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If this were not so sad I would laugh, especially the part about a "war to the death."

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An Interview With His Excellency Bishop Richard Williamson

His Excellency discusses the latest developments and offers his thoughts on any potential 'agreement'

By John Grasmeier
Angelqueen.org
October, 2006
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Bishop Williamson is an interviewer’s dream, especially if the interviewer happens to be a Catholic. Most especially if the interviewer happens to be a traditional Catholic.

Interesting, funny, extreme, plucky, holy, kind, harsh, intimidating, intelligent, humble, are some of the descriptive adjectives used, depending on who is offering the description. He’s described himself in a previous Angelqueen.org interview as “eccentric”.

There is one adjective however, that has never and most likely will never be used to describe His Excellency. That is “boring”. Inspiring boredom is one thing Bishop Williamson seems utterly incapable of.

Over the last year or so (since his last interview with us), most of my discussions with him have been more of a personal and off the record nature rather than geared towards any interviews. He’s an excellent person to talk to, and he’s an extremely valuable source of information and insight on a wide variety of issues.

Last week, I had called him to discuss a few things that were on my mind regarding all that was afoot with the Mass, the goings-on in Rome and some of the buzz about the Society regarding an “agreement” (there’s that word again) I found after that conversation and several that followed in subsequent days, that His Excellency would like to get some of his thoughts regarding these matters out to those who may be interested. I picked up that there were some specific issues he'd like to deal with, but I wasn't sure exactly how to ask questions in a way that would evoke responses that would communicate what was on mind. So I suggested a unique format. I would send him a few questions and he would answer whichever ones he cared to and the rest of the interview would be his. In other words, he could ask himself whatever questions he thought needed to be answered, and then proceed to answering them.

Of course this would put me in the position of having no control whatsoever over the content of the interview, but it seemed a good idea in order to extract from His Excellency what was on his mind.

The first two rather innocuous questions are mine, His Lordship takes the wheel from there.

Enjoy.

How may I best know, love and serve God?

This is the question that a young man put to Our Lord himself (Luke XVIII, 18-22). Our Lord told him to keep the Ten Commandments, and when the young man was still not satisfied, he was told to sell all he had and to follow Our Lord. In modern terms: firstly, pray, receive the sacraments and flee mortal sin; secondly, more perfectly, see if one has a vocation, and if one has, follow it
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What advice would you give to a young man who might then be contemplating a vocation as a priest?

He should pray quietly and steadily to discover the will of God, turning especially to the Mother of God through the Rosary, and to St Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church and so of vocations. The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, properly given, are also a great help in discovering a vocation. And the young man should consult a reliable priest who knows him.

And if the young man does then think he has a vocation?

He should make contact with any Congregation that celebrates exclusively the Tridentine Mass, and whose priests have borne good fruits. Our Lord tells us to judge by the fruits. A bad tree cannot bear good fruit.

Is the SSPX such a Congregation?

If Archbishop Lefebvre had not founded the SSPX in 1970, and if his successors had not from the time of his death in 1991 maintained the SSPX along the lines laid down by the Archbishop, where today would there still be the true Mass and the true Priesthood? By way of good fruits, to have played a major part in maintaining the true Mass and Priesthood through 35 years of the the 40-year post-Conciliar crisis, is surely enormous.

But the SSPX seems now on the brink of some kind of reconciliation with Conciliar Rome!

Beware of the media. It seems as though each time the Society’s Superior General, Bishop Fellay, talks to journalists, he has to claim afterwards that he was misrepresented. After the last commotion in the media, in January of this year, he said it was due entirely to “journalists, the Internet and BLEEPS!”.

So all the newspaper reports of an imminent reconciliation are false?

One thing above all should always be remembered, in 2006, and for as long as this post-Conciliar crisis will last, namely that it consists in a war to the death between two directly opposed religions: the Catholic religion centered on God, and the Conciliar religion centered on man and the modern world. The Conciliar religion is a diabolically skilful counterfeit of the true religion. Between these two religions, as such, there can be no peace until one of them is dead.

That is why, firstly, journalists who as journalists are representatives of the modern world, will always be liable to misrepresent spokesmen for the true religion. The latter need therefore to exercise great care in talking to journalists.

That is why, secondly, the French bishops who have given themselves over to the Conciliar religion are furiously opposing any “reconciliation” between Rome and representatives of the true religion.

And that is why, thirdly, Conciliar Rome recently approved of the semi-Traditional Good Shepherd Institute in Bordeaux, France, not because it is Traditional but because it is semi-, in order to draw SSPX priests and Catholic faithful away from the up till now fully Traditional SSPX, which, precisely because it is fully Traditional, Conciliar Rome must dilute or dissolve.

So you do not believe that that approval came from any real benevolence of Rome towards Catholic Tradition?

How could it ? Anything to be loved must first be known. The Conciliar Romans cannot, or will not, understand the absolute demands made by the one true religion of the one true God, so they cannot have any real love, or benevolence, towards it.

So you cannot believe that the SSPX Superior General is in any way moving towards Conciliar Rome?

I cannot believe that Bishop Fellay means to let Archbishop Lefebvre’s magnificent work of the Catholic Faith come under any Conciliar control. If ever he were to mean that, some of us might have difficulty following.

Do you see any advantage to the SSPX being at the center of a renewed storm of media attention?

Bishop Williamson: Some people say that any publicity is better than none for the SSPX, because it is still too little known amongst the public at large. But the confusion that follows on each of these storms is a heavy price to pay. Archbishop Lefebvre used to quote the French proverb: “Good is not noisy, and noise is not good”.

Then how do you think the SSPX should behave towards the Conciliar Romans?

With deference, with respect, with charity, even with affection (they will not have much love in the next life), but also with the utmost prudence – “He who sups with the Devil needs a long spoon”, and these Conciliarists are, not all of them by their intentions but all of them by their fruits, choosing to make themselves instruments of the Devil.

Might anything make you change your prudence towards them?

They must, clearly and unambiguously, denounce the Second Vatican Council and renounce their false Conciliar religion. As Archbishop Lefebvre always used to say, they must make a profession of faith in the “Syllabus” of Pius IX and in “Pascendi” of Pius X. For tens of years Cardinal Ratzinger denounced the results of the Council, but never as Cardinal nor now as Pope has he denounced its false principles. He has still not understood that the bad results flow from the bad principles. Until he understands that, he will continue to preside over the destruction of the Catholic Church.

And to seek the dilution or dissolution of the SSPX?

Bishop Williamson: Exactly.

Did you pray for the Pope as part of the SSPX’s recent “Spiritual Bouquet” to be offered to Benedict XVI?

I pray continually for the Pope, for cardinals, bishops and priests, as the Mother of God repeatedly asks us to do. May she obtain light and strength for all of us.

Thank you, your Excellency.


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he said it was due entirely to “journalists, the Internet and BLEEPS!”.



Do you suppose His Excellency actually said "bleeps", or is Mr. G. actually engaged in censoring him to guard over all of us? How much longer is he going to keep up this bit of juvenile foolishness?

I also enjoyed the good Bishop's characterization of "sup(ping) with the devil... with a long a spoon". I'm a firm believer in the proposition that one can save himself the price of a special spoon if he chooses his dinner guests more carefully.


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There is a tale which says that a king invited people to dinner and being famished they all hurriedly sat down to eat. But on beginning to eat they found that each of them had long spoons. Try as they might they could not get the food into their mouths. So in disgust they left the place and walked out and the door was closed after them.

Passing a neighboring dining room they saw that the diners also had long spoons but they were all serving each other and having a rollicking time.

The good Abp obviously hadn't heard that one.


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Pax Christi !

Let's pray the SSPX take heed regarding this observation and make the correct conclusions.

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So all the newspaper reports of an imminent reconciliation are false?

One thing above all should always be remembered, in 2006, and for as long as this post-Conciliar crisis will last, namely that it consists in a war to the death between two directly opposed religions: the Catholic religion centered on God, and the Conciliar religion centered on man and the modern world. The Conciliar religion is a diabolically skilful counterfeit of the true religion. Between these two religions, as such, there can be no peace until one of them is dead.


And tell again why you think Benedict a true pontiff of the Catholic Church?

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Fri Oct 27, 2006 7:02 pm
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Who or what is the visible Head of "a diabolically skillful counterfiet of the true religion"? And does anyone know if the Spiritual Bouquet has been completed and delivered?


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Interestingly enough (sic) the Moderator over there at AngelQueen has a macro that runs that turns the word
sedevacantist into "BLEEP!" anytime anything is written.

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While I agree that what His Excellency calls the "Conciliar Religion" must die, I disagree that it is a "skillful counterfeit."

The Conciliar Church/Novus Ordo heretical sect bears nothing remotely close to Catholicism. I find it neither skillful, nor worthy of the name "counterfeit."

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dedalus wrote:
While I agree that what His Excellency calls the "Conciliar Religion" must die, I disagree that it is a "skillful counterfeit."

The Conciliar Church/Novus Ordo heretical sect bears nothing remotely close to Catholicism. I find it neither skillful, nor worthy of the name "counterfeit."


Dear Stephen,

It's the papacy that does it. The Greeks have a better counterfeit, but they don't have Rome. The whole strength of the New Religion consists in its imposition by those in Rome.

Of course, to hear some sedevacantists you'd think they saw it all immediately and never struggled through the effort of seeing the truth. :)

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In the interview Bishop Williamsom suggests that he and others would not follow Bishop Fellay and Rome in a bad deal.

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I cannot believe that Bishop Fellay means to let Archbishop Lefebvre’s magnificent work of the Catholic Faith come under any Conciliar control. If ever he were to mean that, some of us might have difficulty following.


AQ has a poll running right now that asks:

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If the Mass is freed, the excoms are lifted, the SSPX retains control of its bishops, personnel and property, remains outside the control of local Bishops and is allowed be critical of Vatican II, should there be reconciliation?


Maybe AQ/John Grasmeier/Angelqueen.org should have a poll that asks:


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If Bishop Fellay makes a bad deal with Rome and Bishop Williamsom leads a split in the SSPX who will you follow?

( ) Fellay
( ) Williamsom



But maybe that is what the currect AQ is really asking. Perhaps why we see this interview with Bishop Williamsom and the poll at the same time?


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oremus wrote:
In the interview Bishop Williamsom suggests that he and others would not follow Bishop Fellay and Rome in a bad deal.

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I cannot believe that Bishop Fellay means to let Archbishop Lefebvre’s magnificent work of the Catholic Faith come under any Conciliar control. If ever he were to mean that, some of us might have difficulty following.

That's the same message that Bishop Williamson has been preaching for years now, and it is one of the reasons some have suggested that he is a crypto-sedevacantist. Which he isn't. But it is clear that he is completely glued to the position of Archbishop Lefebvre, which was zero compromise with V2, despite putative subjection to the V2 nopes. And this is why if there were any sort of compromise with V2 on the part of Bishop Fellay (which I do not expect), those who are truly loyal to Archbishop Lefebvre will refuse to go along with it.

This was also encouraging, being I think a subtle but clear statement of disagreement with the policy of "negotiating" with Ratzinger:
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Do you see any advantage to the SSPX being at the center of a renewed storm of media attention?

Bishop Williamson: Some people say that any publicity is better than none for the SSPX, because it is still too little known amongst the public at large. But the confusion that follows on each of these storms is a heavy price to pay. Archbishop Lefebvre used to quote the French proverb: “Good is not noisy, and noise is not good”.


Anyway, time will tell.

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