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Bishop Williamson: We win!

posted by David Gibson

Bishop Williamson--Reuters.jpgThat’s more or less the sense one gets from reading the latest column, The Re-Incommunication,” from the most notorious of the rehabilitated schismatic bishops, Richard Williamson. Williamson, an English-born convert from Anglicanism, has been the poster bishop for the ultra-Tradtionalist Society of St. Pius X because of his various interviews denying the Holocaust (as well as 9/11, and his views on women and “The Sound of Music,” as I wrote here.)
On his blog (who doesn’t have one these days?) the bishop blasts the real enemy as “conciliarism,” or an ideology that a Council trumps all and can be used to somehow pervert the Faith and the Churc and–most notably–the Pope. The full text of Williamson’s remarks are after the jump. But here’s a taste:

It is a great step forward for the Church because if the Church’s problem ever since Vatican II has been a separation of Catholic Authority from Catholic Truth, with this Decree Catholic Authority has taken a decisive step back towards their re-union. Just as after the Motu Proprio of July, 2007, nobody could any longer say that the true rite of Mass was banned by Rome, even if they can still behave as though it is, so too now nobody can any longer say that Catholics holding to Tradition are “outside the Church”. Certainly a number of Conciliarists will go on behaving as though they are, but they clearly no longer have the Pope on their side only. The difference is enormous!
Of course there is still a long way to go before the neo-modernists in Rome, conscious or unconscious, realize – if ever! – how they mistake the Faith, but as the old proverb says, “Rome was not built in a day”, and it will not be repaired in a day. Nevertheless “Half a loaf is better than no bread” – ask a hungry man! – so meanwhile let us know how to thank God for this major shift of the rudder of the Conciliar Church. Let us then thank the Blessed Virgin Mary whose intervention will have been decisive, thanks to the nigh on one and three quarter million rosaries offered to her for this intention, by a number of yourselves amongst others. And let us thank and pray for Benedict XVI and all his collaborators who helped to push through this Decree, despite, for instance, a media uproar orchestrated and timed to prevent it.


And who runs that media? Better not to ask…
As Reuters’ Tom Heneghan asks at FaithWorld:

“Will someone like Williamson negotiate in good faith, or just stonewall now that his excommunication has been revoked? Could he drag his feet so long that the Vatican gives up demanding “the further steps needed to achieve full communion with the Church” and simply gives them a full rehabilitation on their terms?”


The full text:
Saturday, January 24, 2009
The “Re-Incommunication”
Eleison Comments LXXXII
As of course a large number of readers already know, a Decree dated Jan. 21 from the Congregation of Bishops in Rome (not Ecclesia Dei) “remitted” the “excommunicating” Decree of July 1, 1988, so that the four Society of St. Pius X bishops then declared to be “excommunicated” are now “re-incommunicated”. In my opinion this latter Decree is a great step forward for the Church without being a betrayal on the part of the SSPX.
It is a great step forward for the Church because if the Church’s problem ever since Vatican II has been a separation of Catholic Authority from Catholic Truth, with this Decree Catholic Authority has taken a decisive step back towards their re-union. Just as after the Motu Proprio of July, 2007, nobody could any longer say that the true rite of Mass was banned by Rome, even if they can still behave as though it is, so too now nobody can any longer say that Catholics holding to Tradition are “outside the Church”. Certainly a number of Conciliarists will go on behaving as though they are, but they clearly no longer have the Pope on their side only. The difference is enormous!
Of course there is still a long way to go before the neo-modernists in Rome, conscious or unconscious, realize – if ever! – how they mistake the Faith, but as the old proverb says, “Rome was not built in a day”, and it will not be repaired in a day. Nevertheless “Half a loaf is better than no bread” – ask a hungry man! – so meanwhile let us know how to thank God for this major shift of the rudder of the Conciliar Church. Let us then thank the Blessed Virgin Mary whose intervention will have been decisive, thanks to the nigh on one and three quarter million rosaries offered to her for this intention, by a number of yourselves amongst others. And let us thank and pray for Benedict XVI and all his collaborators who helped to push through this Decree, despite, for instance, a media uproar orchestrated and timed to prevent it.
However, by asking for and accepting such reconciliation with the Conciliar Church, is not the SSPX threatening to lead the way back into Conciliarism? In no way! No doubt some Conciliarists in Rome are hoping that the Decree will serve to draw the SSPX back into the fold of Vatican II, but the Decree itself, as it stands, commits the Society to nothing more than to entering into those discussions to which the Society committed itself in 2000 when it proposed the liberation of the Mass and the ending of the “excommunications” as preconditions in the first place.
Then are such discussions without danger? Certainly not! But St. Peter says we should always be “ready to satisfy every one that asks you for a reason of that hope which is in you” (I Pet. III, 15). How can the SSPX not rejoice in the opportunity to lay out in Rome, before the Roman authorities themselves, the profound doctrinal reasons which we believe to be at the root of the Church’s present distress? Woe unto us Catholics of Tradition if we were not ready to give reason for that hope which is in us for the rescue of the Church! So continue to pray the Rosary, dear Catholics, for the possible realization and outcome of such discussions, so that they may serve first, last and foremost, the interests of God, of God, of God. Kyrie eleison.
La Reja, Argentina
Posted by Bishop Richard Williamson at 2:01 PM



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Tom

posted January 29, 2009 at 11:31 am


{…so too now nobody can any longer say that Catholics holding to Tradition are “outside the Church”.}
I don’t ever remember anyone saying that. Though Tridentine high masses are more rare than 45 years ago, you can still find one. One can be traditional and remain unschismatic at the same time.
{“Half a loaf is better than no bread” – ask a hungry man!}
Having fasted on bread and water and also fasted on no food, I’ve come to the conclusion I’d much rather fast on no food. It’s the old carbohydrate theory where the bread metastasizes into sugar and throws your blood-sugar out of whack, especially when you haven’t eaten anything else.
{…but the Decree itself, as it stands, commits the Society to nothing more than to entering into those discussions to which the Society committed itself in 2000 when it proposed the liberation of the Mass and the ending of the “excommunications” as preconditions in the first place.}
Apparently the society has a faithful following which doesn’t want to see them cave in or compromise what they’ve already maintained over the past 2 decades. They have my sympathy in one aspect: in that abuses resulting from relaxing of restrictions in the Novos Ordo have run rampant. Though they need to be addressed sooner rather than later, I believe this form is still valid if done correctly. Unfortunately most are far from being done correctly.
{But St. Peter says we should always be “ready to satisfy every one that asks you for a reason of that hope which is in you” (I Pet. III, 15). How can the SSPX not rejoice in the opportunity to lay out in Rome, before the Roman authorities themselves, the profound doctrinal reasons which we believe to be at the root of the Church’s present distress?}
Funny he quotes St. Peter, yet doesn’t obey the one who sits on the Chair of St. Peter. Yet I do pray that this reopening of dialogue produces good fruit.



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David Gibson

posted January 29, 2009 at 12:45 pm


Good comments, Tom. I too hope it bears fruit, but I have to wonder…I just think the SSPX, or some saving remnant thereof, will bolt when push comes to shove. At SOME point B16 will have to hold them to account, and I think they have been so rejectionist for so long that that defines them as much as their Catholic faith. The question is how many will go along? The Old Mass is available, and fairly widely. Why else would one stick with them?
Maybe Benedict is giving them rope to hang themselves. It increasingly seems that way.



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Gerard Nadal

posted January 29, 2009 at 1:21 pm


David,
I agree with your analysis. However, as long as Benedict can hold on to the Bishops and prevent any further ordination of Bishops, then any remnant bolting (priests included) lasts as long as the last validly ordained priest lives.
Why else would one stick with them? I suspect that younger members of the SSPX having been raised on a diet of papal fallibility may never be able to be brought along on the absolute infallibility of the Magisterium in Vatican II. The SSPX has usurped Petrine Authority. The question is whether they can adjust the prism through which they filter doctrinal truths to one that accepts the infallibility of the Magisterium? Can they part with that which they usurped?



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JAB

posted January 29, 2009 at 3:09 pm


Of course Bishop Williamson knows the “Catholic Truth,” and all the rest of us are out in the dark.



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Mollie

posted January 29, 2009 at 7:17 pm


despite, for instance, a media uproar orchestrated and timed to prevent it.
I must have missed that media uproar. I only noticed the one that ensued after the decree was announced.
Maybe Benedict is giving them rope to hang themselves. It increasingly seems that way.
I’d like to think so! Though I still don’t understand why now.



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Andrew Mainz

posted January 30, 2009 at 2:43 pm


Bishop Williamson
This person is as expedient as he is nasty. An educated person to exclaim such falsehoods regarding the most disgraceful holocaust this planet has ever witnessed is pure evil.
This man should be tried for hate crimes against humanity in the name of the innocent deceased people who did nothing but be born Jewish.
Richard Williamson, if there is justice, you’ll get it in a nver ending HELL!!!
We reap what we sow.



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Charles Berg

posted January 30, 2009 at 3:31 pm


The actions by this Bishop have done and will continue to do as much harm to the Catholic Church as the child molestation era.
One has to believe that the Holy Father had some very deep reasons to allow this individual back into the church, I will continue to pray for understanding, but will never accept this Bishop as representative of the church.
I know that God may well forgive him but I for one pray for his departure, he is evil



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ed

posted February 1, 2009 at 1:10 pm


i read in horror the comments denying the holocaust made by this supposedly educated man. i would expect this from a low iq skinhead. i am not sure if the catholic church is still affiliated with him but i implore them to break any ties with this madman.



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Alejandro Villaseñor

posted February 10, 2009 at 1:37 am


Madman?!… please! all of you can’t support a man who says a truth. This Bishop didn’t says what you wanted to hear and then you say that he’s a madman… All the jewish loves to be a victim and don’t losse an oportunity to be one…
He said the truth and all the press said what it wanted to hear from him to make him a villain.
You make me sick!!!



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posted February 20, 2009 at 1:47 am


Bishop Williamson God Bless this MAN :)
He did not deny the holocaust he isn’t saying that the holocaust didn’t occur, so all who say he “DENIES” the holocaust that’s a lie.
He had actually researched the holocaust and is basing his comment on evidence- how many people actually have researched the evidence about every detail of the holocaust? And these same people condemn someone for speaking out on a possibility of Truth.
He isn’t a madman- he is educated man, a man of honor, God Bless him in this world full of hypocrisy and deceit- Madness :)
= Also judging someone’s hearts to see wether or not they are evil—
that’s for God alone to judge not us. There are many whom are evil – whom people think are not.
THe world is clearly MAD! God help us, have mercy on us!



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