A Communique from the SSPX’s chief, Bp. Bernard Fellay, with my now oft-imitated, legendary treatment:
At the conclusion of the meeting of the major superiors of the Society of Saint Pius X that was held in Switzerland, from June 25 to 28, 2016, the Superior General addressed the following communiqué:
The purpose of the Society of Saint Pius X [NB] is chiefly the formation of priests, the essential condition for the renewal of the Church and for the restoration of society.
- In the great and painful confusion that currently reigns in the Church, the proclamation of Catholic doctrine requires the denunciation of errors that have made their way into it and are unfortunately encouraged by a large number of pastors, [NB] including the Pope himself.
- The Society of Saint Pius X, in the present state of grave necessity which [here’s the old “state of emergency” argument] gives it the right and duty to administer spiritual aid to the souls that turn to it, does not seek primarily a canonical recognition, [primarily… they said – above – their “chief” purpose is formation of priests and they follow with another “desire”] to which it has a right as a Catholic work. It has only one desire: faithfully to bring the light of the bi-millennial Tradition which shows the only route to follow in this age of darkness in which the cult of man replaces the worship of God, in society as in the Church. [Which goal we should all embrace.]
- The “restoration of all things in Christ” intended by Saint Pius X, following Saint Paul (cf. Ep.h 1:10), cannot happen without the support of a Pope who concretely favors the return to Sacred Tradition. While waiting for that blessed day, the Society of Saint Pius X intends to redouble its efforts to establish and to spread, with the means that Divine Providence gives to it, the social reign of Our Lord Jesus Christ. [This sounds as if they won’t agree to any kind of unity until this or a future Pope behaves in the way they determine is acceptable. Peter must conform to their expectations.]
- The Society of Saint Pius X prays and does penance for the Pope, that he might have the strength to proclaim Catholic faith and morals in their entirety. [Do I hear an “Amen!”?] In this way he will hasten the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary that we earnestly desire as we approach the centennial of the apparitions in Fatima. [Which date, as it approaches, seems to be more and more important.]
Bishop Bernard Fellay, Superior General of the Society of Saint Pius X
Ecône, June 29, 2016
The Feast of Saints Peter and Paul
So, we will keep our eyes on the SSPX with hope and we will pray for improved conditions for manifest unity. What a great day that will be.
Prayer can accomplish a great deal, friends. God grants many amazing things through our prayers and mortifications. But we have to ask.