Saturday, January 24, 2009

Remission of Censure

As you all may have read at other places, the four bishops of the Priestly Society of St. Pius X have had the excommunications lifted. In more technical terms from the decree itself:

Based on the faculty expressly granted to me by the Holy Father Benedict XVI, in virtue of the present Decree, I remit from Bishops Bernard Fellay, Bernard Tissier de Mallerais, Richard Williamson, and Alfonso de Galarreta the censure of latae sententiae excommunication declared by this Congregation on July 1, 1988, while I declare deprived of any juridical effect, from the present date, the Decree emanated at that time.

From the decree quoted in full at Rorate Caeli.

Rorate also has a series of posts that are good background reading in the lead-up to this decree.

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