Wednesday, 11 November 2009

The Vatican-SSPX talks are being filmed

How’s your Italian? There’s a very good blog called, which I like to visit to supplement my Italian studies. It has many fascinating articles. Today they have some interesting information about the talks between the Vatican and the SSPX. Here are some extracts:

The composition of the Lefebvrian delegation could change in future, to allow for participation by those with different areas of expertise.

The discussions are not in Latin. They appear to be in French and Italian; all those participating understand these languages, but since none is completely at home in one or other of the languages, they are provided with simultaneous translation.

The SSPX delegation is staying at the Domus Sanctae Marthae, where the cardinals have lodged for papal conclaves.

Since all the altars at the Domus are already booked for Masses, the SSPX’s Masses are celebrated in St Peter’s Basilica.

Lastly, and I think most interestingly, the proceedings are being filmed, so that the Holy Father can watch them.


Evan said...

I am very disappointed to hear that negotiations are in any language but Latin.

I would have thought that SSPX would have insisted.

Why not?

Dorothy said...

The article in Messainlatino does not mention the reason for not holding the talks in Latin. It does no more than state that this is so.

A slight correction: the original article does not say which of the two languages, Italian or French, is being used, or whether both are used; but that those attending, while understanding both, are provided with simultaneous translation.