Eleison Comments #551: “Official Church?” (Brief Commentary Follows)

Eleison Comments #551: “Official Church?” (Brief Commentary Follows)

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Rome may manoeuvre, dodge, deceive, outwit,
But with lines curved straight things by God are writ.


One needs to be very careful with words, because words are the handle of our mind upon things, and things are the stuff of everyday life. Therefore upon words depends how we will lead our lives. At the flagship parish church of the Society of St Pius X in Paris, France, there is a Society priest taking due care of words. Fr Gabriel Billecocq wrote in last month’s issue (#333) of the parish’s monthly magazine Le Chardonnet an article entitled “Did you say ‘official Church’?.” In it he never once mentions Society Headquarters in Menzingen, Switzerland, but he does complain of the “wish” coming from somewhere, presumably on high, that the words “Conciliar Church” should always be replaced by the words “official Church.” And he is right, because the words “Conciliar Church” are perfectly clear, whereas the words “official Church” are not clear, but ambiguous.

For on the one hand “Conciliar Church” signifies clearly that large part of today’s Church which is more or less poisoned with the errors of the Second Vatican Council. Those errors consist essentially in the re-centering upon man of the Church which should be centered on God. On the other hand “official Church” is an expression with two possible meanings. Either it can mean the Church officially instituted by Christ and officially brought to us down the ages by the succession of Popes, and to that “official Church” no Catholic can object, on the contrary. Or “official Church” can be taken to mean that mass of the Church’s officials devoted to Vatican II who for the last half-century have been using their official power in Rome to inflict upon Catholics the Conciliar errors, and to this “official Church” no Catholic can not object. Therefore “Conciliar Church” expresses something automatically bad, while “official Church” expresses something good or bad, depending upon which of its two meanings it is being given. Therefore to replace “Conciliar Church” by “official church” is to replace clarity by confusion, and it also stops Catholics from referring to the evil of Vatican II.

Fr Billecocq never suggests that Society Headquarters did “wish” such a thing, but a fact and a speculation do suggest it. As for the fact, earlier this month the Society’s French District Superior, Fr Christian Bouchacourt, being interviewed in public about the Society’s up-coming elections in July, said: “As soon as a Superior General is elected, the Vatican is immediately notified of the decision.” Such notifying of the Vatican by the Society as to Society elections has never been done before. And it strongly suggests that the Society’s present leaders look forward to Rome not only being informed but also giving its official approval of the Society’s choice of its leaders – why notify if not to get approval? What else will the Newsociety beg for from the Newchurch? What will it not beg for? How far the Society has come from the days when the faith of Archbishop Lefebvre used to force Rome to do the begging!

As for the speculation, we hear that two main candidates are being groomed by Menzingen for voters at the Society’s July elections to choose as Superior General, because the post will no longer be taken by a bishop. At a guess, Rome is already in virtual control of these major decisions being taken within Society Headquarters. In that case Rome has little to fear of either of these two candidates substantially changing Bishop Fellay’s pro-Roman policies, while it may have much to gain from the appearance of a change at the top, and it may be able to make use of Bishop Fellay in Rome to be head of a “renovated” Ecclesia DeiCongregation, to include all Traditional communities, including his own former Society.

Who can doubt the skill of the Romans to turn all situations to their advantage? Unless . . . unless there were to break out again within the Society that Faith and Truth which were the driving force of Archbishop Lefebvre and of his victory over all the liberals and modernists in Rome. These demons strive to undo once and for all God’s Catholic Tradition which is the most serious potential obstacle to their new One World Religion. And God may require no less than the blood of Catholic martyrs to stop them. The martyrs coming from among the Society’s priests and lay-folk will be its glory.

Kyrie eleison.


Brief Commentary:

-His Excellency references Fr Gabriel Billecocq’s magazine article, which also drew the attention of Mr. Christian LaSalle of the French news outlet Medias-Presse 6-7 weeks ago.  Tradidi translated Mr. LaSalle’s article HERE

-This blog has reported on Fr. Bouchacourt’s interview regarding a Roman ratification of the Society’s internal elections HERE and HERE.  We left unresolved the matter of whether these words were actually those of Fr. Bouchacourt (due to some syntactical considerations in the structure of the La Croix article which featured the interview), or whether they were La Croix’s own appraisal of the situation (i.e., adding to what Fr. Bouchacourt had said, with the intention of providing extra information).  One of the merits of this particular EC, therefore, is that His Excellency clearly expresses his belief that these words were those of Fr. Bouchacourt (as did the priest who immediately responded to this blog’s questioning of the matter).  In light of this, I am now also inclined to believe it, because as the priest who wrote us said, it would be incumbent upon Menzingen to clarify the matter if La Croix had put words into Fr. Bouchacourt’s mouth, and they have not done so.

-As His Excellency says, the SSPX does not seek Rome’s ratification of its elections, only so that it can ignore their decision should Rome reject the results.  Effectively, this means that Rome is in control of the SSPX (just as Rome meddled in the internal elections of the Fraternity of St. Peter, deposing its elected Superior General and replacing him with a more accommodating one, and replacing its seminary rector in the USA).  What is particularly outrageous in the present case is that, whereas Rome forced this intervention upon the FSSP, the SSPX seems to be handing over this power voluntarily:  Where the FSSP was tricked, the SSPX is treasonous.  And of course, as we wrote a few years ago (Here) you can absolutely forget about any freedom to consecrate future bishops independent of Rome’s approval: A prize even more valuable to the Society (and feared in Rome) than seeking approval for its internal elections.

-The bombshell here is His Excellency’s suggestion that Rome may be grooming Bishop Fellay for a position in the Corporation, as the head of Ecclesia Dei.  But it is not clear to me how or why the PCED would persist in a post-accord Church, when its very mission (i.e., outreach to the “Lefebvreians” to reintegrate them back into the conciliar church) would seem to have been accomplished.  There is one possible explanation: Rome feels the need to recapture those bastions of Tradition which have escaped the SSPX sellout.  According to this scenario, the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei will become a permanent fixture within the conciliar church, and be headed by Benedict Arnold, with the goal of continuing the same Judeo-Masonic strategy of wearing down Tradition, controlling its growth and influence, and ensuring its traditional Catholic rivals never gain sufficient strength to pose a serious threat to the conciliar counterfeit church.  If the rumor should prove to be true, we may one day witness the absurdity of Bishop (Cardinal?) Fellay attempting to approach Bishop Faure and the SAJM to begin “doctrinal discussions!”

-Finally, the rumor that the next superior general may not be a bishop is interesting.  It means that the next leader of the SSPX will not possess within himself the principal of continuity (i.e., the ability to consecrate bishops).  The matter is important, because if this Rome-approved superior general should ever have a belated lapse in favor of Tradition, and try to break free from the Roman chains, he will not be able to threaten conciliar Rome with consecrating his own successors, but will instead have to convince the other future Roman-picked bishops of the SSPX to go along with him, which would be very unlikely to succeed.

The noose is tightening, and all avenues of escape are being blocked…with the help of Menzingen itself.

This is why they call it “Operation Suicide.”