Monday, February 2, 2009

Maybe the mitre is a bit too tight?

Image: logo from Williamson's blog, Dinoscopus

Richard Williamson of the SSPX has posted on his blog the text of a letter of "apology" which he sent to Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos who serves as a liaison between the Vatican and the SSPX. Included below is the introductory paragraph posted above the letter on Williamson's blog:

Following in the steps of Our Lord (Jn. XVIII, 23) and St. Paul (Acts, XXIII, 5), (SSPX founder) Archbishop Lefebvre gave his Society the example of never so cleaving to God's Truth as to abandon respect for the men holding God's Authority. In the midst of last week's media uproar, surely aimed rather at the Holy Father than at a relatively insignificant bishop, here is a letter written to Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos on January 28 by that bishop:

To His Eminence Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos

Your Eminence

Amidst this tremendous media storm stirred up by imprudent remarks of mine on Swedish television, I beg of you to accept, only as is properly respectful, my sincere regrets for having caused to yourself and to the Holy Father so much unnecessary distress and problems.

For me, all that matters is the Truth Incarnate, and the interests of His one true Church, through which alone we can save our souls and give eternal glory, in our little way, to Almighty God. So I have only one comment, from the prophet Jonas, I, 12:

"Take me up and throw me into the sea; then the sea will quiet down for you; for I know it is because of me that this great tempest has come upon you."

Please also accept, and convey to the Holy Father, my sincere personal thanks for the document signed last Wednesday and made public on Saturday. Most humbly I will offer a Mass for both of you.

Sincerely yours in Christ

+Richard Williamson

For the life of me, I can't find any real "repudiation of Anti-Semitism" or the inane remarks of this guy about his denial of the Shoah of the Jews! Stay tuned for the latest in this little winter drama.

Oh, the NCR (National Catholic Reporter) has an interesting story about some other brothers and sisters who have been "excommunicated" who seek to be welcomed back into the fold: the women who were ordained priests and bishops without Church recognition, and the priests who support their ordination. They've all been excommunitcated officially, but they all adhere to the teachings of Vatican II. Why can't they come back if the wackos in SSPX are welcomed back, even though they still refuse to acknowledge Vatican II as a legitimate Council of the Church? Interesting stuff indeed!

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