Richard Williamson was convicted of incitement to hatred for comments amounting to Holocaust denial during a 2009 TV interview.
This is the latest effort by the Church to bring the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X into full communion.
Francis also writes of new World Day of the Poor in new apostolic letter, Misericordia et Misera.
In 2009, Pope Benedict XVI lifted the excommunications of the surviving bishops, while noting that “doctrinal questions obviously remain and until they are clarified the Society has no canonical status in the Church and its ministers cannot legitimately exercise any ministry.”
The Vatican body aimed at keeping traditional Catholics united with the Successor of Peter looks likely to be suppressed, but sources suggest it could actually be a positive development.
COMMENTARY: Under present conditions, the Vatican’s reunion with the SSPX would reinforce the notion that doctrine is not about truth, but about power.
Holy Father has given diocesan bishops, or other local ordinaries, the authorization to grant priests of the Society of St. Pius X the ability to licitly and validly celebrate the marriages.
Vatican and SSPX have said the proposal appears to be the best option for unity.
Reconciliation between the SSPX and Rome still appears some way off, but those looking to the Society to come to the Church's aid is increasing, according to Bishop Fellay.
In a wide-ranging interview with the Register, the leader of the traditionalist priestly society details how Pope Francis has opened the door to the SSPX’s full integration with the Church.
In new interview with French paper, Francis discusses religious liberty, migration, dialogue with Islam and the SSPX and separation of Church and state.
Pope Francis may soon offer the Society of St. Pius X regular canonical status within the Church
COMMENTARY: There are a few canonical ambiguities in the Holy Father’s letter that need clarifications so that his desires can be implemented appropriately.
The Holy Father’s action has been welcomed by Catholics as a positive step forward.
In a Sept. 1 letter for the upcoming Year of Mercy, the Holy Father also granted to priests of the Society of St. Pius X the faculty to ‘validly and licitly’ absolve sins.
In Jubilee Year letter, Holy Father also says those who approach SSPX priests for Sacrament of Reconciliation will receive absolution
Bishop Richard Williamson has incurred the canonical penalty again, upon illicitly ordaining another priest as bishop on March 19.
Cordial meeting was seen as an introduction between Bishop Fellay and Cardinal Müller, prefect of the CDF.
Relations with the traditionalist society, which is outside full communion with the Church, have deteriorated since mid-2012, but hope remains for full reconciliation.
The group that broke away from the Society of St. Pius X celebrates fidelity to liturgical traditions and papal authority.
The spokesman for the society unites Bishop Bernard Fellay’s remarks from his latest letter to Holy Father’s.
The leader of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X makes the comment in a year-end speech reviewing the breakaway group’s current situation as it considers full communion with Rome.