EL PASO INTERVIEW
WITH BISHOP FELLAY
Part III: Bishop Fellay on the
Given at Jesus & Mary Chapel in El
Paso, TX on February 21, 2010
Regarding the motu proprio
and the lifting of the excommunications, and the discussions with
Rome, is there hope?
There is definitively hope! I may say, in Christian life there is
always hope! Itís one of the three theological virtues that is
really what moves the Christian to strive towards Heaven. Every
soul is organizing its life because of Heaven, with the hope of
reaching Heaven; and if you look at the crisis of the Church, if
you look at all these happenings of these last years, it goes all
in the same direction, that is, in the midst of a very hard time,
in the middle of a lot of controversies and contradictions, there
are still some good sides which really tell us we are going ahead,
and these, like the motu proprio on the Mass, like the
decree about the excommunications, like the discussions, they all
go and take the same line, which is an improvement towards
Tradition. The Church is starting to throw a glance towards its
own Tradition. Thatís hope!
vobiscum" before the Collect
Regarding the reactions of the
bishops to the motu proprio, are the bishops abusing?
I think many of them are. This motu proprio clearly states
the right, establishes the right of every priest to just say the
Tridentine Mass; and the same for the faithful. If you look at the
way the bishops behave, many of them require that permission be
requested, an undue permission because the priest does not need
that permission; and so, there you have an abuse. But even if you
look more concretely, they push, they threaten, they treat badly
those who want Tradition; and that is a very clear abuse.
Do you see the situation as being the same throughout the
This situation, yes, is about the same in the whole world. You may
find, here and there, in some countries, some bishops who will be
more lenient, who will be following more the orders from the Holy
Father, from the pope. There are few of them. So, you may find
some and we could list a certain number of them who really open
the doors to the Tridentine Mass but the great majority donít, and
this is true for the whole world.
Mass bring doctrine?
Itís something amazing about the Tridentine Mass: it is so
well done, and it is so full of the Catholic faith that it
does not only nourish the faith, but this very nourishment of
faith produces inside a need for it, a need for true doctrine.
I am amazed to see how many priests, who just came, let us
say, from the Novus Ordo, who themselves tell us they
didnít get much during the seminary, who feel the same
attraction to go back to doctrine, back to theology, to open
the books, to open the Summa of St. Thomas, and to
learn there what they didnít get at the seminary, or maybe to
correct what they were taught. And itís so general that I
think we can make out of it a real law and say: whoever, with
a humble heart, with a sincere heart, touches the Mass will,
sooner or later, touch theology.
Unde et memores
after the Consecration
to be continued...