June 25, 2012

The breakaway traditionalist Society of St. Pius X said unresolved “doctrinal difficulties” with the teachings of the Second Vatican Council and the Catholic Church’s subsequent liturgical reform could lead to a “new phase of discussions” over possible reconciliation with Rome.

The society released its statement June 14, a day after the Vatican presented its superior general, Bishop Bernard Fellay, with an evaluation of the society’s position on a series of doctrinal questions and a draft document proposing that the society become a personal prelature.

Fellay and an assistant, met with Cardinal William Levada, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and others.

The SSPX statement said Fellay offered the cardinal an explanation of the “doctrinal difficulties” that Vatican II and the subsequent reform of the Mass present for the traditionalists.

A few hours before the society released its statement, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, told reporters “the ball is in the society’s court” to accept the Vatican’s response and clarifications.