Each time the Society of St. Pius X issues a statement, it is accompanied by a buzzing cloud of internet commenters who offer their sly and misleading interpretations. The Society’s most recent Communique is no different. One blog when posting it actually carried the instruction to its readers that the statement is “to be read between the lines”.
On the contrary, “reading between the lines” has contributed much disinformation and confusion to this situation. In Matthew we read, “Let your speech be yea, yea: no, no: and that which is over and above these, is of evil.” (Matt. 5, 37). Let us stop this armchair pontificating and look at this most recent statement as it is.
SSPX Communique 28 Jun 2016
Communiqué from the Superior General to All Members of the Society of Saint Pius X at the conclusion of the meeting of major superiors in Anzère (Valais), June 28 2016
Following the meeting of the superiors of the Society of St. Pius X, in addition to the statement he read on June 29, 2016, during the priestly ordinations in Ecône, Bishop Bernard Fellay, the day before, had addressed the priests in a statement that DICI publishes today exclusively.
For the glory of God,
for the honor of Our Lord Jesus Christ and of His Most Holy Mother,
for our salvation.
In the present grave state of necessity in the Church, which gives it the right to administer spiritual aid to the souls that turn to it, the Society of Saint Pius X does not seek above all a canonical recognition, to which it has a right because it is Catholic. The solution is not simply juridical. It depends on a doctrinal position that it is imperative to express.
When Saint Pius X condemned modernism, he traced the whole argument of the encyclical Pascendi back to one initial principle: independence. Now the world makes all its efforts to change the axis around which it must turn. And it is obvious to Catholics, as it is to those who are not, that the Cross is no longer that axis. Paul VI said it very well: man is (See Closing Speech of Vatican II, December 7, 1965).
Today the world turns around this, according to him, definitively established axis: human dignity, man’s conscience and freedom. Modern man exists for his own sake. Man is the king of the universe. He has dethroned Christ. Man exalts his autonomous, independent conscience, to the point of dissolving even the very foundations of the family and marriage.
The Society of Saint Pius X has always opposed this project of deconstruction of the universe, both the political society, and the Church.
To remedy this universal disorder, the Good Lord raised up a man, a Christian, a priest, a bishop. What did he do? He founded a society—a hierarchical society—the principle and end of which are just the antidote to this universal disorder: The Sacrament of Holy Orders. The purpose of the Society of Saint Pius X continues to be not only the actual remedy of the crisis but also thereby the salvation of all who cooperate in it. The Society is determined to keep doctrinal, theological and social rectitude, founded on the Cross of Jesus Christ, on His Kingship, on His sacrifice, and on His priesthood, the principle of all order and of all grace. Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre fought his whole life long for the triumph of these fundamental truths. It is incumbent on us at the present hour to redouble our efforts and to intensify the same fight on the same principles.
We are not “conciliarists”: for they deny that Christ’s cross is the world’s axis; neither are we dissenters who reject the social nature of the Church. We are a Society of priests of Jesus Christ, of the Catholic Church.
Is this truly the moment for the general restoration of the Church? Divine Providence does not abandon its Church, the head of which is the Pope, the Vicar of Jesus Christ. This is why an indisputable sign of this restoration will be the express desire will of the Supreme Pontiff to grant the means with which to reestablish the order of the priesthood, of the faith, and of Tradition, sign which will moreover be the guarantee of the necessary unity of the family of Tradition.
+ Bernard Fellay
Anzère, 28 June 2016
on the vigil of the Apostles Peter and Paul
Note that the tone of the statement is defined clearly at the very beginning: It is, “For the glory of God, for the honor of Our Lord Jesus Christ and of His Most Holy Mother, for our salvation.” That basic instruction used to be frequently enjoined on us by our faithful priests prior to the Conciliar Revolution. You don’t need some special esoteric knowledge to see that the Society is stating quite clearly the context of this statement; and do you really believe the SSPX would make that precondition and then follow it by ambiguous, deceptive remarks?
Then, the Society states the problem and solution in terms no different than their founder. Bishop Fellay points out clearly that Vatican II dethroned Christ the King, The Cross is no longer the axis, man is.. As Archbishop Lefbebvre so famously affirmed, “They Have Uncrowned Him!” Thus,
“The Society is determined to keep doctrinal, theological and social rectitude, founded on the Cross of Jesus Christ, on His Kingship, on His sacrifice, and on His priesthood, the principle of all order and of all grace.”
The document ends appropriately with: “Christus regnat, Christus imperat, Deo gratias, Amen”
Since others have seen fit to instruct you in how to read the Society’s statements, may I just say, “Please do not read between the lines.” The statement is complete and clear. We do them a disservice to attempt to interpret them according to our own understanding.
I offer the SSPX statement here in hopes that readers will keep them, and all our good priests in their prayers in this time of trial. Let us all make a firm resolve not to be persuaded by those who sow confusion but trust all to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus, those two united Hearts to Whom the Society of St. Pius X is consecrated and Who alone are the “interpreters” of the Society.
† Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done!
† Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of our hearts, Mother of the Church, do thou offer to the Eternal Father the Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, for the conversion of poor sinners, especially our Pontiff.
~ posted by evensong, for love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of our hearts, Mother of the Church.
Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin, give me strength against thine enemies!