Vatican talks with SSPX splinter group proving difficult – cardinal

May 6, 2010

Cardinal Walter Kasper on April 12, 2005/Max Rossi

Vatican talks with a controversial splinter group have been difficult and the ultra-traditionalist Catholics will have to make concessions if an accord is to be reached, a senior Vatican cardinal has said.

The Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX), whose four bishops were readmitted to the Church last year after a ban of 21 years, cannot conduct the doctrinal discussions on their terms, but only on those of the Vatican, Cardinal Walter Kasper told a news conference during a visit to Paris.

“Dialogue with them is not easy,” said Kasper, who heads the Vatican department for relations with other Christian churches and with Jews. “The main problem with them is not the Mass in Latin, but the concept of tradition. Do we want a living tradition or a petrified one?”

“I’m for a dialogue, but on our conditions, not on the traditionalists’ conditions,” he added. The SSPX had to accept the Council reforms, the “sine qua non” of any accord.

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Well, since you put it that way and gave us a choice, I prefer the p;etrified version over the living traditional one anyday after I have seen what the living tradition has become.[[

I don’t think I really understand what a living tradition is. Isn’t that sort of a contradiction in terms?

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The use of the word petrified by Cardinal Kasper is unfair. Vatican II was pastoral not dogamatic. If Cardinal Kasper wants Catholics to accept new traditions, then maybe another dogamatic council should be held!

Influential Cardinals calling SSPX ‘the traditionalists’ is decisive. Are we not the One, Holy, Catholic, & Apostolic? The ancient Christian Church, who use to possess a universal liturgy 1,500 years old that contains living organic developments?

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