Pope Francis grants authorization of marriage faculties for Lefebvre priests 

Pope Francis has granted authorization for bishops to approve priests of the Society of St. Pius X, a group not full communion with Rome, to celebrate marriages of those who follow the pastoral activity of the traditionalist society.

According to the Catholic News Agency (April 4, 2017) in a letter dated March 27 and published April 4, the Pope has given diocesan bishops or other local ordinaries the authorization to grant priests of the SSPX the ability to celebrate licitly and validly the marriages of the faithful who follow the Society’s pastoral activity.

The letter, signed by Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and president of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, indicates that “insofar as possible” a diocesan or other fully regular priest is to “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.”

For the Catholic News Service report published by the National Catholic Reporter (April 4, 2017), click here.

For the CNS (April 4, 2017) report, click here.

For the letter authorizing the action from the Holy See Press Office (April 4, 2017), click here.