The Vatican, the SSPX, and the Press

The AP says, “Pope orders reform after Holocaust denial flap.” Reuters says, “Pope shakes up office blamed for Holocaust denier.” Even John Allen’s headline says, “Pope removes officials seen as responsible for Holocaust-denying bishop row.”

But the discussion at Commonweal suggests that this interpretation is wrong. David Gibson notes, “This was all in the works long before the excommunications were lifted and l’affaire Williamson didn’t have much to do with it.”

John Zuhlsdorf concurs. The pope had said at the time he lifted the excommunications that he was going to do this. The issues involving the SSPX are doctrinal, and if the leaders are no longer excommunicated, it is the doctrinal congregation that will carry the ball from here. He also comments on John Allen’s piece.

See also Hermeneutic of Continuity.