Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Rorate Reports, finally: Bishop Williamson Expelled

Edit: you would have heard it here first at least in English.
Rorate has learned and can confirm that Bishop Richard Williamson, one of the four bishops consecrated by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre and co-consecrated by Bishop Antonio de Castro Mayer on June 30, 1988, in Écône, Switzerland, for the Society of Saint Pius X (FSSPX / SSPX) has been removed from membership in said society by its Superior General, and can now be considered a former member. The removal comes at the end of an internal procedure that included repeated entreaties by the higher authorities of the Society regarding Williamson's decisions and actions that apparently went unheeded.
Kreuz.net says he doesn't have the administrative abilities to really rebuild an alternative society.  The proof of that was probably to be had in the fact that the coup which he planned in the General Chapter at the end of August didn't go off as he'd hoped.

Depending on how things work out, he wouldn't be the last man to be kicked out of something he helped to build and sweated over, still, it's not the end of the world.  Who knows what tomorrow will bring?  After all, we just had a story recently about Father Barthe who is the Spiritual Director of the Traditional Pilgrimage to Rome who was himself a sedevacantist.

Whatever happens, you haven't seen the last of Bishop Williamson.

Bishop Williamson in 1991
© Jim, the Photographer, Flickr,CC

In Addition:

 Kreuz.net, also has reported and acknowledges Rorate's information on the Bishop's expulsion fromt he Society.

The expulsion is the result of an internal investigation, which the authorities of the Society had over numerous times forbid his public comments.

The website 'lesalonbeige.blogs.com' reported this afternoon that the decision took place and was complete.

Msgr. Williamson is expelled.

The official website of the Society has still not announced the expulsion.

It is uncertain if the Society has understood the theological significance of the expulsion of a Bishop. [Thanks to Novus Ordo Watch for the correction.]


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    1. It is official now: Communiqué of the General House of the Society of Saint Pius X (October 24, 2012):

      Bishop Richard Williamson, having distanced himself from the management and the government of the SSPX for several years, and refusing to show due respect and obedience to his lawful superiors, was declared excluded from the SSPX by decision of the Superior General and its Council, on October 4th, 2012. A final deadline had been granted to him to declare his submission, after which he announced the publication of an “open letter” asking the Superior General to resign.

      This painful decision has become necessary by concern for the common good of the Society of Saint Pius X and its good government, according to what Archbishop Lefebvre denounced: “This is the destruction of authority. How authority can be exercised if it needs to ask all members to participate in the exercise of authority? “(Ecône, June 29, 1987)

      Menzingen, October 24th, 2012

  2. CK - I thought you supported the nut job too.

    Baron Von Craphead

    1. Appropriate name there; did you stumble over from Crummy Minority Report or some other garbage blog?

    2. Well, maybe the name-calling was a bit more than was necessary there. Sorry for that much.

    3. Obviously a person of bad will, servo.

  3. I don't, of course, wait until the Rorate blog publishes something before I believe it; there are many other reliable places in which to glean information, one of them being this excellent blog. Then, too, the folks at Rorate have a rather inordinately high opinion of themselves which can be tiresome at times. So I was aware of this sad development long before Rorate sprinkled their Holy Water over it.

    But the whole thing saddens me for so many reasons, far too numerous to bore your readers with. I will only say that what sickens me particularly about this is the gloating coming from "the usual suspects". Enough said.

    1. Yes, disgusting. I'm very fond of Bishop Williamson, but I don't think he has what it takes to lead the SSPX and I am not fond of the way he attacked Bishop Fellay. I've been aware of it since before it became widely known and public, but anyway, I'm praying for better times and better opportunities as well as whatever bounties and graces can come out of this.

    2. Bishop Williamson wrote an excellent open letter to Bishop Fellay: