VATICAN CITY (AP) - The
Vatican has formally proposed a way to reconcile with a breakaway group
of ultra-traditionalist Catholics in a final bid to end a
quarter-century of schism, offering it a special legal status in the
church currently enjoyed only by the conservative Opus Dei movement.
The Vatican said Thursday
it had proposed making the Society of St. Pius X a "personal prelature"
-- akin to a diocese without borders -- during a meeting Wednesday with
the society's superior.
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