Saturday, March 18, 2006

SSPX and the Vatican

Mar. 17 ( - A bishop of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) has said that he and Vatican officials "belong to two different religions."

In a monthly email message to supporters, Bishop Richard Williamson disclosed that he made that observation to Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos (bio - news), the prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, during a meeting in Rome in August 2000. When Cardinal Castillon Hoyos replied that he and the SSPX leader shared a common faith in the Eucharist and the doctrines of the Catholic Church, Bishop Williamson recalled, he answered that "we do and we don't; mainly we don't."

It is possible, of course, that Bishop Williamson thinks that the Pope is the Pope while thinking him a heretic. It is also possible, and somewhat likely I daresay, that he doesn't.

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