Rorate Caeli
From DICI:

The Superior General, Bishop Bernard Fellay, has learnt by the press of Bishop Richard Williamson’s decision, just ten days before his trial, to dismiss the lawyer charged with his defense, in favor of a lawyer who is openly affiliated to the so-called neo-Nazi movement in Germany, and to other such groups.

Bishop Fellay has given Bishop Williamson a formal order to go back on this decision and to not allow himself to become an instrument of political theses that are completely foreign to his mission as a Catholic bishop serving the Society of Saint Pius X.

Disobedience to this order would result in Bishop Williamson being expelled from the Society of Saint Pius X.

Menzingen, november 20 of 2010.
Fr. Christian Thouvenot, general Secretary


Dr. Herbert R. said...

Bishop Williamson has been so controversial and I have the impression that he is becoming an obstacle to reconciliation and to the betterment of the church and the SSPX in particular.

Anonymous said...

Of course, this means that the window of opportunity for W. to reverse course closes at the end of this month.

Let us suppose that W. does reverse course. That would leave Fellay in an untenable position. He'd be forced to keep W. in the S.S.P.X while, at the same time, the Society would be tarnished by association with a man who once founded 'Viking Youth' in imitation of Hitler Youth (and the indirect reference to His Holiness, coming especially after this recent condom brouhaha, would not be appreciated in heraldically-challenged Rome). W. is now connected irrevocably to Viking Youth, Hitler Youth, Fascist Youth, Neo-Nazi Youth, and other groups which are as insane as the communists are, if it is possible to be that insane.

If Fellay cannot jettison Williamson, Fellay and the S.S.P.X get connected with Viking Youth too. So Fellay, politically-speaking, really must remove W. now. He must find a way.

I don't think that W. would have pulled this latest stunt unless he meant to create an excuse to leave. He knows that his continued presence and this trial will be more of a trial for the S.S.P.X than for himself. But why would W. leave having associated himself with the very people who murdered Archbishop Lefebvre's father?

As a zealous and uncompromising royalist (and the same M. Lefebvre was also that), I am vehemently against all fascists and Nazis, just a I am vehemently against all communists. This is not about Williamson's views on a point of secular history, which he has every right to hold. This is about W. connecting himself to the anti-Catholic philosphy of fascism. Fascism and Naziism, like liberation theology and Marxism, should be suppressed in the Church with extreme prejudice.

I'd say that W. will be gone by the opening of Advent. Pray for him.


Anonymous said...

Dr. Herbert R.:

No offence is intended to you but I just can't resist the following remark:

You're kidding!


Anonymous said...

I think that Bishop Williamson is an obstacle, inside SSPX as well as outside. He needs our prayers and help of some psychological nature.

It is best that such a high-profile figure, of his reputation, leave SSPX, but that is, of course, a matter for them to decide.

Fr. A.

Sixupman said...

About time too, but how many of his coterie would follow him? His erudition in matters Catholic is not disputed, but he see's himself as a man apart a contraversialist and revels in it. His time in the USA did great damge to SSPX. Such included some of his cohorts going so far as to institute 'brown shirt (?) "Honor Guards" to protect the message and harrass the unreceptive.

Anonymous said...


Please be more precise. I presume you do not mean to include either Franco or Salazar in your condemnation of "fascist" regimes, or indeed any of the splendidly Christian regimes which have been so denounced by Leftists of all stripes?

Pablo said...

With His Eminence Bishop Richardson gone, who will the whitened sepulchers within the SSPX have to kick around?

There are many, many holy people within the SSPX.

There is an element within it that is very mean spirited and has no problem trashing holy Priests.

They wholeheartedly believe they are doing God’s work.

With Bishop Williamson gone, who will the vultures attack next?

What will Bishop Fellay do when Bishop Williamson leaves, and takes the limelight with him?

I entrust this whole matter in the hands of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, “Mother of the Priest par excellence, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and through Him, of all priests in whom she forms her Son”.


LeonG said...

Indirectly blaming Williamson for the moral, financial, liturgical, pastoral and general organisational chaos in the NO church ("betterment") is a very reductionist approach. Bishop Fellay needs to think more than twice before he associates the Confraternity in "full communion" with a decadent post-conciliar church. The longer discussions continue the better for us all. Williamson is on the periphery and really inconsequential to what transpires. The so-called "hermeneutic of continuity" & the role of the SSPX in its disestablshment are far more significant than a man who has the right to express his mind on politial matters in spite of what the tyrannical liberals of Germany claim.

Br. David ofm said...

Well done Mgr. Fellay..
Ex toto corde
br. david

Carlos Antonio Palad said...

"I presume you do not mean to include either Franco or Salazar in your condemnation of "fascist" regimes"

Neither Franco nor Salazar were fascists, and the attachment of that label to them was mainly the work of liberals and anticlericals.

Auricularis said...

It was a mistake for the late Archbishop to allow himself to coerce by the more hardline forces, back in 1988, to ordain Fr. Richard Williamson as bishop.

Fr. Franz Schmidberger would have been a far better choice, but alas Lefebrve did not want to be seen creating a "parallel church" by consecrating the then superior general.

Anonymous said...

Good Lord! This is so sad news :'(

Despite his challenging remarks and thoughts, let us not overlook the good he has done. Mgr. Lefebvre once chose him - not someone else - to be one of the priests that was to be consecrated bishop of the Holy Church.

Let us pray for him! Let us pray a lot for him, that he strives for nothing but the love of God and the spreading of His Gospel!

Great would be the loss of one of so few good catholic bishops! Great would be the loss of a group of faithful, would they follow him rather than the FSSPX!

But, as Church history shows, and also the 40 years of history of the FSSPX - but a small part of our Lord's Church, I truly believe - humiliations have been thrown at the Church (and the FSSPX). But, what does not kill Her, makes Her stronger! (And She will not die.)

Good Lord, have mercy on us and your bishop!

Hail, holy Queen, Mother of Mercy,
our life, our sweetness and our hope.
To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve;
to thee do we send up our sighs,
mourning and weeping in this valley of tears.

Turn then, most gracious advocate,
thine eyes of mercy toward us;
and after this our exile,
show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.

V. Pray for us O holy Mother of God,
R. that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Almighty, everlasting God, who by the co-operation of the Holy Spirit didst prepare the body and soul of the glorious Virgin-Mother Mary to become a dwelling-place meet for thy Son: grant that as we rejoice in her commemoration; so by her fervent intercession we may be delivered from present evils and from everlasting death. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

O God, our refuge and our strength, look down with mercy upon the people who cry to Thee; and by the intercession of the glorious and immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of God, of Saint Joseph her spouse, of the blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, and of all the saints, in Thy mercy and goodness hear our prayers for the conversion of sinners, and for the liberty and exaltation of our Holy Mother the Church. Through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Pax et Bonum,

Paul Haley said...

I think the less said about Bishop Williamson the better. He has used his position and the limelight attached to it to do harm to the Society and, indirectly, to the Church. One would think that he would ascribe to higher motives after having been now twice warned by his superior. He hasn't really had to lock horns with those who hold differing historical/political views from his own but is incapable, it seems, of avoiding the temptation to do so. Bishop Fellay will not put up with any more of his nonsense. It's too bad, really, because he has a lot of qualities that could be useful in the dire straights that lie ahead.

Anonymous said...

I didn't know that the importance of the Incarnation depended upon whether 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 million Jews were killed in the Holocaust.

Bishop Williamson has become the Catholic equivalent of Lenny Bruce, lost in his own world.

Anonymous said...

"Disobedience to this order would result in Bishop Williamson being expelled from the Society of Saint Pius X."

Unless, naturally, there is a "state of emergency" in the Society. Oh the irony.

Anagnostis said...

The split is long overdue. It will be interesting to see how the SSPX fare released from the succubus of Williamsonism; interesting too to discover how much of the Anglophone contingent (and the British district in particular) will elect to follow this strange demagogue into sectarian oblivion. In any case, nothing but good can come of it.

Jack said...

There is not a "NO church" or "post-conciliar church" or "Vatican II" church.

And there is not a "traditional church" or "true church".

There is simply One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church.

And there is no such thing as the distinction between "conciliar Rome" vs. "eternal Rome."

This is just the Protestant heresy of "visible" vs "invisible" church with different words.

Enoch said...

I disagree with P.K.T.P. that, politically-speaking, Bp. Fellay must find a way to remove Bp. Williamson now. I assume that Bp. Fellay hopes that Bp. Williamson will indeed reconsider his decision
to hire a lawyer with neo-Nazi connections.

In trying to see the situation from Bp. Fellay's point of view (and I don't know really if this is his point of view of course), but consider what may happen if Bp. Williamson goes to Germany for his trial, and, with the aid of this new lawyer, tries to plead his innocence by showing the supposed "truths" of revisionism. This could have the potential to be quite scandalous, and thus have a detrimental effect on the SSPX.

Also, it may be possible that Bp. Williamson won't mind being expelled from the SSPX. He would no doubt become a sort of dry martyr for the cause of revisionism. His followers would then claim that he was expelled from the Society because he refused to compromise with "truth."

I hope and pray that Bp. Williamson changes his mind, and does as Bp. Fellay requests of him. Bp. Williamson may indeed believe that the cause of revisionism is worthy of great sacrifice on his part (being expelled from the SSPX), but it is not. How will he support himself if he is forced to leave the SSPX? He is accustomed to living in comfortable circumstances, provided by the SSPX. If he leaves, how will he survive?

The revisionists, many of whom are non-Catholic, only care about him as a spokesperson for their cause. They do not love and care about him out of love of Almighty God, but, instead, it's only out of love for their cause.

Anonymous said...

I have to wonder if this whole incident isn't being set up (maybe not initially, but now almost for sure) by Bishop Williamson. My thought process is this:

1. W. sees the writing on the wall that the SSPX and the Pope are clearly working towards some type of reconcilliation (whether or not true reconcilliation ever happens, is of course, only known to those parties directly involved).

2. Some (many?) SSPX followers will not accept any reconcilliation with Rome.

3. W. wants to provide for the SSPX followers who will not accept reconcilliation with Rome.

4. W. is the most likely of all SSPX bishops to not accept a reconcilliation.

5. W. wants to protect the SSPX in Germany.

6. W. needs a way to leave the SSPX.

7. W. will almost surely lose his trial in Germany regardless of his attorney.

8. By hiring a neo-Nazi affiliated attorney, W. succeeds in removing himself from the SSPX, does not affect the outcome of his trial, and remains a bishop (one who no longer has the censure of excommunication - regardless of if that censure was valid or not) to provide refuge, leadership, and sacramental authority for those who refuse to accept the SSPX's reconcilliation with Rome.

Maybe, I'm reading too far into this, but this whole attorney-thing seems a little too ridiculous (even for Bishop Williamson) unless he has alterior motives in mind.


Athelstane said...

I would agree with Mr. Palad, that neither Salazar nor Franco (nor their regimes proper) qualify as "fascist," properly understood. The most that might be said is that they received the support (both foreign and domestic) of some (i.e., the Falange, Italy, Germany) who could be qualified as such.

Otherwise, they hearkened back to an older form of authoritarianism which is quite distinct (and in opposition to) fascism.

I tend to think that Bp. Williamson is forcing the Society's hand with this latest maneuver - and it would not surprise me if it is intended by him as a way to leave the Society.

Hugo Mendez said...

Amen, P. K. T. P.

John McFarland said...

Let me offer a relatively educated guess about what happened here.

When Bishop Williamson engaged Herr Nahrath, he no doubt knew that the latter was a National Democratic Party stalwart. But the NPD is not neo-Nazi, as even such a mad-dog Zionist as Walter Laqueur has stated. HE almost certainly did not know about the Viking Youth business since, after all, that was quite a while ago.

In any event, HE probably also assumed that nobody much cared who represented him in his appeal.

Obviously, he was wrong about that. The English edition of Ha'aretz looks to have been ocvering it since at least mid-week.

Once it started to find its way into the German papers, the Society did what it customarily does as regards HE: it denounced him without even pretending to have looked into the facts, and threatened to sack him if he didn't sack Herr N. The term is "distancing." No doubt the SSPX leadership spoke with HE; but it would have ruined the distancing effect to have mentioned it, or to have left out the threat of dismissal. The point of the exercise is to keep the SSPX from being run out of Germany, and perhaps other places.

I would bet my retirement money that HE will dismiss Herr N, except that it's immoral to bet on a sure thing. But we'll find out about that soon enough.

Anonymous said...

Given that top NPD members are collaborators of the BND it is clear that bishop Williamson is being manipulated into something bad for the Church, but good for the liberals and the German state.

Melchior Cano said...

John McFarland: "Once it started to find its way into the German papers, the Society did what it customarily does as regards HE: it denounced him without even pretending to have looked into the facts"

And John McFarland does what he customarily does as regards these things; he made rash judgment on Bishop Fellay and the Society at large regarding situations to which he could in no way be privy.


Duarte said...

Concerning a point raised above in some comments, the regime of Salazar in Portugal was surely not fascist, but neither was it Catholic---not with all the wishful thinking of the world.

Anonymous said...

"There is not a "NO church" or "post-conciliar church" or "Vatican II" church. And there is not a "traditional church" or "true church". There is simply One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. And there is no such thing as the distinction between "conciliar Rome" vs. "eternal Rome." This is just the Protestant heresy of "visible" vs "invisible" church with different words."

Talk about revisionism!...

As for Bishop Williamson who has publicly stated his belief that the Holocaust is a lie, he should have been booted from the SSPX for his fatuous ignorance, let alone for the wild harm he has caused Monseigneur Lefebvre's Society, a very particular harm which, in my opinion, will be impossible for the Society to erase.

John McFarland said...

Anonymous 20:27,

BND as in Bundesnachrichtendienst?

So I take it that on your account, the NPD is a tool of the German equivalent of the CIA?

Sounds all too plausible. Provocation is a house with many mansions. But it seems that Menzingen has put the kibosh on it.

St. Michael the Archangel, defend Bishop Williamson and the rest of us in battle...

Dear Mr. Cano,

The SSPX report indicated in as many words that it was acting based on what had appeared in the papers.

Nor am I criticizing this: in parrying these blows, what the SSPX has to deal with is not the truth, but the propaganda machine controlled by its enemies.

Other than the atmospherics, I've never taken much issue with the Society's treatment of Bishop Williamson. Indeed, the refusal to sack Bishop Williamson merely for his beliefs about the Holocaust is fairly described as heroic, since that's what it's all about.

Anonymous said...

Anon. 9.03:

No, I would not include Franco or Salazar. Contrary to popular belief, they were not fascists. And I support their sides entirely and would have fought against the communists in Spain.

This does not mean that Franco is beyond criticism. He should have restored the monarchy instantly. Nobody can take the place of the King.


Anonymous said...


Re-consider. Regardless of which lawyer W. hires, his defence is likely to be very controversial. If he makes that defence as a member of the S.S.P.X, it will reflect on the Society and on the Pope who lifted his excommunication. If he is expelled, the Society and the Pope can dismiss him as an unCatholic misguided soul.

Most people will not make many distinctions regarding a 'revisionist' defence. The very fact that he is making *any* defence will rivet the attention of the press and reflect negatively on those with whonm W. is associated.


Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. McFarland:

If W. didn't know about the Viking Youth, then he didn't do his homework. Given the tendencies of this lawyer, it would have been normal to investigate who the hell he was. So I find this analysis to be a bit stretched.


I've had similar ideas that W. might be trying to engineer an exit. But I think that we are reading too much in to Bsp. Fellay's intent. I seen no reason to suppose that a deal is imminent between the S.S.P.X and Rome. And if someone would oppose such a deal, it would likely be Bishop Tissier.


Anonymous said...

I know this may be nit-picky but here it goes:

Pablo, Bishop Williamson is not to be addressed as "His Eminence," this is a title reserved for Cardinals. Rather, one would use "His Excellency" or "His Lordship," when referring to a bishop.

Anonymous said...


Good points.