There are reports that +Williamson, Fr. Pfeiffer and Fr. Chazal are all in the United States of America.
The rumoured purpose for the visit is a meeting to discuss the particulars of forming a splinter organization composed those priests who are opposed to what they perceive as a new direction set by Bishop Fellay and the General Chapter, a direction that they see as a betrayal of the mission of the SSPX.
In my opinion, it is a logical next step based on the actions and rhetoric emanating from +Williamson in his Eleison Comments, and the sermons of Fr. Pfeiffer and Fr. Chazal that were posted on youtube.
Obviously, as a supporter of the SSPX, and based on my understanding of the issues, I hope that they will step back from the brink. However, having witnessed this behaviour in the past, I would be surprised if they took such an action.
In either case, prayers are needed for the attendee’s of this meeting.
In thinking about the General Council’s letter to the three SSPX Bishops the principle that +Fellay invoked still stands in bold relief:
“… If the Pope expresses a legitimate will concerning us which is good and which does not order anything contrary to the commandments of God, have we the right to neglect or to dismiss this will?…”
Previously on rorate (rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2012/07/williamson-exclusion-maintained-by-sspx.html), I had broken this principle into an if-then-else statement:
Pope asks you to do something
no compromise of faith,morals etc is asked
it confers an obligation to obey.
No can do
In the lead up to the June 13th meeting between Cardinal Levada and +Fellay, those opposed to a regularization of the SSPX stated that +Fellay was going to betray the SSPX.
On June 13th, following the above principle, +Fellay did not ‘sell out’ the SSPX.
When the predictions of a ‘sell-out’ proved false, those opposed to +Fellay’s actions did not stop. Instead, taking a cue from the Jehovah Witnesses, they continued saying that the ‘sell-out’ is still on etc.
As noted in the earlier post on culture ( angelqueen.org/2012/07/25/the-vatican-and-sspx-an-organizational-culture-perspective/ ) this irrational behaviour is consistent with evoked response(s) that occur when a cultural assumption has been transgressed by an another party.
My conclusion, is that there is the possibility that all this ‘noise’ wasn’t really about the possibility of the SSPX being regularized.
It is about something deeper.
Hence the need for prayers.