If only souls could see the real fight!
Then they would turn to God, and not take fright.
When it comes to the Catholic Church, nothing is more normal, in a manner of speaking, than fights over the choice of future bishops, because on the Church hangs the future of mankind, and on the bishops hangs the future of the Church, for two main reasons. Firstly, the bishops are the Church’s administrative pivot, through their dioceses, between the Pope and his worldwide flock. The Pope is Viceroy Of Christ the King, but each diocesan bishop is – or should be – Prince in his own right over his own part of that flock. And secondly, the Cardinals will normally be appointed from among the bishops, and the Pope will be elected from among the Cardinals, so that the large majority of Church leaders will have come from among the bishops. Humanly speaking, which way the bishops go, normally the Church will go.
So it is perfectly normal that in 1988, under the official rule of churchmen wholly in the grip of the deadly heresy of modernism, Archbishop Lefebvre saw that he had to consecrate bishops of his own even without Rome’s approval, because his Society of St Pius X would not be able to survive with only the bishops that the modernist Newchurch would provide. In the SSPX’s General Chapter of 2012, it was equally normal that the death of their faithful Founder and another 24 years of coexistence with the ever more deadly modernists in Rome should have blunted the SSPX’s awareness of the danger of Rome. In 2023 it is equally normal that the Newsociety is struggling to find, with the sly Romans, candidates for the bishopric that they can both agree on. Given original sin, the Romans will normally win the struggle.
Bishop Richard N. Williamson Archive
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