In view of the forthcoming reply of Bishop Fellay to the Holy See, I thought it worth revisiting this older post originally published on September 13 of last year. Specially pertinent is Fr. Alonso’s remark about the two tendencies in the Church, that of the progressivists, and that of the traditionalists. It goes without saying that the SSPX falls into the latter camp. I sometimes find it incredible that God would have placed me in the world in these apocalyptic times!
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Tomorrow, September 14 will be a historic date. It seems most hopeful that an agreement will be reached between Bishop Fellay and the Holy See when the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Levada, presents the bishop with two pages of documentation. According to Andrea Tornielli, “The former Holy Office will be asking him to take his time in evaluating it and to then offer a response within a reasonable space of time, if not immediately. “
Even if an immediate response is not given by Bishop Fellay, a “reasonable time” is indicative that one need not wait too terribly long for an answer. Will it be a “yes” or a “no”?
I can’t help but recall Sr. Lucia’s response when she was asked whether the secret confided to her by the Virgin was good or bad news. She replied that for some it was good, but for others it was bad. I am convinced that the SSPX will be reconciled. They have to be. They hold, live and teach everything a faithful Catholic must believe to be saved – everything that we as Catholics have always and everywhere believed for 2,000 years!
So, the reconciliation will happen; it will be bad news for some, and good news for others – just like the still hidden third part of the Secret of Fatima is good news for the traditional-minded Catholics, and bad for the modernists:
2nd March 1995, Bishop Amaral: “I had consulted Lucy and I had obtained her assent before affirming at Vienna that the contents of the third Secret ‘relate only to our faith, the loss of the faith’”
Oct. 11, 1997, Fr. Laurentin: “the Secret concerned deviations from the faith that would arise in the Church after Vatican II”.
1981, Fr. Alonso: “An untimely revelation of the text would merely have sharpened even more the two tendencies that continue to tear apart the Church: a traditionalism that would have believed itself to be supported by the prophecies of Fatima and a progressivism that would have howled against these apparitions, seeing that they so scandalously appeared to check the forward march of the conciliar Church.”
But then what? What happens after the reconciliation between brethren? Again, going back to the message of Fatima, let us recall the words of Sr. Lucia: “She (the Blessed Virgin Mary) told me that the devil is in the mood for engaging in a decisive battle against the Virgin. And a decisive battle is the final battle where one side will be victorious and the other side will suffer defeat. Also from now on we must choose sides. Either we are for God or we are for the devil. There is no other possibility.”
A terrible war is going to be waged, both in the Church, and in the world. ” “The final triumph of Mary’s Heart is certain and it will be definitive. But it will take place ‘in the end’, that is to say, after a terrible purification of sinful humanity, in a baptism of fire, blood and tears.” – Fr. Alonso