September 2002
volume 13, no. 105

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The Masonic Madness, Mayhem and Manipulation of Modernist Rome
Part One

A Candid, Intriguing and Troubling Explanation of what is really going on in talks between Rome and the Society of Saint Pius X by Bishop Bernard Fellay, head of the SSPX, earlier this year in Kansas City.

   I want to give you an update on our relations with Rome, which will include, of course, those with the Diocese of Campos, Brazil. I will also have to discuss the situation of the Church because everything is related.

   We are able to say that a new phase in the history of the Society of Saint Pius X has begun. It touches seriously on the question of our existence and of our future. This concerns us deeply together with the many rumors being spread about us. I want to inform you first-hand in order to dissipate the stories that are circulating and to demonstrate our perspective. Where does the Society stand? What does it expect? Where does it go from here?

    ...The first is that we are Roman Catholics and we want to stay Roman Catholics.

   Before reviewing the facts of the events, we first have to remind ourselves of the principles which guide us. The first is that we are Roman Catholics and we want to stay Roman Catholics. That’s why we are here. We want to stay faithful. And the first principle of belonging to the Church is the Faith. All other issues, such as, for instance, union with the Pope, etc. –all definitely very important –come afterwards. In the First Vatican Council, it is said that without the Faith, it is impossible to please God. It’s a quote from Holy Scripture. The Council continues very clearly by saying it is impossible to be in the state of grace, to enjoy the communion of the saints, or to go to heaven without the Faith. And so, to stay Catholic, we have to resist any kind of attack against the Faith. Unbelievably enough, however, attacks against the Faith have occurred within the Catholic Church itself. It is an absolute necessity to resist them. Some of them are very visible, some of them are not. Some occur by way of consequence.

   The second principle is that the Catholic Church is our Mother, that the bad things that happen to the Church hurt us, crush us. We don’t want these things to happen, but, unfortunately, they do.

   A third principle is that we are Romans! Peter has received from Our Lord special privileges. Amongst them is, "Who listens to you, listens to Me." That’s why whenever we look to Rome, we expect to hear the voice of the Lord from the mouth of the Vicar of Christ and, in fact, the whole Curia. What a disappointment when the voice that comes out doesn’t sound like the voice of Our Lord! However, when Rome approaches us, our first reaction as Catholics is to look at it with a favorable eye because we constantly expect that one day we will be able to hear again the voice of the Lord.

    The Facts
    ...Let’s see if Rome has really changed its attitude towards Tradition.

   So now, let’s go to the facts. Let’s see if Rome has really changed its attitude towards Tradition. I would like to flash some light on different aspects of the situation. I could do this by reviewing chronologically the events of the Society’s recent relations with Rome while also including the Fraternity of Saint Peter and even Una Voce. In fact, while Rome was making this new approach towards us, they engaged in very interesting behavior towards the Fraternity of Saint Peter and Una Voce. Divine Providence was good enough to give us the necessary information to know what was happening within them so that the Society of Saint Pius X could position itself correctly in its negotiations with Rome. Finally, I will speak of Campos because I imagine some are asking the questions, "If Rome is granting Campos something so attractive, why not to the Society of Saint Pius X?" or, "Why doesn’t the Society make the same move?" I hope the facts I will give you will provide the answers.

    Ecclesia Dei and the Fraternity of Saint Peter
    ...It is apparent that Bishop Perl’s intention is to oblige Ecclesia Dei to have an Old Mass which looks as much as possible like the New Mass.

   In 1999, an interesting thing happened within the Fraternity of Saint Peter. Sixteen priests signed a letter which they sent to Rome, accusing the Superior General of Saint Peter’s of making it a Lefebvrist society. At the same time, some bishops complained to Rome that a certain number of priests of Saint Peter refused to concelebrate in the new rite, or, when members did accept to concelebrate, the Superior General scolded and punished them. Rome moved against Saint Peter’s and the other Ecclesia Dei societies with Protocol 1411 (July 3, 1999) [see The Angelus, Nov. 1999 –Ed.], which stated that the general law in the Church is the New Mass, and as such every Catholic priest has a strict right to make use of the general law. Conclusion? Any superior in an Ecclesia Dei society is forbidden to prohibit their priests from celebrating the New Mass. It was a knock-out blow in the sense that these societies did believe, as much as I can make of it, that they had an exclusive right to celebrate only the Tridentine Mass. We have to give credit to Fr. Bisig [Superior General of the Fraternity of Saint Peter at the time –Ed.] that he had fought all these years to celebrate only the Tridentine Mass. When Fr. Bisig heard that decree, he went to Rome to appeal the Protocol with a fellow Superior of an Ecclesia Dei society. They met with Cardinal Medina who told them, "I am your best friend." This was the cardinal who issued that decree! The following day they met with Cardinals Medina, Ratzinger, Felici and Msgr. Perl. They protested the Protocol. They begged to have it remain unpublished. Msgr. Perl replied that he did not see anywhere in the Fraternity’s statutes an exclusive right to the Tridentine Mass.

  Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos It’s terrible what I say now, but it is an example of how Rome is arbitrary. They know where they want to go, and they just go! They are above the law. There have been several examples of this. In 2000, Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos intervened in the Society of Saint Peter by removing Fr. Bisig as Superior General. The majority of the chapter made recourse against this decision of the Cardinal. Now, when you make a recourse, it is to a higher authority from whom you seek justice. In this case, however, the appeal was returned to Cardinal Castrillón. They were obliged to make the recourse to the same person who made the decision! Of course, it was a done deal!

   It was also during this time that the Ecclesia Dei Commission –and especially Msgr. Perl –wanted to introduce the 1965 rubrics of the Mass to its societies. It is apparent that Bishop Perl’s intention is to oblige Ecclesia Dei to have an Old Mass which looks as much as possible like the New Mass. This means to suppress, for example, the prayers at the foot of the altar, having lessons only in the vernacular, etc. There was even a rumor about introducing the new calendar.

   In September of the same year, Michael Davies, representing Una Voce, and Cardinal Castrillón spoke about these matters. In an exchange of letters between them in October, you see affirmed by the Cardinal an absolute power of decision without reference to any right or custom. Nothing! They just decide. In one letter he obliges all Ecclesia Dei priests to give Communion in the hand to faithful who request it. They base their argument on the fact that in the Roman Missal of 1962 nothing definitive is said about the faithful necessarily receiving Communion on the tongue. We could argue, of course, that in 1962 the 1917 Code of Canon Law then in effect clearly expressed how to receive Communion. But they just don’t care: they just go to their point.

   In this letter to Mr. Davies was included a reminder that the first condition for an Ecclesia Dei community to be granted the Indult Mass is to have nothing to do with those who question the legitimacy of the New Mass. Well, that’s the Society of Saint Pius X! Yet, barely a month later Cardinal Castrillón sent me an invitation to visit him in order to prepare a visit to the Pope!

    Movements towards the Society
    ...At the beginning of May, he [Cardinal Hoyos] sent his first letter to the four bishops of the Society.

   Already in April [2000], Bishop Perl had said, "We’ve got to do something with the Society of Saint Pius X. They’re jeopardizing our ecumenical efforts. We’re losing credibility. Listen, we try to get unity with all these Protestant groups, Orthodox, etc., and here in the house we have a problem." Soon after, Cardinal Castrillón is appointed President of Ecclesia Dei. He is the first president of this commission who is not retired and is less than 80 years old.

   At the beginning of May, he sent his first letter to the four bishops of the Society. He announced his presidency, how he knew Archbishop Lefebvre from his days in Columbia, South America, that he respected his attitude towards the liturgy, and invited us to start something with him. It is true, by the way, that the Cardinal knew Archbishop Lefebvre, which means that we knew him! Cardinal Castrillón helped change the constitution of Columbia to make it a non-Catholic state. During his time in Columbia, he was a major mediator between the guerillas and the government. Thus we can presume that he is qualified as a professional mediator! In all honesty, his behavior in Rome is understood by everybody there as conservative. As Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, he definitely has a real care for the priests, and he wants his priests to be priests. He insists that the priests have a good formation, and that is to his credit.

   I decided that each bishop could do what he wanted with the letter. I trust our bishops enough to know that there would be no discrepancy in our answers, which in fact, happened. All four answered similarly, that is, we are not schismatics, we are still in the Church.

    The Society's Jubilee Pilgrimage
    ..."You gave us a strong lesson."

   The important event in 2000 was the Society’s Jubilee Pilgrimage to Rome [in August]. It shook the Vatican’s conscience. It was a very simple demonstration. Someone in the Curia was reported to say, "What can we do for these people? They are Catholic!" One of the radio stations reported that this kind of pilgrimage had never before been seen in 2000 years of Church history: 6,000 schismatics praying for the Pope in Saint Peter’s! The porter of the house where Cardinal Ratzinger and all the other cardinals live said to one of our priests, "You gave us a strong lesson."

   At the conclusion of the Pilgrimage, Cardinal Hoyos invited all four Society bishops for a meal with him. For nobody to go would be impolite; for all of us to go would be too military. Finally, three of us went. Throughout the discussion, it was obvious that the Cardinal tried to diminish the problem with us, almost to the point of saying there was no problem! We had to say, "Oh yes, there is a problem." Up to now, our attitude was always to say we are Catholic, we are not schismatics, as though we were saying, "There is no problem." Then, Rome was saying, "Oh yes, there is a problem! You’re excommunicated; you’re schismatics!" and so on. Now, they use exactly the contrary move. Rome says there’s no problem and we are the ones to say there is one.

   I tried to start a discussion on the Mass. The Cardinal said, "I am not an expert." The President of the Ecclesia Dei Commission said that! That means, of course, "I don’t want to discuss the matter." How could I start to speak to the one who is responsible for the Latin Mass when he tells you that he is not an expert? He continued, "There are so few things that separate us." He said, "We believe in the same God." Okay, good start. "We believe in the same Eucharist." So I answered with some very broad affirmations. After some time, Bishop Williamson said, "Your Eminence, it’s two religions." The Cardinal seemed taken aback.

   During our half-hour together alone, the Cardinal said to us, "I don’t want the Roman Curia to know what we speak about." So that’s the level of trust you find in the Vatican. During the meal, the monsignor in charge of accompanying us on the Pilgrimage made his very favorable report to Cardinal Castrillón. It was highly praiseworthy of the Society, no doubt about it. This monsignor asked me to bless him. Cardinal Castrillón said, speaking of the Society, "The fruits are good. Hence, the Holy Ghost is there." And then I asked him, "But your Eminence, where do these fruits come from?" Silence; no answer. When I saw that he didn’t want to speak about important matters, I offered to send him a memorandum about the problems. He agreed to that. I directed Bishop Tissier de Mallerais to send him a letter asking him to free the Latin Mass for all priests, anywhere, any time, without any special permissions, without any problems. That was the first approach.

   In October, later that year, I gave an interview to 30 Days magazine. It was curious because 30 Days reported all the positive remarks about us and Rome, and just dropped the negative. It made a favorable impression in Rome which was not exactly accurate, but Cardinal Castrillón used it to lay some groundwork for me to meet with the Pope. I didn’t know what to expect. Cardinal Castrillón started very quickly saying: "I have shown the Pope your interview in 30 Days and he has given me the mandate to solve your problem." "I’m sorry," I said, "but this article is not fair to the reality." Cardinal Castrillón said it didn’t matter. This showed me that the article was just a convenient excuse. What he wanted was to start discussions.

    Please see, PART TWO of Bishop Fellay's candid account

The above text of Bishop Fellay's talk at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Kansas City on March 5, 2002 was transcribed for Angeles Press by Miss Andrea Stoltz and then edited, abridged, and partially reconstructed for chronological clarity by Father Kenneth Novak. With the permission of Father Scott, it was sent to the TradList and we use this text here from the TradList. One joins the TradList by sending a blank mail to: Subscribe to the Traditionalism List

For previous articles regarding matters that affect the Ecclesia Dei commission, see www.DailyCatholic.org/2002ecc.htm

September 2002
volume 13, no. 105
Exspectans exspectavimus Ecclesia Dei
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