The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
With the hopeful demise of the current SSPX / Rome accords now apparently over there seems to be a lasting fallout that has the potential to impact all, even laity, who attend SSPX chapels. In addition to those brave priests and bishops who previously spoke out, many are continuing to alert others of just how serious this problem really is. The important news is that many new priests are speaking out about the mission of the Society to preserve the priesthood and thereby the Mass and Sacraments.
Despite the current status of the Rome talks there has been much in the news concerning the key players involved not only in the talks but also within Rome and within the SSPX.
The first event was the leaking of another internal letter from the Secretary General of the SSPX in Econe, Fr. Christian Thouvenot. In it he confirms Bishop Fellay’s action to deprive Bishop Williamson of his office as a Chapter member for his taking of a position calling for rebellion and for continually repeated disobedience. He also forbade him from attending the ordinations at Econe. Apart from this he also deferred the ordination of the Dominicans of Avrille and the Capuchins of Morgon pending assurances of their loyalty to him.
These actions far from creating good will and reunification of the SSPX, only exacerbates the situation. It hammers even further the wedge placed by Rome of this ill-timed accord, effectively doing the job for Rome in splitting the Society. On the surface these actions would seem to be an act of petty revenge, but His Excellency Bishop Fellay is not vengeful in the sense of a child-like action such as this. He is more deliberate and astute in his thoughts and actions. I’ve read and seen comments on this from both lay and clergy who speculate that such actions are orchestrated not out of pettiness but to elicit a deeper goal. Whether it is to intentionally split the Society so he can take a faction and enter into full reconciliation with Rome or not, is pure speculation. However, it would seem to me that there is more to his actions than meets the eye.
In view of this, here are several pertinent news stories which thicken the situation:
Changes in the Curia
Archbishop DiNoia, Ecclesia Dei and the Society of St. Pius X
German friend of liberation theologian named Vatican doctrinal czar
SSPX Bishop de Galaretta Warns against New Head of CDF
New Head of CDF: Reportedly Denies Perpetual Virginity, Fan of Liberation Theology
It can be seen from the above articles that there is a jockeying for position on the part of Rome, possibly to project an image for the benefit of the SSPX and its adherents that under Pope Benedict XVI this may be the last hope for fuller communion with Rome. Perhaps also the latest actions by the leadership of the SSPX in Econe may also be jockeying for position to show Rome that they are cracking down on dissidents, formerly known as traditionalists.
At this time I would also like to quote the District Superior of the SSPX in the United States from his May-June 2012 letter: Do not be disturbed by the rumors, especially the different gossips on the Internet, based on feelings but surely not facts. Indeed, all the above sited articles are facts; speculation and gossip are never, to the best of my ability, part of my blog posts.
Continue to pray for the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and also pray the requested Novena to the Holy Ghost not only for the Chapter Meeting but also for all our SSPX bishops and priests that they may maintain the Gifts of the Holy Ghost, most especially fortitude and the fear of the Lord; and that they may preserve their monolithic unity as this is the strength of not only the SSPX but the overall strength of the Traditional Movement within the Catholic Church. Should an enemy from within or without manage to split this unity it will set back the cause of tradition years and even decades. Take heart, however, this is just another battle, we can be confident that the war is already won.
Richard of Danbury, D.S.G.