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    19-07-2012  
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    As announced in the press communiqué of the Society of St. Pius X’s General House on July 14, 2012, the members of the General Chapter sent a common statement to Rome. It has been published today.
    During the interview published at DICI on July 16, Bishop Bernard Fellay stated that this document was “the occasion to specify the (SSPX’s) road map insisting upon the conservation of the Society’s identity, the only efficacious means to help the Church to restore Christendom”. “For,” he said, “doctrinal mutism is not the answer to this “silent apostasy”, which even John Paul II denounced already in 2003.”

    At the conclusion of the General Chapter of the Society of St. Pius X, gathered together at the tomb of its venerated founder, Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, and united with its Superior General, the participants, bishops, superiors, and most senior members of the Society elevate to Heaven our heartfelt thanksgiving, grateful for the 42 years of marvelous Divine protection over our work, amidst a Church in crisis and a world which distances itself farther from God and His law with each passing day.

    We wish to express our gratitude to each and every member of our Society: priests, brothers, sisters, third order members; to the religious communities close to us and also to our dear faithful, for their constant dedication and for their fervent prayers on the occasion of this Chapter, marked by frank exchanges of views and by a very fruitful common work. Every sacrifice and pain accepted with generosity has contributed to overcome the difficulties which the Society has encountered in recent times. We have recovered our profound unity in its essential mission: to preserve and defend the Catholic Faith, to form good priests, and to strive towards the restoration of Christendom. We have determined and approved the necessary conditions for an eventual canonical normalization. We have decided that, in that case, an extraordinary Chapter with deliberative vote will be convened beforehand.

    We must never forget that the sanctification of the souls always starts within ourselves. It is the fruit of a faith which becomes vivifying and operating by the work of charity, according to the words of St. Paul: “For we can do nothing against the truth: but for the truth” (cf. II Cor., XIII, 8), and “as Christ also loved the church and delivered himself up for it… that it should be holy and without blemish” (cf. Eph. V, 25 s.).

    The Chapter believes that the paramount duty of the Society, in the service which it intends to offer to the Church, is to continue, with God’s help, to profess the Catholic Faith in all its purity and integrity, with a determination matching the intensity of the constant attacks to which this very Faith is subjected nowadays.

    For this reason it seems opportune that we reaffirm our faith in the Roman Catholic Church, the unique Church founded by Our Lord Jesus Christ, outside of which there is no salvation nor possibility to find the means leading to salvation; our faith in its monarchical constitution, desired by Our Lord himself, by which the supreme power of government over the universal Church belongs only to the Pope, Vicar of Christ on earth; our faith in the universal Kingship of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Creator of both the natural and the supernatural orders, to Whom every man and every society must submit.

    The Society continues to uphold the declarations and the teachings of the constant Magisterium of the Church in regard to all the novelties of the Second Vatican Council which remain tainted with errors, and also in regard to the reforms issued from it. We find our sure guide in this uninterrupted Magisterium which, by its teaching authority, transmits the revealed Deposit of Faith in perfect harmony with the truths that the entire Church has professed, always and everywhere.

    The Society finds its guide as well in the constant Tradition of the Church, which transmits and will transmit until the end of times the teachings required to preserve the Faith and the salvation of souls, while waiting for the day when an open and serious debate will be possible which may allow the return to Tradition of the ecclesiastical authorities.

    We wish to unite ourselves to the others Christians persecuted in different countries of the world who are now suffering for the Catholic Faith, some even to the extent of martyrdom. Their blood, shed in union with the Victim of our altars, is the pledge for a true renewal of the Church in capite et membris, according to the old saying sanguis martyrum semen christianorum.

    “Finally, we turn our eyes to the Blessed Virgin Mary, who is also jealous of the privileges of her Divine Son, jealous of His glory, of His Kingdom on earth as in Heaven. How often has she intervened for the defense, even the armed defense, of Christendom against the enemies of the Kingdom of Our Lord! We entreat her to intervene today to chase the enemies out from inside the Church who are trying to destroy it more radically than its enemies from outside. May she deign to keep in the integrity of the Faith, in the love of the Church, in devotion to the Successor of Peter, all the members of the Society of St. Pius X and all the priests and faithful who labor alongside the Society, in order that she may both keep us from schism and preserve us from heresy.

    “May St. Michael the Archangel inspire us with his zeal for the glory of God and with his strength to fight the devil.

    “May St. Pius X share with us a part of his wisdom, of his learning, of his sanctity, to discern the true from the false and the good from the evil in these times of confusion and lies.” (Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre; Albano, October 19, 1983).

    Given at Ecône, on the 14th of July of the Year of the Lord 2012.

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    Dichiarazione del Capitolo generale della Fraternità Sacerdotale San Pio X
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    Grundsatzerklärung des Generalkapitels der Priesterbruderschaft St. Pius X.

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  • I don't know why the fist paragraph came out like that. I'll repeat it fro RC

    Rome-SSPX: Declaration of the General Chapter of the Society of Saint Pius X sent to the Holy See

    As announced in the press communiqué of the Society of St. Pius X’s General House on July 14, 2012, the members of the General Chapter sent a common statement to Rome. It has been published today.

    During the interview published at DICI on July 16, Bishop Bernard Fellay stated that this document was “the occasion to specify the (SSPX’s) road map insisting upon the conservation of the Society’s identity, the only efficacious means to help the Church to restore Christendom”. “For,” he said, “doctrinal mutism is not the answer to this “silent apostasy”, which even John Paul II denounced already in 2003.”


        At the conclusion of the General Chapter of the Society of St. Pius X, gathered together at the tomb of its venerated founder, Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, and united with its Superior General, the participants, bishops, superiors, and most senior members of the Society elevate to Heaven our heartfelt thanksgiving, grateful for the 42 years of marvelous Divine protection over our work, amidst a Church in crisis and a world which distances itself farther from God and His law with each passing day.

        We wish to express our gratitude to each and every member of our Society: priests, brothers, sisters, third order members; to the religious communities close to us and also to our dear faithful, for their constant dedication and for their fervent prayers on the occasion of this Chapter, marked by frank exchanges of views and by a very fruitful common work. Every sacrifice and pain accepted with generosity has contributed to overcome the difficulties which the Society has encountered in recent times. We have recovered our profound unity in its essential mission: to preserve and defend the Catholic Faith, to form good priests, and to strive towards the restoration of Christendom. We have determined and approved the necessary conditions for an eventual canonical normalization. We have decided that, in that case, an extraordinary Chapter with deliberative vote will be convened beforehand.

        We must never forget that the sanctification of the souls always starts within ourselves. It is the fruit of a faith which becomes vivifying and operating by the work of charity, according to the words of St. Paul: “For we can do nothing against the truth: but for the truth” (cf. II Cor., XIII, 8), and “as Christ also loved the church and delivered himself up for it… that it should be holy and without blemish” (cf. Eph. V, 25 s.).

        The Chapter believes that the paramount duty of the Society, in the service which it intends to offer to the Church, is to continue, with God’s help, to profess the Catholic Faith in all its purity and integrity, with a determination matching the intensity of the constant attacks to which this very Faith is subjected nowadays.

        For this reason it seems opportune that we reaffirm our faith in the Roman Catholic Church, the unique Church founded by Our Lord Jesus Christ, outside of which there is no salvation nor possibility to find the means leading to salvation; our faith in its monarchical constitution, desired by Our Lord himself, by which the supreme power of government over the universal Church belongs only to the Pope, Vicar of Christ on earth; our faith in the universal Kingship of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Creator of both the natural and the supernatural orders, to Whom every man and every society must submit.

        The Society continues to uphold the declarations and the teachings of the constant Magisterium of the Church in regard to all the novelties of the Second Vatican Council which remain tainted with errors, and also in regard to the reforms issued from it. We find our sure guide in this uninterrupted Magisterium which, by its teaching authority, transmits the revealed Deposit of Faith in perfect harmony with the truths that the entire Church has professed, always and everywhere.

        The Society finds its guide as well in the constant Tradition of the Church, which transmits and will transmit until the end of times the teachings required to preserve the Faith and the salvation of souls, while waiting for the day when an open and serious debate will be possible which may allow the return to Tradition of the ecclesiastical authorities.

        We wish to unite ourselves to the others Christians persecuted in different countries of the world who are now suffering for the Catholic Faith, some even to the extent of martyrdom. Their blood, shed in union with the Victim of our altars, is the pledge for a true renewal of the Church in capite et membris, according to the old saying sanguis martyrum semen christianorum.

        “Finally, we turn our eyes to the Blessed Virgin Mary, who is also jealous of the privileges of her Divine Son, jealous of His glory, of His Kingdom on earth as in Heaven. How often has she intervened for the defense, even the armed defense, of Christendom against the enemies of the Kingdom of Our Lord! We entreat her to intervene today to chase the enemies out from inside the Church who are trying to destroy it more radically than its enemies from outside. May she deign to keep in the integrity of the Faith, in the love of the Church, in devotion to the Successor of Peter, all the members of the Society of St. Pius X and all the priests and faithful who labor alongside the Society, in order that she may both keep us from schism and preserve us from heresy.

        “May St. Michael the Archangel inspire us with his zeal for the glory of God and with his strength to fight the devil.

        “May St. Pius X share with us a part of his wisdom, of his learning, of his sanctity, to discern the true from the false and the good from the evil in these times of confusion and lies.” (Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre; Albano, October 19, 1983).

        Given at Ecône, on the 14th of July of the Year of the Lord 2012.

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    (St. Clement Mary Hofbauer)


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    « Reply #2 on: July 19, 2012, 06:19:49 AM »
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    « Reply #3 on: July 19, 2012, 06:30:53 AM »
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  • That's it?! What a weak statement. It says no of course but it sounds like another sermon by +Fellay leaving the door open for himself at the first opportunity.

    I would like to see a real statement by the other two bishops and an analysis by +Williamson. Honestly, I'm ashamed that this bishop represents Tradition. I hope he goes to Rome and let the other bishops in charge of defending the Faith.
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    « Reply #4 on: July 19, 2012, 06:44:33 AM »
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    We have determined and approved the necessary conditions for an eventual canonical normalization



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    “This is a new concept which we know the Traditionalists will not be able to accept immediately. Convincing them will take time, and in this respect we will have to be patient.”

    Archbishop Di Noia


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    We have decided that, in that case, an extraordinary Chapter with deliberative vote will be convened beforehand.


    Who is the "we" and will Bishop Williamson have a vote in this extraordinary Chapter?

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    « Reply #6 on: July 19, 2012, 06:48:01 AM »
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  • (I don't know how to edit my previous post - sorry)  It is pleasing that there will be no SSPX-Rome merger at this point; however, it is lamentable (to say the least) that +Fellay and his appointees retained power.  The GC should have been the occasion for a new election of leadership.

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    « Reply #7 on: July 19, 2012, 06:51:11 AM »
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    the necessary conditions


    Would these include the expulsion of Bishop Williamson and other priests or what conditions are necessary for this "eventual canonical normalization"?


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    all the members of the Society of St. Pius X and all the priests and faithful who labor alongside the Society, in order that she may both keep us from schism and preserve us from heresy.


    It can't be forgotten how Bishop Fellay treated the Dominicans of Avrille and the Capuchins of Morgon and excluding Bishop Williamson from the Chapter.

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    « Reply #9 on: July 19, 2012, 07:09:32 AM »
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  • I suppose the General Chapter can be summarised as being a meeting to discuss "eventual canonical normalization". Perhaps Wessex was not far off the mark when he suggested it would be a claps on the back, well done old chap type of meeting.

    The 'trouble makers' were excluded and it was business as usual for Bishop Fellay. The 9 haven't seem to have made any impact as the statement states clearly there will be an "eventual canonical normalization".  

    Did anybody Bishop Tissier etc etc raise a hand and make any objections? Was anybody at the meeting vocal in expressing disgust at the exclusion of Bishop Williamson?

    It was certainly the non event as stated previously and I think we can conclude the door to Rome is still open and a canonical normalization is certain.

    Being honest I don't see even Bishop Tissier consecrating new Bishops.  It was very much a it was to be expected time meeting.

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    « Reply #10 on: July 19, 2012, 07:22:21 AM »
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  • FROM THE VATICAN INFORMATION SERVICE 19/7/12

    COMMUNIQUE CONCERNING PRIESTLY SOCIETY OF ST. PIUS X
    Vatican City, 19 July 2012 (VIS) - Early this afternoon, the Holy See Press Office released the following English-language communique concerning the declaration which emerged from the General Chapter of the Priestly Society of St. Pius X.
    "The recently concluded General Chapter of the Priestly Society of St. Pius X has addressed a declaration regarding the possibility of a canonical normalisation in the relationship of the Society and the Holy See. While it has been made public, the declaration remains primarily an internal document for study and discussion among the members of the Society.
    "The Holy See has taken note of this declaration, but awaits the forthcoming official communication of the Priestly Society as their dialogue with the Pontifical Commission 'Ecclesia Dei' continues".
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    « Reply #11 on: July 19, 2012, 07:23:45 AM »
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  • Being Irish, I'm very used to normalisation by a foreign power. The generation before patriot P.H. Pearse, Irish youth were raised to be good Englishmen or obedient Irishmen. English rule has been 'normalised' in Ireland through the centuries and still in the Six Counties occupied by the Crown.

    Rome are doing the same thing to the SSPX.

    The rosary crusades were smoke screens,some sermons were very stage managed and scripted, and the youth group pilgrimage to Rome was timed.

    Faithful can never feign ignorance regarding these discussions with Rome. Rome is not the friend of the SSPX or Catholic Tradition.

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    « Reply #12 on: July 19, 2012, 07:31:42 AM »
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  • Excellent statement!

    The following are the money lines. Reasserting Tradition. There is no possible way that Abp. Muller or Di Noia will be agreeing to this.

    To me this statement is a line in the sand. Accept us "as is" or don't accept us. Either way, we'll stick to Tradition.

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    The Chapter believes that the paramount duty of the Society, in the service which it intends to offer to the Church, is to continue, with God’s help, to profess the Catholic Faith in all its purity and integrity, with a determination matching the intensity of the constant attacks to which this very Faith is subjected nowadays.

    For this reason it seems opportune that we reaffirm our faith in the Roman Catholic Church, the unique Church founded by Our Lord Jesus Christ, outside of which there is no salvation nor possibility to find the means leading to salvation; our faith in its monarchical constitution, desired by Our Lord himself, by which the supreme power of government over the universal Church belongs only to the Pope, Vicar of Christ on earth; our faith in the universal Kingship of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Creator of both the natural and the supernatural orders, to Whom every man and every society must submit.

    The Society continues to uphold the declarations and the teachings of the constant Magisterium of the Church in regard to all the novelties of the Second Vatican Council which remain tainted with errors, and also in regard to the reforms issued from it. We find our sure guide in this uninterrupted Magisterium which, by its teaching authority, transmits the revealed Deposit of Faith in perfect harmony with the truths that the entire Church has professed, always and everywhere.

    The Society finds its guide as well in the constant Tradition of the Church, which transmits and will transmit until the end of times the teachings required to preserve the Faith and the salvation of souls, while waiting for the day when an open and serious debate will be possible which may allow the return to Tradition of the ecclesiastical authorities.

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  • Bishop Fellay avoid the issue of Doctrinal Differences(Accepting Vatican II or not),

    Instead, He open the Season II of Rome-SSPX Deal.

    Canonical Normalisation

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    « Reply #14 on: July 19, 2012, 07:58:46 AM »
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    Bishop Fellay avoid the issue of Doctrinal Differences(Accepting Vatican II or not),

    Instead, He open the Season II of Rome-SSPX Deal.

    Canonical Normalisation


    Did you not see the following:

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    The Society continues to uphold the declarations and the teachings of the constant Magisterium of the Church in regard to all the novelties of the Second Vatican Council which remain tainted with errors, and also in regard to the reforms issued from it.


    The Society has ALWAYS been "open" to canonical normilization. ABL was. That is nothing new. The "conditions of normalization" are that Rome takes the Society "as is", able to criticize VCII (as in the quote above) and the NO openly and hold to its Traditional positions.

    It seems that ever since rumors of an imminent deal came about, Bishop Fellay has now transformed, in the minds of some, into a demonic double agent who is worse than Paul VI or JPII and cannot be trusted  at all. After how many years of faithful adherence to ABL and Tradition is he now completely rejected and demonized?

    I can understand the frustration with his cordial/ patient approach to Rome, but I fear some have completely written him off. In that case, why stay with the Society? Why not split off now? How can one remain a Society adherent and also believe the Superior General is Satan incarnate?

     

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