After Bishop Fellay's recent statement that Pope Francis is a "genuine modernist", some seem to think that +Fellay has officially proven the Resistance wrong in their accusations against him.
While we cannot deny that Bishop Fellay's words against Francis are welcome and true (not to mention long overdue), we should not presume that +Fellay has returned to his 1988-2008 form. We should presume the contrary. There are several reasons as to this.
In the declaration made by Bishop Fellay and the Neo-SSPX for the 25 anniversary of the Consecrations at Econe, they leave the door open to a "reconciliation" with modernist Rome. The declaration states the following:
"This love of the Church explains the rule that Archbishop Lefebvre always observed: to follow Providence in all circumstances, without ever allowing oneself to anticipate it. We mean to do the same: either when Rome returns to Tradition and to the Faith of all time – which would re-establish order in the Church; or when she explicitly acknowledges our right to profess integrally the Faith and to reject the errors which oppose it, with the right and the duty for us to oppose publicly the errors and the proponents of these errors, whoever they may be – which would allow the beginning of a re-establishing of order. Meanwhile, faced with this crisis which continues its ravages in the Church, we persevere in the defence of Catholic Tradition and our hope remains entire, as we know by the certitude of Faith that “the gates of hell will not prevail against her.” (Mt 16:18)
In other words, if the Pope should ever grant the Society permission to criticize Vatican II, then the Society in turn would gladly accept an offer of "regularization" into the conciliar church. The problem with this is that any such offer could easily be a trap. Let us not forget the Institute of the Good Shepherd. They originally were told they did not have to accept Vatican II, only to be told a while after their deal that they must accept the council. They were fooled by the modernists. So what would stop them from attempting to pull the same on the Society should talks ever resume? Though the obvious dislike Francis has of Tradition makes a deal seem highly improbable at this point, that does not mean Francis may still try to trick the Society with an offer that seems acceptable, only for them to discover it's a trap after it's too late.
In the same interview in which Bishop Fellay calls Francis a modernist, he also thanks God that no agreement was made. If he is thankful that no deal was made, then shouldn't he also concede that the Resistance was right all along? All three of the Society's other Bishops at the time and numerous priests warned +Fellay not to do a deal, but he dismissed their warnings and even expelled those who spoke out against any "reconciliation".
If Bishop Fellay truly wants to mend the damage, he should apologize to those whom he expelled and mistreated and admit they were right. But no, he is apparently too prideful to admit he was wrong and that his ignorance lax leadership almost led to a deal that would have practically destroyed the SSPX. Instead, he says those who have criticized him "aren't in his head". He continues a feud that could easily end with one sincere apology and attempt to make reparation.
Neo-SSPX priests cannot seem to admit the Resistance was right all along, either. Fr. Taouk, a Neo-SSPX priest from Australia, recently said in a sermon that the Resistance priests and their followers will "go to hell" for their "unjust rebellion against superiors".
This same priest was outed on another website as having been none other than the poster known as "Anthony Malleus", who posts on AngelQueen and was a frequent poster on the now-closed forum known as Ignis Ardens. He frequently used terms such as "nutters" in reference to supporters of the Resistance and told them to "get a brain".
It is difficult to believe that a person who has dedicated their entire life to God could act in such a despicable manner of a forum, but the reports against him reveal that he seems to have serious anger management issues. Let us pray for him.
These priests, though, who say the Resistance will go to hell are not being honest. They are also likely relieved that no deal was made, but cannot admit +Fellay was wrong. Again, it is prideful.
So let us not be deceived into thinking the Society is back on the right track just because Bishop Fellay gave a decent interview for the first time in several years. It's a step in the right direction, perhaps, but it's not enough. He needs to make reparation for the damage and division he has caused and stop shifting the blame to other people. It's time that he take responsibility for his actions and admit the Resistance was right about a deal all along.
Until then, the Neo-SSPX has not changed. It remains unfaithful to the mission of Archbishop Lefebvre. God Bless Source