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Lefebvrians: The Internal Battle
La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 5/10/12 | Andrea Tornielli

Posted on 05/10/2012 1:45:07 PM PDT by marshmallow

Following the exchange of letters addressed to the leaders of the Society of St. Pius X in recent weeks, three bishops have expressed their opposition to the agreement

A website has reported on the letters exchanged a month ago between bishops Tissier de Mallerays, Alfonso de Gallareta, Richard Williamson and the leader of the Society of St. Pius X, Bernard Fellay. The letter which the three bishops sent Fellay on 7 April contains a final appeal asking the superior not to sign the doctrinal preamble or accept the agreement proposed by the Holy See. As readers will recall, the agreement aims to assign the Lefebvrians a personal prelature.

The three bishops wrote against Fellay: “Doctrinal discussions have proven that it is impossible for an agreement to be reached with Rome at the moment” because “after the Second Vatican Council the Church’s official authorities separated themselves from the Catholic truth and now they seem determined, as before, to remain faithful to conciliar doctrine and practice.” Tissier, de Gallareta and Williamson recall that during a conference a few months before dying, Mgr. Lefebvre said the problem is not with single errors on individual conciliar documents, but the complete perversion of the spirit, of an entirely new philosophy based on subjectivism.”

The three bishops also pointed out that “the Pope’s current thinking is steeped in subjectivism. It is full of the subjective fantasy of man instead of God’s objective reality. The entire Catholic religion has been subdued by the modern world.

How can we believe - they asked themselves - that a practical agreement will resolve this problem?” “They accept us in the name of a relativist and dialectical pluralism; - the three prelates continued - Rome can tolerate the Fraternity continuing to teach Catholic doctrine but they refuse to condemn conciliar doctrine.”

In their letter, the three bishops also referred to an expression used by Lefebvre, claiming that “it is dangerous to put oneself in the hands of conciliar bishops and modernist Rome.” They concluded with a warning to Fellay: “You are leading the Fraternity to a point of no return, a deep division,” claiming that the agreement would end up destroying it.


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It's clear that a de facto sedevacantism prevails in certain sectors of the SSPX, proclamations to the contrary notwithstanding.
1 posted on 05/10/2012 1:45:11 PM PDT by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow

Quasi-schism breeds real schism if you give it long enough to incubate.


2 posted on 05/10/2012 3:27:31 PM PDT by Houghton M.
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To: marshmallow
The entire Catholic religion has been subdued by the modern world.

I guess the SSPX "bishops" don't believe Scripture: "You are Peter (the Rock), and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell will not prevail against it"

3 posted on 05/10/2012 4:05:21 PM PDT by kidd
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