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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Cardinal hopes for unity with the SSPX

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Kardinal Brandmüller erhofft Einigung mit Piusbrüdern – kipa/apic

The German Cardinal Walter Brandmüller hopes for a successful completion of the Vatican's efforts towards unification with the breakaway traditionalist SSPX. At the same time the Cardinal in Rome on Monday expressed his lack of understanding of the fact that the SSPX do not yet accept conciliar documents on interreligious dialogue and religious freedom.

Cardinal Walter Brandmüller celebrated on 15 May 2011 at St. Peter's Basilica a Mass in the old rite.

The specific statements of the Council possessed no "dogmatically binding elements," said the Cardinal. Therefore, they should be for the SSPX "the easiest texts to accept".

This concerns clarifications to the documents "Nostra Aetate" and "Dignitatis Humanae". These must be "taken seriously" as an expression of the living Magisterium, "without wanting to bind the whole Church, into accepting this formula," said the cardinal. One can therefore talk about these documents. The Cardinal was talking at the launch of a book on Benedict XVI and the Second Vatican Council. The Cardinal is one of the authors of the work.

The starting point of a "fruitful dialogue" with the SSPX would be the historical relativity of each council, stressed Brandmüller. Further, the different character are the canonical documents of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) has to be taken into account. It is true that there is a big difference between the Council document on the Church, which was written in the canonical form of a "constitution" and the mere "statement" about the mass media.

Brandmüller relied on the Munich canonist Klaus Mörsdorf(1909-1989) for his assessment of the Munich
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