Dear readers, I hope you have had a Blessed Christmastide, and I wish you a Happy and Holy New Year.
For my first blog post of 2014, I feel it is necessary to re-cap the precise timeline of the fall of the Society of St. Pius X, which began in 2009, though the collapse further accelerated in 2012. We are now in year #6 of the crisis in the SSPX. Many deny that any such “crisis” exists, that the only crisis is disobedience to superiors. But as my timeline will prove, that is not the case. I believe this will particularly benefit those that are not entirely aware of the truth about the Neo-SSPX and why there is a need for a Resistance.
(Please not that this timeline does not include all of the events which have occurred, because there have been so many. So this timeline only details the most significant events.)
Though there had been problems brewing behind closed doors in the Society for a number of years, I will begin this timeline with January 2009, when the crisis became public and, therefore, *officially* began.
After it was announced that Benedict XVI intended to lift the “excommunications” placed on the Society and its four Bishops by John Paul II after the 1988 Consecrations at Econe, the Jewish media released an interview that was taped several months prior in Germany, in which Bishop Williamson denied the “holocaust”. This caused much public outcry from many Jews and Judaizers urging Benedict not to lift the “excommunications”. It had already been done, but Benedict later admitted his lifting of the “excommunications” would have excluded Bishop Williamson had he been aware of his position on the “holocaust”.
Amidst this turmoil, Bishop Fellay initially was nonchalant about it, stating Bishop Williamson was responsible for his own actions. But as public outcry became more severe, it seemed +Fellay had a choice to make: either stand by his fellow Bishop and lose any chance at a “reconciliation” with modernist Rome, or stab him in the back and go forward with the “reconciliation” process. Bishop Fellay chose the latter, and told Bishop Williamson he could not discuss “political or historical matters” in public. +Williamson, consequently, remained mostly out of the public eye for his remaining days in the Society, his Eleison Comments being primarily the only way in which he continued to remain in touch with his flock.
Speaking of the lifting of the “excommunications”, it is also worth noting here that Bishop Fellay called a “Rosary Crusade” shortly beforehand with the intention that the “excommunications” would be lifted, and then gave credit to these Rosary Crusades for the lifting of the “excommunications”. This is something which is worthy of its own article in the future.
The lifting of the “excommunications” led to a series of doctrinal talks between the SSPX and Rome. The head of the Congregation for Doctrine of the Faith, then Cardinal William Levada, was given the task of continuing the dialogue with the Society. The SSPX priests who participated in these talks held their own against the modernists on the side and did not cave to their demands.
Bishop Williamson, meanwhile, did not participate in the talks. Germany announced in February of 2009 that they would launch a criminal investigation into his statements. In October of 2009, the court found him guilty of “holocaust denial” and fined him €12,000. His Excellency appealed the fine. This led to a full hearing that he did not need to attend.
He was asked to leave Argentina in 2009 – where he had been rector at an SSPX seminary until having been removed from his position by Bishop Fellay after his “holocaust denial” – due to issues with his visa and also due to his “offensive” comments regarding the “holocaust”.
In 2010, “Krahgate” received the bulk of attention in the Trad world.
Maximilian Krah, a corporate attorney, first received public attention in the spring of 2010. It began when Stephen Heiner, owner of True Restoration and former editor of Bishop Williamson’s Eleison Comments, wrote an article on his blog against Krah and his participation in the Der Spiegel hatchet job against Bishop Williamson. The article, for those that have not read it or would like a refresher, may read it here:
Heiner’s feud with Krah led him to resign as editor of Eleison Comments, as he felt he would be a liability to the project. Nicholas Wansbutter succeeded him as editor until an infrastructure was put in place allowing His Excellency to publish his weekly comments himself.
November – December 2010: “Krahgate” info released
In November 2010, just before Bishop Williamson was due to have his appeal, the “Krahgate” info hit two Traditional Catholic forums: Ignis Ardens (which closed in 2013), and AngelQueen (which is still open but now operates as a blog). AQ quickly erased the information, but IA kept the info up. It was posted by a user named “William of Norwich”.
It was followed by second post form the user “Veritas1961?, which released further info. The two posts generated so much interest that Krah himself registered on IA in December 2010, demanding that the info be removed and that his name be censored from IA. Menzingen later threatened lawsuit against IA in 2011. The admin complied with the requests, and the “Krahgate” threads were eventually deleted. The “Krahgate files” blog originally kept all the Krahgate info, but is now a private blog. Fortunately, the info is still available on various other websites. Here is the original “Krahgate” post:
His Excellency Bishop Williamson received two rather unkind letters in 2011, one from Fr. Pfluger (which was co-authored by Krah), and another from Bishop Fellay. Fr. Pfluger’s letter was full of ad hominems and smears, while Bishop Fellay’s invited +Williamson to begin participating in the discussions with Rome, but warned him that if he did not close Eleison Comments and cease his “unacceptable” behavior, he would be in danger of expulsion.
Meanwhile, GREC was fully exposed in 2011. It can be read about in this post I made last year:
The crisis in the SSPX became full-blown in 2012, beginning with reports that Bishop Fellay had signed the doctrinal preamble presented to him by Rome in April of 2012. A month later, on May 9th, 2012, a user named “FSPX” registered on CatholicInfo and posted some letters of correspondence between Bishop Fellay and the other three Bishops. The letter from the three Bishops urged +Fellay not to pursue a deal with Rome (Bishop Galarreta later caved and sided with +Fellay), while the other letter contained the response from Bishop Fellay.
The letters triggered a split amongst the laity, dividing people into “accordistas” (Fellayites), and Resistors.
SSPX priests began speaking out against a deal in May or June of 2012, Fr. Pfeiffer and Fr. Hewko being among them. Many others followed. Later that year, in October, Fr. Pfeiffer and Fr. Chazal were expelled from the Neo-SSPX, and later that month, after being given a week to close down Eleison Comments and reportedly even spend the rest of his life making “reparation” for his actions, Bishop Williamson, who refused this demand, was expelled from the Neo-SSPX.
Since their expulsions or voluntary departures from the Neo-SSPX of Bishop Fellay, the Resistance has remained firm in their battle against the new SSPX, not holding back any punches in the many excellent sermons and conferences they have released.
The Neo-SSPX faced yet another embarrassment in 2013, when Resistance priest Fr. Girourd revealed that the Society had hired a secular “PR firm” to “re-brand” the SSPX and make it more popular amongst the masses. The Neo-SSPX leadership has yet to address this.
Other events that occurred in 2013 include the leaking of Bishop Fellay’s shameful 2012 doctrinal preamble that he submitted to Rome, a statement by a Neo-SSPX priest at a retreat in Germany (which was attended by Bishop Fellay) in which he claims families should limit themselves to “no more than five or six children”, the exposing of Neo-SSPX priest Fr. Taouk, and the disgraceful “trial” Menzingen placed on Fr. Pinaud, who finally had enough of the nonsense and joined the Resistance.
As the timeline demonstrates, there are very serious problems in the Neo-SSPX, which cannot be denied or ignored, despite how hard some very stubborn Neo-SSPXers may try.
How much worse will things get in 2014? Only God knows. I think, however, there is sufficient reason to expect that things will get worse before they get better.
God Bless. Source: TraditionalCatholicRemnant