When Good Bishop Morlino of the Diocese of Madison issued a letter to his Diocese a month ago about the SSPX, there was one line in the letter that jumped out and become the headline for many bloggers and Catholic media outlets that take a very hard line on the SSPX. That line urged the faithful to have “nothing to do with them.”
Friday night, on The World Over with Raymond Arroyo, Bishop Morlino was asked about that letter. Being the good man that he is, he was transparent and said that someone drafted the letter for him and in his editing process he asked the line to be removed. Unfortunately, the line remained in against his wishes. Something the Good Bishop takes responsibility for. He apologized for its inclusion and said he has “never felt that way about another priestly society” and he reiterated his position that the SSPX are “many fine people trying to act in good faith” but that the jurisdictional matters are concerning. He said he is “happy about” the fact that the priests of the SSPX have been granted some equivalent jurisdiction during the year of mercy to hear confession. He also said it is “my hope there can be a reconciliation.”
All of this can be seen starting at 16:00 of the video below.