— The Circular from Menzingen —
Here's what Francis said in Misericordiae Vultus:
4. I have chosen the date of 8 December because of its rich meaning in the recent history of the Church. In fact, I will open the Holy Door on the fiftieth anniversary of the closing of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council. The Church feels a great need to keep this event alive. With the Council, the Church entered a new phase of her history. The Council Fathers strongly perceived, as a true breath of the Holy Spirit, a need to talk about God to men and women of their time in a more accessible way. The walls which for too long had made the Church a kind of fortress were torn down and the time had come to proclaim the Gospel in a new way. It was a new phase of the same evangelization that had existed from the beginning. It was a fresh undertaking for all Christians to bear witness to their faith with greater enthusiasm and conviction. The Church sensed a responsibility to be a living sign of the Father’s love in the world.
23. There is an aspect of mercy that goes beyond the confines of the Church. It relates us to Judaism and Islam, both of which consider mercy to be one of God’s most important attributes. Israel was the first to receive this revelation which continues in history as the source of an inexhaustible richness meant to be shared with all mankind. As we have seen, the pages of the Old Testament are steeped in mercy, because they narrate the works that the Lord performed in favour of his people at the most trying moments of their history. Among the privileged names that Islam attributes to the Creator are “Merciful and Kind”. This invocation is often on the lips of faithful Muslims who feel themselves accompanied and sustained by mercy in their daily weakness. They too believe that no one can place a limit on divine mercy because its doors are always open.
I trust that this Jubilee year celebrating the mercy of God will foster an encounter with these religions and with other noble religious traditions; may it open us to even more fervent dialogue so that we might know and understand one another better; may it eliminate every form of closed-mindedness and disrespect, and drive out every form of violence and discrimination.
Of note is the day chosen by Francis to open the Jubilee Year of Mercy — 8 December 2015. The 8th of December is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Contrast that feast day to the 50th anniversary of the closing of the Vatican II which hid away the church's Marian devotions at this Council in order to please the Protestants. What is this if not a slap in the face?
Will the FSSPX participate in dialogue with Moslem and Talmudic religions? We at Call Me Jorge... will not be holding out breathes waiting for this to happen, unless taking the Rothschild-Guttman monies counts as dialogue.
For the FSSPX, Francis is the pope when they want him to be the pope but when they don't want Francis (or Benedict XVI, Saint John Paul II, John Paul, Blessed Paul VI, or Saint John XIII for that matter) to be the pope...they ignore him. Dear readers, could you imagine acting like this toward Pope Saint Pius X?
Fellay, "today the relation between Rome & the SSPX..."
— Bp. Fellay in the interview
"Our relations are I may say getting better in the sense that more and more they accept that what we propose err... can be some say should be uh... the way to get out of this terrible crisis which is not only liturgical but uh... many heresies, discipline, well a lot of things go in a really bad way today."