Cardinals resist Pope's rapprochement with Lefebvrists
Pope John Paul II encountered some vigorous debate last week when he brought together the heads of the curial dicasteries to discuss the progress of dialogue that could lead to schismatics from the Society of St Pius X being welcomed back into the Church.
Catholic World News quotes a report in Milan's Il Foglio newspaper which indicates the Holy Father and a group of cardinals spoke about the possibility of rescinding the 1988 excommunication of the Lefebvrist movement. It says two models were proposed, including a personal prelature identical to that of Opus Dei, or an apostolic vicariate which would offer the movement almost total autonomy from diocesan bishops.
Il Foglio claimed the move was opposed by Cardinal Walter Kasper, president of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity, and Cardinal Mario Francesco Pompedda, prefect of the Tribunal of the Apostolic Signature. It said they supported arguments of a number of French bishops who oppose the moves towards rapprochement.
The meeting discussed a recent document written by Bishop Fellay, the Society's superior, which upholds the original critique of the liturgy of Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre which precipitated the schism. The document, titled 'Address to the Holy Father', was written last month and used as the foreword of a the book The Problem of Liturgical Reform: A Theological and Liturgical Study, which was republished last month by the Society in France.
Il Foglio said that the final decision remains with the Holy Father, and it could be announced at any time.