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Vatican subordinates thwart Pope's wishes, SSPX leader charges

Catholic World News - July 04, 2011

The wishes of Pope Benedict XVI are being thwarted by some of his own subordinates, charges Bishop Bernard Fellay of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X.

Bishop Fellay claimed that “when the Pope wants to do good he is hindered, prevented.” He cited the example of a German Trappist monastery that sought papal permission to return to the liturgy and rules that were in force before Vatican II. The Pope signed a letter giving his permission, Bishop Fellay said, but that letter was deliberately withheld by an official in the Vatican Secretariat of State. “We know exactly who” sidetracked the letter, the SSPX leader said.

Eventually a friendly prelate hand-delivered the papal permission to the Trappist monastery, Bishop Fellay reported. But the fact remains, he said, that "in order to bring the news of the Pope's decision they bypassed the Secretariat of State."

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  • Posted by: koinonia - Jul. 08, 2011 6:30 PM ET USA

    The video is available online. These types of problems are nothing new. However, this Pope is determined to make a substantial difference and there are those in the Vatican who cannot tolerate the thought of any return to the "Dark Ages"- liturgically or doctrinally. Bishop Fellay is a profoundly devoted cleric and his judicious approach and his firm condemnation of Bishop Williamson have demonstrated his focus. He has no tolerance for distractions; his concern is the salvation of souls.

  • Posted by: rpp - Jul. 04, 2011 8:53 PM ET USA

    While I do not consider Bishop Fellay to be the most reliable source, I am not surprised that there are those who would do anything to corrupt the Church.

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