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CDF prefect to meet with SSPX leader

September 03, 2014

Cardinal Gerhard Müller, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), will meet with the leader of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) later this month.

Cardinal Müller will meet with Bishop Bernard Fellay at the Vatican on September 21, according to several Italian news reports. Cardinal Müller will be meeting with the SSPX leader for the first time since his appointment at CDF prefect in July 2012.

Talks between the CDF and the SSPX, aimed to bring reconciliation for the breakaway traditionalist group, broke down in 2012. Last December then-Archbishop Müller said that the bishops of the SSPX remain suspended from the sacramental life of the Church because “by their schism they have broken away from communion with the Church.”


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  • Posted by: terryecita - Sep. 05, 2014 6:19 PM ET USA

    If the Holy Spirit can convert me, He can reconcile the SSPX. Assiduous prayer and penance is called for.

  • Posted by: Nuage - Sep. 04, 2014 7:58 PM ET USA

    We need to pray, hard, that SSPX Bishop Fellay will finally do as the Holy Father has asked, sign the profession of faith included in the doctrinal preamble, and reconcile with Rome. The longer this schism continues, the more the SSPX will slip into heresy, and also continue to faction off into various extremist groups, as they have already begun to do.

  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Sep. 03, 2014 7:34 PM ET USA

    It's time to stop pretending that these people will ever be reunited with Rome. This will be an exercise in futility. The vain hope for reunion is keeping the Vatican from moving forward with any minor change in the '62 form, some of which like reform of the calendar and recognizing the permanent diaconate are way overdue.

  • Posted by: Tex - Sep. 03, 2014 6:44 PM ET USA

    Let's pray for reconciliation.