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Vatican talks with SSPX to begin in October, not this week

September 15, 2009

Discussions between the Vatican and the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) are scheduled to begin in mid-October-- not within "a few days," as an Austrian cardinal had reported-- according to a story in the French daily Le Figaro. Citing informed sources both in Rome and in the SSPX, Le Figaro said that the discussions, which will center on theological disagreements arising from the teachings of Vatican II, will be kept "strictly confidential."

The Figaro report contradicts a statement by Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna, who had said that the talks would begin within a few days. Cardinal Schönborn, who is not directly involved with the discussions, had also said that the Vatican would take a hard line in talks with the traditionalist group.

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