The Lefebvrists return to being accepted by the Church in Argentina
Translated by Michael Fuller
A recent article in the most read newspaper in Argentina, Clarin, had some interesting things to say about Lefebvrists. Keep in mind that the Clarin is the same newspaper where the SSPX district superior (now district superior of France) denied that the Jews were responsible for deicide (the Gospel account). Also, it is interesting that in Argentina, a great number of the SSPX members have visa issues for none other than not being able to acquire documentation from the conciliar authorities. What follows is a translation of the article. A unilateral recognition? - M.F
For this incorporation a mediation was needed by an order of ecclesiastical authority, in this case, made by the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Cardinal Mario Poli.
The incorporation into the country by the Lefebrists into the Catholic Church occurs while the Vatican maintains difficult negotiations with that community worldwide for its return to Rome. The discussions began in 2000 as was the will of John Paul II. In 2009, Benedict XVI decided to lift the excommunication of the four bishops -Lefebvre died in 1991, which was one of the demands of the ultraconservative community.
Joseph Ratzinger's decision -not lacking in controversy- gave a big headache to the German Pope because declarations almost immediately became known from one of the bishops benefiting [from the lifting of the excommunications], residing in Argentina, Richard Williamson, who denied the Holocaust. Then, the government led by Cristina Kirchner decided to deport him.
As Williamson insisted, at least partially, with his opinions, he was put in the forefront of the most radicalized group of the Lefebvrists. He was expelled from the Society of St. Pius X in 2012.
In turn, Benedict XVI suspended him "ad divinis" and in a letter to all bishops admitted being mistaken, by not being informed about the previous denial [of the Holocaust] of Williamson.
The return of the Lefebvrists to the Church in Argentina, which is deducted as having been the approval of Pope Francis- is seen from those near the pontiff as an achievement because it implies that at least one sector of the followers of Lefebvre have accepted the Second Vatican Council. But it certainly will not be met well by progressive sectors. After all, it was the desire of the immediate predecessors of Francis.
In Brazil, it was already some time ago that some of the Lefebvrists returned to communion with Rome, by becoming an Apostolic Prefecture, reporting directly to the Pope.
SEE ALSO the translation of THE OFFICIAL TEXT of the Resolution
Los lefebvristas vuelven a ser admitidos por la Iglesia argentina
Lo siguiente fue publicado en el periódico mas leído de Argentina, Clarín, y dice cosas interesantes sobre los Lefebvristas. Acuérdense que el Clarín es el mismísimo periódico del incidente cuando el superior del distrito en ese momento, ahora el superior del distrito de Francia, dijo que los judíos no cometieron deicidio (negación del relato de los Evangelios). También es interesante que en Argentina, un grande número de los miembros de la Fraternidad no consigan las visas argentinas porque no pueden obtener documentación de las autoridades conciliares. Pues, desde ahora, eso ya se ha cambiado. Una recognición unilateral? M.F.