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Prefect of Clergy, Roman Curia
Cardinal Deacon of SS. Nome di Maria al Foro Traiano
Jul 04, 1929
Feb 21, 1998
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Jan 27, 2006
Declaration of Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos on television (TV Channel 5 in Italy) on November 13, 2005.

Commentator: The old Mass in Latin is attractive, but it is also a source of quarrels. Today, in order to celebrate it publicly, the permission of the local bishop is required, but for months rumor has been having it that Benedict XVI could decide to liberalize it. This persistent rumor, however, finds no echo in the declarations of Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos, Head of the Congregation for the clergy, and major artisan of the dialogue with the Traditionalist groups, and first of all with the SSPX which gathers the faithful of Archbishop Lefebvre.

Cardinal Castrillon: This is the habitual rule. It is the local bishop who is responsible. It is up to the bishop to judge whether or not this is good for his diocese at a given time and for pastoral reasons which he knows and for which he will have to answer to the pope, but even more to Jesus, to God.

Commentator: So, it is a matter of re-affirming episcopal authority, but at the same time an appeal to their conscience in order to avoid useless rigidity and contribute to the long process of a rapprochement with the disciples of Archbishop Lefebvre, as already undertaken under the pontificate of John-Paul II who, in 1988, excommunicated the French Archbishop for performing illicitly 4 episcopal consecrations. This dialogue seems to have taken a new start with the meeting in Castel Gandolfo between Benedict XVI and the Superior of the SSPX Bishop Fellay, last summer.

Cardinal Castrillon: We are not confronted to a heresy. It cannot be said in correct, exact, and precise terms that there is a schism. There is a schismatic attitude in the fact of consecrating bishops without pontifical mandate. They are within the Church. There is only the fact that a full, more perfect communion is lacking – as was stated during the meeting with Bishop Fellay – a fuller communion, because communion does exist.
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