Communiqué of the General House of the Society of Saint Pius X (October 24, 2012)
Bishop Richard Williamson, having distanced himself from the
management and the government of the SSPX for several years, and refusing to show due respect and obedience to his lawful superiors, was declared excluded from the SSPX by decision of the Superior General and its Council, on October 4th, 2012. A final deadline had been granted to him to declare his submission, after which he announced the publication of an “open letter” asking the Superior General to resign.
This painful decision has become necessary by concern for the common good of the Society of Saint Pius X and its good government, according to what Archbishop Lefebvre denounced: “This is the destruction of authority. How authority can be exercised if it needs to ask all members to participate in the exercise of authority?“(Ecône, June 29, 1987)
Edit. If one were to stand before the grave of H.E. Archbishop Marcel LeFebvre and hold his ear to the capstone, one might hear the muffled sounds and utterances of the good Archbishop shouting in his native French What have they done? What have they done? Well Excellency, they’ve accomplished what the Novus Ordo has ineffectively been trying to do since the founding of the SSPX all those many years ago. They’ve split the Society; breaking the backbone of the traditional Catholic movement within the Church.
With the spin-off of H.E. Bishop Williamson, among scores of other prelates, they have effectively trimmed the bush of the resistance against Modernism by cutting away the most zealous for the Faith. Now when Rome approaches the SSPX again there will be no discordant voices raising concerns for the Catholic Faith. This means that the Society will enter the Church lock, stock, and barrel, that is, with chapels, seminaries, and schools …and Faithful; with all the “rigorist” accoutrements left lying in pieces on the ground. One must wonder if this was the result of months perhaps years of a series of events that, once initiated, led to this inevitable end or if this is not part of some Vatican inspired scheme to rid the “rigorists” of a physical base?
Certainly, the discordant and dissident voices clamoring to be heard within the ranks of the prelates and Faithful of the SSPX played no small part in the demise of the SSPX-Rome talks of this spring and summer. Talks that seemed to strongly indicate that an accord will soon be reached only to be dashed at the final crucial moments. Perhaps the Vatican sensed the discord among the Society and indicated that the time for “full communion” was not yet right and that the Society must put their house in order for negotiations to continue; after all the Vatican wants the whole loaf of the breakaway order and not just half a loaf. The answer to this speculation we may never know! However, the way is now clear for a new rapprochement, which will be less rocky and ultimately successful.
That said, one must ask does reunification, or as the Vatican likes to call it, rehabilitation trump the Faith? Does one simply chuck forty years of being the conscience of the Church simply to be recognized by the greater Church that we are, indeed, Catholic? Is such recognition really necessary since we know that we are Catholic? In any event while the Vatican may think that the struggle within the SSPX is all over but the shouting, the next few weeks and months will cause a further polarization within the ranks of the Society and its adherents as each camp lines up partisans behind their standard. Do we stand behind the rigid oaks of the Faith or the bending liberal evergreens? The choice is now before each of us. …choose wisely!
Richard of Danbury, D.S.G.