Jewish relations part of Vatican talks


ROME (JTA) — Relations with the Jewish world appears to be one topic at the heart of talks between the Vatican and a breakaway traditionalist Catholic group.

Representations of the Vatican and the Society of St. Pius X began a series of talks Monday aimed at reconciliation.

A Vatican statement said among a number of "main doctrinal differences" between the Society and the Vatican to be discussed in a series of upcoming meetings were "the relationship between Christianity and non-Christian religions, and religious freedom."

In January, Pope Benedict sparked outrage when he lifted the excommunication order against four of the society’s bishops, including a Holocaust denier, Richard Williamson, as part of an attempt to return them to the mainstream Catholic fold.

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