Thursday, July 7, 2016

Remember when Thomas ‘three Martinis a day’ Rosica interviewed Bp. Bernard Fellay?

Thomas ‘three Martinis a day’ Rosica interviews Bp. Bernard Fellay on 15 June 2009 for his Pepper + Darkness television station in Canada.  It is interesting that a liberal like Rosica ever interviewed Fellay in the first place. A little history between the Society and the Vatican leading up to the date of the interview.

  • On 1 July 1988, John Paul II excommunicated Abp. Lefebvre and four bishops he consecrated without papal permission on 30 June 1988, Bishops Bernard Fellay, Bernard Tissier de Mallerais, Richard Williamson and Alfonso de Galarreta.

  • 25 March 1991, Abp. Marcel Lefebvre dies.

  • The Groupe de Réflexion Entre Catholiques or GREC is founded in 1997 by Mr. & Mrs. Gilbert Pérol and Fr. Michel Lelong. GREC is a working meeting group or ‘think tank’ whose purpose was to reconcile the SSPX with post-Vatican II Conciliar Rome (aka modernist Rome) through engagement and dialogue. Soon after being founded two new members join. They are Fr. de la Brosse and Fr. Lorans of the SSPX who joins with Bp. Fellay’s permission.

  • The motu proprio, Summorum Pontificum, is published on 7 July 2007 and to become law on 14 September 2007 by Benedict XVI. Summorum Pontificum authorizes priests to celebrate the Latin Mass, without permission from the Pope or the local Bishop, as long as they use the 1962 Universal Indult of John XXIII.

  • The excommunications for the four bishops of the FSSPX are lifted by the Vatican on 21 January 2009 by the Vatican and Benedict XVI. Nothing is said about the excommunication of the deceased Abp. Lefebvre.

interviews Bp. Bernard Fellay on 15 June 2009


  1. You couldn't pay me to attend the SSPX chapels that are served by novus ordo minister's.

  2. Most SSPX chapel are served by priests trained in their seminaries in a Traditional way and ordained with a proper Rite. However, conditional ordination of Novus Ordo priests seems to have been abandoned or only partially used. It means there's a measure of doubt. That can be alleviated somewhat by researching the priest at the chapel.

    I wonder if the Rosary Crusade is related to some upcoming big news like full communion. Impossible to know, but the SSPX does like to have Rosary Crusades when notable things like the lifting of the JP2 excommunications were to happen (or so I read).

  3. The hard-line SSPX types can join the CMRI once the deal is made public.
    The CMRI uses the exact same Holy Mass,Holy Week,Holy Order's,and Sacraments.
    I don't belong to nor have I ever attended any function associated with either group.
    My heart & soul believes in Session 7 Canon 13 from Council of Trent.
    Our chapel obeys the faith pre-1950.If our chapel ever folds,I couldn't bring myself to join either group.
    With that said,I wish them the best and hope they reject every change post 1950 in the future.
    For almost 2,000 years Catholics fasted after midnight for Holy Communion.What makes Catholics post 1957 so special?