Release from the General Superior
of the Priestly Society of Saint Pius X
By the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum,
Pope Benedict XVI has reinstated the Tridentine Mass in
its rights, and clearly affirmed that the Roman Missal
promulgated by Saint Pius V had never been abrogated.
The Priestly Society of Saint Pius X rejoices to see the
Church thus regain her liturgical Tradition, and give
the possibility of a free access to the treasure of the
Traditional Mass for the glory of God, the good of the
Church and the salvation of souls, to the priests and
faithful who had so far been deprived of it. The Priestly
Society of Saint Pius X extends its deep gratitude to
the Sovereign Pontiff for this great spiritual benefit.
letter which accompanies the Motu Proprio does not hide
however the difficulties that still remain. The Society
of Saint Pius X wishes that the favorable climate established
by the new dispositions of the Holy See will make it possible
– after the decree of excommunication which still
affects its bishops has been withdrawn – to consider
more serenely the disputed doctrinal issues.
orandi, lex credendi, the law of the liturgy is that
of the faith. In the fidelity to the spirit of our founder,
Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, the attachment of the Society
of Saint Pius X to the traditional liturgy is inseparably
united to the faith which has been professed "always,
everywhere and by all."
Menzingen, July 7, 2007
+ Bernard Fellay