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Francis, don’t do this deal with the SSPX

Giving SSPX clergy full regularised status in the Church via selective acceptance of Vatican II would be a “very, very bad idea”, wrote George Weigel at First Things. He cited Archbishop Guido Pozzo, a senior Vatican official involved in discussions with the Lefebvrists, that “the teachings of Vatican II do not all have the same doctrinal weight”, so “the Lefebvrists would be given a pass on the Council’s affirmation of religious freedom, ecumenism, and interreligious dialogue”.

But Weigel argued: “To restore SSPX clergy to full communion with Rome while letting them cross their fingers behind their backs on religious freedom (and ecumenism) when they make the profession of faith and take the oath of fidelity would, by a bizarre ultra-traditionalist route, enshrine a ‘right to dissent’ within the Church.”

And such “faithful dissent”, he said, “would reinforce the notion that doctrine is not about truth, but about power”.

Beautiful churches are making a comeback

One legacy of Vatican II’s aftermath is utilitarian church architecture, wrote Fr Dwight Longenecker at cruxnow.com “With an idealistic iconoclasm, older church buildings were gutted,” Fr Longenecker recalled. “Much-loved statues were relegated to the basement. Tile or wooden floors were smothered in carpeting, while Gothic furniture and fittings were stripped out, sold or even thrown on the bonfire.” But the “flat, modern church buildings have not aged well”, he wrote.

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