Traditionalists Break With VaticanAgain

Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior general of the Society of St. Pius X, said on Feb. 21 that reconciliation talks with the Vatican would soon end with little change in the views of either side. The talks were launched in late 2009 in an effort by Pope Benedict XVI to repair a 21-year break with the society. The pope said that full communion for the group’s members would depend on “true recognition of the magisterium and the authority of the pope and of the Second Vatican Council.” But Bishop Fellay said his society went into the talks with a different purpose: to show the contradictions between the church’s traditional teachings and its practices since the Second Vatican Council. That is “the only goal that we are pursuing,” he said, and the dialogue with the Vatican is not a search for compromise but “a question of faith.”

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