A lot of news on the SSPX today. From the news that I’ve been following lately, Bishop Fellay and the leadership of the society wants to accept a “practical agreement” with Rome, even ahead of resolving doctrinal differences, while the other three bishops want to have the doctrinal differences bridged first.
Someone leaked private letters between Fellay and the other three bishops, in an effort to drive a wedge between the SSPX and Rome. There are powers that do not want the SSPX in a regularized state within the Church.
I do not know God’s will here. I just pray that “God’s will be done” – “Fiat voluntas tua.”
Following is a video interview with Bishop Fellay, the Superior General of the SSPX, with the Catholic News Service. He is a quiet, thoughtful, soft-spoken man, but one that insists that you cannot change settled Church teachings, which many claim happened with Vatican II, especially the modernists within the Church. The “conservatives” (they were liberals at the time of the Council) claim the teachings didn’t change, and yet it is hard to mesh certain council documents with those of previous popes (for example Dignitatis Humanae is hard to reconcile with Testem Benevolentiae Nostrae ).
Of the three bishops who are leery of a “practical agreement” with Rome, the one I know the most about is Bishop Richard Williamson. He is the most controversial of the four bishops. From my understanding, Bishop Williamson is the most charismatic of the four bishops (the only ones I’ve seen video of are Fellay and Williamson).
Bishop Williamson is also the only bishop of the SSPX that I’ve seen, as I remember then-Father Williamson from the SSPX chapel we attended back in 1982. He was charismatic as a priest as well, which is likely the reason I remember him. I particularly remember a sermon of his against television, and there is another one that my memory wants to attribute to him on Confession, but I am not sure on that.
Below is one of the videos created by a former SSPX seminarian, Michael Sestak. For this video, there are a lot of effects from movies, like the upcoming movie “For Greater Glory”, and “The Passion of the Christ”. But just from Bishop Williamson’s words, you can see the difference in style and leadership between Fellay and Williamson.
I have been offering some of my rosaries for a successful outcome to the discussions between the SSPX and Rome. The trick here is I do not know what “successful” would look like. Hence the reason I just offer my prayers for God’s will, and that we may all follow the will of Our Lord in our lives.