Edit: Isn't the presence of the Vienna Cardinal at these deliberations stretching credulity a little much?
Society of St. Pius X is having its answer to the Vatican for reconciliation looked over.
Rome (kath.net/KAP)The Vatican Congregation for Doctrine and the Faith is beginning its plenary meeting in the Vatican. The plenum will be led by the Prefect of the Congregation, Cardinal William Levada. The meeting of the Congregation for Doctrine and the Faith will take place with Cardinals Kurt Koch and Kasper as Ecumenical experts as well as Vienna's Christoph Schönborn among the three German speaking Cardinals. Even the 64 year old Regensburg Bishop Gerhard Müller is a member and is listed as one of the three favorites to succeed Cardinnal Levada after his foreseen retirement in April.
One of the themes of the plenary meeting is the addressing of the Society's answer to the Doctrinal Preamble. The CDF is standing on a historical decision. In schism from Rome since 1988 [sic] the Society has made its answer to the Levada Congregation, accompanying it with qualifications for reconciliation.
Between October 2009 and April 2011 three experts of the Vatican Commission "Ecclesia Dei" had and the Society of St. Pius X sounded out differences in existing teaching and arranged for the possibility of unification in eight meetings. In the middle were the different positions on the Second Vatican Council and its statements on Ecumenism, Religious Freedom and Interrelgious Dialogue.
At the conclusion Cardinal Levada reached out in last September to the Superior of the Society, Bernard Fellay, with a "Doctrinal Preamble". It contained a communique "some principles and criteria for interpretation of Catholic doctrine, which are necessary, in order to guarantee the true teaching office of the Church."
Till then the Preamble has been neither published, nor has the content of the Society's letter. Clearly the society desires textual alterations, it has been maintained in well-informed circles. New negotiations over the content of the clarification had been categorically ruled out by the Vatican. [?]
New negotiations or final break?
The really decisive question, whether the requested alterations by the Society are as changes in the subject or will merely be restatements. In the first case the Roman answer would probably mean a final break. Should in any case the majority in the CDF be prepared, to allow additional readjudication, then this would mean a new round of negotiations.
The middle way would be to freeze the current situation. The CDF would determine any lingering points of dissent and next declare any present further integration of the Society in the Church impossible. With that, both sides could save face.
Link to kath.net...