Wednesday, September 24, 2014

SSPX and Francis : A New Opportunity

From the official Vatican communique:

On Tuesday September 23, 2014 his Excellency Bishop Benard Fellay, Superior General of the Society of Saint Pius X, met with Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. With Bishop Fellay were Frs. Niklaus Pfluger and Alain-Marc Nély, First and Second Assistants General of the Society. Cardinal Müller was accompanied by Monsignor Luis Ladaria Ferrer s.j., Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith; Monsignor Joseph Augustin Di Noia o.p., Assistant Secretary; and Monsignor Guido Pozzo, Secretary of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei.

The meeting took place in the offices of the Congregation for the Docrine of the Faith from 11:00 a.m. until 1 p.m. The goal of the audience was to allow Cardinal Müller and Bishop Fellay to meet for the first time and to discuss together the status of the relations between the Holy See and the Society of Saint Pius X. This was their first encounter since the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and the end of Cardinal William Jospeh Levada’s term as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

During this cordial meeting, doctrinal and canonical difficulties were discussed, and the current situation of the Church was mentioned. It was decided to continue the discussions in order to clarify the points of contention that remain.

It is undoubtedly one of the curiosities of the otherwise uber liberal papacy of Francis that he has reached out to Bishop Fellay in a gesture of reconciliation. While liberation theology and charismatics run wild, the Pope has cracked down ruthlessly on the Franciscans of the Immaculate as well as recent reports of banishing Cardinal Burke to Malta. If there is anything that can be said to be agreed by all parties on his Holiness however, is to point out his sheer unpredictability. Perhaps Fellay knows that Francis's laxness when it comes to formalities might allow him to bargain for powers that would allow for an avoidance of compromises that might endanger Marcel Lefebvre's memory. Regardless, we hope and pray that the SSPX may reconcile soon and that it may be a lasting one, just as we hope that it is the case for men and women who have all but abandoned the faith in the form of various liberal distortions of the faith.

For those of us who have ever said the Fatima prayer asking for all souls to be led to heaven, contrast that with some of the lack of charity and Satanic selfishness evident from some of those on the National 'Catholic' Reporter's comments section on this article:

Frankly, some of us would rather they stay away. This group has some very repulsive ideas - about Jews, women, etc. They are not a positive addition to the church unless they publicly recant a whole lot of their positions, including their refusal to accept Vatican II.

The real issue with the SSPX is fanaticism and bigotry, especially antisemitism. Accione Francaise, which Lefebrve was associated with and which was at the roots of the SSPX, was anti-Semitic. In fact, Pius XI, who was no flaming liberal, banned Accione Francaise in the 1920s. There is a strain of French Catholicism from the late 19th and early 20th century that was notoriously anti-Semitic to the point that some of the writing were similar to Nazi propaganda.

European Latin Mass types and South American (especially Argentine Latin Mass types) have nostalgia for 1930s Germany.

Many of the views of the SSPX are an affront to decent people, and an embarrassment to the church. That means the RCC should keep them at arms length instead of continuing to beg.

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