Here is an interesting piece from APCOM. My translation from the Italian original:
My emphases and comments.
16:53 – POLITICA- 17 FEB 2009
Book interview with Fellay: The Vatican neutralizes papal authority
Roma, 17 Feb. (Apcom) – The Pope "is not alone": words from the Superior of the Lefebvrites, [Bp.] Bernard Fellay. "All true Catholics, and they are not a few, stand with the Pope, they cannot stand anywhere else", affirmed the bishop, for whom an excommunication was recently revoked, in a book interview "Tradition, the true face: who are the heirs of Lefebvre and what do they think" …
"We are true Catholics and we are and we will continue to be great supporters of the Vicar of Christ. We cannot do otherwise. Those who described us as rebels are not doing service to the truth." [I find this a little ironic, actually.]
Of course, Fellay continues, there are very important points of discussion, very profound, but this does not undermine our love and our dedication for the Holy Father. We love the Pope, we want the Pope. We want the Pope in the fullness of his functions. Unfortunately we ascertain that the prevailing theology of the last decades has brought about a true and real coup against his authority. Today, bishops and bishops conferences often are involved in everything, from garbage emergencies to economic crises, but not in the teaching of doctrine and the transmission of the faith. They have acquired a purely horizontal vision and have forgotten the vertical.
This explains the disobedience to the Holy Father: [chuckle... Do we need to ask the obvious question here?] if they deal with purely human questions, it is logical that they have different points of view, even opposed. Our Lord did not institute the Church in this way, He did not found bishops conferences. When you say "the Vatican", you should mean the instrument at the service of papal power… In reality, the impression is that it has transformed into a burocratic conglomeration which in part neturalizes papal authority and in parte exercises its own power. So much so, that often you say "the Vatican said", "the Vatican does", but in reality you don’t even known who said or sustained or did something." Today you see even the absurdity of priests who arrive in a parish and declare that they are not there to teach but to learn. It’s doubly drammatic. The concept of the ‘people of God’ has functioned as an anti-institutional myth generating the idea that the true problem in the Church is to be freed from its institutional figures, beginning with the papacy. That’s why the role of the priest has been diminished: because it has always been the hinge of the institution in a territory, amongst the faithful. It is not by chance if the only priests who, at a certain point, began to enjoy a good reputation were the so-called "troublesome priests", who contested the institution." For Fellay, the Church has undergone a process of "protestantization". Luther, Kant, Mark are "the three figures who marked history in a tragic way." An preview of the book-interview with the superior of the Lefebvrites was published today in il Foglio.
There are, in this piece, moments of delicious irony.
But you have to admit that Fellay says some very good things.
I look forward to the day when Bp. Fellay has to attend plenary meetings of, say, the USCCB and the priests of the SSPX will be attending diocesan deanery meetings and getting elected by their neighboring priests to the presbyteral councils.
You might review this.