A Game Changer
As the readership of Catholic Rural Solutions knows, of late I’ve been urging patience, calm, prayer, trust in our good bishops of the Society of St. Pius X to pastor safely the flock that has been entrusted to their care by the good Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, of happy memory, and above all trust in the Holy Ghost in these negotiations with Rome. By now most of the faithful traditional Catholics have seen or heard of the leaked internal letters between the three bishops and the Superior General of the Society, His Excellency, Bishop Bernard Fellay. With publication of these internal documents and the confirmation of their authenticity it is obvious that this was a game changer and it is time for us, the faithful adherents of SSPX Mass centers and chapels, lay and clerical alike, to besiege our pastors and District Superiors with questions of just what is happening. Too much is at stake for us to sit idly by and let 20 years of blood, sweat, tears, and even persecution by the NewChurch be washed away in the stroke of a pen on a treacherous agreement.
At first glance this may sound alarmist, however, it is time that we knew what is contained not only in the preamble, but also in this agreement itself, (which I contend is already a done-deal but simply requires announcement) and be reassured that we are being led by true pastors of the flock of Christ’s sheepfold and not being led as lambs to slaughter. This reasoning appears to be that of the three opposing bishops and is not just the ranting of a renegade member of the faithful in the pews. It is, of course, my fervent hope and prayer that the Superior General, Bishop Fellay, is not only acting as a good pastor, but more importantly has not lost sight of the original reason why Archbishop Lefebvre founded the SSPX to start, namely, to preserve the priesthood and thereby save intact the traditional Catholic Faith and the Sacraments to be transmitted without change or taint of Modernism to future generations of faithful Catholics. Rest assured I do not call for this action lightly or rashly but with deep, meditative, quiet prayer and reflection; and with recourse to Christ the King; the Virgin Mary; and to her spouse, St. Joseph, the Protector of the Church. Our Superior General, and his handpicked hierarchy, must listen to the advice and warnings of their fellow bishops and heed their words of caution. There are clear and present dangers to the traditional Roman Catholic Faith and movement! Rome, notwithstanding their apparent conservative and even traditional window dressing, is not yet ready to accept the traditional movement within their ranks, but merely wish to get their clutches on them to destroy once and for all the Traditional Catholic Movement, by breaking its back with the splitting of the SSPX, which is the backbone of this movement. WE of the Traditional Catholic Movement have been the conscience of the Church since opposition to Vatican Council II was devised back in the late 1960’s. They’ve tried to draw a veil across this conscience and silence that annoying voice reminding them to be faithful to Eternal Rome, and thanks to the workings of the Holy Ghost have been unable to silence the voice of reason and conscience. They’ve attempted to break us in many ways by splitting the four SSPX bishops, with them the priests and the laity, but the monolithic stance of tradition has held. Splinter groups may have fallen away to join other traditional movements within the NewChurch and these groups, i.e. the Society of St. Peter, the Society of the Good Shepherd, the Brazilian traditional movement begun by H.E. Castro de Meyer, and others all have effectively been rendered impotent.
Through the revelation of these internal SSPX letters of the bishops it is evident that there are intrigues afoot. Whether Rome is acting on the naiveté of a battle weary Superior General and hierarchy; or whether, God forbid, there is an orchestrated treachery of the hierarchy I don’t know but the effect is the same …the capitulation of the Faith to the NewChurch. I repeat that Rome is not yet ready for the return of the traditional Catholic Faith as is obvious by their continuing false ecumenism, dialog, and cooperation with false sects. With the continuing scandals of the NewChurch, the dissension of its religious, the Modernism of its so-called theologians, it is only a matter of time that Modernist Rome will come to the traditional movement and Faith to seek respite and shelter …but that time is not yet here.
Now more than ever is the time to redouble our Rosaries for the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, as originally undertaken nearly a year ago, (and not for the reconciliation of SSPX with Rome, as the US District Superior has reassigned it). She, Our Blessed Mother Mary, is our only hope and recourse.
We must also stay informed and keep each other informed by reading all the authentic articles and reports we can on this situation. Circulate them far and wide within the Traditional Catholic Movement; we have too much to lose to remain ignorant. We must continue to promote the Truth in season and out of season. In fact, should you wish you can forward this post to others.
Meantime, below is an interview from May 11, 2012 of His Excellency Bishop Fellay conducted by the Catholic News Service, in which he admits that a division is possible within the SSPX. Said division is completely within his hands and may be avoided if, at this time, we remain a strong and faithful monolithic block and continue to be the conscience of the Church awaiting God’s time for any reconciliation.
Here is the web citation:
Richard of Danbury, D.S.G.