Much has been pandered and pondered over the last few weeks concerning the "rehabilitation" of the Society of St. Pius X and very little of it is promising for members, both clerical and laity within the SSPX. Dr. Thomas A. Droleskey probably paints the best picture in his piece A Little Bit In, A Little Bit Out as well as an insightful piece on NovusOrdoWatch.org titled Quo Vadis, SSPX?.
Polygraphs, Politics and Polemics
There are, however, a few points not addressed as of yet and they are crucial to better understand the politics and polemics of what exactly is going on. The Eighth Commandment says "Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor." In other words, thou shalt not lie. But we've seen nothing but lies for decades. The most recent is the flap that has arisen over Bishop Richard Williamson's remarks that were coincidentally released just before the conciliar fox Joseph Ratzinger lifted an "excommunication" of Williamson and his three cohorts who were consecrated by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre in 1988. The furor over the Fuhrer has had repercussions and given the progressive modernists grist for the mill. Some say it was intended by said leftist factions to cause embarrassment to Ratzinger. Huh? Hasn't he caused enough embarrassment, not to mention incurring the wrath of God and the blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, by his own unrepentant heresies and apostasy over the last five decades?
Of course the lie raises its hyperbolic head that Ratzinger had no clue of Williamson's opinions. What part of verse 8 of Apocalypse 21 doesn't Benedict XVI get? "But for the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and fornicators, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, their portion shall be in the pool burning with fire and brimstone : which is the second death." Yet Benedict coddles unbelievers, is silent over the pogrom of the pure in the womb while bowing to the Shoah, causes scandal with his abominable abominations beginnning with "the abomination of desolation" and extending to his patronizing false religions and giving credence to brazen idols by congratulating Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist and what not. He is, for the most part, silent against the most perverted of sins: sodomy. And, as we have seen over his 50 years in the public limelight an outright liar. Not a pretty picture or destination if Sacred Scripture is right, and it is!
Sadly, to show he must have been moonlighting in taking night courses in conciliarism and cover-up, Bishop Bernard Fellay also followed suit by claiming this was an isolated incident and in no way represented the Society while he went about purging all the visible resistance to his own treason. Lies abound for it takes a lie to cover another lie. Fellay, Schmidberger and Ratzinger as well knew Williamson's viewpoints very well for at least two decades, if not longer for Williamson stated publicly the very same thing twenty years ago for while giving talks in Canada in 1989 he said in Sherbrooke, Quebec that
"there was not one Jew killed in the gas chambers. It was all lies, lies, lies. The Jews created the Holocaust so we would prostrate ourselves on our knees before them and approve of their new State of Israel.... Jews made up the Holocaust, Protestants get their orders from the devil, and the Vatican has sold its soul to liberalism."
Now this radical view that there were no gas chambers has been discounted by the United States G.I.'s who documented these means of extermination when discovering the horrid concentration camps as the madman Adolf Hitler was reeling in the mid-forties, and, while numbers may have been exaggerated to enhance the victims' guilt campaign, there is no doubt millions were eliminated in a massive genocide campaign to ferret out those who were not Arian. But Williamson is right regarding Protestants getting their orders from the devil for in leaving holy Mother Church and following an apostate monk named Martin Luther among others, they have become enemies of Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God and cut themselves off from the vine no matter how Ratzinger twists the Augsburg accord to try to justify "Justification." And Williamson is right on when he says "the Vatican has sold its soul to liberalism."
It was his statement expressed in 1989 about the gas chambers, and well known to Fellay and the rest of the Society, that prompted the Swedish Muslim interviewer Ali Fegan to dredge up old prejudices and cause the Talmudic tsunami that has Ratzinger quaking in his Guccis on how he's going to make up to the Zionists. One way is to do what he has ordered because he seeks to please man rather than God and what he will do and is doing is put the SSPX Bishops in their place by reminding them they really will have to clean the toilets as Fellay offered long ago. They will not be allowed to perform their episcopal duties unless they totally concede that Vatican II was fine and dandy, and, bow to the "Elder Brothers." Mind you, while we don't condone Williamson's views on the gas chambers or numbers, we're talking about secular history here, even revisionist history, not doctrine. But then the New Order's doctrine and the tune Fellay must march to from now on is diametrically opposed to Catholic truth. Fellay will find out soon enough how trapped he is and rue the day he sold out not only the Society he had pledged to serve and protect, but his own fellow bishop, possibly bishops and several other priests all to please the One World Order dictated to by the ADL and Israeli interests.
In fact, world pressure is closing in on Ratzinger for his own country of Germany via Deutchland Chancellor Angela Merkel is calling for him to either treat Williamson as Hitler regarded Jews, or Benedict should resign. In a follow-up, Fellay said yes to the Gestapo, erh, Modern Rome, by further selling out to the counterfeit church of conciliarism by bowing to the apostates in directing the District Superior of the Latin American Chapter Fr. Christian Bouchacourt to immediately evict Williamson as rector of the Society's La Reja Seminary outside of Buenos Aires in Argentina just recently. The British prelate had been there since his transfer by Fellay from St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary in Winona in 2003, most likely to supposedly lessen Williamson's influence by burying him deep in the southern hemisphere in the same manner he did to Fr. Peter Scott by dispatching him from District Superior in the United States to Seminary rector in Australia. Move 'em around, keep 'em quiet but don't let them have free speech. In fact, as Tradito has reported, Fellay has put a muzzle on all District Superiors and anyone else who dares speak out against der Fuhrer, erh ah, Ratzinger. He has even taken steps to remove anything critical of Ratzinger, the Protestant-Masonic Novus Ordo and anything else negative toward the counterfeit church of conciliarism. What exactly is different from what he is doing and what Hitler did? The answer: gas chambers.
But Hitler didn't start out that way at first, and neither did the Vatican II renegades, or Barrack Hussein Obama. No, they started out with a little bit here and a little bit there until, voila, freedoms were expunged and you had better march to their way of thinking. Has this not been the modus operandi of the conciliarists? Of Nazis, Fascists, Communists, Muslim Sharias? Throwing those who don't agree with them - often their own - under the bus to cleanse the horizon? It's called in many aspects genocide and what Fellay has done to the elder Williamson, now seventy, and a constant foe of Ratzinger and his tactics is spiritual genocide. Now Williamson, if it's any consolation, has proven his own assessments true of just how devious a fox Ratzinger really is. Dr. Droleskey nails the why in To Bury the Truth. For those who think Ratzinger and his ilk were "unaware that Williamson was suspicious of the Jews" they are flat-out liars or else they have a severe case of Alsheimer's. And no one can say Fellay or Fr. Franz Schmidberger had no clue of Williamson's suspicion of Zionism's agenda for he officially published his views in his Winona Letters in 1991:
"Until [the Jews] re-discover their true Messianic vocation [by conversion to Christ], they may be expected to continue fanatically agitating, in accordance with their false messianic vocation of Jewish world-dominion, to prepare the Anti-Christ's throne in Jerusalem. So we may fear their continuing to play their major part in the agitation of the East and in the corruption of the West. Here the wise Catholic will remember that, again, the ex-Christian nations have only their own Liberalism to blame for avowing free circulation within Christendom to the enemies of Christ.... Remembering also that Annas and Caiaphas induced but never obliged Judas to betray Jesus, and that the Apostle's betrayal was a crime far worse than the Jews deicide, he will look at the state of the Catholic Church today and see why the enemies of Christendom are being given so much power..."
Most of that quote above bears credence in the causes and effects over the past century and what is playing out today in the Gaza, and in Congress where there is not one pro-life Jewish congress person nor few in Hollywood or the media who would go to bat for the real victims of the Holocaust in the Womb.
In a twist of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar this might sound a bit like Mark Antony pleading with the Romans, "Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your ears. I come not to praise Caesar, but to bury him." That, from all accounts, is what soft-liners in the SSPX seem to be doing to the British prelate who has always spoken his mind and damn the torpedoes. For full knowledge of where Bishop Williamson stands, we refer you to Bishop Williamson's Letter Archives . For anyone to exclaim that Williamson's remarks were a surprise and they didn't know is outright deceit.
In fact, other than Williamson's bizarre ideas about German punishment during World War II, most of his points are in sync with what Traditional Catholics think. And, as the fates or God's providence would have it, the brouhaha that has erupted could just wake countless souls to the very fact that true Catholicism as it existed before Vatican II still exists and is thriving. Of course, modernist maniacs posing as "bishops", who are unabashedly liberal in looking the other way towards Catholic truth, abortion, homosexuality, etc. in embracing the social engineering manifest that passes as politically correct today, are calling for Williamson's head. We can't see Williamson bowing to these foxes in any way, Jose, and so watch for him to bolt the Society and either form his own or join up with the Sedevacantists. The latter would be welcome, but memo to His Excellency: Think before you speak! But in speaking out he may be given the opportunity to do just that and, in this case, even bad publicity is good publicity for, thanks to the mainstream media, Williamson could be given a podium that no money can buy in expressing what Catholics should believe. Let us pray that he says the right things to move souls, not just in the SSPX but Novus Ordo 'Catholics' and fallen away 'Catholics.' Wouldn't it be great to welcome them back with open arms?!
Hopefully they'll realize they've been duped, that they've been lied to. They should be righteously angry and upset. As should members of the Society, both priests and laity. They need to see through the prevarications that pervade the polemics permeating both conciliar and SSPX press releases which reek of politics and perjury. Add the propensity of lies that have been perpetrated by Ratzinger from when he was a peritus for Joseph Cardinal Frings at Vatican II. This was evident from his early association with the liberal heretic Karl Rahner, pictured above with a young Ratzinger at Vatican II in the "priestly garb" of the New Order. Both men were integrally instrumental in trashing the original schemas to enable the Rhine to flow into the Tiber. But that was well over 45 years ago you say. Just look at his track record and follow the Hegelian and heretical crumbs littered across the landscape whether he said it 50 years ago, 25 years ago or yesterday or today depending on what his audience wants to hear. You will see without a shadow of a doubt that Ratzinger is a fraudulent fabricator. But what of Fellay? Did he not reassure his flocks in well-publicized parish publicity tours that the Society was a long way from reconciling with Modern Rome and would not consider such unless given full autonomy and mandatory talks on serious issues resulting from Vatican II. So much for his assurances.
What are the majority of SSPX parishioners to do? They can follow their pied piper Down the Yellow Brick Road to Apostasy (Griff Ruby's excellent essay) or they can opt out and seek the real "Society of St. Pius X.
The Real Society of Pope St. Pius X
What? Does that mean the SSPX is going to split and Williamson, Fr. Scott, and possibly Fr. Basilio Meramo and ousted Northeastern Italy's Superior Fr. Floriano Abrahamowicz along with more SSPX priests coming out of the woodwork will team up and openly thumb their noses at Ratzinger as well as Fellay and Schmidberger? Quite possibly considering what we referenced above, not to mention the long history of animosity harbored over the years and the fact there is upheaval and much confusion within the ranks. But no, we're not even considering Williamson's involvement, nor Bishop Tissier de Mallerais nor Bishop Alfonso de Galarreta nor anyone from the SSPX. No, we're talking about those who can trace the line of Apostolic succession directly to the saintly Pontiff who followed Pope Leo XIII. They would be the ones who could more appropriately adopt the name of the chief crusader against Modernism Pope Saint Pius X.
And just who are these? They happen to be the largest bloc of Catholics in the Traditional movement now that the group founded by Archbishop Lefebvre have been neutralized, taken out of combat by their surrender to the conciliar canard. The largest bloc are the Sedevacantists. They are those who adhere to the Mendez-Gonzalez Line and the Thuc Line Bishops. The former can claim Bishop Clarence Kelly, one of the Nine who left the Society in 1983. He in turn has consecrated Bishop Joseph Santay. That's two bishops.
The latter, the Thuc line, is the term applied to those Bishops consecrated by Bishop Pierre Martin Ngo Dinh Thuc the Vietnam prelate who was the brother of Ngo Dinh Diem, President of South Vietnam who was assassinated in an All Souls Day coup in 1963 twenty days before the same tragedy befell John Fitzgerald Kennedy in Dallas. Politics and Pogroms, indeed.
Bishop Thuc was consecrated by Archbishop Antonin Drapier in 1938 by order of His Holiness Pope Pius XI. Drapier was consecrated by Wilhelm Marinus Cardinal van Rossum in 1929. Rossum by Giacomo della Cardinal Chiesa who became Pope Benedict XV and he was consecrated in 1907 by Giuseppe Cardinal Sarto who was, of course, the holy Pope Saint Pius X. Ergo, the true succession of St. Pius X rightly belong to those who can trace the succession directly to episcopal consecration by the saintly Pontiff. That would include the Thuc Line and Mendez-Gonzalez Line, the latter of which also includes Pope Pius XII in the succession line for Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli consecrated Bishop James Spellman who went on to become a Cardinal. Enough said on that for now for Modernism had already seeped into the American episcopacy.
While the current SSPX cannot trace their succession to St. Pius X directly, they can trace the succession of Archbishop Lefebvre all the way back to Scipione Cardinal Rebiba in 1541 which, coincidentally, so also can the Thuc line and Mendez-Gonzalez Line.
In fact, an interesting aspect here is that 90% of the bishops today, whether conciliar-consecrated or in schismatic sects such as the Old Catholics, Duarte, etc. can also trace their succession to Rebiba. Thus, it might more correctly be called the "Rebiba Line." However, since the current crop of cardinals have had their succession broken because of illicit orders with the man-made changes wrought by Paul VI in 1968 thus invalidating any further Holy Orders and Episcopal Consecrations in the New Order, no bishop consecrated after 1968 in the conciliar church or those in the College of 'Cardinals" can lay claim to unbroken succession as the Lefebvre, Mendez-Gonzalez and Thuc Lines can. Likewise, those who broke away before Vatican II cannot lay claim to valid succession for, by their leaving the Church when valid popes reigned, they have cut themselves off from the vine. Ergo, what has evolved, if you will is the strongly documented Rebiba Line that can be traced unbroken back to Rebiba and even to Bishop Leone de Simone of Nola in the mid fifteenth century. Three legimitate Lines exist from that today, the Thuc Line, the Mendez-Gonzalez Line and the Lefebvre Line.
Few have ever heard of Cardinal Rebiba. Sadly, many have tried for over half a century to trace the succession before him but hit a dead end for no one can find who consecrated him during the time of the Counter-Reformation. Not that there is any question as to Rebiba's fidelity for he was favored greatly within the papal household of Pope Paul IV author of Cum Ex Apostolatus Officio which is the benchmark for identifying why the conciliar popes and prelates cannot be authentic. There are some who favor the possibility that, before becoming Paul IV, as Gianpietro Cardinal Carafa he consecrated Rebiba in 1541 when he was Bishop of Chieti. Consider that Bishop Carafa had been Bishop of Chieti and that is the same first assignment given to Rebiba - Auxiliary Bishop of Chieti. Also, when Gianpietro became Paul IV, in his first legitimate Consistory Rebiba was among seven selected to receive the Red Hat on December 20, 1555. Two years later the Dominican Michele Cardinal Ghislieri was elevated to the Cardinalate on March 15, 1557. Of course all know that he would become a Roman Pontiff on January 7, 1566 taking the name of Pope Pius V. Yes, that St. Pius V.
Even if we assumed it was Cardinal Carafa who consecrated Rebiba, in further tracing the succession we come to his uncle Oliviero Cardinal Carafa who was consecrated in 1505. The latter Carafa was consecrated the Bishop of Nola Leone de Simone on December 29, 1458 and anything prior to that is unknown after extensive research. If anyone can trace the consecrator of Bishop Simone that will answer a lot of questions. Until then, we can go no further back for it truly was, despite the Renaissance, still the Dark Ages. Yet we have the consolation of Saint Charles Borromeo for during the Council of Trent, the holy Doctor of the Church, in helping establish the reforms for the Counter-Reformation, researched and assured that all bishops up to that point were valid successors of the Apostles as were the Popes likewise valid inheritors of the Keys of Peter. Since that coincided with the same time as Cardinal Rebiba it is not important to know who came before him or Bishop Simone in succession for that had all been confirmed as authentic by the holy cardinal saint.
But back to who should claim the name "Society of St. Pius X" today. Is it those five bishops (presently alive) who have compromised the Faith by giving even an ounce of incense to the counterfeit church of conciliarism? Or is it those who will not acknowledge any authority to the false church usurped by the Modernists at Vatican II? Consider the numbers. Those of the Mendez-Gonzalez and Thuc Lines remain unabashedly strongly sedevacantist. They do not recognize the false popes who have ruled over the attempted destruction of the Catholic Faith and jeopardized billions of souls. The number of Bishops in the Mendez-Gonzalez Line are currently two. The number of Bishops in the latter, the Thuc Line swelled to over 30 not counting a few schismatics such as Dominquez-Gomez who proclaimed himself Pope of the Palmerian Church. Today there are at least 15 legitimate bishops active in the Thuc Line throughout the world serving parishes from California to Connecticut, from Mexico to Moscow, from France to faraway New Zealand, Australia and the Fiji Islands.
Among those from the Thuc Line who give no credence to the counterfeit church of conciliarism there is a spectrum of shepherds such as those honored in the Tower of Trent Hall of Honor last year: Bishops Robert McKenna OP, Mark Pivarunas CMRI, Daniel Dolan, and Donald Sanborn. Then there are those we are not as familiar with such as Bishops Martin Davila-Gandara, Louis Vezelis OFM, Giles Butler OFM, Luis Madrigal, Robert Neville, Andres Morello, Francis Slupski CSsR, Oliver Oravec, John Hesson, RaphaŽl Cloquell, Richard Bedingfeld and Edward Peterson to name a few with the last several possibly still being active. If anyone has information on these prelates, please let us know. We do know that all of the above were validly consecrated. That cannot be said for conciliar 'bishops' raised to the episcopacy in the new rite of Paul VI.
The point is, despite the raves and huzzahs being spouted by The Remnant, Catholic Family News and other semi-traditional outlets beholden to Fellay, their hopes that the SSPX will transform the false church is futile. We'd love to be wrong, but history has proven otherwise. Those who have been lured into Ratzinger's web, now firmly entrenched in the silken threads of hermeneutics, can no longer "recognize and resist" but must now accept whatever the conciLIARS dictate. Hopefully others will wake up to what is really going on and that you do not have to be "on the inside" to realize evil will not capitulate to good when evil is so unrepentedly intent on crushing Catholic truth. As we pointed out in our editorial Now What?, there is a silver lining to the sellout and that is the strength of the sedevacantist movement will grow stronger and needs to because it is the last bastion for true Catholicism. In truth, the only Voice of Resistance left is right.