SSPX Bishop Bernard Fellay
The Society of St Pius X (SSPX) will respond to the Vatican's conditions for reconciliation "in a reasonable time," its leaders said following a meeting last Friday. They did not announce a decision or say when they would do so, said a Religion News Service report on the Washington Post.
Bishop Bernard Fellay, the SSPX's superior general, received the "doctrinal preamble" at a meeting in Rome last month. The document's contents remain confidential, but the Vatican has indicated it includes a mandate to accept at least some of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) and the pope's teaching authority in the decades since.
In a bid to restore relations, Pope Benedict XVI lifted restrictions on the so-called Traditional Latin Mass in 2007, and readmitted four excommunicated SSPX bishops in 2009. Jewish groups were outraged after one of the readmitted bishops, Richard Williamson, turned out to be a vocal denier of the Holocaust.
Despite these concessions, Fellay's top aide said last month that reaching an agreement would be "very, very difficult."
Schismatics discuss Vatican demands, but future unclear (The Washington Post)
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