Question: The sovereign pontiff prorogued the possibility of confessing for the priests of the Society of St. Pius X beyond the Year of Mercy. Do you think this is an important decision? .
Bishop Schneider: Yes, of course, and I am very happy! This is a very pastoral action, very merciful, in my opinion one of the most important gestures of the pontificate of Pope Francis, which helps the process of canonical integration of this ecclesial reality that has existed for 50 years and which bears evident spiritual fruits. Many young families gathered around the Fraternity of St. Pius X love the Church, pray for the Pope, as their ancestors did before them. The Church contains various houses, various spiritualities. Only ecclesiastics hostile to the Fraternity presented him with exaggerated demands. John XXIII as Paul VI have always insisted on the pastoral of the Council. If the Fraternity has difficulty responding to certain documents of Vatican II, it will fail to fulfill the context of the pastoral purpose of the Council. The dogma has not changed. We have the same was. There is therefore no problem for a canonical of the Society of St. Pius X.
Question: You were one of the men of the Church sent to the Vatican to visit the seminaries and prioresses of the Fraternity. What solution do you think possible to its controversial position?
Bishop Schneider: The personal prelature is a threefold position adapted to the reality of the Fraternity of St. Pius X and to its mission. I am convinced that Archbishop Lefebvre would have willingly accepted with gratitude this official ecclesial structure, recognition by the Church of the apostolate led. What would be done justice, well belatedly, to the unjust suppression of the Fraternity in 1975 by the Holy See. At that time, Archbishop Lefebvre presented a recourse. The erection of a prelature would somehow luck accept the canonical recourse of Bishop Lefebvre with a delay of 40 years. On the other hand, the Fraternity must not demand 100% guarantees, which remains unrealistic: we are on earth, not in Heaven! It will be a gesture that would betray some lack of confidence in Providence.
1) It is difficult to say where or why Bishop Schneider continues to claim that certain documents of Vatican II are negotiable in the SSPX ralliement process, when he has been explicitly contradicted by Cardinal Muller (Prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith), who outranks him, and who says the whole Council must be accepted.
Moreover, it is even more difficult to understand how Bishop Schneider can make this claim in the face of the Apostolic Brief ‘In Spiritu Sancto,‘ which was read at the closing ceremonies by Archbishop Pericle Felici (General Secretary of the Council), which officially closed the Council on December 8, 1965, and which contains this admonition:
“At last all which regards the holy ecumenical council has, with the help of God, been accomplished and all the constitutions, decrees, declarations and votes have been approved by the deliberation of the synod and promulgated by us. Therefore we decided to close for all intents and purposes, with our apostolic authority, this same ecumenical council called by our predecessor, Pope John XXIII, which opened October 11, 1962, and which was continued by us after his death.
[Incidentally, Fr. Gregoire Celier admits to having delivered a conference/address to the GREC. Do you see the pattern here?]
Guarantees? We don’t need no stinking guarantees! We have (ahem) faith!
Likely, it already has.