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http://www.dici.org/en/news/sspx-press- ... y-11-2012/

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SSPX Press Communiqué of July 11, 2012

11-07-2012
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The General Chapter of the Society of St. Pius X opened Monday, July 9, 2012, at the seminary of Econe (Switzerland), and will continue until Saturday, July 14. The object of this meeting is to examine issues that arise between the elective chapters that take place every 12 years – the next will be held in July 2018.

In the present context, following the response of Cardinal William Levada, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, on June 14, 2012, this chapter will permit the Superior General, Bishop Bernard Fellay, to make known the state of relations of the Society of St. Pius X with Rome, and obtain feedback from the capitularies on this subject. Discussions are being conducted in a fraternal atmosphere, marked by cordiality.

Econe, July 11, 2012

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Thu Jul 12, 2012 8:15 am
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Comments around the Web indicate some cynicism about the fraternal atmosphere and cordiality mentioned in this release.

It's certainly true that a secular or Conciliar Press Release is the kind of document which would characterise any lack of peace as "a fraternal atmosphere, marked by cordiality."

However, it's likely that this was stated because it's true, contrary to the apparently universal expectation amongst the laity of war at the General Chapter. Faced with such predictions, and such damaging predictions for the unity of the SSPX faithful and clergy, it would be wise to announce the contrary as soon as it became apparent that the prophecies of war were false.

I say "apparently universal expectation" because it's clear, as always, that it tends to be the less judicious observers who produce most of the public commentary.

The same thing is clear with respect to whether a deal is still likely. The deal was clearly in its death throes, if not completely without a pulse, by May 16. Yet quite a number of commentators are still warning about its imminent completion. One is tempted by the view that a deal somehow suits the agenda of such commentators, and they're not about to give up believing in it until they absolutely have to do so.

An entirely distinct question is whether Bishop Fellay might resign peacefully, having recognised that his authority has been irreparably damaged, in favour of Fr. Pfluger or Fr. de Cacquerey, for example. Fr. Pfluger is reportedly now convinced that the attempt to do a deal is deadly for the SSPX, and Fr. de Cacquerey has kept himself free of any suggestion of disloyal opposition whilst remaining all through opposed to a deal. Either might be a figure that has the seniority, moral authority, and independence of judgement to unite the Fraternity under him, if it were judged that Bishop Fellay will no longer be able to do so. Fr. Black is another who would be ideal, but his age would count against him.

But we'll know within a few days, and it might surprise a number of people how strong and united the Fraternity really is, and therefore how well it can weather even a crisis as severe as this one.

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So I presume that we may assume that Bishop Williamson did not attempt to defy the order that he not attend the General Council.


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Traditio reports that the Fellay chapter has voted by 29 to 9 to expel BW from the chapter.


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Gandolfo 1958 wrote:
Traditio reports that the Fellay chapter has voted by 29 to 9 to expel BW from the chapter.

Why do believe anything that Mr. Morrison ever writes? He has been proven to be wrong on countless occasions.

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Well the people at Rorate are hardly beacons of morality, but today we have a report of the same import to that of Mr. Morrison:

http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2012/0 ... -sspx.html

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UPHELD: Williamson exclusion maintained by SSPX General Chapter
Now that the matter has unfortunately been leaked and made public in the usual forums in which leaked documents magically appear, Rorate is independently able to confirm that the exclusion of Bishop Richard Williamson as a member of the General Chapter of the Society of Saint Pius X (FSSPX / SSPX) was upheld by an overwhelming majority of the capitularies currently assembled in midterm General Chapter taking place in the International Seminary of Saint Pius X, in Écône (Valais), Switzerland.

The news of the exclusion of Bishop Williamson by the SSPX Superior General, Bishop Bernard Fellay, "due to his stand calling to rebellion and for continually repeated disobedience," was first confirmed by another leaked letter sent by the General Secretary of the SSPX, Father Thouvenot, on June 25, 2012, which was leaked in the same usual forums on the very same day it was received. The ruling was questioned by Williamson himself, who appealed to the Chapter, whose members subsequently voted, in a secret ballot, to uphold the measure adopted by the Superior General.

The decision seems to show that the Superior General has kept his authority within the SSPX in these decisive months of discussions and decisions regarding the Society and the Holy See.

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Spin in every direction in all of this. My what a mess.

I know for a fact that there are men with great personal affection for Bishop Williamson who uphold his exclusion from the General Chapter. It is also a concern of some that opposition to a deal is seen to be membership in a faction dominated by Bishop Williamson, so this vote might relfect that concern to a degree. Finally, there are a very large number, probably a majority of the members, of the SSPX who disagree with what they see as Bishop Williamson's focus on essentially secular matters, and yet there is no doubt that a great majority of the membership of the SSPX is opposed to a deal just as strongly as he is.

Dumb Ox, on IA, virtually alone on that forum or any other, has pointed out that nothing should be read into this vote. He is right.

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It means nothing except for what was already largely expected - some tactical voting and one or two votes likely based upon dislike of personality rather than upon the principles involved.

It doesn't reflect or affect the size or the quality of the body of resistance to Bishop Fellay and his actions over the past few years that will become apparent at the end of the General Chapter.

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