Another month, another internal SSPX document (clearly marked “confidential”) is leaked all over the internet. And as when the letters exchanged among the Society’s bishops were leaked, so again the leaker(s) of an internal Society document manage(s) to leave traces. On the last occasion, RORATE CAELI had the following observations:
He used the name “FSPX” and leaked from Britain the texts of the two letters (the PDF file of the first, created on April 5, two days before it was sent – at that time, then, just a draft; the PDF file of the image of the second one), as well as a DOC file with an English translation of the first letter. A friend sent us this link almost immediately after the documents were posted, and one of Rorate’s contributors immediately downloaded all of them for future reference. Then, some hours later, something curious happened: some poster on the fourth page of that same… forum thread said, “Father, you left traces”, or words to that effect; afterwards, the moderator said, “how would you know?”. Then this entire discussion disappeared – at this moment, we knew that there was something with the DOC file. A new download of the DOC file revealed a slightly modified document: its Document Properties were empty (the only other difference is that the little dash, between “Letter of the Three Bishops” and “English Translation” in the filename was moved to the middle). The original file contains “Fr. X” (the actual surname of a priest in the UK District, which we will leave unmentioned at this moment) as author in the Document Properties, and “Monsieur le Supérieur Général,” as title in the Document Properties (a clear sign that it was automatically created by the word processor, by using the registered owner of the software as author and the first words as title – which makes sense, since he used the French original to make his translation).
This time, more care was taken; names were not left in the PDF document properties, but some things could nonetheless be established. Opening up the PDF’s advanced metadata, we find the following:
What does this mean?
That’s all we know. For now.