Bishop Fellay criticizes new CDF prefect, says SSPX united in response to Holy See
July 17, 2012
The superior general of the Society of St. Pius X said that its general chapter attained “peace and unity” during its July 8-14 meetings and “very soon” will respond to the Holy See’s offer of reconciliation.
“All ambiguity has now been resolved among us,” said Bishop Bernard Fellay. “Very soon we will convey to Rome the position of the chapter, which has been the occasion to specify our road map insisting upon the conservation of our identity, the only efficacious means to help the Church to restore Christendom … We cannot refrain from speaking when confronted with the ‘silent apostasy’ and its causes. Doctrinal mutism is not the answer to this ‘silent apostasy’ which even John Paul II denounced already in 2003.”
Bishop Fellay added:
We are Catholic, we recognize the pope and the bishops, but above all else we must keep intact the Faith, source of God’s grace. Therefore we must avoid all that may endanger the Faith, without trying to become a replacement for the Church, Catholic, Apostolic, and Roman. Far from us the idea of establishing a parallel Church, of exercising a parallel magisterium!
This was well explained by Archbishop Lefebvre more than thirty years ago: he did not wish to hand down anything else but what he himself had received from the Church of two millennia. This is what we want also, following his lead, so that we may effectively help “to restore all things in Christ.” It is not us who will break with Rome, the Eternal Rome, mistress of wisdom and truth. Nevertheless, it would be unrealistic to deny that there is a modernist and liberal influence in the Church since the Second Vatican Council and its subsequent reforms. In a word, we maintain the faith in the primacy of the Roman Pontiff and in the Church founded upon Peter, but we refuse all which contributes to the “self-demolition of the Church” acknowledged by Paul VI himself since 1968.
Bishop Fellay also criticized Archbishop Gerhard Müller, the newly-appointed prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
“It is nobody’s secret that the former bishop of Regensburg, where our seminary of Zaitzkofen is located, does not like us,” he said. “For us what is more important and more alarming is his leading role at the head of the Congregation for the Faith”: “numerous writings” of the prelate are “questionable, to say the least” and “would have been in the past the object of an intervention of the Holy Office, which now is the very Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith presided by him.”
- Interview with Bishop Bernard Fellay on the occasion of the General Chapter (July 16, 2012) (DICI)
- SSPX to publicize ‘common statement to Rome’ (CWN, 7/16)
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Posted by: sarsok8679 -
Jul. 17, 2012 10:06 PM ET USA
Authentic Catholics have been stabbed in the back for these last 50 years. So if the tradionalists are a little paranoid too bad! Look at the roar from liberals when the translation of the Mass was brought in line with a few of the original words.Liberals have put the Church in a death sprial, because liberalism lead to death. Ultimately Church will not die, but how many of Faith will there be when Christ comes back?
Posted by: Chatholic -
Jul. 17, 2012 7:09 PM ET USA
I long for the day when +Fellay is made a Cardinal.
Posted by: John J Plick -
Jul. 17, 2012 3:32 PM ET USA
Though I must confess that formerly I saw them as “troublesome…,” I do no longer. Rather my heart burns with compassion for them. They seem to be wrestling inside of themselves, like Jacob and the Angel before he met Esau, a noble combat… “Who is like unto God…?” and who is His mouthpiece but Rome…? They know these things, but they will not abandon their genuine conviction that Vatican II to a large extent was sabotaged… May God give them His peace!
Posted by: demark8616 -
Jul. 17, 2012 11:12 AM ET USA
We can only hope and pray that the Holy Father protects us effectively from these troublesome characters when they re-enter the fold. Not to permit them to menace those who love and obey the Church fromm within. Time will tell how "useful" they will be to the Church, as they have been obstinate and useless up until now.