An end to the cat-and-mouse game: The German Cardinal Lehmann, asks the SSPX to accept the decisions of the Vatican - otherwise the Pope needs to once again put into effect their excommunications.
Cologne - The Mainz Cardinal Karl Lehmann expects the traditionalist SSPX without ifs and buts to affirm the decisions of the Second Vatican Council. The SSPX should cease their cat-and-mouse game with the Pope now, said Lehmann on Sunday on German radio. Only under this condition was a return of the group of priests to the Catholic Church is possible.
Lehmann said that Pope Benedict XVI risked something with the lifting of excommunication against the four SSPX bishops. If he considers that this gesture of reconciliation had only received derisive responses, then the decision had already failed.
Lehmann also attempted to protect the Pope from criticism. Although an unbiased observer cannot but see amiss the decisions of Benedict in the decisions for re-authorization of Tridentine Mass, the related amendment to the Good Friday prayer for the Jews and the statements of Holocaust denier Richard Williamson as "a systematic tendency". He himself does not believe that the Pope supports such a tendency.
“The confrontation with the SSPX gives also an urgent imperative to the Catholic Church to make better known to the faithful than previously, the decrees adopted by the Council”, said Lehmann. "If I am a Christian in today's world, then I must also have to be informed about certain things," he said.
Cathcon- one would have to excommunicate a good proportion of the Bishops of the Catholic world for not implementing one part or another of Vatican II. But given the obsession with the last Council to exclusion of all the others, an even greater proportion would have to be excommunicated who did not give unreserved assent to all.