Bishop Marcello Semeraro of Albano, secretary of Pope Francis’ advisory council of cardinals, has told priests in his diocese that Catholics attending Masses by the Society of St Pius X (SSPX) or receiving sacraments from its priests would be automatically excommunicated because the society has no canonical status.
In a more conciliatory tone, an archbishop involved in negotiations with SSPX said the Vatican did not intend to “impose a capitulation” on it. Archbishop Guido Pozzo, Secretary of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, told the French magazine Famille Chrétienne the Vatican could make the SSPX into a personal prelature with the right to continue to question elements of the Second Vatican Council.
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