Unification talks between the Vatican and the traditionalist SSPX, according to the words of Cardinal Walter Kasper Curia could still begin this summer. "You cannot forever delay," said the President of the Pontifical Council Unit on Friday 24 April, in Trier. The SSPX would have to affirm the decisions of the Second Vatican Council and the Catholic catechism. "There is no way out," said Kasper. He was, however, against ultimatums.
The withdrawal of the excommunication of four bishops of the SSPX led at the end of January to serious Catholic-Jewish resentment. One of the four, the Briton Richard Williamson, denies the Holocaust. Kasper said the community should make steps towards the Vatican. The objective is, as far as possible to bring them back into the church and not to risk a permanent split. The Cardinal accused the SSPX of a "rigid traditional understanding".