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Lefebvrists break off Vatican talks

Talks aimed at bringing the followers of Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre back into full communion with the Catholic Church have broken down.

Discussions began in March at the behest of Pope John Paul II, who wished to bring an end to the only schism of his pontificate. The Pope excommunicated Archbishop Lefebvre in 1988 after the archbishop illegally ordained four traditionalist bishops.

Days after the schism, John Paul II created a commission to reconcile members of the Lefebvrist movement to the mainstream Catholic Church. In the apostolic letter Ecclesia Dei, which gave its name to the new commission, the Pope promised that reconciled dissidents could practice their faith "while preserving their spiritual and liturgical traditions".

Catholic Herald