SSPX head: Rome no longer requires group to accept all Vatican II teachings


The leader of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X said talks with the Vatican demonstrate that “Rome no longer makes total acceptance” of the teachings of the Second Vatican Council a condition for his group’s full reconciliation with the church.

Accepting the council’s teaching is no longer “a prerequisite for the canonical solution” of the status of the society, said Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior general of the SSPX.

In an interview published June 7 on the society’s news site,, Bishop Fellay said it was the Vatican that approached the society, and not the society that went to the Vatican, asking to begin the talks.

“So the attitude of the official church is what changed; we did not,” he said. “We were not the ones who asked for an agreement; the pope is the one who wants to recognize us.”

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