|Bishop Fellay at Candlemass|
Edit: Rorate reports that Italian commentators are having trouble understanding what Bishop Fellay is saying. Actually, he's been overwhelmingly positive and is finding a tremendous amount of support from REAL Vatican Insiders and even Bishops.
(Kreuz.net) The Priestly Fraternity of Saint Pius X is fighting "with and against Rome" at the same time.
That said, the Superior General of the Fraternity, Bishop Bernard Fellay, the Feast of Canlemas, during a Sermon in the 30,000 population city of Winona in Minnesota.
An audio of the sermon is posted on the Seminary's website.
It would be Better Outside
There have been many attempts within the Conciliar Church to get rid of the Society -- explained Bishop Fellay.
According his information, it may be better for the Society to remain "outside".
Because: Then they would receive better treatment from the Church.
As an example, the Bishop recalled how friendly the Church is for the Godless protestants, who come to the Conciliar Church's door and find it opened.
Those are Dogmas
The main problem is identified by Msgr. Fellay "in the Magisterium".
Rome maintains that the past Magisterium can be differentiated from.
Msgr Fellay counters: "The truth is not dependent of the time. Reality is above it."
What was once defined is binding for all time: "These are dogmas."
The Society has received an "invitation" for canonical regularization of their situation -- said Msgr Fellay.
The Vatican has been very accomodating "It met all of our requirements."
Actually, for Msgr. Fellay, the difficulties are on the level of the Magisterium. Even here the Roman proposals went "far -- very far."
The Society must accept that the ambiguous points in the Second Vatican Council -- such as ecumenism and religious freedom -- must be understood in accordance with Catholic doctrine.
Msgr. Fellay is "astonishingly" positive.
The application makes problems
Msgr. Fellay sees problems in the implementation of these instructions.
Then that led to that the Society could not accept the offer.
As an example for the application of those principles from Rome are ecumenism and religious freedom.
Thsi should be understood in terms of the 'Catechism of the Catholic Church'.
But it is precisely this understanding which the Society has criticized -- said Msgr. Fellay.
A Maximum to Confusion
Rome recognized that there may be a break between the new and old doctrine.
Therefore that the old teachings on ecumenism and religious freedom would be maintained anyway.
On the contrary, the Society couldn't swallow that.
For Bishop Fellay this point reached a maximum of confusion.
That was the reason why the reconciliation could not be signed.
The Roman conclusion, where a new teaching could automatically correspond to the ancient doctrine, could not be agreed to.
Without Ecumenism and Without Religious Freedom
Bishop Fellay stressed that in the Vatican there is a true desire to accept the Society.
The Soceity is for its side ready for reconciliation:
"If you accept us, as we are, without changes, without making us duty bound, to accept ecumenism and religious freedom, then we are ready."
Even Ignore the Pastoral Council?
Bishop Fellay suggested that the situation in ten years looks quite different.
Then the old liberal Conciliar generation will be gone.
Several bishops had said the Society, you take the Pastoral Council far too seriously. Their advice: "Toss the Council on the side forget it!"
But Msgr. Fellay notes that the Council "because of the damage that it has caused," is to be taken seriously.
Regarding the Dogmatic authority of the Pastoral Council, he cites the Roman doctoral thesis of an unnamed Vatican employee.
He came to the conclusion that the Pastoral Council possesses the same authority as a sermon from the 1960s.
Mons. Fellay ventured no predictions about the future of the Society or the Church.
He could only promise that the Church is in a Conciliar winter with no new beautiful springtime.
But one thing he knows, "that progressives are not happy."
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