Interview with SSPX Superior General
Bp. Bernard Fellay: ‘Rome has given me Permission to ordain Priests freely’
The United States District of the Lefebvrian Society of Saint Pius X has just released a 30-minute video interview with the Society’s Superior General, Bishop Bernard Fellay. Recorded on April 21, 2017, the interview predates the recent turmoil in the Society’s French District over the removal of seven deans protesting the Vatican’s “concession” on SSPX marriages.
The full interview, conducted in English, can be watched here:
A transcript of the interview has been posted by the SSPX U.S. District and is accessible here.
Not surprisingly, Bp. Fellay defends the rapprochement with Modernist Rome as a good thing and assures his adherents that Francis’ recent overtures are “not a trap, not a bad, hidden trick, or catch”. Fellay clearly believes it is a positive sign that a man who is on record saying that lifelong fornication with the same person equals a valid marriage, has now helped to confirm and “guarantee” the validity of SSPX marriages. Fellay also believes it is a positive sign that a man who does not have an ounce of Catholicism in his body, recognizes the Lefebvrist order as “Catholic”. On this point, we recall another interview with the SSPX Superior General from a year ago:
The irony of this apparently escaped Bp. Fellay, as did the absurdity of CDF head “Cardinal” Gerhard Ludwig Muller’s claim that he wanted the SSPX back in full communion with the Vatican so that they could “help us fight the Modernists”. To give credence to such a patently ridiculous protestation is not stupidity — it is willful blindness.
The most explosive comment from the Bp. Fellay interview is perhaps this one:
Last year, I received a letter from Rome telling me: “You can freely ordain your priests without the permission of the local ordinary.” So if I can freely ordain, that means that the ordination is recognized by the Church, not just as valid but in order. If I can freely do it, it’s clear that this is just already recognized and accepted.
The Vatican giving blanket permission — not just toleration but permission — to Bp. Fellay to ordain freely, without requiring the authorization of the local Novus Ordo bishop in whose diocese the ordination takes place, indicates that the SSPX is already operating as a de facto personal prelature. This will make the big day of reconciliation all the easier, since the Vatican will then only have to formalize legally and officially what has already been done in practice.
Commenting on the SSPX’s restrained and lackluster condemnation of Amoris Laetitia, Bp. Fellay explained:
At the time, I wrote to Pope Francis, and we prepared a text to wake up the cardinals, a letter from our three bishops. But, I will not say “unfortunately” — that would not be the right word — but four cardinals took the initiative just before we were about to send the letter. That’s why there was not much noise about it because it was already done. So our letter just remains in a drawer.
Considering that Francis has entirely ignored the public challenge of the four “cardinals”, it would be the perfect time now for the Lefebvrian Superior General to open that drawer and give some more momentum to the whole controversy, but it sounds like that drawer will remain closed.
Precisely why the SSPX couldn’t raise hell over such an anti-Catholic document as Amoris Laetitia — which undermines the very foundation of Catholic morality by changing the notion of sin as a transgression against the Divine Law into an imperfect participation in holiness — regardless of what some “cardinals” are doing, was not explained by Bp. Fellay. But it is clear that it would not speed up the reconciliation process between the Vatican II Sect and Abp. Lefebvre’s Society.
So, another interview, another step closer to “full communion” with the
Modernist Sect “official Church”, as Bp. Fellay calls it. That final “stamp of approval” can’t be far off.
We already know that “Pope” Francis considers the SSPX Catholic, as he has said so several times in the past. The question Bp. Fellay and his followers should really be concerned about, however, is whether Pope Pius IX would consider them Catholic.
You can find the answer here.