In fact the Society of St. Pius says there are two parties in Rome: "One always has to ask, who will have the last word" -- explained the Society's Head in an Exclusive interview.
[kreuz.net] Today Bishop Bernard Fellay -- the General Superior of the Priestly Society of St. Piux X -- on the occasion of the Fortieth Anniversary Jubilee of his Society.
He did this in the context of an exclusive interview with French Pius-Portal 'La Porte Latine'.
The Society of Pius X was recognized in 1970, November 1, by the then Bishop of Freiburg in Switzerland, Msgr Francois Charriere (+1976).
A little stream of light in the darkness
In terms of Church history, the last forty years has been a "painful epoch of decadence".
In this time the Church has lost its influence on the temporal world and of Nations.
The "Small work" of the Society was a "stream of light in the midst of darkness, an oasis in the wilderness a small life boat in a great shipwreck."
Msgr Fellay explained that the expansion of the Society " because of the absence of priests" is not frantic.
In more recent time the Society has received various requests from Africa: "but it is difficult for us to respond because we do not have enough workers for the vineyard."
The General Superior also expanded upon this by saying that the Society, if it had more priests, would also expand a great deal in Asia.
As in War
Msgr Fellay was also approached by some, who in the course of the years were turned away.
He compares this experience with a war -- "as when men fall under fire to the left and the right."
For himself he has no other choice than to continue the fight: "War has an unbelievably hard side -- our time is for those who have fallen without grace."
The Bishop insists that the pain is great -- "as well for those who leave us as for us, who see them go, without the possibility of holding them back."
On the other side there has been, by the information from Bishops, numerous contacts between the brotherhood and other areas of the Church:
"No moment passes that some seminarian, priest or religious doesn't come knocking."
It also happens -- even if more seldom -- even already Bishops and entire Religious orders have written, "who give us their sympathy and even still other manifestations."
The Episcopal Wall
The majority of Ecumenism-Bishops against the Society has hardly gone on unaltered this year:
"The Society has been vilified by the great majority of the Bishops and treasured by a small herd of souls who have remained true."
For Msgr Fellay it is a "beautiful illustration of the degree of the past crisis."
In Rome states Bishop Fellay, "there is a certain change" in the disposition to the Society -- "which still does not have a great effect."
"It seems to me that our work is valued by some, while the others hate it."
This divided disposition to the Society makes the relationship difficult: "One always wonders who will have the last word."
The Roman Mind
The Bishop is asked about the danger that the Society is beginning to return to its original situation:
"There is without a doubt a danger that becomes enclosed in a practical autonomy," -- answered the Bishop.
"So we work to broaden our field of view and to widen the care of the faithful, to whom we speak of the Roman Church."
For Msgr Fellay it is very important to retain the Roman mind: "Our independence on Rome must not only be symbolic, rather it must become concrete."
As far as the negotiations with Rome and the Society Msgr Fellay explains with a view on its progress that they probably not be led to a surprising break to a solution to the immediate problem:
"There are two mentalities, but the will, to enter into a discussion on theological novelty, is there."
"Even when the development is long, the fruits of it could be promising."
Msgr Fellay sees in Rome a "seemingly clear will", to correct the past situation.
As well as in doctrine, as in Morals and Discipline, there are numerous agreements in the evaluation of the past difficult crisis.
Condemnation of the Pastoral Council is put off for later
In Rome, according to Msgr Fellay's mind, there is a tendency to downplay the guilt for the past calamity on the Vatican Council.
For that reason Msgr Fellay proposed to concentrate on the unalterable teachings of the Church and to delay a direct condemnation of the Second Vatican Council for a later time.
His particular mission to priests and faithful on the even of the Fortieth Jubilee of the Society is: "Truth!"
He proceeds: "The truth is the guarantee for the future." Truth in the small is the guarantee for truth in great things.
The faithful should also not let themselves be discouraged, "if the battle must still last longer, as it now appears."
"On the contrary, be stubborn and work continue with the work to renew the Church."
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