As TraditionalCatholicRemnant reaches its 2-year anniversary today, those that have been following this blog during these two years know that I have written extensively against an agreement between the SSPX and modernist Rome, and have explained time and time again why such an agreement would be wrong.
Well, it appears a “reconciliation” might once again be looming on the horizon. Recently, Bishop Fellay and one of his right-hand men, Fr. Nely, met with Cardinal Mueller to discuss the differences that exist between the two “conflicting” (or perhaps, more accurately speaking, increasingly harmonious) sides. The meeting was confirmed by both the Neo-SSPX and the Vatican. Here is the press release:
“On the morning of Tuesday 23 September from 11 am to 1 pm, a cordial meeting took place at the premises of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, between Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Muller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior general of the Society of St. Pius X. The meeting was also attended by Archbishops Luis Francisco Ladaria Ferrer, S.I., secretary of the same Congregation, Joseph Augustine Di Noia, O.P., adjunct secretary and Guido Pozzo, secretary of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, along with two assistants from the Society of St. Pius X, Rev. Niklaus Pfluger and Rev. Alain-Marc Nély.
During the meeting, various problems of a doctrinal and canonical nature were examined, and it was decided to proceed gradually and over a reasonable period of time in order to overcome difficulties and with a view to the envisioned full reconciliation.”
Pay close attention to that bolded part; “a view to the envisioned full reconciliation”.
Dear readers, need I explain why that is so troubling? So much for those +Fellay supporters who kept assuring us the deal was dead! And if/when an agreement is struck, rest assured that many of these same people who before told us we were being paranoid about an agreement will then say to us “Well, Bishop Fellay didn’t accept Vatican II or the New Mass, so I don’t see how this is a bad thing at all. Stop being so pessimistic!”.
These people will apparently never learn: you can’t solve the crisis from within, it doesn’t work that way. The FSSP has been telling the SSPX all these years the same thing; they need to come within the Church in order to achieve more good, for fighting outside of it will, so they assure us, accomplish nothing.
But if you think the SSPX or any group will solve this crisis, you are sorely mistaken. Only God can put a stop to it, and it likely will not end until He sends the great chastisement (three days of darkness). Until then, trying to fight from within the conciliar church will only lead to inevitable failure. It would be, as Archbishop Lefebvre labeled it, “Operation Suicide”.
Nevertheless, it is becoming clear that Bishop Fellay still wants that “reconciliation”, and that the deal is NOT dead. We will see soon enough how things transpire. In the meantime, we need to continue praying that people will begin to wake up and realize what is going on. Too many Traditional Catholics nowadays have become complacent and have forgotten what it truly means to resist modernist Rome.
Perhaps it could be summed up like this: Archbishop Lefebvre’s position – which is now the position of Bishop Williamson and the Resistance priests – was “recognize and resist”; that is, to recognize the Vatican II Popes as legitimate successors of St. Peter, but to resist their modernist teachings and realize that they could not work together because they were going in two difference directions. The position of Bishop Fellay and his supporters? “Recognize and reconcile”.
Needless to say, it’s not at all the position that Archbishop Lefebvre held, or one that he would approve of if he were alive today.