Vatican, Breakaway Traditionalists Near Accord With ‘Encouraging’ Reply to Vatican Demands
The founder is a Pinochet supporter and holocaust denialist, ‘tradition’ for this group stretches beyond the church and aligns with Eurofascist factions and their definition of the word. If the current pope hugs this group back in it’s just another sign of the churches politicization and far right drift under Benedict.
The Vatican and a breakaway group of traditionalist Catholics appear to be nearing an agreement that could bring the group back into Rome’s fold and end a quarter-century of schism.
The Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said Wednesday the Society of St. Pius X had delivered an “encouraging” response to the Vatican’s demands that it accept some core church teachings.
The Vatican had rejected as “insufficient” the group’s initial response last month, but Lombardi said the revised position marked “a step forward.” No decision, however, has been made.
The Society was founded by the late ultraconservative Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre in 1969 and split from Rome over his opposition to the reforms of the Second Vatican Council, the 1962-65 meetings that modernized the church, revolutionized its relations with Jews and allowed for the celebration of Mass in languages other than Latin.