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Vatican plans no more talks with SSPX Catholic rebels: CDF head Müller

October 5, 2012

(Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller at a religious conference at the Vatican March 11, 2010. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

The Vatican plans no more talks with rebel Catholic traditionalists who insist the Church must revoke modernizing reforms launched five decades ago, Pope Benedict’s main doctrinal official has told a German interviewer.

Archbishop Gerhard Müller, who took up his post as head of the powerful Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) in July, said in an interview to be broadcast on Saturday that the Church could not negotiate away the fundamentals of its faith.

His comments to North German Radio (NDR) were the first from the Vatican on deadlocked talks meant to reintegrate the Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX) into the Church after a 21-year schism over its implacable opposition to 1960s reforms.

In recent weeks, SSPX leaders have indicated a two-year series of talks with the Vatican had hit an impasse because Rome’s insistence that they accept reforms of the 1962-1965 Second Vatican Council was a deal breaker for them.

“We cannot give away the Catholic faith in negotiations,” Müller said according to a pre-broadcast report by NDR.

“There will be no compromises here,” he said. “I think there now will be no new discussions.”

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