Bishop Bernard Fellay, the superior of the Society of St. Pius X (SPPX), has acknowledged that the traditionalist group has made no major progress toward reconciliation with the Holy See, despite intensive talks last year. In an April 15 message to SSPX members, Bishop Fellay said that the group’s relations with the Vatican today are essentially unchanged. He said that negotiations with the Holy See in 2012 put the traditionalist group in a “delicate position,” referring to serious divisions among members about the wisdom of proceeding with the talks. Bishop Fellay charged that “lack of clarity” on the part of Vatican officials complicated the situation. However, the SSPX leader said that the confusion ended when it became clear that reconciliation would require the SSPX to recognize the validity of Vatican II teachings and liturgical reforms. The group “could not and we never can” accept that condition, he said.