UPDATE: 23:35 GMT
Some people have freaked out that I posted some fairly well-founded reports that Bp. Williamson was perhaps gravely ill. I clearly stated where I got the reports and I what my motives were.
If his health is bad, pray for him. If it is not bad, pray for him anyway. If the rumor is true, we are right to pray for him. If not, then we are happy that he isn’t ill and grateful for the clarifications… which would have been far less visible if posted on some blog or source that get less traffic then we do here.
The health of a such a pivotal figure as Bp. Williamson is important for how the Holy See and the SSPX will work things out.
If he were ill, people of good will would want to know so that we could pray for him in these critical days.
I was happy that the Holy Father remitted the excommunications of all four of the SSPX bishops.
I will be elated if all four will one day be in close and clear unity with the Roman Pontiff in a formal way.
I would be very sad indeed were any one of them not be able to see that day.
I have shut down the combox and deleted a few comments to keep the knuckle-head stuff off my screen and to preserve whatever corrections to the "rumors" there may have been.
In the meantime, check this out:
We have learned from a source in daily contact with Bishop Williamson the following information: “His Excellency is alive and well and rumors of a tumor are a lie and a very transparent attempt to draw Bishop Williamson out into the public arena for some sort of comment or interview. Those who care about him will help resist such attempts.”
The Italian site Messa In Latino is reporting that perhaps SSPX Bp. Williamson may be suffering, even dying, from cancer.
Among other La Repubblica‘s Marco Politti, not my favorite but very well-informed, recounted what Bp. Negri of San Marino said, namely, that Williamson has a tumor and is dying: "Intanto mons. Williamson è chiuso nel seminario di La Reja in Argentina. Il vescovo di San Marino mons. Luigi Negri ha dichiarato a sorpresa a Repubblica-Tv che il presule «ha un tumore e sta morendo."
Also, Card. Castrillon was reported to hav commented on Bp. Williamson’s health.
I bring this to your attention for no other motive than to urge you
a) to offer prayers and even fasting and almsgiving for the swift reconciliation of the SSPX and
b) to offer prayers and other mortifications for Bp. Williamson if, in fact, his condition is grave along these lines.
God is merciful and omniscent and no prayer or act of charity is in vain.
Should all this blow over, your charitable offerings will nevertheless be of benefit to the whole Church, militant and suffering.