Rorate Caeli reports that the SSPX is set for reconciliation with Rome (it’s a shoddy translation from Italian, but hey, it gets the message across):
The response of the Society of Saint Pius X has arrived in the Vatican and it is positive: according to the informal information gathered by Vatican Insider, Bishop Bernard Fellay would have signed the doctrinal preamble that the Holy See had proposed last September as a condition to reach full communion and canonical regularization.The text of the preamble, with the modifications proposed by Fellay, and signed by him as Superior of the Society of Saint Pius X, will be presented to Benedict XVI, who, on the day following his 85th birthday and on the even of the seventh anniversary of his election, receives a positive response from the Lefebvrists. A response long expected and desired by him, who, in the next few weeks, will put an end to the wound opened in 1988 with the illegitimate episcopal ordinations celebrated by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre.
It is not ruled out that Fellay’s response be examined by the Cardinals of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, in the next “Feria Quarta” [Wednesday] meeting, which should take place in the first half of May. Meanwhile, some further weeks will be needed so that a canonical arrangement can be established: the most probable proposal is that of establishing a “personal prelature”, a legal figure introduced in the Code of Canon Law in 1983 [Rorate note 2] and up to now used only by Opus Dei. The prelate depends directly of the Holy See. The Society of Saint Pius X will continue to celebrate Mass according to the ancient Missal, and to form its priests in its seminaries.
If true — gloria in excelsis Deo!
EDIT: On the other hand, the Catholic News Agency describesthe SSPX’s response as “mixed” and at least potentially unacceptable to Rome.
EDIT II: Cardinal Levada, head of Ecclesia Dei, the pontifical commission charged with oversight of the Extraordinary Form and the ongoing efforts to reconcile traditionalist groups with Rome, has confirmed that the SSPX’s has submitted a signed (but slightly modified) doctrinal premable. The commission will examine it and make a recommendation to the Holy Father.