This just in from Dici.org: "Bishop de Galarreta gave a conference in Bailly, near Versailles, on January 17, 2016. He exposed the present situation in the Church and informed his audience of the present state of the relations between Rome and the Society of St. Pius X. He directed the Society of St. Pius X’s commission of theologians during the doctrinal discussions with Rome from 2009 to 2011. Here are the most important extracts from his conference, transcribed by DICI...
"In the second part of his conference, and beyond the proposals of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Bishop de Galarreta publicly confided that he thinks the pope may soon confer a status on the Society of St. Pius X:
“I think, and this is the other aspect of things, that this pope who tells anyone who will listen that we are Catholic, who says and repeats that the Society is Catholic, that we are Catholic, will never condemn us, and that he wants our ‘case’ taken care of. I think– and he has already started down this path – that when he sees that we cannot agree with the Congregation of the Faith, I think that he will overreach any doctrinal, theoretical, practical condition, or any condition whatsoever… He is going to take his own steps towards recognizing the Society. He has already begun; he is simply going to continue. And I am not saying what I desire but what I foresee. I foresee, I think that the pope will lean towards a one-sided recognition of the Society, and that by acts rather than by a legal or canonical approach.”
"Bishop de Galarreta admitted that 'this de facto recognition would have a good, a beneficial effect: it is a rather extraordinary apostolic opening, and it would have an extraordinary effect.' But he adds that there would then be two risks: that of creating an internal division and that of conditioning our preaching in certain circumstances. And he wondered: 'It would take an extraordinary wisdom and prudence, a very great firmness and clarity. Are we capable of this?'" READ FULL REPORT HERE
REMNANT COMMENT: A wise question, indeed! "Are we capable of this?" Here the good bishop displays a sensus catholicus and fundamental prudence that leaves us absolutely confident that indeed the SSPX is in good hands and understands clearly what is at stake, and that partly what is at stake is something intangible.
Obviously, Francis is going to regularize the SSPX. Why? Well, the old adage should sum things up quite nicely: Keep your friends close but your enemies closer.
The question we all must ask ourselves is this: When it comes to regularization of the SSPX, what's in it for today's Vatican? Let me repeat that: What’s.in.it.for.them?
Do we really believe that Francis the Great — the man who refuses to judge homosexual priests, who will travel to Sweden next October to celebrate the Protestant Revolt, who thinks atheists go to heaven and Jews need not convert — do we really believe that that man is deeply concerned about the souls of the adherents to the SSPX and their...ahem..."schism"? Really?!
And if that's not it, what is it?
In my opinion (and that’s all this is), the Vatican knows full well that opposition against their diabolical revolution against the old Faith comes principally from one source, and that so long as that source remains out from under their control -- well, they can't control their opposition.
This time around, the Vatican will not make demands of the SSPX regarding Vatican II (for one thing, Vatican II is too traditional for them now. They don't accept Vatican II anymore!). They will make no demands regarding the New Mass. In fact, as Bishop de Galarreta here admits, the Vatican will make no demands on the SSPX whatsoever. They will simply regularize the SSPX by decree, and then sit back and watch the SSPX be torn in half. It's called divide and conquer, and it is a strategy as old as the Garden of Eden.
Even the neo-Catholic world is finally waking up to the fact that Peter’s chair is occupied by a man who despises the old Catholic Faith. A principled counterrevolution against the regime of Pope Francis, led by 650 SSPX priests around the world, would be unstoppable right now….and a deeply divided Vatican knows it. Thus, no condition will be imposed, and the Vatican will make the SSPX a deal they literally can't refuse.
There is no conspiracy in the SSPX. The Vatican is doing this on its own, in my opinion, with Francis calling all the shots. Can the SSPX handle this "beneficence" of Pope Francis? 'It would take an extraordinary wisdom and prudence, a very great firmness and clarity. Are they capable of this?’ -- that is the question.
When it comes to the regularization of the SSPX, be careful what you wish for.
Pray for the SSPX, one of the last best hopes of the Church. I’m confident that Bishop Fellay and his team are on the side of the angels. Now let us wait and see what the devils will bring.
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