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.
Thomas ‘three Martinis a day’ Rosica
interviews Bp. Bernard Fellay on 15 June 2009