I have noticed that sometimes Fellay will say things that seem liberal and other times he will say things that seem traditional. It is weird. For example one day he said the Jews are out "elder brothers" and another day he said the Jews are "enemies of the faith".
on Pope Francis - 14 Oct 2013
“We have in front of us a genuine Modernist!”
4 Dec 2013
I used the word “modernist;” I think that it was not understood by everybody. Perhaps I should have said a modernist in his actions. Once again, he is not a modernist in the absolute, theoretical sense: a man who develops a whole coherent system; that coherence does not exist.
This is good. There's more.
"Things are back to their starting point. The relationship with Rome cannot be repaired within this Pontificate." (Bishop Fellay in Australia, Sept. 2012 - as related by faithful who attended his talk)
+F is on record having said this kind of thing in many venues, like the Econe ordinations, June 29th, 2012, and attested to by Fr. Couture in "An Appeal to our Korean Faithful," Sept. 8th, 2012.
Even so, La Stampa,
("Vatican Insider") on Sat. Oct. 27th, 2012 has: "Lefebvrians need more time before they can respond to the Vatican's offer of reconciliation, and the Holy See seems willing to concede it. A statement issued today by the Pontifical Commission 'Ecclesia Dei'
... stated that last Sept. 6th, the Priestly Fraternity of St. Pius X asked for 'additional time for reflection and study' in order to prepare its response to the Holy See's reconciliation proposal. ... Last week, Lefebrian leaders announced the exclusion of Msgr. Richard Williamson, ... [who] had been on a collision course with SSPX leaders because of his refusal to make any compromise whatsoever with Rome
and because he had asked Fellay to resign... Williamson's expulsion, which the Holy See was very much in favour of..."
To understand the import of these statements, above, it must be realized that the Rebranding project was going on long before the AFD was produced in April of 2012, and therefore, the AFD had to have been an outgrowth of this Rebranding project.
This (Sept. 2012) was the same time
that Fr. Wegner explained to Fr. Girouard (October 2012), that Menzingen had been paying a Dutch Rebranding firm something near $100,000 or maybe more, to a pagan company, to tell the Society what to do to improve their image and get more customers (that means faithful). Why would the SSPX have spent all that money and made all the Rebranding changes, if now "things are back to its starting point?" Does that mean all the Rebranding money was wasted, and that it's time to UNDO all the stupid Rebranding changes, which would include the abominable AFD?
Furthermore, at this same time, October 2012, Bishop Alfonso de Galarreta spoke at Villepreux, France, hinting that there could be negotiable principles that the SSPX would be willing to relinquish for the purpose of making an accord with the Modernists in Rome. "If there is not firstly a return on the part of Rome or of the next Pope to Tradition [...] but if this Pope wishes simply to allow Tradition, what are the conditions that would allow us to accept a canonical normalization
, in view of the good that we could do in the Church and this good is considerable? We must not deny this possibility." It would seem he may have been cowed into this attitude under the threat of expulsion, as +W was being made into an EXAMPLE of what happens to SSPX bishops who can't tow the line.
IOW: we must not deny the possibility that the SSPX leadership is willing to give up something ("conditions" and bishops and priests and faithful) in order to get something ("normalization" -- the spirit of the world). The fact that the word "conditions" could mean giving up heretofore immutable principles lies in the fact that half of "The Six Conditions" of the General Chapter were called suitable, or wishable or non-essential, or "negotiable."