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New Fellay interview:
"The eventual separations will be minimal"


Interview granted by the Superior General of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Pius X (FSSPX / SSPX), Bishop Bernard Fellay, to French Catholic Magazine Monde & Vie. The noticeable line is Fellay's declaration that not all doctrinal positions have to be exhaustively discussed with no end in sight - what is needed is a "sufficient clarification" of doctrinal issues.
  
Did you expect, Your Excellency, this removal of the excommunication concerning you?

[Fellay:] I expected it since 2005, after the first letter requesting the lifting of the excommunication which I had sent at the request of Rome itself. Because it is clear that Rome did not ask for this letter in order to refuse to lift the excommunication. As for the moment when it took place, I did not expect it. These past few months, after the ultimatum affair [link], even after it had been minimized, we were mostly cool [in the mutual relations]. Then, I wrote the letter of November 15, which is mentioned in the decree and in my letter to the faithful... [sic]

Is this decree a sign of the Pope's will?

I ascribe it first of all to the Holy Virgin. It is a manifest sign, with an almost immediate response. I had just decided to go to Rome to deliver the result of the Rosary bouquet we had launched at Lourdes with this explicit intention when I received a call from Rome inviting me to go there.

Is the satisfaction displayed by you today tempered by the remainder of the path to follow?

It is too early to tell. An act of the greatest relevance, for which we are truly grateful, has just taken place, but it is very difficult to assess it at this moment. We still do not view all its ramifications. There still is a lot of work, but we truly have great hope for a restoration of the Church.

From what moment dates this change in your relationship with Rome?

From the accession of the current pope. I first evoked the Holy Virgin but, at a human level, there should be no fear of ascribing to Benedict XVI what has just taken place. It is the beginning of something, which had already begun with the Motu proprio [Summorum Pontificum]. I think that the Pope appreciates the work that we do.

In this development, this movement, some have held that you departed too late. Do you believe today that others, especially inside the Fraternity of Saint Pius X, may hold that you are departing too soon?

I cannot rule out everything, but, in case there are separations, they will be extremely minimal.

Do you believe that your situation will be first settled at a practical level?

Up to now, our roadmap has been to clarify first the doctrinal problems - even if it does not mean settling everything, but obtaining a sufficient clarification - or we risk doing things incompletely. Or it may end up badly.
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And do you believe that, beyond Rome, your contacts will intensify?

It is the goal, as I explained in Rome, by saying that the situation, as we propose it, is certainly temorary, but it is pacifying, and that it will allow all souls of good will to catch up. This will thus be done gradually. And this will also depend on the reaction on the other side. But there is no a priori, the only a priori is that of Truth and of Charity.

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Transcript: Metablog; Journalist: Olivier Figueras; Tip: reader

12 comments:

Confiteor said...

Most encouraging! I found this part of the interview to be especially moving:

Monde & Vie: From what moment dates this change in your relationship with Rome?

Bishop Fellay: From the accession of the current pope. I first evoked the Holy Virgin but, at a human level, there should be no fear of ascribing to Benedict XVI what has just taken place. It is the begnning of something, which had already begun with the Motu proprio [Summorum Pontificum]. I think that the Pope appreciates the work that we do.

Anonymous said...

God bless our Holy Father and God bless Bishop Felay. May he be rewarded with the clarification of doctrine he seeks. I have attended an FSSP Mass for almost 15 years now, but am and will always be eternally grateful to the SSPX for the work they have done in preserving Tradition.

Anonymous said...

definitely a new tone, although at some moments, Bp Fellay since 2000 had already adopted a very benevolent tone like this ... then it changed abruptly.
This 2008 Summer, words were far more harsher. Obviously there is some "global warming" between Rome and SSPX.

Alsaticus

sacerdos said...

Very impressive. Only one week and so much has happened. There have certainly been trials over the past week but when I read things like this and follow this blog (thank you New Catholic) I feel a great deal of hope.

God bless and assist Bishop Fellay and the SSPX!

God bless and long live Pope Benedict XVI!

Paul Haley said...

The picture says it all. Amazing! I suspect that in different times these two great men would be close friends and, who knows, that may still be the case in future.

One thing is for certain. His Holiness will have no stronger defender and protector than Bishop Fellay and the Society. Would they always agree? Do friends always agree? But you can be sure they would never be enemies.

Paulo said...

Martin,

You are right! "Gone are the days of accepting Vatican II as a superdogma". Not only that, but with the lifting of the excommunications, priests and bishops will gain the courage to speak up against Vatican II and its errors. It has already started as we can see it here http://www.remnantnewspaper.com/Archives/2009-0128-mershon-vatican_insider_projects_speedy.htm . Monsignor Ignacio Barreiro, chief of Human Life International’s Rome bureau, said the following: "They won’t be asked to accept the Council,” Monsignor Barreiro said. “There is nothing dogmatic regarding faith and morals in the Council documents,” he emphasized. “Many have elevated the Council as if it were a superdogma, when in truth, it was not dogmatic at all.”

At last we have a springtime upon us. =)

Anonymous said...

The photo appears to be from August 2006. It is tagged as BenoitXVIetMgrFellay_20050829.jpg

New Catholic said...

Yes, it is the famous picture taken at the meeting of August 29, 2005, which is why we added that date to the file's name.

Anonymous said...

"Not only that, but with the lifting of the excommunications, priests and bishops will gain the courage to speak up against Vatican II and its errors. It has already started as we can see it here.."

The Abbe de Nantes has been a lone voice in condemning the errors of VII. I have always felt that he was right and I have defended him in forums and blogs. It was not too long ago that my respectful post on a popular priest's blog about the Abbe was deleted.

It seems that the climate is changing, and hopefully soon, the Fraternity and the Abbe will be vindicated.

M.A.

angelic said...

Shame it is an old photo. It thrilled me to bits !!

You are forgiven - thank you for all the wonderful reporting !!

Paul Haley said...

No matter the date for the photo, I am firmly convinced that the atmosphere today is the same when speaking of the three men in the original picture. Indeed, it may quite possibly be that same atmosphere that has brought about the rescinding of the excommunications and the promise of regularization. Ad multos annos to all concerned!

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