A Deaf Man’s Monologue

Source: FSSPX News

On the eve of the opening of the theological talks between Rome and the Society of St. Pius X, in an interview granted by Cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois to Radio Notre-Dame, we learn what the archbishop of Paris is expecting from the meeting. “We must hope,” he said, “that the Holy Ghost will make the protagonists sufficiently broadminded so that they accept not to stick to the line of conduct they followed up to now which consisted in saying: ‘We are willing to discuss in order for the Church to adopt our position,’ i.e. in order for us to be in control of the situation.”
Archbishop Vingt-Trois placed these words in the mouths of the priests of the Society of St. Pius X; we leave him entirely responsible for this. We can easily perceive the ego blown out of any proportion which he attributes to those priests who, in his opinion, aspire only to “be in control of the situation,” where the ego is reigning as a master!
Yet, would it not be more fitting to simply listen to what they say, rather than to seek to speak on their behalf? We know the dead end into which a dialog between people who are not on the same wave length leads. And when in such a dialog one man makes both the questions and the answers, we run the risk of hearing the monologue of a deaf man. In Rome, they are attempting to avoid this, but such is not yet the case in Paris.

Fr. Alain Lorans