National Catholic Register


SSPX Talks Scheduled

BY Edward Pentin

| Posted 10/15/09 at 2:33 PM


The first meeting of talks between the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei and the Society of St. Pius X will take place in the morning of Monday, Oct. 26, the Vatican announced today.

The talks are taking place to consider the doctrinal issues that separate the traditionalist society from full unity with the Church. The SSPX refuses to accept the authority of some elements of the Second Vatican Council and the post-conciliar magisterium of the popes.

In a statement, Father Federico Lombardi said the Ecclesia Dei commission will be represented by Msgr. Guido Pozzo, secretary of the commission, and Archbishop Luis F. Ladaria Ferrer, S.J., secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

The commission will also include the following experts: Father Charles Morerod, O.P., secretary of the International Theological Commission, Msgr. Fernando Ocáriz, vicar general of Opus Dei and a consultor to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and Father Karl Josef Becker, S.J., also a consulter to the CDF.

Father Lombardi said the doctrinal questions to be discussed during the meeting will “remain strictly confidential.” It is scheduled to take place in the Palace of the Holy Office, the CDF’s premises at the Vatican.

A communiqué will be released once the meeting has concluded.