Zollitsch underlined in a presentation to the Cardinal Höffner-circle of the Union Group in the German Parliament that there is no going back on the Vatican's view on the relationship between church and state. "The idea of a Catholic state for us is outdated," said the archbishop, with a view to the attitude of the SSPX. The conciliar documents on the Church in the Modern World, on religious freedom and relations with non-Christian religions as well as on the Church were "unrelinquishable elements of Catholic tradition." The traditionalists have placed themselves outside this Catholic tradition and revoked unity with the Pope.
Zollitsch recalled that he had during his interview with Pope Benedict XVI. two weeks ago in Rome could convey this attitude of the German Bishops' in a good atmosphere. On Tuesday, the SSPX attacked the Episcopal Conference frontally and said they were "particularly disgusted" by their actions. The behaviour of the bishops against the SSPX was the expression of a relentless hostility, said the Superior General (Bishop!) Bernard Fellay in a statement published on the internet.