SSPX reject Vatican doctrinal preamble
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This document was posted by the British leader of the SSPX yesterday evening, and then swiftly taken down. His Grace reproduces it here, for it is not without significance. We don't quite have two popes each denouncing the other as the Antichrist, but ecumenical relations are certainly strained.
The document confirms in no uncertain terms that the dialogue between the Holy See and the traditionalist Society of St Pius X have been unable to reach agreement. This must be disappointing for other traditionalists, for Holy Father has gone out of his way to be pastoral and charitable to the excommunicated/separated/estranged/heretical SSPX. The ultra-traditionalists clearly are not shifting from their views on the 'un-Catholic' provisions of Vatican II: the Holy See cannot shift on the ecumenical decrees of the Second Vatican Council, one of which declared:
We believe that Our Lord entrusted all the blessings of the New Covenant to the apostolic college alone, of which Peter is the head, in order to establish the one Body of Christ on earth to which all should be fully incorporated who belong in any way to the people of God. (Unitatis Redintegratio, III)The SSPX's Bernard Fellay was recently incommunicated by Pope Benedict XVI, and he sees Pope John Paul II as a sort of Antichrist for instigating and participating in multi-faith prayer conferences, particularly in Assisi in 1986. He is of the opinion that the JPII beatification amounted to a ‘tsunami’ against faith.
And then there is the small matter of Bishop Richard Williamson, who leads the BNP wing of the Roman Catholic religion. What does it say of the Roman Catholic Church that it actively incommunicates a bishop who is a self-declared and unashamed holocaust denier? To choose to believe 'there were no gas chambers' and that 'only 300,000 Jews perished in Nazi concentration camps, instead of 6 million' is not only offensive; it is ahistorical nonsense. Why is Pope Benedict XVI so keen to rehabilitate and incommunicate anti-Semitic holocaust-deniers? Many British Roman Catholics and Jews (not to mention those of other faiths and none) are absolutely horrified by such overtures.
Would one rather be in communion with a believer in the precepts and decrees of Vatican II, or an ordained holocaust denier? As the Heresiarch observes:
...in the topsy-turvy world of Williamson and his supporters, Ratzinger isn't the arch-conservative of popular imagination, stubbornly holding the line against such modern evils as contraception, female ordination and married priests while plotting to bring back th Latin mass, but a dangerous radical, leading a perversion of the true faith which Williamson dubs "Newchurch".And they say the Church of England is hopelessly divided and confused.