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Monday, April 4, 2016

Breaking News: Pope Francis Received Bishop Fellay on Friday, April 1, 2016

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This just in from "Pope Francis received Bishop Bernard Fellay, Superior General of the Society of St. Pius X, accompanied by the Society’s Second General Assistant, Fr. Alain-Marc Nely, at Domus Sanctae Marthae, at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 1, 2016.

"Bishop Fellay did not have an opportunity to meet Pope Francis since the Holy Father’s election in March 2013, other than exchanging very brief salutations at Domus Sanctae Marthae, on December 13, 2013 (see DICI no. 296 of 5-16-2014). However, some priests of the Society were previously received by the Supreme Pontiff, regarding certain administrative difficulties in the Society’s District of Argentina (see DICI no 314 of 4-24-2015).

"Pope Francis had wanted a private and informal meeting, without the formality of an official audience. It lasted 40 minutes and took place under a cordial atmosphere. After the meeting, it was decided that the current exchanges would continue. The canonical status of the Society was not directly addressed, Pope Francis and Bishop Fellay having determined that these exchanges ought to continue without haste."  READ MORE

REMNANT COMMENT: Strange times, indeed. What's in this 'regularization' for the Vatican? That, of course, is the question on the minds of many of us. What are the chances that Pope Francis earnestly desires to officially install an order of traditional Catholic priests in the heart and bosom of the mainstream Church, to go on offering principled criticism and resistance to his agenda? And if he does not desire this, why does he evidently desire to regularize the Society of St. Pius X, thus 'legitimizing' his most organized opposition?  

We'll have to wait and see, and while many of us are apprehensive over the prospect of the largest traditional Catholic priestly society in the world being somehow co-opted by a Vatican steeped in moral and theological turmoil, it remains obvious that prayers are needed, that we cannot rule out the grace of God in any of this, and that even if this is some Machiavellian scheme on the part of the Vatican, God is still in charge of His Church.

We have confidence that Bishop Fellay understands what is at stake and will do nothing to intentionally harm the cause of Tradition and restoration. He thus requires our prayers, not our rush to judgment.  What is abundantly clear at this point, thanks to the tireless efforts of Bishop Fellay and his team, is that the SSPX is not now nor has it ever been in schism.

So what's next? Whatever happens we must remain united in our resolve to never allow anything to divide and thus conquer the traditional Catholic counterrevolution. Vatican 'traps' have failed in the past, and Vatican 'traps' will fail in the future. If that is what this is, so be it. The truth and sacred Tradition will win out in the end. 

St Athanasius, Pray for us, pray for the Church.

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Michael J. Matt has been an editor of The Remnant since 1990. Since 1994, he has been the newspaper's editor. A graduate of Christendom College, Michael Matt has written hundreds of articles on the state of the Church and the modern world. He is the host of The Remnant Underground and Remnant TV's The Remnant Forum. He's been U.S. Coordinator for Notre Dame de Chrétienté in Paris--the organization responsible for the Pentecost Pilgrimage to Chartres, France--since 2000.  Mr. Matt has led the U.S. contingent on the Pilgrimage to Chartres for the last 24 years. He is a lecturer for the Roman Forum's Summer Symposium in Gardone Riviera, Italy. He is the author of Christian Fables, Legends of Christmas and Gods of Wasteland (Fifty Years of Rock ‘n’ Roll) and regularly delivers addresses and conferences to Catholic groups about the Mass, home-schooling, and the culture question. Together with his wife, Carol Lynn and their seven children, Mr. Matt currently resides in St. Paul, Minnesota.