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Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 04/04/17

This seems to be a big deal:

The Holy See has established new provisions for the celebration of the Sacrament of Matrimony for members of the faithful who are attached to the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX), the Vatican announced today. According to a letter signed on March 27 by Cardinal Gerhard Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and Archbishop Guido Pozzo, secretary of the Ecclesia Dei Commission: “The Holy Father … has decided to authorize Local Ordinaries the possibility to grant faculties for the celebration of marriages of faithful who follow the pastoral activity of the Society.” The Pope’s decision follows a proposal by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and the Ecclesia Dei Commission. Archbishop Pozzo today told the French news agency I.Media: “This measure aims to reassure the consciences of the faithful who want to have their marriage celebrated by a priest of the Society of St. Pius X, and thus avoid doubts about its validity. For among Catholics, marriage always demands respect for the canonical form. It is therefore a special attention to the bonum matrimonii [goods of marriage], which is a right of the Catholic faithful,” he said. The granting of the faculties for the celebration of marriage is subject to several provisions. “Insofar as possible,” the letter states, “the Local Ordinary [that is, normally the local Diocesan Bishop] is to grant the delegation to assist at the marriage to a priest of the Diocese (or in any event, to a fully regular priest), such that the priest may receive the consent of the parties during the marriage rite, followed, in keeping with the liturgy of the Vetus ordo, by the celebration of Mass, which may be celebrated by a priest of the Society.” In other words, a diocesan priest in good standing is to preside at the celebration of the marriage itself, which in the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite takes place before the nuptial Mass. The Mass itself may then be celebrated by a priest of the SSPX.

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