Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Bishop Fellay interview

Rorate already passed this on, as have the SSPX district in the USA on whose site it has been posted.

This is a significant, I might even say historic, interview. Bishop Fellay is saying that the discussions with the Roman theologians did in fact bear some fruits for the SSPX with regard to how they understand certain questions. I for one am not surprised. Here are what I view as the big money quotations:

Many people have an understanding of the Council which is a wrong understanding. And now we have authorities in Rome who say it. [...]

I may say in the discussions, I think, we see that many things which we would have condemned as being from the Council are in fact not from the Council but the common understanding of it. [...]

Looking closer I really have the impression that not many know what the Council said about it. The Council is presenting a religious liberty which in fact is a very, very limited one, very limited. In our talks with Rome they clearly said that [thinking] it means that there would be a right to error, a right to choose [one’s] religion, is false. [...]

We have no problem with the act of requesting this [religious] freedom for the Church, in the Middle East, in the States now and so on. It’s rather which principle is involved to do it. We would argue that there might be another principle more accurate to justify the action which was called before ‘tolerance’. [...]

Personally I would have wished to wait for some more time to see it clearer, but once again it really appears that the Holy Father wants it to happen now. The move of the Holy Father, because it really comes from him, is genuine. If this recognition happens, it’s thanks to him.


W.C. Hoag said...

One would never have heard this kind of talk in those years immediately following the 1988 consecrations.

A fortuitous and monumental shift has occurred in Society thinking!

K Gurries said...

Extremely significant. Some will call this a "shift" and I think that is fair to a certain degree -- but I think Bishop Fellay would say that the "shift" (at least in the clarity of language) is coming from the other side. In any case, many will come down on poor Bishop Fellay branding him a traitor, sell-out, etc.

frankie2 said...

The above is a partial quote - treat with caution!