A breakaway traditionalist Catholic group has accused Pope Francis of spreading confusion and errors about the faith, joining a chorus of conservative criticism over Francis' perceived loose doctrine and emphasis on mercy over morals.

A statement Wednesday from the schismatic Society of St. Pius X suggested that a new attempt at reconciliation with Rome had stalled, or that the society was divided over next steps.

The late Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre founded the society in 1969, opposed to the Second Vatican Council's modernizing reforms, introduction of Mass in the vernacular and outreach to Jews and other Christians.

The Vatican in 2014 resumed reconciliation talks after doctrinal discussions launched under Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI collapsed. The society said Wednesday its primary aim wasn't legal recognition but restoring Catholic tradition to the church.