New conciliatory plan for SSPX 25 January 2013
Archbishop J. Augustine DiNoia OP, the Vatican official charged with overseeing talks with the breakaway Society of St Pius X (SSPX), has offered a new, conciliatory plan to help resolve four decades of deep theological disagreements with the so-called "Lefebvrists" and bring them back into full communion with Rome.
He spelled out the new strategy in a recently published eight-page letter sent to SSPX leaders and priests just before Christmas. His suggestion is to broaden the "spiritual and theological" context of the bi-lateral talks in an effort to break the "stalemate" over the two sides' "seemingly intractable disagreements about the authority and interpretation of Vatican Council II".
Archbishop DiNoia, an American Dominican who was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI only last summer as vice-president of the "Ecclesia Dei" Commission that deals with the SSPX, said "difficult theological problems" could only be resolved through the "analogy of faith", which sees all the elements and doctrines of Catholic belief as inter-connected and supporting one another.
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