Bernard Fellay, the SSPX's Superior General, recently gave two
different sermons in Austria, one in Salzburg and the other in Vienna.
thanks the blog, Rorate Caeli, for providing us with these
Ascension Thursday (May
17, 2012) in
Certainly you, my dear
faithful, would like to know something about what is going on with
Rome. It is a delicate matter. You know, this matter deals with our
future. Therefore, it is not an easy matter. What will happen? Will we
be received? Or wonít we?
I know there are many fears.
We have witnessed so many things! We fear, precisely, that things may
go wrong. For the largest part, these fears are understandable. We
wonít just take a step with our eyes closed. That is very, very
clear. But at this moment, I cannot even tell you if it will happen,
or not! Because, it isnít clear yet. We need assurances that we can
continue to do what we have been doing so far. And in this respect,
some things arenít clear yet. Simply not clear.
And I can tell you: the devil
is at large! And, well, really everywhere. So, for us, one thing is
clear: pray! We have to pray as never before. We have for our whole
history been consecrated to the Mother of God, she will surely not
abandon us, especially if we pray this much, and if we only want the
will of God. Therefore, we will continue to pray, with trust, with
trust in God. Thatís it. Let us not be unsettled by our passions, by
I tell you, really, the devil
is at large! And, well, everywhere. In the Society itself; throughout
the Church. There really are people who do not want us. Those are the
Modernists, the Progressives. And they, too, cause a lot of pressure
in order to stop the right thing from being done, the right thing,
that is: justice. That once again we will be officially recognized as
being Catholic. And that does, of course, not mean that we will all of
a sudden accept that which has caused the Church so much damage. One
has to understand this correctly. That is not what this is all about.
The matter at hand is that we may be recognized the way we are. That
we can continue Tradition, that we cannot only show Tradition to
others, but also give it to them.
At the moment I donít have
anything else but this. So, let us continue to pray, let us entrust
these big, big intentions to the good God. He will not abandon us!
Here we must have this hope! Whoever asks from our Lord His help will
not be left alone by Him!
after the Ascension (May 21, 2012) in Vienna
You have surely heard that, in
the last few months, Rome has offered us a solution - we could
rather say, a recognition.
This structure that is being
offered to the Society is in fact entirely appropriate. That is,
if it actually takes place, you will feel absolutely no
difference between now and afterwards. We will remain as we are,
so to speak. The problem is the [existence of] safeguards: will
it actually happen this way? The fear is great that we will be
transformed. Our experience up to this day is there.
It is quite clear that this
offer is also very, very controversial in the Church at large. I
can assure you: It is the will of the Pope. This must not be
doubted. But it is certainly not the will of everyone in the
Whether this will come to
fruition depends on terms that are not yet clear terms. There
are still points that remain unclear. It could happen that, in
the upcoming days, weeks - it is very hard to ascertain this -
the Pope will decide directly. It could be that he takes the
case back to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
There is a lot of pressure in Rome. Which is why I couldn't say
more than this. That is the current status.
One must not think that things
will be easy afterwards. To use the words of the Pope that
describe the situation quite well: 'I know,' he said, 'that
it would be easier both for the Society and for myself to leave
the situation as it currently is.' This describes very well
the situation, and also that the Pope himself knows that he,
when he does it, will be attacked. And also that the situation
will not be easy for us. That which will arise out of this
situation will be with Rome or against it. Both of which will be
Yet we have trust in the good
God. He has guided us very well so far. We must not think that,
praying so much, He would abandon us in the moment of greatest
danger. That would be [a thought] against hope. We are counting
on God's assistance. [We are ready to pay the cost.] His will be done.