Sunday, June 17, 2012

Rome and the SSPX - Update

  • Communiqué of the General House of the Society of Saint Pius X (June 14, 2012) - on the most recent meeting between Bishop Bernard Fellay, Superior General of the Society of Saint Pius X and Cardinal William Levada, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith -- who delivered the Congregation's evaluation of the SSPX' Doctrinal Declaration conveyed to Rome on April 15, 2012.
  • Holy See Press Office communiqué on the same meeting.
  • Interview with SSPX Superior General Bp. Fellay on current affairs News Agency of the Society of St. Pius X. June 8, 2012.
  • Bishop Tissier de Mallerais: "The irregularity is that of Rome, a Modernist Rome" Bishop Bernard Tissier de Mallerais is one of the four bishops of the Society of Saint Pius X (FSSPX / SSPX) consecrated by Abp. M. Lefebvre in 1988. Rivarol, a French periodical mostly dealing with political matters, published the following interview with him today. The interview itself was conducted on the first of June. Mallerais is professedly "indifferent" and antagonistic towards any prospect of unification with Rome. Consider:
    The Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX) has never left the Church. It is in the heart of the Church. There where the authentic preaching of the faith is, there is the Church. This project of "officialization" of the SSPX leaves me indifferent. We have no need of it, and the Church has no need of it. . . . The irregularity is not ours. It is that of Rome. A Modernist Rome. A Liberal Rome that has renounced Christ the King. A Rome that had been condemned in advance by all Popes up until the eve of the [Second Vatican] Council. . . . Pope Benedict XVI, while he is Pope, remains Modernist. . . . Despite his favorable gestures, his real intent by integrating us in the conciliar orb cannot be other than to lead us to Vatican II. He had said it himself.
    Readers of Rorate Caeli concur, while others note:
    His attitude is entirely Protestant: the Pope must convert to me. We're "the pinnacle" of the Church, he says.

    It now seems incontrovertible that Fellay is right. There are some in the SSPX who have done the same as the Progressives: turned Vatican II into a super-nova event in history, one that justifies any action, in this case any dissent. ... For this man, in this moment, fidelity is defined entirely in terms of resistance.

  • Raymond Burke on Rome's reconciliation with the SSPX (Cardinal Burke is the current Cardinal Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura).
  • The Final Countdown | "The Final Countdown II" - Wrap-up and commentary from Modestinus of Opus Publicam.
  • On the other hand, you have Mark Shea (via Michael Liccione):
    " It's really hard for me to work up any interest in "Will this prissy enclave of prima donnas finally have their fussy demands met to their exacting standards?" Who cares? Drama queens wear me out."

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