Bishop Richard Williamson, having distanced himself from the
management* and the government of the SSPX for several years, and
refusing to show due respect and obedience to his lawful superiors,
was declared excluded from the SSPX by decision of the Superior
General and its Council, on October 4, 2012. A final deadline had been
granted to him to declare his submission, after which he announced the
publication of an “open letter” asking the Superior General to resign.
This painful decision has become necessary by concern for the common
good of the Society of St. Pius X and its good government, according
to what Archbishop Lefebvre denounced: “This is the destruction of
authority. How can authority be exercised if it needs to ask all
members to participate in the exercise of authority?" (Econe, June
Menzingen, October 24, 2012.
NB: *The original text being in French, it must be noted that the word
“authority” translates better the French word “direction”.