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Last train for St. Pius X Society

HONG KONG (SE): The exiled Society of St. Pius X was invited to be on the last train to arrive at the Vatican on February 22, the Feast of the Chair of Peter, by the prefect for the Congregation the Congregation of the Faith, Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller.

The train tickets were issued on January 8, after what was described by journalist, Andrea Tornielli, as a personal and highly spiritual letter from Archbishop Augustin Di Noia, from the United States of America, to the superior of the breakaway group, Bishop Bernard Fellay, in December last year.

Tornielli said that the existence of the letter was confirmed by Abbot Claude Barthe, an observer of relations between the Vatican and the breakaway group, in an interview with Présent on February 16.

However, he adds that the letter is not exactly an ultimatum and if the society does a no show on the nominated day and does not accept the agreement proposed by the Holy See, it does not necessarily mean that the game is all over.

However, the abbot believes that it is not likely that Bishop Fellay will sign the doctrinal preamble he received in June last year.

However, the French Catholic daily newspaper, Le Croix, says that if the recalcitrant Society of St. Pius X does not sign, then the Vatican has the right to appeal directly to and deal with its priests individually, without going through its superiors, and can then issue each of them with an individual invitation to rejoin full communion with the Catholic Church.

The document requires the society to recognise that the magisterium is the authentic interpreter of Tradition, that the Second Vatican Council agrees with Tradition and that the post-conciliar liturgical reform promulgated by Pope Paul VI is not only valid, but legitimate as well.

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