The following e-mail was sent by the editor of Catholic Truth, Patricia McKeever, to the anonymous organizers [N.B. on this, see update of 06/21/12 below] of the “Open Letter to Bishop Fellay” which has been circulated online by UK-based critics of the SSPX Superior General. The e-mail serves to demonstrate the dishonesty of those behind the “Open Letter”, and the lengths to which they are willing to go in attacking the leadership of the Society of St Pius X.
For the attention of the organisers of the Open Letter to Bishop Fellay
I note from our blog that you invite anyone who feels their name has been illicitly added to your list, to contact you to have their names removed. However, the people who have had their names added, are not “computerised”!
– The gentleman who is mentioned in several posts is down on your list as “Ronnie McDonald” (should be “MacDonald”) – he is in his seventies and does not own a computer. He is LIVID about having his name added to this list. He spoke to the following people who said they had not given permission for their names to be added to this list. Ronnie’s name should be removed.
– The head of the Flynn family (who knew nothing about it, which suggests that all the rest of the names of the Flynns were also illicitly added. I cannot recall the Christian name of Mr Flynn but I think it is Paul, as is one of his sons. In your position, in order to be on the safe side and assert authenticity, I would remove all the names of the Flynn family who attend the SSPX Glasgow chapel, unless I was able to contact them directly. I do not have any contact details for them.)
– Dan and Ena McMenamin (names misspelt on your list) also knew nothing about the letter and did not give permission for their names to be used.
– Peter McEnerny is also elderly and not on the internet. However, when Ronnie phoned him he was somewhat ambiguous. He may not have understood what Ronnie was saying, but he certainly did not affirm that he knew about the letter or that he had given his permission for his name to be added. I tried to ring him just now, but his phone is ringing out, so I haven’t been able to confirm one way or the other what his position is about the letter.
With respect, I think it is incumbent upon you to remove those names where no permission was sought or given, and, further, to publicly apologise for misleading everyone. Even one false signature is sufficient to discredit any petition, as I’m sure you must know.
UPDATE 06/19/12: The following has been posted on another forum…
The name of Mr Patrick Cairns has appeared on this letter. I have just spoken to him on the phone and he doesn’t know anything about the letter and did not sign it and is angry that his name has appeared. GET HIS NAME OFF IT NOW!
UPDATE 06/21/12: The author of the “British faithful” attack letter has been identified by Patricia McKeever of Catholic Truth as Gregory Taylor. He has been attacking the leadership of the Society online using the name “Gregorio Sarto”.