Benedict to Meet with Traditionalists
News; Posted on: 2005-08-25 13:40:29
Society of St. Pius X openly defends European culture against Marxist “liberation theology,” Islamic invasion, Jewish influence on church
The Second Vatican Council (Vatican II) of the 1960s shook the Catholic world to the core. The mass in the Latin language was declared obsolete, and the church began what many saw as a drift to the left, embracing such ideas as “liberation theology” and, under the late Pope John Paul II, “reaching out” to Muslims and Jews, traditional enemies of the church. In 1988 a staunch traditionalist foe of Vatican II, French Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre (1905-1991) consecrated four bishops against the wishes of John Paul, and as a result Lefebrve’s Society of St. Pius X (SSPX), while proclaiming loyalty to the Pope, has had strained relations with the Vatican.
The incident in 1988 was arbitrated on the Vatican side by then-Cardinal Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, widely seen as a conservative sympathetic to traditionalist concerns. Now Benedict has set up a meeting with two SSPX delegates, Bernard Fellay, the current head of the Society, and Arnaud Sélégny, general secretary, with a view to reconciliation between the traditionalists and the Holy See. The meeting is reportedly scheduled for August 29 at the papal residence of Caster Gandolfo. One of the aims of the Society at the meeting will be to “regularize” its practice of the “Tridentine Mass,” the beautiful Latin high ceremony of the Middle Ages.
(Pictured: Albrecht Dürer. "Christ Driving the Moneychangers from the Temple," woodcut, 1508-1509.)
The news of a reconciliation will be closely watched by European patriots. The SSPX has kept alive the foundational Catholic social doctrine of Distributism, and has publicized the work of nationalist thinkers GK Chesterton and Hilaire Belloc. (GK’s cousin Arthur Keith Chesterton founded the UK’s National Front in 1967). The Front National in France draws heavily on the SSPX for membership, and the Society has boldly opposed the rise of Islam in Europe. Catholic traditionalism continues to grow in the White world. Some reject the Pope totally as a sellout; these so-called “sedevacantists” include Mel Gibson. Others, such as the SSPX, still proclaim loyalty to the Vatican while keeping their distance, and some others remain inside the church where they seek to foster traditional teachings. All these elements number together in the millions and keep building, not least because they take seriously church teachings on family planning and thus often have enormous families. Conversion is another form of growth, as Whites, alienated by a society that wants to destroy them, seek spiritual and cultural renewal. White nationalists ignore this trend at their peril.
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