When Catholics hear about Masses celebrated in Latin, they usually assume this refers to what is now called the "extraordinary form" of the Roman rite: the ancient liturgy, completely in Latin, which was used with little variation for many centuries prior to the reforms of Vatican Council II.
VATICAN CITY -- The head of the Society of St. Pius X said he would inform the Vatican soon on the society's official position on Vatican efforts to bring the group back into full communion with the Church.
The response will insist that the society must preserve its identity, which is "the only efficacious means to help the Church restore Christendom," said Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior general of the society.
Ed Marty was born in the shadows of St. Mary of Victories Church.
He doesn't have many photos from his childhood anymore, but the 87-year-old seems to light up when he shows a black-and-white image of a residence, once attached to the side of the church, where he was born in 1925 and raised along with his eight brothers and sisters.
"The bed was against the wall that connected to the church," Marty said of the place where his mother gave birth to him. It was just a few yards from the tabernacle that held the Blessed Sacrament.
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Reconciliation talks between the Vatican and the Society of St. Pius X have not reached their conclusion but will continue, the Vatican said May 16, after members of its doctrinal congregation examined the latest communication from the head of the breakaway traditionalist group.
"Some observations were formulated which will be kept in mind in further discussions," said Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, following a meeting of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
MENZINGEN, Switzerland -- The leader of a breakaway group of traditionalist Catholics spoke in unusually hopeful terms about a possible reconciliation with Rome, but acknowledged significant internal resistance to such a move, which he said might lead to the group splitting apart.
Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior general of the Society of St. Pius X, spoke to Catholic News Service May 11 at the society's headquarters in Switzerland about the latest events in more than two years of efforts at reconciliation with the Vatican.