Friday, June 15, 2012
Here is what gives me hope that a final disposition between the Vatican and the SSPX will be an arrangement that a majority of the SSPX priests and seminarians will accept.
1) The Holy Ghost has need of the SSPX working the vineyards which consists of the structure of the “Visible Church”. That is, working to reform the Cardinals, Bishops, priests, and laity affected by modernism. If you believe that the Visible Church consists of the Pope, his Cardinals, Bishops, Priests, and faithful, then this HAS to be important to you. That is the Visible Church, with Peter as its head, which Our Lord promised will never pass from this earth. If you believe that the Pope, Bishops, priests are not validly ordained and therefore do not comprise the Visible Church, there are several sedevacantists groups, bishops, popes, and even modernists you can attach yourself to. However, you do not belong in this discussion.
2) The SSPX statement following the latest meetings in Rome: “The desire for further clarifications could usher in a new series of meeting”. This tells me that Bishop Fellay continues to be cautious and reflective in the talks and documents exchanged with the Vatican. This bespeaks his pastoral desire to ensure the safety of his priests, bishops, and those attached to the Society. The unfortunate and cowardly leaking of the private letter of the three bishops has put all of the bishops in an undesirable position. They cannot now easily retreat from their recommendation even if they felt the eventual solution was tenable. Should the “further clarification” result in the modification of the supposed conditions made popular recently by some YouTube sermons, those priests would owe a “mea maxima culpa” at least for the frenzy it has caused and the added strain it has put on Bishop Fellay in carrying out this sensitive negotiation.
3) The recent establishment of a personal ordinariate for the TACs in Australia allows the superior to open new parishes within the diocese having heard the opinion of the diocesan ordinary (but not necessarily heeding the advice). Perhaps Bishop Fellay is working out a hybrid and as yet undefined combination of the Prelature and Ordinariate. Since these structures are very vague in canon law, the governing statutes of the structure will need to be made clear and precise in its articles of erection.
If you feel that you will be integrated away into heresy, you can certainly just roll up into the fetal position with your rosary. If you are ready to re-take Our Holy Roman Catholic Church from the enemies who hold it, be ready for an increase in the battle as we’ve never seen it. The onslaught will come from your diocese, from your family, and from the curia. The antagonists from your own chapel will be the ones for whom inclusion in the “visible church” has somehow become a greater heresy than modernism!
Take your example from St. Joan of Arc if you must, who was encouraged by her own to cease and desist from the battle and she did not. She died excommunicated. It does not seem to have had that bad of an effect on her. Are you more worried about being forced to accept the Novus Ordo Mass or of being excommunicated for taking a stand against it within the visible church?