In the second half of October, the talks will take place between the Holy See and the Fraternity of Saint Pius X founded by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, as confirmed director of the Vatican Press Office, Father Federico Lombardi, answering questions of journalists.
Vatican spokesman has confirmed the names of three experts to the Vatican, which will participate in the talks... the Swiss Dominican Charles Morerod, the German Jesuit Karl Josef Becker and the Vicar General of Opus Dei, the Spanish priest Fernando Ocariz Brana.
Unfortunately, the article goes on to state the ill opinion [not doctrine] of Cardinal Archbishop of Vienna, Christoph Schönborn, who has stated "what is not negotiable" in these talks, which includes the notion of "religious freedom as a fundamental right of humanity." This support for religious liberty is not only nontraditional and heterodox but profoundly against the Church.
Blessed Pope Pius IX: "It is to be held of faith that none can be saved outside the Apostolic Roman Church . . . but nevertheless it is equally certain that those who are ignorant of the true religion, if that ignorance is invincible, will not be held guilty in the matter in the eyes of the Lord" (Solemn Allocution Singulari Quadam, December 9, 1854). "We all know that those who are invincibly ignorant of our religion and who nevertheless lead an honest and upright life, can, under the influence of divine light and divine grace, attain to eternal life; for God who knows and sees the mind, the heart, the thoughts, and the dispositions of every man, cannot in His infinite bounty and clemency permit any one to suffer eternal punishment who is not guilty through his own fault" (QUANTO CONFICIAMUR, August 10, 1863).
This blog has previously described the doctrine of Extra Ecclesiam nulla salus before but it is again worth visiting: Our Lord created one Church and sacrificed His life for it. One priest whom I have heard went so far to stated that our Blessed Lord gave up His life for the Sacraments. To say that Our Lord does not desire us to be part of His Church but instead willingly allows us to pursue a freedom of religion is heretical.
"The Vatican Council declares that the human person has a right to religious freedom..." (Dignitatis Humanae, §2), yet the Church has officially condemned the following: "Liberty of conscience and of worship is the proper right of every man..." (Pius IX, Quanta Cura).
Pray for the success of these talks.Related Posts:
- SSPX Bishops are Not Excommunicated (January 2009)
- Pray for the Canonization of Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre (February 2009)
- Sermon by His Excellency Bishop Williamson during a Confirmation Mass (April 2008)
- Priests Ordained in Zaitzkofen near Regensburg, southern Germany for the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) by Bishop Alfonso de Galarreta (June 2009)
- Bishop de Gallereta Named Chairman of SSPX-Vatican Commission (August 2009)