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Slim chances remaining for reconciliation of SSPX?

Catholic World News - October 01, 2012

Hopes for a reconciliation of the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) with the Vatican have faded, according to a Reuters analysis.

Bishop Bernard Fellay, the head of the SSPX, has not yet formally responded to a Vatican offer, but according to multiple reports the traditionalist group will reject the Vatican’s demand for acceptance of the teachings of Vatican II. Bishop Fellay is expected to offer a counter-proposal. Reuters predicts that the SSPX will make its own demands:

”The SSPX has set conditions that are simply unacceptable to the pope," Nicolas Seneze, a French expert on the Society, told Reuters. "Their discussions are now back at square one."

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  • Posted by: demark8616 - Oct. 02, 2012 2:47 AM ET USA

    Seems like a lot of 'dis-information' going on a present. Fr Frans Schmidtberger & Bishop T de Mallerais are high profile antoganists & have always been so! I would not judge the matter as a final rejection based on the view of these two trouble makers. Let's hope & pray that Bishop Fellay brings this nonsensical 'schism'to an end, as he seemed committed to do in this CNS interview on youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdnJigNzTuY

  • Posted by: richardols3892 - Oct. 01, 2012 3:29 PM ET USA

    So, what's new? Some months ago, when there was talk about reconciliation, I Sounded Off saying that it would never happen because of the "stiff necks" of the SSPX and their overweaning pride. Looks as though I was correct. The Pope ought to simply write those schismatics off and let them go their own way. It's not as though the Church hasn't bent over backwards trying to offer a way for reconcilation. I have no charity towards that bunch.

  • Posted by: AgnesDay - Oct. 01, 2012 12:17 PM ET USA

    When one looks at the tragic histories of schisms in the Church, it is a rare thing indeed to see a whole body reunite with the Church. What happens is usually the lingering death of the body, and a steady stream of individual conversions. Look at the status of mainstream Protestant bodies to see what I mean.

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