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Posted on 07/14/2008 4:51:40 PM PDT by tcg
A group of monks close to the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X asked for and received canonical good standing and communion with the Holy See.
The vicar-general of the Transalpine Redemptorists, Father Michael Mary, reported this month on the group's blog that "our community now truly rejoices in undisputed and peaceful possession of communion with the Holy See because our priests are now in canonical good standing."
He said that he had asked the Holy See, in the presence of the members of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, for the priestly suspensions to be lifted.
The status of the Society of St. Pius X has been clouded since its founder, Marcel Lefebvre, gave episcopal ordination without permission to four priests. Pope John Paul II explained in a 1988 apostolic letter that "such disobedience -- which implies in practice the rejection of the Roman primacy -- constitutes a schismatic act."
The current leader of the society was one of the priests ordained who thus incurred excommunication.
The Transalpine Redemptorists are based on Papa Stronsay, an island in Orkney, north of Scotland.
Father Michael Mary went on to say: "We are very grateful to our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI for issuing, last July, the 'Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum' which called us to come into undisputed and peaceful communion with him.
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Praise be to God!