By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service (USCCB)
June 7, 2012
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VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The leader of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X said talks with the Vatican demonstrate that “Rome no longer makes total acceptance” of the teachings of the Second Vatican Council a condition for his group’s full reconciliation with the church.
Accepting the council’s teaching is no longer “a prerequisite for the canonical solution” of the status of the society, said Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior general of the SSPX.
“So the attitude of the official church is what changed; we did not,” he said. “We were not the ones who asked for an agreement; the pope is the one who wants to recognize us.”
“Some claim that in order to work ‘safely’ in the church, she must first be cleansed of all error. This is what they say when they declare that Rome must convert before any agreement, or that its errors must first be suppressed so that we can work,” he said.
But the reality of the church’s history shows that “often, and almost always, we see that there are widespread errors” and that God calls holy men and women to work within the church to correct the errors, Bishop Fellay said.
“We are being asked to come and work just as all the reforming saints of all times did,” he said.