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As you dear readers know, I am keeping a close eye on developments which are transpiring on the Modernist Rome- Eternal Rome axis at present. These developments have to do with the “regularization” process of the Society of St. Pius X. In our last several posts, we noticed very important… bah significant developments from the side of Modernist Rome which I consider “game changers”. I detailed part of these developments in the post titled CDF – SSPX Dialogue: A BREAKTHROUGH? (see here).
Today, we have more information… and more lifting of the proverbial “fog of war”. On the SSPX website, a post was published containing Bishop Fellay’s (SSPX Superior General) sermon at the pilgrimage to Notre-Dame du Puy-en-Velay (France)- transcription DICI dated April 13, 2016. Please see the entire post here.
The significant information in the below excerpt from the original sermon I will emphasis and [comment] on below. However, one comment made by Bishop Fellay in the below text stands out above all others. This passage, where Bishop Fellay is quoting Archbishop Guido Pozzo, Consultor to the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) and Secretary to the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei reads as follows:
“We think…”—the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and not just he—“that we should ask of you only what is demanded, what is required of any Catholic, and no more.”
For my regular readers, you will recall that it was the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and precisely its Prefect, Card. Muller who was behind the push to “re-excommunicate” the SSPX. Now we have confirmation that something in the CDF has changed. This is a very positive sign.
But that is not all. This next quote I consider THE MOST SIGNIFICANT piece of information to come from Modernist Rome since the closing of the Second Vatican Council. It is this:
“Most of Vatican II did nothing doctrinal, and therefore that does not have to be required of you.”
“You have the right to defend your opinion on religious liberty, on ecumenism, on relations with other religions as set forth in Nostra Aetate.”
Well, actually, it is not “most” but rather “all” of VII that did nothing doctrinal. Just like Francis in the “Joy of Sex” document. But I digress… But having been given “the right to defend this position” by a very senior cleric in the CDF, i.e. Archbishop Pozzo, is something rather revolutionary.
Summa summarum. What it appears we have now is both of the “warring parties” in the wider conflict between TeamFrancis and the CDF (see here), trying to “help” regularize the SSPX.
Which leaves one asking the following question: So exactly who is “making the problems” for Francis on this issue now?
It is not a rhetorical question!
Please keep this question in mind when reading the below text, which I am republishing…
FOR THE RECORD
The Meeting with Pope Francis
Miscens gaudia fletibus. There are still more joys and more tears, recent ones too. You know that a short time ago we met Pope Francis. Well, he explained to us that Benedict XVI, at the end of his pontificate, had set a deadline, and that if the Society did not accept the Roman proposal by that date, he had decided that the Society would be excommunicated. And Pope Francis went on to tell us: the Holy Spirit was probably the one who inspired Benedict XVI and told him a few days before his resignation to abandon that plan, because Benedict XVI said: I leave this matter to my successor. [This passage strikes me as a “good cop – bad cop” routine. If you recall from my previous posts on this matter, it was the CDF – Card. Muller who was behind the sabotage effort which undermined Pope Benedict’s reconciliation efforts. If anyone was setting “deadlines” it was not Benedict.]
And it was proposed to his successor, Pope Francis. They put on his desk our excommunication, saying, “You just have to date and sign it.” [At last year’s confirmation Mass in the SSPX Warsaw chapel, Bishop Fellay explained that is was Card. Muller who was behind the “putting on his desk our excommunication”.] And Pope Francis said
No, I do not excommunicate them, I do not condemn them.”
He told me: “I will not condemn you.” He also said: “You are Catholics…,” and he continued, saying: “on the path to full communion.” Nonetheless he maintains that we are Catholics. He also said:
You know, I have quite a lot of problems with you; people make it difficult for me because I am nice to you, but to those people I say: listen, I embrace Patriarch Kirill, I do good to the Anglicans, I do good to the Protestants, I don’t see why I can’t do good to these Catholics.” That is how he explained it. He also said: “If I have problems, you have problems too, and therefore we must not push, we must not create more divisions, therefore we will take our time.”
[I find it rather comical that Francis would “have quite a lot of problems with you (SSPX)” since I don’t think Francis really cares about any “problems”. He’s got bigger fish to fry, as the saying goes. Besides, he basically does what he wants. But interesting negotiating tactic, none the less.]
Continuing, he told us: the authority to hear confessions, quite obviously, continues after (the Holy Year), and also to give Extreme Unction, and also to grant absolution for abortion–all that continues. At that point I said to him: Why not for the other sacraments then? He was quite open to the idea. We will see how these things develop. [We see in this passage that Francis doesn’t want to play all his cards yet.] These things obviously give us hope. But one day we see things that give us a little hope and we rejoice over them, and the next day there is a terrifying Exhortation that does so much harm to the Church.
The Interview with Abp. Pozzo
The next day we saw Abp. Pozzo, Secretary of the Ecclesia Dei Commission, the dicastery in Rome that deals with us. And Abp. Pozzo told us
We think…”—the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and not just he—“that we should ask of you only what is demanded, what is required of any Catholic, and no more.”
He developed his thought by saying:
Most of Vatican II did nothing doctrinal, and therefore that does not have to be required of you.”
He was even much clearer when he told us:
You have the right to defend your opinion on religious liberty, on ecumenism, on relations with other religions as set forth in Nostra Aetate.”
This was such a surprise that I told him:
It could well be that I will ask you to come to our houses and say that.”
I don’t think that we should be triumphant about this, dear faithful Catholics. I actually think this change is a profound one, a very important one; it has come about because of the Church’s dire situation. [CORRECT Very profound! Actually, the most profound words uttered by a CDF cleric since VII.] One might say it is in part the result of the chaos that is taking hold of the Church. There is such confusion, there are such attacks against faith, against morality in every way that finally, it is as if the Congregation of the Faith decided: we have no right to treat [in such a way] those people who only say and teach what the Church has always taught…we have no right to consider what they do as a very serious sin, while all around them there are so many — up to prelates and cardinals; we would almost say all the way up to the Pope – who not only talk nonsense, but utter heresies that are an open path to sin.
Yet there are some men in the Church who are reacting, thinking, who are saying: things should not be like this. [“Men” at the CDF] And it is in the midst of this disorder, amid tears that comes this whisper: no, we cannot force you to accept the Council. They perhaps will not say it so clearly, but they did indeed say it to us after all. [Alea iacta est!] Of course, we take this very cautiously, we ask God to enlighten us so that we see what it all means, if it’s really true, of whether tomorrow it will all start again in another direction. Nevertheless, my dear brothers, all this shows us something: that fidelity to all that the Church has always taught really does pay. We must just remain firm. These modern people cannot deny it; the reality is obvious: we are Catholics and we want to remain so.
May Mary keep us Faithful to the Catholic Faith
And so our first request today to the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, here in Puy, is precisely that we may keep and preserve all these treasures, that we may remain Catholics pure and simple and continue our work, so that it might spread again, and so that little by little we might win souls, that souls may be saved and return to Our Lord, to the Faith, to His commandments, God’s commandments.
Allow me to make an appeal to the young people today, on Good Shepherd Sunday. All of you, every one of you, must ask yourself: Is the Good Lord calling me to the religious life? To the priestly life? Does He want me to become a priest? Does He want me to work in His vineyard to win souls, to save them? To show you that this is not just an idea, even Abp. Pozzo told us:
You really should think soon about founding a seminary in Italy!”
This is to show you that they are taking us seriously in the midst of this disarray, in the midst of this general confusion in which no one knows what is good, what is evil, in which all sorts of theories emanate from the authorities themselves. [This information comes on the back of shutting down the FFI seminary and other sordid histories with traditional seminaries in the N.O. church.] And there is no sign that this confusion will stop; it will increase even more!
How much we need this protection of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary! And there is no doubt that this guidance is fidelity; what the Church has done and taught in the past cannot suddenly become false. Quite the contrary! It is true and it remains true, and those who adhere to it are protected from error, from novelty. Let us prepare ourselves, then, for some tears; the Church’s trials that are only beginning. Through these tears, let us unite ourselves with all our hearts to Our Lord and Our Lady, remembering that God is All-Powerful, He is Divine Providence, He governs all things. He is the one who writes history, not men! Human beings who are free do all that they can, all that they want, but ultimately the one who has the last word is God. God who does not abandon those who seek Him, for those who ask for His help will receive it and even more:
to them that love God all things work together unto good” (Rom 828).
All things, even the trials, even this crisis in the Church, “all things work together unto good for those who love God.” Let us ask the Most Blessed Virgin Mary for this love, the Faith, hope and charity that lead infallibly to heaven.