on June 30 (it’s a secret that I reveal to you, but it will be made public), on June 30, 2012, the Pope wrote with his own hand a letter to our Superior General, Bp. [Bernard] Fellay, signed personally: ‘I confirm to you in fact [that], in order [for you] to be truly reintegrated into the Church [Tissier says:] (let us move beyond this expression), it is necessary to truly accept the Second Vatican Council and the post-conciliar Magisterium.’
But this is only consistent with what has been known at least since 2009 from the Secretariat of State:
For a future recognition of the Fraternity of Saint Pius X, the full acknowledgment of the Second Vatican Council and of the Magisterium of Popes John XXIII, Paul VI, John Paul I, John Paul II, and of the same Benedict XVI is an indispensable condition.
So why was there this myth propagated that the SSPX would achieve canonical status without a doctrinal agreement that included acceptance of Vatican II? It has been argued that the Pope is sympathetic to the SSPX and has been eager to have it contribute to resolving problems within the Church by means of its “defense of tradition” (read anticonciliarism). It seems that the Pope himself has definitively rendered this claim baseless.