My friend John Thavis in Rome has a CNS story entitled: Lefebvrite bishop says no progress on reconciliation with Vatican. Click here for the whole thing. My emphasis.
"I think probably the pope would like things to go quicker, and he’s probably facing a lot of opposition from the cardinals, from within," Bishop Fellay said Aug. 24.
In the interview, Bishop Fellay said the group had sought as a "sign of good will" the restoration of the Tridentine rite, the liturgy that was replaced after Vatican II. He said the Vatican should simply declare that the Tridentine rite can be used freely because it was never really abrogated.
"This would bring lots of graces, so it would be a help. We certainly say it would be a step, but it is not the whole thing," he said.
Bishop Fellay made clear that the society’s differences with the Vatican were broad. In the society’s view, he said, the church has experienced a "great, great decline" over the last 40 years — in liturgy, discipline, faith formation and education.
"We have pointed out to the authorities that a big part of the problem may come from the novelties introduced with the council," he said.
The question is not so much what the church should do about the Lefebvrite society, he said, but how the church should solve these more basic internal problems.
"We are absolutely persuaded that when church authorities take these problems in hand, then we will no longer be a problem," he said.
Okay… well… it is hard to disagree with any of that, is it?