SSPX return will take time: Meisner19 June 2012
The Cardinal-archbishop of Cologne, Joachim Meisner, said that he could imagine a good working relationship developing between the Church and the Society of St Pius X (SSPX), although there was "still a long way to go".
Last week the Vatican offered the Society, which has rejected the reforms of the Second Vatican Council, the opportunity to exist as a personal prelature once it had sufficiently accepted church teaching.
Cardinal Meisner said the talks were not complete. Likening the situation to the reunification of East and West Germany in 1989 he said: "Trust and intimacy grow slowly - and the wounds of a long debate will take time to heal."
But he added: "If we succeed in everything, I can conceive of a good working relationship - as with Religious."
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