Readers of this blog should know that it brings us no joy that this website exists. Indeed, we who contribute to Psalm 129 are nothing but obstinate sinners, deserving nothing but contempt. We take no pleasure in highlighting the contradictions and logical fallacies present in the remarks given by the current authorities of the Society of St. Pius X. We long for the day when the Society returns to its former self so we can focus on other issues. Alas, God has allowed this crisis in the Society to occur and so we must take action.
We have presented evidence on this blog over the past several months that irrefutably shows that the Society is saying things today that are directly opposed to what it has said in the past. Today, we continue that practice. Below are snippets from a conference given by Bishop Bernard Fellay in November of 2004. The Bishop’s remarks are contrary to what His Excellency says today regarding a deal with Rome. His words:
On the other hand, you have those who say, “Look, Rome is opening its arms, Rome is saying, ‘Come in; we’ll give you an apostolic administration; we’ll give you whatever you want,’ so why are you so stand-offish?” I’ll tell you why, which is one of the purposes of this conference.
I’ll start with a crushing piece of recent news which illustrates so clearly what happens when you offer your finger…your hand…your arm to the present Rome. We have right in our faces a striking example of what happens to those who trust the present Rome. I speak of Campos.
When Campos was about to make the agreement with Rome, Bishop de Galarreta went to see Bishop Rangel and then I did, too. I told him, “Look at what they are doing to the Society of St. Peter.” He replied, “Well, what Rome offers us is so big that we cannot help but trust them. Of course, it’s a question of opinion; it’s a matter of prudence.” There was nothing more I could do. His thinking was that since Rome consented to grant them a bishop and their Tridentine life, Campos was being granted everything it wanted, so they wanted to sign an agreement.
Sounds familiar doesn’t it? Prudence is perhaps the most frequently used word by the Society today. And it is how they justify their own “regularization” efforts. They are following in the footsteps of Campos, word for word! What are Society faithful to do? Act like this 2004 conference does not exist? Indeed, Bishop Fellay just said in his recent interview with Fr. Lorans that “it is a question of prudence” that we do “not necessarily” need to “make the most noise” regarding errors coming out of Rome. Fr. Themann in 2013 also said it was “prudent” to pursue talks with Modernist Rome. We are seeing the same arguments being made all over again!
More from the conference:
Now, it is important to understand why Rome has suddenly come to the Society of Saint Pius X with a smile and friendly behavior. Not long ago, Rome was very much against us (and the majority in Rome still is). I think Rome’s friendliness towards us is because of its ecumenical mentality. It is certainly not because Rome is now saying to us, “Of course, you are right; let’s go.” No, that is not the way Rome thinks about us. The idea they have is another one. The idea is an ecumenical one. It is the idea of pluricity, pluriformity.
This is a correct diagnosis by His Excellency. He was prophetic in saying that “pluriformity” and the “ecumenical mentality” is why Rome was being friendly to the Society in 2004. But what do we hear from Bishop Fellay today? He says that Rome is friendly to the Society because it wants to extend a hand to those on the peripheries. That Rome wants to help those who are marginalized. This is unbelievable. Even Pope Francis himself has said that a healthy “pluriformity” is what motivates him. It is striking that Bishop Fellay knew Rome was friendly to the Society in the past due to its liberal, ecumenical orientation but cannot see that ecumenism is what motivates Rome’s friendliness now.
To illustrate this ecclesiastical pluralism, I use the analogy of a zoo. Up until the time of the Second Vatican Council, there was only one species of member in the Catholic Church–genuine Catholics. If somebody did not want to be a Catholic, if someone wanted to teach something else than what the Church taught, he was excommunicated. However, if you read the theology books published since the Council, you can almost say and think anything you want and still be in good standing…
…But if this is the new concept of the Church, then why not grant a little cage to the dinosaurs? If you already have all the birds and all kinds of animals, why not have a little place for the “fossils” which they think us to be? There is a condition, though: the dinosaurs have to stay in their cage. Imagine crocodiles or dinosaurs all over the zoo! Never!
So when Rome comes to us with a big smile, that is their ulterior motive. That is, we grant you a place, but you must stay very quiet there and not move. So we come to them and we say, “Well, we are sorry, but there is no zoo.” The Catholic Church is not a zoo. This comparison may show you how deep is the difference of vision…
Yet what is the Personal Prelature offered to the Society but a cage for Traditon? It may well be a cage with thin bars instead of thick bars – thus allowing Tradition to be better seen and better heard by others – but it is nonetheless a restricted area. The SSPX is being put into a zoo to co-exist with modernists, to co-exist with error. It is ecumenism applied to Tradition
And I may say, had the Society entered into this same agreement, we would be more or less doing the same thing, and if not agreed on all the same points as Campos, at least there would be enormous division among us. Some would say to me, “We have to make an agreement. If you don’t do it we are going to lose something.” Others would say, “By all means, no.” There would be enormous division and a tremendous loss. Why is this? Because Rome is not at all convinced of the necessity of Tradition, of the necessity of coming back to Tradition to get out of this unbelievable crisis in which we have been since the Council, because they do not want to go to the roots of this crisis. The roots were clearly legalized, put into law, at the time of the Council, and these modern errors are what are killing the Church.
Oh how we wish this was still what Bishop Fellay believed. Oh how grieved we are at the loss of this perceptivity. Out of the depths we have cried to thee, O Lord. Deliver us from this affliction. Deliver us from the elect who are being deceived. Thank you for raising up Bishop Williamson, whom you gave eyes to see and ears to hear the crisis in the Archbishop’s Society and who created for us a lifeboat as the SSPX is swallowed up by the Conciliar Church.