From The Catholic Herald (which has a huge discount right now annual subscriptions to the full digital version):
SSPX leader criticises Pope’s plan to hold inter-religious meeting
By Anna Arco
The leader of the Society of St Pius X has expressed anger at Pope Benedict’s decision to hold another inter-religious meeting at Assisi.
Weeks after Bishop Bernard Fellay said he was feeling optimistic about union with Rome this year, the Superior General of the SSPX?said he was deeply indignant about the Pope’s invitation to religious leaders around the world to join him in Assisi.
Preaching on the Epiphany, Bishop Fellay said: “Yes, we are deeply indignant, we vehemently protest against this repetition of the days at Assisi. [Here’s the thing. The meeting is quite a way off yet, and he knows that it is going to be a “repetition”? I, too, am not enthusiastic about this idea, but I am sure that this won’t be a “repetition” of what happened at that first, unfortunate confab.] Everything that we have said, everything that Archbishop Lefebvre had said at the time of the World Day of Prayer for Peace in Assisi in 1986, we repeat in our own name. It is evident, my dear brothers, that such a thing demands reparation. What a mystery!” [Indeed… it is. And so, perhaps such a strong condemnation is not entirely fair.]
Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, the founder of the SSPX, complained about the first World Day of Prayer for Peace. He said the Church had never before been “humiliated to such an extent in the course of her history”. He told John Paul II that “the scandal given to Catholic souls cannot be measured. The Church is shaken to its very foundations”.
Pope Benedict told pilgrims at the first Angelus of the year that he would travel to Assisi in October to mark the 25th anniversary of the day.
He said: “I will make a pilgrimage to the town of St Francis, inviting my Christian brethren of different confessions, leaders of the world’s religious traditions and, in their hearts, all men and women of good will, to join me on this journey in order to commemorate that important historical gesture of my predecessor, and solemnly to renew the commitment of believers of all religions to live their religious faith as a service to the cause of peace.” [A good motive, and hard to criticize justly. What remains to be seen is how.]
Benedict XVI is the Pope of Christian Unity.
Bp. Fellay said in his sermon, via our friends at Rorate:
And here modern thinking makes truly bizarre sorts of projections: it pretends that all religions, ultimately, adore one and the same true God. That is absolutely false; it is even in Revelation; we find it already in the psalms, in Psalm 96:5, “All the gods of the Gentiles are devils!” They are devils. And Assisi will be full of devils! This is Revelation, this is the Faith of the Church; this is the teaching of the Church!
When you’ve had a hard day fretting over the upcoming meeting in Assisi, and fuming over the last meeting, when you’ve gotten all worked up and just can’t contain it anymore, why not have a nice hot WDTPRS mug filled with Mystic Monk Coffee?
You know… it is surely Eve’s fault that we run out of patience over most things… but it is our fault if we run out of coffee!
Face it, when it comes to our coffee supply, and the defense of our Faith, don’t be caught short.
Maybe try the Dark Sumatran this time.
Mystic Monk Coffee!