sep 182009

John Allen skriver i dag om samtalene som skal begynne i slutten av oktober mellom SSPX og Vatikanet, men tanke på å finne en plass for disse tradisjonalistene innenfor Kirken struktur. … … reporters in Rome pressed Jesuit Fr. Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesperson, for details. On Tuesday, Lombardi confirmed that talks will indeed take place toward the second half of October. He also identified three experts who will be participating for the Vatican:

* Swiss Dominican Fr. Charles Morerod, secretary of the International Theological Commission and rector magnificus of the Dominican-run Angelicum University in Rome;
* German Jesuit Fr. Karl Josef Becker, an emeritus professor at the Gregorian University in Rome and a longtime advisor to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith;
* Spanish Msgr. Fernando Ocáriz, the vicar general of Opus Dei and an advisor to the Vatican’s doctrinal congregation since 1986. (For the record, Ocáriz was actually born in Paris but to Spanish parents, so let’s not quibble about nationality.)

… These three figures appear to be carefully chosen. Becker and Ocáriz were both major contributors to Dominus Iesus, the 2000 document from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, led by then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, on religious pluralism. That text strongly upheld the uniqueness and the universality of the salvation won through Christ, thereby addressing one of the Lefebvrites’ major doctrinal objections to Vatican II. Morerod is a veteran of Anglican-Catholic and Orthodox-Catholic dialogues, and a figure known for bringing a thoroughly orthodox approach to ecumenical efforts.

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