Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Cardinal Ricard's Gesture Toward the SSPX

An interesting report is coming from France.

Apparently, the Cardinal Archbishop of Bordeaux, Jean-Pierre Ricard, hosts a dinner for all of his diocesan clergy during Holy Week. In what can only be understood as a truly magnaminous gesture on the Cardinal's part, he reportedly also extended the invitation to the Society of St. Pius X in Bordeaux:

On Holy Thursday, Cardinal Jean-Pierre Ricard, archbishop of Bordeaux, hosted all the priests of his diocese for dinner. Taking to heart the recent decision of the pope (the lifting of excommunication of the bishops of the FSSPX on January 21st), he invited all Catholic priests and priors who exercise ministry within the Archdiocese of Bordeaux and Bazas, including the prior of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Pius X - marking the first time he’s dined with his Diocesan confreres or other communities, especially those dependant on the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei. The Cardinal recalled the speech made by Benedict XVI in France last September:

"No one is too many in the Church. Everyone, without exception, must be able to feel at home and never feel rejected."

Source: Le Salon Beige (via Rorate Caeli)

It is to be hoped that gestures such as these might help build up a climate of trust, and work toward the restoration of full and regular communion of the Society of St. Pius X with the Holy See.

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