Breaking: Pope lifts excommunications of Lefebvrite bishopsCNS:
Pope Benedict XVI has lifted the excommunication of four bishops ordained against papal orders in 1988 by the late Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre. The move was considered a major concession to the archbishop's traditionalist followers.The entire CNS article is worth the read. See also:
The Vatican said the decree removing the excommunication, signed Jan. 21 and made public three days later, marked an important step toward full communion with the Society of St. Pius X, founded by Archbishop Lefebvre in 1970.
It said some questions remain unresolved with the society, including its future status and that of its priests, and that these issues would be the subject of further talks.
- CNA: Pope Benedict lifts excommunication of Bishops ordained by Lefebvre
- UK Telegraph: Bishop Fellay salutes 'benevolent and courageous' Pope Benedict
- UK Holy Smoke blog: Pope Benedict is taking a huge risk in lifting the SSPX excommunications
- Associated Press