Interview with Bishop Bernard Fellay published by DICI Feb. 2, 2004

Source: FSSPX News

In a press conference given in Rome on February 2, 2004, during which Bishop Bernard Fellay presented 45 vaticanists with the study From Ecumenism to Silent Apostasy, DICI recorded the Superior General of the Society of St. Pius X's comments, which we can see still have all their relevance 7 years later: 

DICI: (...)Nevertheless, isn’t it a sign of a certain hardening of the SSPX? Maybe even of the will to cease all discussion with Rome?

Bishop Fellay: On the contrary. We desire this discussion, but once again we want it on the doctrinal level. It is impossible to envision a serious debate if we ignore the root of the problem. Be it only to give a clear definition of the words we use, and thus be sure that, beyond the words, we agree on the same realities. We do not want this “differentiated consensus”, within the framework of “unity in pluriformity” in the name of which Cardinal Kasper is discussing with the Protestants. These ambiguous expressions, these veritable contradictions in terms show with evidence that the Conciliar ecumenism does not care for the doctrinal demands, and even more simply still for the demands of sheer logic. What would you say of an agreement based upon the acknowledgement of a “differentiated consensus”, or of “consensual differences”?

DICI: The tone of the document may sound stern.

Bishop Fellay: It is certainly austere because the theological problems raised by ecumenism demand a rigorous exposition without approximations. But the letter which accompanies this document clearly indicates the meaning of our endeavor: it is a respectful appeal to the pope and to the cardinals asking them to give back to the Church her Tradition, which has been contested and even attacked since Vatican II.

DICI: Do you really think that the solution to the present crisis is purely on the doctrinal level? Do you, a priori, exclude a more diplomatic and more pragmatic approach?

Bishop Fellay: According to me, it is being pragmatic, and in any case realistic to want to give solid bases for a discussion. And whether we want it or not, these bases are doctrinal. Pragmatism is not synonymous with “burying one’s head in the sand”, this voluntary blindness on the root of the problem can only lead to “not being on the same wave length”, or even to being swindled. The same dramatic realities are forced upon everyone, the pope as well as us. We are in a state of silent apostasy. We can get out of it only by a recourse to the Tradition of the Church. The answer to the silent apostasy must make itself heard with a strong and clear voice. Before the extent of the evil, we cannot be content with inefficient half-measures, measures which, in the end, are accomplices of the evil which they merely soothe without ever being willing to eradicate it.

You can read about this topic :

The Assisi meeting, seen from Mecca

25 years of opposition to the spirit of Assisi, in the name of the continuity of the Magisterium before Vatican II

Assisi I (October 27, 1986) :

Letter of Archbishop Lefebvre to eight cardinals (August 27, 1986)

Declaration by Archbishop Lefebvre and Bishop de Castro Mayer, December 2, 1986

Assisi II (January 24, 2002) :

Bishop Fellay's letter concerning the meeting in Assisi on January 24, 2002

The Society of St. Pius X's study: From Ecumenism to Silent Apostasy (January 2004)

Towards Assisi III (22nd October 2011) :

Bishop Fellay’s conference at the Courier de Rome Congress, Paris, January 9th 2011 (excerpts)

Statement by Fr. Stefan Frey, Rector of the seminary of the Society of St. Pius X in Germany

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