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Vatican olive branch to Lefebvrist rebels 'not working'

A Roman Curia official has said he sees no quick resolution to the continuing impasse between the Holy See and the Lefebvrist St. Pius X Fraternity, despite ongoing Vatican attempts at dialogue with the group.

Cardinal Jorge Medina EstÚvez, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments, today confirmed that Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, maintains theological correspondence with the Lefebvrists.

"Despite the recent exchange of letters between the St. Pius X Fraternity and Cardinal Ratzinger, the community of followers of Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre still shows a certain reluctance, and the situation is not ripe to arrive at a solution in the short term," the cardinal said.

During a press conference to present the new Roman Missal, the prefect for Divine Worship said the Holy See's relations with other traditionalist groups are good.

Among the traditionalist groups that are in full communion, the cardinal mentioned the Fraternity of St. Peter, several monasteries in France, and the Institute of Christ the King at Gricigliano, near Florence, Italy.

Cardinal Medina explained that these groups have permission to preserve the Tridentine liturgy in their communities.


26 Mar 2002