Sunday, January 25, 2009

Further commments from Papal spokesman

Cathcon translation Papst-Sprecher zu Lefebvre: “Eine schöne Nachricht” A very good piece of news.

"Looking back on the divisions within the church over the centuries shows that there splits of the Church have led to a consolidation of these divisions. The Pope has already spoken about this. He is convinced that we all need to do everything for those who want unity to make it possible. "

"Cardinal Ratzinger in 1988 negotiated extensively himself with Archbishop Lefebvre and tried even then to do everything for the unity of the church. He did not succeed however at that time, and Lefebvre’s Episcopal ordinations, which he carried out without papal approval, caused a serious fracture. However, in recent years, several communities which were connected with the Lefebvre movement, returned to full ecclesial communion."

"The Motu Proprio of Pope on the Mass, the Congregation of the Faith document on the subject of church and several opinions on the correct understanding of the Council in accordance with the tradition - all of this, of course, has created a favourable climate. The bishops of the Priestly Society of St Pius X have requested withdrawal of the excommunication and explicitly said they want to belong to the Catholic Church."

"It is very good that the withdrawal of the excommunication of coincides with the 50th Anniversary of the announcement of the Council by the Vatican. This fundamental event can now no longer be seen as a reason for tensions, but for fundamental unity."

"The text of the decree makes clear that the road to full unity is not yet complete. For example, the status of the Society and the priests who belong to it is not defined by the decree. But the whole Church is praying with the Pope that there will be a complete unity, without any doubt attached."

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