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Fellay: Pope Francis, a genuine Modernist!

October 14, 2013

Bishop Fellay demonstrates how Pope Francis is a "genuine Modernist" through quotes of the Holy Father, while exhorting the faithful to redouble their prayers, particularly through the Rosary.

We present some extracts of the sermon given by Bishop Bernard Fellay (SSPX Superior General) during the solemn Pontifical Mass given on Sunday, October 13 at St. Vincent de Paul’s Church in Kansas City, Missouri for the Angelus Press Conference. We thank Mr. John Vennari for his assistance.


Extracts of Bishop Fellay's sermon

He [Bishop Fellay] amplified a few points regarding Fatima, the Secret, the 2012 SSPX relations with Rome, and then spoke of some of the many grave problems with Pope Francis.

From the start, we have the impression that we have something wrong with this pope. From the start, he wanted to distinguish himself to be different from anybody else."

We must look, said the bishop, at what is his vision of the Church, his vision of the council, and what is his plan.

It was around the time of World Youth Day, late July of this year, that Francis began an avalanche of talks, interviews, phone calls, etc.

We may not have the entire picture at this point, we have enough to be scared to death."

Contradictory statements of the pope

Bishop Fellay gave the example of one of these contradictions:

He spoke of interview in early October that Pope Francis conducted with the atheist journalist Eugenio Scalfari in Rome’s La Repubblica wherein Francis appears to promote a dangerous relativism:

Scalfari: Your Holiness, is there is a single vision of the Good? And who decides what it is?

Pope Francis: Each of us has a vision of good and of evil. We have to encourage people to move towards what they think is Good.

Scalfari: Your Holiness, you wrote that in your letter to me. The conscience is autonomous, you said, and everyone must obey his conscience. I think that's one of the most courageous steps taken by a pope.

Pope Francis: And I repeat it here. Everyone has his own idea of good and evil and must choose to follow the good and fight evil as he conceives them. That would be enough to make the world a better place."

With a good deal of emotion, Bishop Fellay said of the pope’s response:

That’s really not Catholic! Because whatever I think has absolutely no value if it does not fit with reality. The first reality is God!... God is the unique goodness and the reference for everything which is good!..."

We have a conscience, but it will only lead us to Heaven if our conscience is a mirror of God. The conscience must be formed according to God’s law. "So to pretend that anyone can follow his own idea is just rubbish,” said Fellay, “It has nothing to do with Catholic teaching. It is absolute relativism."

Few days after this, however, Pope Francis spoke of the necessity of fighting the devil, the final battle with the devil, that nobody can fight the devil half way, and that we must fight relativism. Francis said the opposite what he said to La Repubblica. “He said the contrary of what he just said!

Francis: A man of the Council

What is the vision of Pope Francis on Vatican II?

Bishop Fellay says that Pope Francis “takes it for granted that the Council was bright success. What was the main theme of the Council? To re-read the Faith in light of modern culture," you could say, “to incarnate the Gospel in the modern world.” Francis “is very happy with this…” and believes “The Council brought forth many good fruits. The first example he gives is liturgy—the reformed liturgy. That is the beautiful fruit of the Council. That’s what he says. And he’s very happy with it.

Francis tells us “this re-reading of the Gospel within the modern culture is irreversible, so we will not go back. How do you want us to be in agreement with him? We are in front of a major fight.

Pope Francis and the Mass

About the liturgy and of the Old Mass, Francis speaks of “Vetus Ordo” (Old Order). Francis believes that Pope Benedict probably helped restore the Old Mass as a prudential act for those who still hold to it. “But don’t expect Francis to come back to the Old Mass... Maybe he will ‘indulge’ it [let us celebrate it unmolested]. God knows.

But Francis

sees there is a problem with this Old Mass. Because there are people who ideologize this Mass. Guess to whom he is aiming? I don’t need to say much. So what is going to happen with us?... What I see: there is quite an obsession in him about those people who look to the past. Listen to the pope’s words:

Pope Francis: What is worrying, though, is the risk of the ideologization of the Vetus Ordo, its exploitation. …If the Christian is a restorationist, a legalist, if he wants everything clear and safe, then he will find nothing. Tradition and memory of the past must help us to have the courage to open up new areas to God. Those who today always look for disciplinarian solutions, those who long for an exaggerated doctrinal ‘security,’ those who stubbornly try to recover a past that no longer exists—they have a static and inward—directed view of things. In this way, faith becomes an ideology among other ideologies. I have a dogmatic certainty: God is in every person’s life."

Bishop Fellay continues,

The impression we have in the present pope is that he has a zeal for the ‘more or less’, for the ‘about’; and he wants at all cost to escape what is too clear and too certain. But the Faith is like that because God is like that. Well, that’s not what he thinks."

Pope Francis, a genuine Modernist!

Another troubling quote from Pope Francis:

If a person says that he met God with total certainty and is not touched by a margin of uncertainty, then this is not good. For me, this is an important key. If one has the answers to all the questions—that is the proof that God is not with him. It means that he is a false prophet using religion for himself. The great leaders of the people of God, like Moses, have always left room for doubt."

Bishop Fellay exclaims in response:

What Gospel does he have? Which Bible does he have to say such things. It’s horrible. What has this to do with the Gospel? With the Catholic Faith? That’s pure Modernism, my dear brethen. We have in front of us a genuine Modernist...

How much time will be needed for people with authority in the Church to stand up and to say ‘by no means!’ [will we accept this new teaching]. I really hope and pray this will happen. But that means an enormous division in the Church..."

Francis also tells us he is a greater admirer of the ultra liberal Jesuit Cardinal Martini (now deceased). Martini wrote a book calling for a total revolution in the Church. “And that is what Francis wants. And he told us the eight cardinal he chose to help him ‘reform’ the Church think like him!"

The final example: Ecumenism

Bishop Fellay says, that Pope Francis claims that “very little has been done in this direction.” This is astounding, the bishop notes, because ecumenism has launched untold disaster to the Church, leading Catholic nations to apostasy. “Yet the present pope says, 'very little, almost nothing done in this direction'... and: 'but I have the humility and the ambition to do it!'"

Stick to the past and to the rosary!

Bishop Fellay says as part of his summing up:

The mystery of the shadow on the Church has never been so great! We are in front of very hard times. Don’t have any illusions. And it is clear the only solution is to stick to what we have; to keep it, to not let it go by any means...

Pope St. Pius X said that it was the essence of any Catholic to stick to the past, that in this sense, every Catholic is traditional! The present pope says exactly the contrary: 'forget about the past; throw yourself into the uncertainty of the future'.

Definitely we need the Immaculate Heart of Mary. What are experiencing is the Secret of Fatima. We know what we have to do: pray, pray, pray, and penance, penance, penance. To pray to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, the means given to us precisely in these hard times... and to pray the Rosary.

Be certain, the next [Rosary] Crusade is not far off. Go to the Rosary... Pray it every day. We live in very dangerous time for the Faith, and we need this Heavenly protection which is promised, granted, let us just take it!... Let us grow in the intimacy with the Virgin Mary and God!"

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