prerogatives, and therefore the current situation makes us suffer so much.”

His Holiness Benedict XVI – paternally sensitive to the spiritual distress expressed by those involved because of the sanction of excommunication and trusting in the commitment expressed by them in the aforementioned letter not to spare any effort to enlarge upon more deeply in the necessary talks with the Authorities of the Holy See the questions still open, in order to be able to soon reach a full and satisfactory solution to the problem at the source – has decided to reconsider the canonical situation of the Bishops Bernard Fellay, Bernard Tissier de Mallerais, Richard Williamson and Alfonso de Galarreta arisen with their episcopal consecration.

With this act it is desired to consolidate the mutual relations of trust and to intensify and give stability to the relations of the Fraternity of St. Pius X with this Apostolic See. This gift of peace, at the end of the Christmas celebrations, intends also to be a sign to promote the unity in love of the Universal Church and to get to remove the scandal of division.

It is hoped that this step is followed by the prompt accomplishment of full communion with the Church of the entire Fraternity of St. Pius X, thereby demonstrating true fidelity and true recognition of the Magisterium and the authority of the Pope by the proof of visible unity.

According to faculty expressly granted to me by the Holy Father Benedict XVI, by virtue of this decree, I remit to the Bishops Bernard Fellay, Bernard Tissier de Mallerais, Richard Williamson and Alfonso de Galarreta the censure of excommunication latae sententiae declared by this Congregation on 1 July 1988 while I declare without juridical effects, as of today’s date, the decree issued at that time.

Rome, from the Congregation for Bishops, 21 January 2009.

Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re

Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops

VIVA IL PAPA!

Updates:

From DICI’s website   

and

Letter from His Excellency, Bishop Fellay 

 and

CATHOLIC WORLD NEWS

.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: