Bishop Bernard Fellay, the head of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X, mentioned Jews as “enemies of the Church” in a recent address reviewing the situation of the group as it considered full communion with Rome this past year.
“Who, during that time, was the most opposed that the Church would
recognize the Society? The enemies of the Church. The Jews, the Masons,
the Modernists,” Bishop Fellay, superior general of the society, said
during a talk Dec. 28 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Chapel in New Hamburg,
The comment was made in passing during the wide-ranging address, which lasted one hour and 40 minutes.
The Society of St. Pius X was founded by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre in
1970 as a response to what he described as errors that had crept into
the Church following the Second Vatican Council.
Its relations with the
Vatican became strained in 1988 when Archbishop Lefebvre consecrated
four bishops without the permission of Pope John Paul II.
Since Benedict XVI became the Pope, talks to reconcile the society with
the Church have intensified, with a particular increase in 2012.
However, the discussions seem to have broken down over the summer.
Speaking about this impasse, Bishop Fellay said that groups “outside
the Church, who were clearly during centuries, were enemies of the
Church,” expressed opposition to the reconciliation of the
traditionalist society with the Catholic Church.
His reference to
“groups” seems to have been a reference his earlier mention of “the
Jews, the Masons, the Modernists.”
The bishop said that 2012 saw trials “extended to almost the whole
Society,” an experience he worried could mean “some people have then
lost the trust in the authority.”
Bishop Fellay said that the society has received mixed signals from
Rome, and that talks eventually broke down with accusations of the Pius X
Society being “Protestants,” and of Roman Catholics being “Modernists.”
The group's position, according to Bishop Fellay, is that the portions
of the Second Vatican Council “opposed to what the Church has always
taught” must be rejected. He said that Pope Benedict's “hermeneutic of
continuity” is untenable because the council documents are in places
“contrary” or “opposed to Tradition.”
But Bishop Fellay said that he remains hopeful for the situation in the
long-term, even if reconciliation will not be possible in the near
“The situation is not desperate, no. It’s not worse than before ...
there’s some hope. I don’t think for right for now, but for us, we just
We must “continue to pray to the Blessed Virgin Mary, pray the Rosary,” Bishop Fellay concluded.