For months now, we here at Hot Dogma have striven to be your number one source for news about the collapse of dialogue between the Vatican and the Society of St. Pius X, the collection of Latin-loving, Jew-hating odd ducks who broke away from the Church after the Second Vatican Council.
As we’ve been saying, reconciliation between the Vatican and the SSPX appears less likely than Eric Cantor introducing a measure in the House of Representatives to nationalize the oil industry, and today there’s further confirmation of that, in the form of a letter that the Vatican’s top traditionalist-talking official sent to members of the SSPX last month, which has just now leaked out.
In his letter, Archbishop J. Augustine DiNoia lays out the essential problem: that the “dialogue” between the Vatican and the SSPX has consisted mostly of the two sides repeating their diametrically opposed positions to each other. Quoth the archbishop:
[A] review of the history of our relations since the 1970s leads to the sobering realization that the terms of our disagreement concerning Vatican Council II have remained, in effect, unchanged. With magisterial authority, the Holy See has consistently maintained that the documents of the Council must be interpreted in the light of Tradition and the Magisterium and not vice versa, while the Fraternity has insisted that certain teachings of the Council are erroneous and are thus not susceptible to an interpretation in line with the Tradition and the Magisterium. Over the years, this stalemate has remained more or less in place. The three years of doctrinal dialogues just concluded, though permitting a fruitful airing of views on specific issues, did not fundamentally alter this situation.
DiNoia essentially calls for the talks to start over from square one, focusing on “spiritual” issues rather than Vatican II, which the SSPX will never accept and the Vatican will never abandon. So what’s the point of resuming dialogue on issues that both sides presumably already agree on?
No public response from the SSPX yet, but presumably they already know who to blame.