This where the rubber meets the road, folks. Will the SSPX obey the Holy Father in this directive? You just don't administer the holy Sacraments against the explicit command of the Vicar of Christ.
It cited a letter by Pope Benedict in March in which he explained his decision to lift the excommunications of four traditionalist bishops and start a dialogue aimed at full re-integration of the rebels.Full story here.
But the statement said disciplinary questions regarding the SSPX "remained open," a clear warning that if the ordinations were ahead they would have repercussions on negotiations to bring the traditionalists fully back into the Church.
The SSPX plans to hold the ordination of the traditionalist priests in Germany, Switzerland and the United States.
Father Yves Le Roux, rector of the SSPX's St Thomas Aquinas seminary in Winona, Minnesota, said the ordination of 13 new priests would go ahead despite the Vatican warning.