Bishop Fellay Admits: The Discussions Between Rome and the SSPX Are “Like the Game of the Goose”
(English Translation courtesy of Novus Ordo Watch, a sedevacantist website which Sodalitium Pianum does not support, and caution our readers against visiting this website)
It has now been two months since Bishop Bernard Fellay had to face the deans of the District of France, who publicly rejected the liberal arrangements envisaged by Menzingen and Rome for administering the sacrament of marriage within Tradition. A public letter opposing these arrangements garnered close to 700 signatures in a few weeks. The numerous comments revealed the faithful’s exasperation in the face of the present SSPX superior’s intrigues. To attempt to save his negotiations and his authority, Bishop Fellay struck the recalcitrant priests with very harsh penalties.
Despite multiple acts of allegiance from the Swiss bishop, there is the let-down. Cardinal Müller has put an end to the negotiations. No regularization without full and entire adherence to the Second Vatican Council: each member of the SSPX will first have to make the 1988 form of the profession of faith, then, secondly, accept explicitly the teachings of the Second Vatican Council and the post-conciliar period, and finally, thirdly, recognize not only the validity, but also the legitimacy of the new mass and sacraments of Vatican II.
This past June 29th, speaking after the ordination luncheon in Ecône, Bishop Fellay spoke of the “huge blow” and made known his disappointment: “It is like in the Game of the Goose. We were almost at the end and then we landed on the ‘go back to start’ square. Everything has fallen to the ground, it is necessary to begin again from square one.”
All of that fuss for what? The goose ought not to trust foxes. The backlash of Cardinal Müller, who intervenes after long years of more or less secret negotiations, speaks volumes about Bishop Fellay’s compromises during this goose game…
Bishop Fellay no longer has the trust of many of his priests or of many of the faithful. Henceforth he is snubbed by Rome. His term of office will expire next year…
It is quite telling that amidst his Econe lamentations, Bishop Fellay does not say he is disappointed that the disastrous and treacherous ralliement is over. He is merely disappointed that it has gone “back to square one,” which is all another way of admitting what we said here a couple days ago, that soon enough you will see an announcement from Rome declaring that the negotiations have never ended; that they have great hopes for continued and fruitful talks, and things will continue as they have for the last 20 years.
From Rome’s side, Tradition is public enemy #1, and they have absolutely no plans at all to let it survive. To eradicate it, they must keep chipping away at Menzingen, and they have found receptive ears so long as Bishop Fellay and his lieutenants remain in power.
From the Society’s side, they have been inculcating scruples about their “defective” and “abnormal” canonical situation (i.e., accentuating a legalism over the supremacy of the doctrine of necessity), such that they truly feel it every bit as much as though they were members of the Fraternity of St. Peter.
Given those two dynamics, it would be ludicrous to pretend that the drive for a practical accord will not continue from both sides.
Cardinal Muller’s scorched earth policy upon his exit is nothing new; it is the same technique as in 2012, when the Letter of the Three Bishops and Bishop Fellay’s signed Doctrinal Preamble hit the internet:
Rome senses the time has not yet come, and takes measures to preserve the weaklings in power (in 2012, by making an 11th hour demand it knew Bishop Fellay must refuse, which would have the effect of portraying the bishop as the one holding the line, and rebuilding confidence in his tarnished leadership; in 2017, the same technique and motive, but different circumstances: Faced with the revolt of the senior clergy in the SSPX’s largest district, Rome again hit the panic button, and decided to cool the situation by seeming to cancel negotiations. In reality, they saw, through the recent petition which garnered 700 signatures, that the Deans enjoyed too much popular support among the laity, even if most of the supportive clergy are still too cowardly to defend Tradition publicly).
To save the authority of Bishop Fellay and/or his successor (and those who have supported him) throughout the ralliement process, Rome put the brakes on.
But only for a short time.
Soon enough we will hear from Rome that all is well with the “reconciliation” process.