Rorate Caeli

"1789 within the SSPX?"

Le serment du jeu de paume (The Tennis Court Oath) - sketch by J.-L. David
Dear Faithful,

You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt lose its savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is good for nothing any more but to be cast out, and to be trodden on by men. (Mt v, 13)

Salt is good as long as it preserves its strentgth and sharpness; it seasons meat, it gives as it were a soul to that flesh that is dead; it prevents worms from growing on it, and rot from forming in it.

In the current storm, we should expect from our priests that they be the salt of the earth, men of God, animated by the spirit of Jesus Christ. There is nothing that is as useful as this to souls, or more advantageous to their salvation; because the former have this mission of preserving the latter from the corruption of customs with the teaching of the Gospel, and by example, inspiring in them love and regard for perfection.

And yet, it is quite regrettable for the Society of Saint Pius X and for the souls in our priories to find out, day after day, these inconvenient declarations, these calls to disobedience to authority, these states of mind displayed on the net... What a scandal for the faithful!

While it is legitimate to appraise the situation of the Society and of its position in the Church, it seems important to me to recall that this text should be an occasion to display our attachment to the order willed by God and assured by legitimate authority, despite differences of opinion in matters of prudence. Never before has Faith been more invoked in order to justify our temptations of pride and independence, the sign of a resolutely modern spirit!

For salt loses its strength in water, from where it originates... It comes from sea water; but if disposed of there, it dissolves immediately and it is lost. Let us flee from the sea of the world, let us flee from the customs of the world. The amazing sight of division, that of silent but nevertheless real struggles, of political tactics, are unworthy of the Society and of our priories!

Have salt in you, and have peace among you. (Mk ix, 49)

Let us have within ourselves the salt of evangelical wisdom, before sharing it with others. Let us savor the things of heaven ourselves before offering their savor to others. 

Let us have within ourselves the salt of mortification: our sacrifices will not at all be pleasing to God unless they come from a perfectly mortified heart.

Let you have within yourselves the salt of discretion. (Lv ii, 13) Let your speech be always in grace seasoned with salt: that you may know how you ought to answer every man. (Cl iv, 6)

Let us have, finally, the salt of perseverance, and of stability in love for God and neighbor.

It will be divine love, joined with the inspiration of the Holy Ghost, and the grace of baptism, that will make the priests of the Society of Saint Pius X truly apostolic men, as salt is extracted with the heat of the Sun and the blowing of the wind over the waters of the seas.

Father Renaud de la Motte
Prior

[From the July-August issue of Apostol, the newsletter of the priories of Frabrègues and Perpignan (Languedoc-Roussillon, France) of the Society of Saint Pius X (FSSPX / SSPX). Source: La Porte Latine, via Le Forum Catholique]

39 comments:

Unknown said...

Beautifully said. I pray for reconciliation, nor least so that Holy Mother Church can more benefit from souls such as the writer of this piece.

Cruise the Groove. said...

Wow!

Beautiful.

He truly loves God.

I hear goodness spoken from the pulpit at many of the SSPX Masses we assist at.

GQ Rep said...

If the saboteurs of an agreement in the Vatican (like Levada, Re, Bertone, Sodano, Kasper, et al) have their way, the efforts of Pope Benedict XVI and the great Bishp Fellay will be for nothing.

I wish the Pope had the backbone to discard Levada and replace him with Burke (and NOT Muller in Regensburg Germany), and also sack Bertone (who has tried to undermine every traditional move by Benedict XVI since becoming Secretary of State)

Lily said...

How perfectly this is written. The few priests of the SSPX who has spoken so harshly and imprudently (some of whom I know well) have caused thousands of SSPX faithful much grief. I do so hope all of them will read this letter!!

Lily said...

How perfectly this is written. The few priests of the SSPX who has spoken so harshly and imprudently (some of whom I know well) have caused thousands of SSPX faithful much grief. I do so hope all of them will read this letter!!

Sixupman said...

Was +Muller's name, for the CDF, floated by the German Episcopacy to muddy the waters?

Jeffrey Stuart said...

Steady everyone. The Captain is sailing us through dangerous waters. Steer by the stars, not by our wake.

Papa has stronger allies on his side.

Floreat said...

Lily said...
How perfectly this is written. The few priests of the SSPX who has spoken so harshly and imprudently (some of whom I know well) have caused thousands of SSPX faithful much grief. I do so hope all of them will read this letter!!


I agree with you, Lily, and I do so hope that Society priests will pause to reflect on Fr. de la Motte's words. These words encapsulate all that is good about the SSPX.

It has been upsetting to observe in certain quarters a seeming disregard for sacred vows of obedience and humility; neglecting faith in God's will for the politics of division and rebellion.

I pray that the SSPX can again find unity and that the terrible damage inflicted on the Society by the behaviour of certain priests and faithful can at last begin to be repaired.

A house divided against itself cannot stand, and I have often wondered whether those responsible for setting brother against brother acted with just that premise in mind.

Athanasius said...

rpotheIf the saboteurs of an agreement in the Vatican (like Levada, Re, Bertone, Sodano, Kasper, et al) have their way, the efforts of Pope Benedict XVI and the great Bishp Fellay will be for nothing.

This is amusing given the image of the Tennis Court Oath, since saboteur has its etymology in the French Revolution. The Jacobins as a sign of coming from the lower classes wore wooden shoes called "sabots", and as the revolution degenerated, they would kill anyone who wasn't wearing the phrygian cap or the tri-color facade as a traitor to the revolution by beating them with their "sabots", hence sabotage. I think the latest shenanigans both from certain men in the society and Levada reveal their sabots.

Father Anthony Cekada said...

Good analogy — but if this happens, it will be Bp. Fellay's fault.

The last thing you should do in the midst of a crisis where your authority is being publicly challenged is to temporize and then lay the matter before the Estates General.

Will Bp. Williamson make himself available on Skype to lead the Tennis Court Oath? He does live in Wimbledon, after all...

Long-Skirts said...

Father Renaud de la Mott wrote:

“Never before has Faith been more invoked in order to justify our temptations of pride and independence, the sign of a resolutely modern spirit!

REVOLUTION

The Revolution
For all men’s rights -
Guillotined the Carmelite

The Revolution
The Church did smite -
Guillotined the Carmelite

The Revolution
The Catholic blight -
Guillotined the Carmelite

The Revolution
The lady’s knight -
Guillotined the Carmelite

The Revolution
Fraternal might -
Guillotined the Carmelite

But Carmels’ blood
In a Bishop’s vein runs
Through sons who now guillotine… ALL revolutions!

Athanasius said...

Good analogy — but if this happens, it will be Bp. Fellay's fault.
The last thing you should do in the midst of a crisis where your authority is being publicly challenged is to temporize and then lay the matter before the Estates General.


Perhaps, although unless I'm mistaken this chapter was already called 6 years ago to as an annual meeting, it wasn't called just now. Nevertheless who knows what upheavals there may be.

Will Bp. Williamson make himself available on Skype to lead the Tennis Court Oath? He does live in Wimbledon, after all...

Ha, Father as always, your humor is apt.

Floreat said...

Forgive me, Fr Cekada, but I struggle to understand why you feel the need to chip in so frequently on discussions concerning the SSPX - too often, it looks like pot-stirring.

I do hope that you and Bp Dolan are overcoming your own recent problems at St Gertrude's.

Barbara said...

Well, Rorate Caeli these days reads like a "thriller" regarding this situation of the Fraternity of St. Pius X and Rome.

Thank you so much for this latest jewel!

Father Renaud de la Motte Prior has in a most holy manner clobbered everyone. That's the way to go!

"The amazing sight of division, that of silent but nevertheless real struggles, of political tactics, are unworthy of the Society and of our priories!
Have salt in you, and have peace among you. (Mk ix, 49)."

See jow the good Father doesn't go on about how "bad" Rome is?

Quite frankly, and with all due respect, I am a little tired of the laments and negativity that I have been reading lately about this situation . Language of politics and deals? You heard Father - UNWORTHY of the Society and subsequently UNWORTHY of all Catholics - also those in Rome. It doesn't mean we have to have proscuitto over our eyes and ears, BUT - "Let you have within yourseles the salt of discretion. (Lv ii, 13) "Let your speech be always in grace seasoned with salt: that you may know how you ought to answer every man. (Cl iv, 6."
There you go...

New Catholic - you are always so witty but I hope you are wrong about "a 1789 in the SSPX" - I hope it's just a family disagreement (granted it is a BIG ONE)!

I eagerly await all of the next installments.

SMILES ANF PRAYERS FOR ALL CONCERNED!

Barbara

Rob Collorafi said...

I am not a member of the Society of St. Pius X, but I have to say that I am struck by the deeply spiritual tone of this lovely admonition.

It is a fitting testament to the holiness of the priesthood as is obviously exercised by thie good priest.

Ad multos annos.

rodrigo said...

I do hope that you and Bp Dolan are overcoming your own recent problems at St Gertrude's.

Even if the St Gertrude's unpleasantness has now passed, poor Fr Cekada must still be recovering from the news that, for all his pamphleteering, the only person of any note to have embraced the sedevacantist cause in recent years is Hans Küng. That'd be enough to drive anyone to want to spend a few weeks at Bishop's Lodge.

Louise said...

"Forgive me, Fr Cekada, but I struggle to understand why you feel the need to chip in so frequently on discussions concerning the SSPX - too often, it looks like pot-stirring."

Very well said Floreat, I'm getting sick and tired of this man sticking his nose into things that don't concern him and trying to cause trouble!

St. Paul's supplicant said...

"Veni Sancte Spiritus"

May Rev. Fr. Renaud de la Motte's inspired words revolve throughout the SSPX and all who are attentive to the current critically important communications with the Holy Father.

His closing words should be contemplated by the privileged priests of SSPX who will ALL render an accounting to Christ, Our King as their Judge for the sublime elevation of the sacred service to which they have been called by Divine Providence: "It will be divine love, joined with the inspiration of the Holy Ghost, and the grace of baptism, that will make the priests of the Society of Saint Pius X truly apostolic men, as salt is extracted with the heat of the Sun and the blow of the wind over the waters of the seas."

With St. Paul's intercession, may they all kneel in earnest celestial contemplation!

Kosta63 said...

Tous chez Floreat and Louise !

Pardon my French, but with regards to the mentioned commentator butt out!

Some in that crowd were nothing but
agitators and trouble makers here in Michigan.

BE CATHOLIC in this time of apostasy. Pray for the Holy Father and work for Church Unity.

If not... get outta my Church or are you already.

with all love and respect...
yada yada

New Catholic said...

Barbara, "1789 in the Fraternity?" is the actual title of the article.

NC

Matt said...

GQ Rep said, "If the saboteurs of an agreement in the Vatican (like Levada, Re, Bertone, Sodano, Kasper, et al) have their way, the efforts of Pope Benedict XVI and the great Bishp Fellay will be for nothing.

I wish the Pope had the backbone to discard Levada and replace him with Burke (and NOT Muller in Regensburg Germany), and also sack Bertone (who has tried to undermine every traditional move by Benedict XVI since becoming Secretary of State).
"


You are so right! If this Reunion does not take place, then, as I have said before, ultimately I blame the Holy Father. Is he in control or is he not? Does he have the power in this existence to loose in Heaven and on Earth? Well then, where does blame lay in this?

This bit with Bertone, how is it such a thing can continue? If any company had such a right-hand man constantly undermining the president/CEO, how long would that schlub last? How is it nonsense continues in the Church? No wonder these Clergymen of ours have this entitlement mentality.

!

Rick DeLano said...

It certainly does not look good on the surface, but that is all we see.

A great deal of good can come out of this, even if rapprochement fails for now.

We will, I hope, see the actual preamble, and be in a position to assess what the Holy Father actually requires of us, as a matter of solemn binding and loosing.

Rob Collorafi said...

I would repectfully disagree with Fr. Cekada, but I am quite saddened by the tone of a few of the commenters with respect to him.

Although I am not a sedevacantist, I had the honor of serving Mass for Fr. Cekada as a young boy growing up in the SSPX, and I have always thought highly of him.

May I ask everyone on this wonderful forum if they would consider saying a Hail Mary that Fr. Cekada may one day find himself in full communion with the Pope being able to exercise his considerable talents as head of an approved traditional parish?

He is a priestly gentleman of formidable intellect, competence and skill, as well as a marvelous musician, and anyone who has had the pleasure of knowing him would say that the Church would benefit greatly from his exercising an approved ministry.

May we never alienate such a good soul, though we may disagree with him! :)

With our prayers and sacrifices it is always possible he may have a change of heart, and no matter what, may God bless him always.

John H said...

GQ Rep and Matt,
You miss the point! This is about 1789 INSIDE the SSPX, with SSPX "saboteurs." It is high time you stop blaming everyone else outside and look in the mirror, for the mirror will reveal a horrible thing: the SSPX saboteurs, the evil SSPX men who have leaked private documents so as to sabotage the agreement and the men against the agreement in the Roman Curia are on the same side! The bad bishops of the Church and the SSPX saboteurs are now self-evidently fighting the same battle, the battle against Christian unity, and they are fighting against the same enemy: the lawful authority of the Catholic Church and of the SSPX.

John H said...

I will add that one thing I find very interesting is that Bishop Fellay trusts Mons. Ganswein. This may add to what a Vatican Insider author explains about the current war inside the curia, between the papal apartments and the Secretariat of State, or, one could say, between Mons. Ganswein and Cardinal Bertone:

"But then came a series of contested nominations, such as those for the Archdioceses of Turin and Milan. In both cases, Bertonian candidates were rejected in favour of those preferred by the Italian Bishop’s Conference team lead by Cardinals Bagnasco and Ruini who saw the Pope’s secretary, Fr. Georg, as an excellent support figure, apt for creating a power balance with the Secretary of State. This detachment between papal apartment and Secretariat of State is partly responsible for triggering surprise appointments and unexpected decisions." The author, Giacomo Galeazzi, goes on to say that while "the theologian and pastor Joseph Ratzinger listens to both his personal secretary and to his “prime minister”... [t]hey both secretly have their swords crossed and are involved in an internal power struggle. This battle is renewed, though not visibly, each time the Pope needs to make an important decision."

Also interesting is the fact that Cardinal Ruini, a man of more traditional values in Rome, is allied with Mons. Ganswein. I hope that the Ganswein-Ruini wing win this battle.

Lily said...

I read the other day that Pope Benedict had accepted Levada's early retirement tis last week and that Levada was actually back in the U.S. Is this not true?

A Rorate reader said...

This letter is EXCELLENT and clearly inspired by the Holy Spirit Himself.

May everyone read and re-read it! These 3 exhortations alone are a feast for meditation:

"Let you have within yourselves the salt of discretion. (Lv ii, 13)

Let your speech be always in grace seasoned with salt: that you may know how you ought to answer every man. (Cl iv, 6)


Let us have, finally, the salt of perseverance, and of stability in love for God and neighbor."

Thank you, Rorate Caeli, for sharing this. I believe the title does an injustice to the quality of the work!

Thank you, Rev. Fr. de la Motte, for every sacrifice that you have made in your life that has brought you before the Throne of Christ, Our King to be embued with such thoughts. May you always do His Will.

Carl said...

Rob Collorafi - I had the pleasure of meeting Rev. Cekada some years ago, and I always keep him in my prayers, but forgive me if I agree with his detractors. I regard his intellect as "above average," and he uses it to pray on the weak and the scandalized, studiously avoiding anyone capable of rebutting his erroneous positions. In various encounters throught he years, he seems to enjoy playing the pot-stirrer, the colorful provocateur.

I was appalled by his brag about what he would have done anything differently in 1983: "I should have taken," Cekada writes, "a HARDER line: had the locks changed on the Ridgefield seminary, sent Fr. Williamson packing, and kept Abp. Lefebvre out altogether." Later in his account of this horrible affair, Cekada shamelessly taunts the Society with his material gains: "SSPX's representatives blundered into giving us a 40% rebate on the buy-out [of some properties] ... SSPX seemed to be unaware that during the course of the litigation we had already PAID OFF the mortages on [the Redford and St. Paul properties] -- something their lawyer could have found out merely by phoning the public records departments in Michigan and Minnesota." Does this not sound hardly better than nyah, nyah, OUR lawyers were better than YOURS? Is it not understandable that so many members of the Society harbor such resentment against him (and the other eight)?

Rev. Cekada has many fine personal qualities that I think you describe very charitably. But please realize he is here to pick off whatever "hardline" Society members he can (especially priests and big donors). One of Rev. Cekada's most admirable qualities is honesty. In my experience, he is sometimes honest even to a fault (see quotes from the previous paragraph). I have invited him to deny my statement that he is here to stir the pot and pick off the Society's hardliners. He hasn't so far, and I don't think he has any intention of doing so in the future. He might equivocate, but I don't think he will deny it.

I pray that one day he realizes his error and returns to the Society in repentance and accepts whatever penance is owed for what he has done.

I am not Spartacus said...

Dear N.C. and others. If you were not aware of it, I have spent the last several weeks digging-up as much dirt as I could about the society and then rhetorically slinging that in the metaphorical faces of The SSPX and those who support it.

I have been crass, cruel, angry, and sinful, and I apologise for what I have done and I ask for forgiveness.

Nobody ever elected me to anything and certainly nobody elected me to oppose anything or anyone.

That is not what I am supposed to be doing as a Catholic.

I have imposed upon my own self the toughest possible penance - keeping clammed-up about the business of others.

I have more'n enough on my own platter of sin to deal with.

Pax tecum.

Father Anthony Cekada said...

Sheesh, Carl, you should have been paying attention a few days ago, when one poster here attacked another poster about "pride issues," and

Jordanes said...

"{The comment] is unhelpful, irrelevant, and frankly unwelcome here. No more of that please -- from anyone. Address issues, ideas, and arguments, not the person of the one offering the ideas and arguments regarding the issue."

But since you asked, no, I'm not here to "pick off" SSPX hardliners or big donors — though I will make an exception if you yourself, Carl, want to send me a big, fat check!

So, do you want to go back to discussing the issue I raised:

If Bp. Fellay truly wanted the accord to succeed, was/is it a good strategy to have the General Chapter discuss it?

Floreat said...

Wandering a little off piste, I wonder if, instead, we could debate whether providing written opinions recommending that life support systems be turned off on grounds of cost is compatible with Catholic belief?

New Catholic said...

Wow, that really is way off topic...

NIANTIC said...

Dear I AM NOT SPARTACUS, I respect you for your public mea culpa. We all go through valleys of anger and confusion and bewilderment and the current issue of Rome and the SSPX is a prime example. It takes a real man, or real woman, to face up to our demons and fight back. Just remember that the priests of the Society love God with all their hearts and would fight to the death to uphold His honor and the purity of the Faith. May God bless you always and I say welcome back! Pax Christi.

Adfero said...

Not Spartacus, don't beat yourself up too much. Most of us have, unfortunately, been there. You've apologized, let it be forgotten, by us and by you.

Jeremiah Methuselah said...

My Goodness, these last few days, I have been reading the comments on this blog with ever-growing bewilderment and fascinated amazement. Where do so many of you get your “information” from ? How do you arrive at such convoluted conclusions ? It’s my guess they are, mostly, based on nothing more substantial than wild speculation, inspired by I know not what and don’t actually want to know. All the while, I was minded to broach the subject, not quite deciding how to do it, then I saw :

“Dear N.C. and others. If you were not aware of it, I have spent the last several weeks digging-up as much dirt as I could about the society and then rhetorically slinging that in the metaphorical faces of The SSPX and those who support it.
I have been crass, cruel, angry, and sinful, and I apologise for what I have done and I ask for forgiveness.
Nobody ever elected me to anything and certainly nobody elected me to oppose anything or anyone.
That is not what I am supposed to be doing as a Catholic.
I have imposed upon my own self the toughest possible penance - keeping clammed-up about the business of others.
I have more'n enough on my own platter of sin to deal with.
Pax tecum.”

“I am not Spartacus”, you have a SOLID heart and masses of courage and I salute you. Perhaps some others should take note of this man’s noble retraction ? HINT.

When I see such remarks as “the evil SSPX men who have leaked private documents” I ask myself, who the Hell do these people think they are ? “Evil men “ ??? That contribution was really, really useful NOT. Judge not you guys, please.

NC, you have a very good site indeed, but its credibility is slowly but surely being eroded when you allow wholesale calumny and, for all I know, detraction to appear so regularly on Rorate, you simply don’t need it and it is doing yourself a disservice to allow it. Time for a reality check maybe ?

And, look man, those clever persons who take such delight in attacking Fr Cekada should look over their shoulder and ask forgiveness of their Guardian Angel, who must be ashamed. Father’s views are far from being my own, in many cases, but he is a Catholic priest, although with very different views to many. His sincerity and faith are scorned by idiots, sorry for the lapse into personal criticism. When you sit down and think, long and hard, about the actions of some popes, inclusding recent Keepers of the Keys, it is very easy, I maintain, to begin to understand why some go the SV route. Me, not yet, Deo gratias.

If you have a problem with Fr Cekada, well, ladies and gentlemen, what about all those wretchedly defiant (ex ?) priests in Germany - or was it Austria ? So many losing their faith at the moment.

And to have the temerity to say “I regard his intellect as "above average," is the exquisite exemplar of arrogance. Fr Cekada will be so thrilled to note your approbation, but I hope he will not waste bandwidth with a reply to this fatuosity.

And, BTW, whilst we are busy insulting and castigating those who may well be our betters, in many ways, might we not rather respect the correct Catholic way to address, or to refer to our bishops, the successors of St Peter, ie by their proper title ? OK, “+Fellay” is, just, just, OK, but use of surnames only lacks respect. No discussion AFAIAC.

Those who see Signor Tornielli as the fons et origo, one who knows all about what is happening in the Vatican have surrendered their critical faculties, where appropriate, to hot journalism.

New Catholic, I hope you will take this whence it comes, I know the demands of running a website such as this one, one which defo has claim to be current and important, are nearly impossible (unless you are one those multi-millionaires who have minions to respond to your every wish ?)

Please take my remarks on board, they are occasioned by a) what I have read; b) what I know and c) what I believe, deep in my soul.

On the Feast of the Precious Blood of Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, who bleeds still, copiously

The Most Precious Blood's beggar said...

To: "I am not Sparticus"

I am eternally grateful for your humble conveyance revealing the abundant graces bestowed to you.

As the price of each grace is Our Divine Savior's Most Precious Blood, to behold your humble cooperation is a relief beyond measure. Having implored "the Lamb" to bestow such Mercy toward you through sacrifices and prayers, your inspired words manifesting your most careful utilization of His grace is a sign of the Holy Spirit's instructional love for all of us.

We are in the Apocalypse. The opening of the Sixth Seal is promised. You are being prepared by His Merciful Charity in advance of the multitudes.

Courage - Christ's Most Precious Blood is the "Vanquisher of devils"! He will Triumph as He is already in your soul.

Pax Christi!

Floreat said...

Communiqué from the General House of the Society of Saint Pius X (May 11, 2012)

An exchange of private letters between the Superior General of the Society of Saint Pius X and the three other bishops was circulated on the Internet on May 9, 2012. This behavior is reprehensible. The person who breached the confidentiality of this internal correspondence committed a serious sin.


Its publication will encourage those who are fomenting division; the Society of Saint Pius X asks its priests and lay faithful not to respond except by redoubling their prayers, so that only the will of God may be done, for the good of the Church and the salvation of souls.


Menzingen, May 11, 2012

Carl said...

Rev. Cekada - I sincerely thank you for your response, and because of my high regard for your honesty, I take you at your word in rejecting my speculation about your motives for being here (although I note you didn't deny that you are here to attract frustrated priests away from the Society). I accept your invitation to put away personal issues and answer your extremely fair question.

As an administrative director, I believe in two kinds of committees: One to come up with ideas and the other to more effectively implement policies. The former I pack with unlike-minded persons, the latter with like-minded. Committees at best waste time and at worst cause trouble when their purpose is not clearly defined and/or their membership does not correspond to the purpose. The problem is that people on committees often have more ambitious purposes and ideas than those of us that call committees into existence would like them to have. As such, I'm not a big fan of committees or committee decision-making.

Therefore, the value of the strategy to have the General Chapter discuss the accord depends on two things I don't know. 1) How clear is Bishop Fellay in what he wants to do? 2) What sort of people are on the General Chapter, how like-minded are they to Bishop Fellay?

From my limited perspective, the answer to the first question seems to be "very clear." The answer to the second question seems to be "far more like-minded than not." Therefore, I think it would be a good idea to have the General Chapter discuss it in a carefully controlled context of 1) informing committee members of the state of discussion and what it would take for an accord to take place, and 2) strategies for bringing the ENTIRE Society along if the accord should take place. The members of the General Chapter should be viewed as assets in bringing about a more effective implementation of the accord that might take place.

If the position of Bishop Fellay is what it seems (i.e. recogntion cannot be allowed to change the Society in any way, it is simply a matter of justice), I think his position is strong enough that he can hear and answer objections to the accord. If his position were some kind of sell-out (as you seem to believe, I think unfairly), however, allowing such discussion would be a mistake. Moreover, when openness is possible, it is preferable, because when you hear and intelligently answer people's objections, it tends to win them over and unite them.

So in a word: Yes, I think it is a good idea to discuss the accord with the General Chapter.

Carl said...

Jeremiah Methuselah: Why is it "temerity" or "arrogant" to think well of a man's intelligence without thinking it superlative, inspiring fear and reverence ("formidable")? I would not be offended if Rev. Cekada stated a believe that my own intellect was "not formidable but above average." I'd be complimented, even embarrassed, if somebody called me honest to a fault and having an above average intellect. I can think of worse things to say about myself.

If Rev. Cekada prays for me as I pray for him, I am grateful to him.