The second theological meeting between Rome’s theologians and those of the SSPX was held on January 18 at the Vatican in the offices of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The two parties, one of the participants told I. Media News, “have begun studying in depth the themes on the agenda for the doctrinal discussions.”
No press release was issued on the occasion of the latest working session, as there had been for the preceding session, which was held on October 26, 2009. The next meeting will take place during the second half of the month of March, I. Media was also told.
During the sermon he gave during the priestly ordinations at the seminary of La Reja in Argentina last December 19, Bishop Alfonso de Galarreta, who heads the Society of St. Pius X’s delegation, listed the subjects to be discussed in the forthcoming meetings:
all the themes we have been critiquing for 40 years, especially religious liberty, the modern liberties, freedom of conscience, the dignity of the human person—as they say—the rights of man, personalism, ecumenism, interreligious dialogue, inculturation, collegiality—the egalitarianism, democratism, and destruction of authority that have been introduced into the Church; as well as all the notions of ecclesiology which have totally changed what the Church is: the question of the 'self-consciousness' of the Church, the Church as communion, the Church as sacrament, the Church as the People of God; and all these new ideas about the relation between the Church and the world. Then there is the question of the Mass, the New Mass, the new missal, the liturgical reform…, and still other themes." (See DICI no. 208).
While receiving in audience the members of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith last January 15, Benedict XVI justified the gesture made towards the Society of St. Pius X, and expressed his desire to see “the remaining doctrinal problems overcome” thanks to the work of the Congregation.
(DICI no. 209, 2-6-2010—sources: I.Media/Apic/private sources)