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Posted on 07/23/2005 8:55:22 PM PDT by gbcdoj
Three months after the election of Benedict XVI, Bishop Bernard Fellay, Superior General of the Society of Saint Pius X, granted an exclusive interview to DICI.
DICI: At the time of the election of Benedict XVI, you published a communiqué in which you spoke of a "glimmer of hope". What did you mean by those words?
Bp Fellay: Our hope is based first of all on the promises of Our Lord Jesus Christ. It is true that all is not well in the Church: it is a tragedy. But in the face of this dramatic situation, we have the promise of Our Lord that "the gates of hell shall not prevail against the Church". Our hope is based on this certitude and its concrete application.
The very simple solution to this crisis could be a new pope who would put things in order. From this comes a secret hope, and there are a number of signs which could encourage it.
For instance, during the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday, Cardinal Ratzinger sketched a fairly realistic picture of the Church: "The ship is sinking". He is also the man who spoke out most against the new Mass and pleaded the cause of the old Mass. Besides, we must acknowledge that Benedict XVI was elected in a movement of reaction. There is a certain expectation in the hierarchy in the face of the disastrous state of the Church. We may truly believe that he was elected in opposition to progressivism: at the fourth ballot he gained over 100 votes. The progressivists perceived this election as their defeat. All this gives us some hope. It is beyond doubt that Cardinal Ratzinger knows that the Church is in a terrible state. And let us not forget that he knows the third secret of Fatima.
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What is the 3rd secret of Fatima? How's about secret 1&2?
Try squaring Bishop Fellay's answers to the above questions with these "Circular Letters to Superiors of Districts, Autonomous Houses & Seminaries by Fr. Arnaud Selegny, Secretary General of the SSPX" - which surely must have been sent either at Bishop Fellay's direction or at the very least with his approval. Besides their conspicuous lack of humility and filial devotion, they're quite a stretch away from that interview, in my opinion. See what you think:
Circular Letter No. 2005-04 (excerpt):
After the death of Pope John Paul II and the election of Cardinal Ratzinger, who took the name of Benedict XVI, we are in expectation of what this pontificate will be. Obviously, Cardinal Ratzinger's past is scarcely encouraging and one might indeed well be fearful. Nevertheless, one might equally entertain some hope, however faint, for the liturgy should the Pope have the courage of the convictions he expressed as a private author in his different publications over the last few years. One of the first, keenly awaited gestures which should give us a fairly significant indication will be his nomination for the prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith.
It seems that, after a moment of panic, the hard-liners have begun to recuperate their position and to encircle the new pope so as to keep a free hand to continue to spread in the Church deleterious seeds. As the Anglo-Saxons say: "Wait and see . . . "
Fr. Arnaud Selegny
Circular Letter 2005-05EX
The election of Pope Benedict XVI after the death of John Paul II is an event that must hold the attention of the Society and its superiors, even though significant changes from the course described by the preceding pontificate probably cannot be expected. The Pope's recent authorization to open the cause of beatification of his predecessor, waiving the five-year period that is supposed to elapse first, can scarcely inspire confidence.
Nevertheless, as our beloved and venerated founder Archbishop Lefebvre did upon the election of Pope John Paul II, it seems useful and necessary to contact the new pope to request an audience. This is Bishop Fellay's intention, determined in consultation with his council, and which he desires to make known to you by this letter.
Yet, so that this intention may be rightly understood, I have been charged with explaining to you his reasoning as regards this request for an audience. What is its purpose? Above all, it is a matter of making the presence of Tradition felt at Rome, of bearing witness to what we are so that the voice of Tradition may be heard at the heart of Christendom, even if we must not have any illusions about the kind of echo it will encounter. It is an episode in the combat of the faith that we are waging, and which must necessarily also be waged in Rome.
This audience will equally be the occasion to solemnly reiterate in a personal, direct manner, the call for the restoration of the Tridentine Rite of Mass in all its rights, so that the ostracism of which it is the object may cease. It will be the occasion to remind the Pope that Cardinal Ratzinger belonged to the Commission of nine Cardinals that unanimously judged in 1986 that no one could prevent a priest from celebrating this Mass. If there was unanimity, then necessarily he must have voted thus.
Will he be responsive to this argument? It is hard to say, but it is our duty to remind him of it, and to go and proclaim the inalienable right of this rite before the distant successor of St. Pius V.
Bishop Fellay considers it very important to inform you at the outset of this initiative so that it can proceed in the light of day, and so that al the members of the Society can understand its scope and meaning. Please note well that there is no intention at this time of resuming "negotiations" of any kind.
You are asked to please inform the members of the Society entrusted to your solicitude, so that all may know the reasons for this request of an audience and its goal. On the other hand, this letter is not supposed to be disclosed outside the Society, even if experience has taught us that this type of news rarely remains "intra muros" . . .
Confiding this step to Popes St. Pius V and St. Pius X, I assure you, dear Confreres, of my prayers to the united Hearts of Jesus and Mary.
+Fr. Arnaud Selegny
Source: PRIESTS' BULLETIN, June 2005, #174, pp 5-7
I send this to you in the greatest confidence. We're trying to keep it a secret from Bishop Fellay. Don't let him know. Okay?
All you need to start a new church is a coffee pot, a resentment and a big ego.
And people wonder why The Davinci Code is such a hit.
thanks for posting this