Pope Francis's Statement On SSPX Confessions

November 21, 2016
Source: District of the USA
Pope Francis signs the apostolic letter Misericordia et Misera, which he released this morning.

At the close of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, the Holy Father made special mention of the SSPX priests' faculty to absolve sins.

On Monday, November 21st, 2016, the Vatican released an Apostolic Letter from Pope Francis called Misericordia et Misera. Of note to our readers, the Society of St. Pius X was mentioned in paragraph 12:

For the Jubilee Year I had also granted that those faithful who, for various reasons, attend churches officiated by the priests of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Pius X, can validly and licitly receive the sacramental absolution of their sins. For the pastoral benefit of these faithful, and trusting in the good will of their priests to strive with God’s help for the recovery of full communion with the Catholic Church, I have personally decided to extend this faculty beyond the Jubilee Year, until further provisions are made, lest anyone ever be deprived of the sacramental sign of reconciliation through the Church’s pardon."

Pope Francis had previously granted such a faculty for the Year of Mercy, which just ended.  See our Communique from that announcement in September, 2015.

A new statement will be released presently. 

Updated: Please see the Communiqué from the General House of the SSPX