Bp Williamson Absent in Albano, Bp Fellay Authorised To Go On

Spot the missing person

The photo above shows the participants to the recent meeting in Albano. We now have more detailed information, as diffused by both Rorate Caeli and Messa in Latino:

1) Bishop Williamson was not present at the meeting. Not a logistic problem, apparently, but he was either not willing to participate, or not invited to. Bishop Williamson had already expressed his misgivings about the possible attempt at reconciliation, I have reported here.

2) The non-rejection is very good news in itself. Messa in Latino reports that it is the habit of the SSPX to make public any serious reservations immediately. It seems improbable, therefore, that the SSPX considers the documents not a valid basis for further talks.

3) Fellay and his strictest aides have been authorised to go on. Always according to Messa in Latino, the General Counsel of the Fraternity authorised to continue the talks is actually composed of Fellay and his two strictest aides, to whom one or two people may be added in special circumstances. This means that the participants in the Albano talks have enough confidence not only in Fellay, but in the possibility of success of the entire exercise to allow his small team to continue the negotiations.

Whilst none of these news is of an exceptional nature, it seems to me that a picture slowly composes itself, of cautious progress and will to further negotiation. In addition, please consider that the text of the Preambolo Dottrinale being open to modifications, the discussions will not be of a “take it or leave it” sort.

Encouraging signals, methinks, which should allow the moderate elements of the Fraternity to survive the harsh criticism very probably linked to the Assisi exercise.

Further prayers are certainly in order.

Mundabor

Posted on October 10, 2011, in Catholicism, FSSPX and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. How tactful would it have been for RW to enter Italy or indeed leave the UK?

    • I can’t see any problem in that, if he was allowed.

      One should have supposed that he would have showed up and said what he doesn’t like, and why. In the end, he is one of only four bishops.

      His absence seems to me – and to Messa in Latino – to indicate that either he is fed up with the SSPX, or the SSPX with him.

      Just my two cents of course.

      M

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