"Fundamentalists: No discussions with Rome before mid-October"
According to authorized sources both in Rome and Ecône (Switzerland) the discussions between Rome and the Society of Saint Pius X will begin "not before mid-October," rather than in "a few days" as Cardinal Christopher Schönborn, Archbishop of Vienna, suggested this past weekend.
The assembly of two delegations to the dialogue commission – called for by Benedict XVI to end the rupture caused by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre in 1988 - has not yet been completed.
In any event, the theological discussions which relate to a fundamental disagreement concerning the interpretation of the Second Vatican Council, will be held in a confidential setting.
They are a crucial step in the reconciliation sought by the Pope who, this past January, lifted the excommunications which affected the bishops consecrated by Archbishop Lefebvre, including Bishop Williamson who was marginalized by the Society of Saint Pius X after his revisionist statements.
Jean-Marie Guénois - Le Figaro