Wednesday, March 6, 2013

The time for dialogue may be closing.

Speciale makes the credible case that the dialogue with the SSPX is not only going in circles, but could well be coming to its end. There's every chance the next pope will decide to simply walk away. Not that I think the SSPX will really mind. Fellay's tenure as head of the SSPX  has made sure that the group has the necessary resources to become its own branch of Catholicism. I don't doubt he is sincere in wanting union with Rome. However, the man has demonstrable gift for tending to the growth of this group while simultaneously entertaining the possibility of reintegration into the Roman Church. On Rome's part, I think there were many cardinals who were thoroughly befuddled by Benedict's continued attempts and bringing the SSPX back to the fold.