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Pope's outreach to traditionalists: often criticized, often effective

June 02, 2010

Pope Benedict has made ecumenical work a top priority, advancing talks with the Orthodox churches and extending an invitation to Anglicans. But his efforts to reconcile with traditionalist Catholics have drawn the most criticism, notes Sandro Magister of L'Espresso. While liberal theologians charge that talks with the Society of St. Pius X are endangering the fruits of Vatican II, they rarely notice that the Pope's outreach has already drawn a number of smaller traditionalist groups back into full regular status.


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  • Posted by: New Sister - Jun. 03, 2010 7:53 PM ET USA

    Benedict XVI is the Pope of Christian Unity - let us pray for him!

  • Posted by: Steve214 - Jun. 02, 2010 6:36 PM ET USA

    Still, if "all" they had done was to violate every rubric of the Novus Ordo mass, support women's ordination, never speak out against artificial birth control or even abortion, and endorse homosexual ordination...well, there wouldn't have been any problem.