The Pope opens Vatican II up for further questioning
Yesterday’s big Vatican news was the official confirmation that talks between Rome and the SSPX will begin on Monday, October 26.
Rorate Caeli reports that the Vatican’s high-powered delegation will consist of Mgr Guido Pozzo, head of Ecclesia Dei; Archbishop Luis Ladaria Ferrer SJ, secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith; Fr Charles Morerod OP, secretary of the International Theological Commission; Mgr Fernando Ocáriz, Vicar General of Opus Dei; and Fr Karl Josef Becker SJ, consultant of the CDF.
According to the New Liturgical Movement, the SSPX line-up will include Bishop Alfonso de Galarreta, director of the seminary Corredentora Nuestra Señora de La Reja in Argentina; Fr Benoît de Jorna, director of the International Seminary of Saint Pius X in Ecône; Fr Jean-Michel Gleize, professor of ecclesiology at Ecône; and Fr Patrick de La Rocque, prior of the French priory St Louis Nantes.
In a communiqué, the SSPX said the talks would “require the necessary discretion for a peaceful exchange on doctrinal issues that are difficult”.
The Vatican and the SSPX are expected to issue a formal statement after the October 26 meeting.
Robert Moynihan has written a good overview of what will be on the table when the two sides meet. He says:
With Benedict’s decision, the Second Vatican Council is, in a certain sense, as it were, being called in ‘for further questioning’ – for an new examination and cross-examination, like a witness in a trial, to determine what the Council actually said, and intended.
Fr Ray Blake agrees that the talks are not so much about the SSPX as they are about what really happened at Vatican II.
Ignatius Insight offers a useful primer on Vatican II and the ecclesiology of Joseph Ratzinger.
And in other conciliar news, an American bishop has declared that the “spirit of Vatican II” is a “demon that must be exorcised”.
(Photo: Portraits of Pope Benedict XVI and Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, founder of the Society of St Pius X, flank a crucifix CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)