From Fr. John Zuhlsdorf:
I, as many others, have over the last couple weeks wondered whether or not Pope Francis would extend beyond the Year of Mercy the opportunity for penitents to seek out priests of the SSPX for sacramental confession and valid absolution. There have been rumors – rumors – to that effect but nothing concrete.
That was an opportunity extended during the Year of Mercy.
The Year of Mercy is now over.
That opportunity for confession, as far as I know, is now over as well.
Hope springs eternal.
Today, however, I see a different of story, which is even better than the mere chance to go to confession (as great as that is).
Today I read at the German site Katholisches that Pope Francis may – may – regularize the SSPX in the structure of a Personal Prelature, similar to Opus Dei. He may – may – do this on Monday. That’s tomorrow... (continued)