Fellay: the first interview
"I am confident"
The full text:
- [Patricia Briel, Le Temps:] Do you condemn the negationist declarations of Bishop Williamson?
[Fellay:] It does not belong to me to condemn them. I do not have the
competence for his. But I deplore that a Bishop may have given the
impression of involving the Fraternity with a view that is not ours.
According to observers, the Pope's decision could create divisions
within the Fraternity. All the faithful and priests would not be ready
- [Fellay:] I do not fear it. There may always
be a dissonant voice here or there. But the zeal with which the
faithful prayed the Rosary to ask for the removal of the
excommunications says a lot about our union; 1 700 000 rosaries were
said in two and a half months.
- In your letter to the faithful of January 24 [PDF],
you display your desire to examine, with Rome, the deeper causes of the
"unprecedented crisis which afflicts the Church today". What are these
- [Fellay:] In the essence, this crisis is caused
by a new approach to the world, a new view of man, that is, an
anthropocentrism which consists of an exaltation of man and a
forgetfulness of God. The arrival of modern philosophies, with their
less precise language, has led to confusion in theology.
- Is the Second Vatican Council also responsible for the Church crisis, in your opinion?
[Fellay:] Not all comes from the Church. But it is true that we reject
a part of the Council. Benedict XVI himself condemned those who claim
the Spirit of Vatican II to demand an evolution of the Church in a
break with its past.
- Ecumenism and religious liberty are at the center of the criticisms you make of Vatican II
[Fellay:] The quest for unity of all in the Mystical Body of the Church
is our dearest desire. Nonetheless, the method that is used is not
appropriate. Today, there is such a focus on the points which unite us
to other Christian confessions that those which separate us are
forgotten. We believe that those who have left the Catholic Church,
that is, the Orthodox and the Protestants, should come back to it. We
conceive ecumenism as a return to the unity of Truth.
religious liberty, it is necessary to distinguish two situations: the
religious liberty of the person, and the relations between Church and
State. Religious liberty implies liberty of conscience. We agree with
the fact that there is not a right to force anyone to accept a
religion. As for our reflection on the relations between Church and
State, it is based on the principle of tolerance. It seems clear to us
that there where there are multiple religions, the State should be
watchful of their good coexistence and peace. Nevertheless, there is
but one religion that is true, and the others are not. But we tolerate
this situation for the good of all.
- What will happen if the negotiations fail?
[Fellay:] I am confident. If the Church says today anything that is in
contradiction with what it taught yesterday, and if it forced us to
accept this change, then it must explain the reason for it. I believe
in the infallibility of the Church, and I think that we will reach a
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