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Product Code: B1754ISBN: 9780852447659Publisher: GracewingFormat PaperbackPages 96
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A Dialogue with Catholic Traditionalism. The lifting of the excommunication of four bishops of the Society of St Pius X by Pope Benedict XVI on January 2009 attracted widespread media attention at the time, and the continuing conversations between the Holy See and the Society remain a controversial issue among many Catholics. It is easy to dismiss the position of the Society of St Pius X as being merely a question of Latin, birettas and a cultural attachment to a particular form of liturgical expression. But the arguments of the Society are essentially doctrinal in nature, as Pope Benedict XVI has himself acknowledged - drawing its inspiration from Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre's famous "Open Letter to Confused Catholics", shadows these discussions, exploring the key issues of this dialogue in a series of letters and responses. The journalist Moyra Doorly, writing as 'a confused Catholic', presents the position of the Society of St Pius X, while the Dominica theologian Aidan Nichols responds on behalf of the post-Conciliar Church, working to demonstrate that the Society can indeed be reconciled. The Society of St Pius X maintains that the Second Vatican Council has brought about a radical reorientation in the Church, of which the liturgical reform is one result, and that in its documents a new, Liberal and Modernist inspired theology can be found which is contrary to the Traditional teachings of the Church. Traditional teaching, although not in its entirety, is certainly also present in the Council documents, but has the presence of a new theology severely diminished the ability of the Conciliar Church to fulfill her divinely appointed mission?
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