After some introductory remarks about the present situation already pretty well know to readers here, we find with my emphases and comments:
In the interview on the SSPX website, Bishop Fellay said: “We are still not in agreement doctrinally, and yet the Pope wants to recognise us. Why? The answer is right in front of us: [as plain as the noses on our faces] there are terribly important problems in the Church today.”
The reconciliation talks, he said, are a sign that the Catholic Church has begun to recognise it needs to recover traditions and traditional teaching eclipsed by the Second Vatican Council. [“eclipses” is a good image… “overshadowed”… “obscured” … and not just by the Council, but especially by a false interpretation of many aspects of the Council’s documents.] If the SSPX were to reconcile fully with the Church, Bishop Fellay said, its members would continue to denounce “doctrinal difficulties” in the Church, [NB:] but would do so while also providing “tangible signs of the vitality of tradition” in its growing membership and vocation rate. [Within!]
[I like this…] Speaking to members of the SSPX who are wary of reconciliation, Bishop Fellay said “one of the great dangers is to end up inventing an idea of the Church that appears ideal, but is in fact not found in the real history of the Church”.
“Some claim that in order to work ‘safely’ in the Church, she must first be cleansed of all error. This is what they say when they declare that Rome must convert before any agreement, or that its errors must first be suppressed so that we can work,” he said.
But the reality of the Church’s history shows that “often, and almost always, we see that there are widespread errors” and that God calls holy men and women to work within the Church to correct the errors, Bishop Fellay said. [Within.]
“We are being asked to come and work just as all the reforming saints of all times did,” he said. [I don’t think it would be fair to call that bombastic. It is bold, but we don’t need mediocre visions today.]
Bishop Fellay said he did not have a timetable for the conclusion of the talks. “There are even some who say that the Pope will deal with this matter at [the papal summer villa in] Castel Gandolfo in July.” [Or a bit later, even. Surely the Holy Father has a few things to reflect on and write these days, which will absorb a good deal of time. Still, I have to believe that this agenda item is high on the list.]
Benedict XVI is the Pope of Christian Unity.