Smelling A Rat

Bishop Fellay has met the Evil Clown himself. This is if not historic, certainly important. Methinks, one of the two might be happening.

1) Francis, who is afraid of the damage serious Catholics like the SSPX can do to him, is preparing a reconciliation, which might well look like a simple unconditional surrender: “keep doing your own thing in your own way. You're in full communion. Nothing else changes”. Not very likely, but possible. Upside for Francis: he keeps his most dangerous opponents if not quiet, at least on better terms. Upside for the Society: no compromises and, obviously, no delivering themselves to their executioner. Francis isn't a theoretical man, and he doesn't care for principles of any sort. If there's a pope who can say “who cares, it's expedient, let's do it” it's him.

2) A huge bomb is about to explode on the 8 Aprl. Francis is preparing the defence with 360 degrees “mercy” credentials. “Why do you complain for adulterers receiving communion? I also allow the SSPX priests to validly hear confessions! You see? The “peripheries” are sooo important to me!”.

We will have to wait some more days.

As it is, I smell a big rat. But then again to me hearing from Francis and smelling a rat go together like the well-known horse and carriage.



Posted on April 5, 2016, in Catholicism, Conservative Catholicism, Traditional Catholicism and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. Sounds like a strategic ploy to me; a bone for the natives.

  2. “The ‘peripheries’ are sooo important to me!”. Yep. That’s it. If people don’t look too hard it appears as if The Holy Father is occupying the via media between two extremes. Unfortunately, the extremes he’s actually “in the middle of” is holiness vs. mortal sin.

  3. the question is….will Fellay accept the reconcilliation at any cost? if the apostolic exhortation is cr+p, will the SSPX be obliged to offer communion for public adulterers?

  4. It might be worse: “If you make a fuss, you’re out again.” Francis is neither a conciliator nor a negotiator; he’s a two-bit bully. And he succeeds because the spineless cardinals and bishops let him get away with it.

  5. My Dearest Mundy,

    Your two reasons/possibilities cited are eminently reasonable. And there may well be additional causes which you haven’t listed. (With Bergie the possibilities are endless.)

    But, what I’m really reading in-between the proverbial lines is this: The Bergoholic is a world-class manipulator, and Fellay must necessarily be cautious.

    Manipulators often voice assumptions about your intentions or beliefs and then react to them as if they were true in order to justify their feelings or actions, all the while denying what you say in the conversation. They may act as if something has been agreed upon or decided when it hasn’t in order to ignore any input or objection you might have.

    What I find interesting is the fact that El Bergo hasn’t really established any specific reasons why he’s seeking some sort of de facto rapprochement or détente with The SSPX. His motives are unclear which only suggests that Bergie’s still seeking Fellay’s weaknesses. In short, if need be, Fellay should be aware that Bergie’s a “patronizing mind-f**ker.”

    To wit, Papa Bergie the Manipulator embodies the following (

    “• There is no use in trying to be honest with an emotional manipulator.
    • An emotional manipulator is the picture of a willing helper.
    • Crazy making – saying one thing and later assuring you they did not say it.
    • Guilt. Emotional manipulators are excellent guilt mongers.
    • Emotional manipulators fight dirty.
    If you have a headache an emotional manipulator will have a brain tumor!
    • Emotional manipulators somehow have the ability to impact the emotional climate of those around them.
    • Emotional manipulators have no sense of accountability.”

    Yet again, alcoholics are simply predictable, and El Bergoholic is a classic manipulative drunk. He’s mentally unstable and woe to him who takes Bergie at face value. Fellay’s been properly cautioned.

    • Oh, I know why he does it.
      He tried his bullying with the in Buenos Aires and learnt it’s not prudent to have these as enemies.
      I would also refrain from looking for genial secret plans. There are no secret plans.
      Francis will do everything he thinks he can get away with, and have no principles in everything he does. That’s all the strategy he has.

    • Well, I’ll drink to that Mundy…remember Bergie’s Great Commandment: “Don’t Bogart that joint, my friend.”

  6. People should not undermine +Fellay. He has literally lived through the worst the establishment (and some of his own priests!) can hand him. We should not think of him the way people pity ‘poor Benedict XVI’. Fellay is not a scholastic with very little contact with the world. I am betting that he understands the HF as well as any of us, and better than most. He’s been excommunicated. The SSPX thrived nevertheless. I’m sure he will do his best to stand his ground as he has nothing to gain by giving in. And so many people continue praying for him. Of course he’s human and can fail, but I don’t anticipate the Pope surprising him with a trap.

  7. This might be a ploy to ferment division within the rank and file of the SSPX. There are already rumblings from some that Bishop Fellay will ‘give in’ to the Vatican just to get in good graces again. This is a real danger and Fellay has said publicly that his strategy has changed a bit – he now consults more consistently, and with more leaders of his group, than before – to head off some of the grumbling and rumours.

    Francis is a destroyer. Bishop Fellay must know this. He is not a fool. He readily, and graciously, agrees to meet anyone and everyone when invited to the Vatican. Then he goes home and just does his own thing.

  8. Pope will extend beyond Year of Mercy(for an indefinite time) the power of hearing confessions given to SSPX priests.
    Looks like Francis encouraged Fellay to set up a seminary in Rome….

    Rorate-Caeli linked

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