The Neo-SSPX Is a Result of Being “Branded”
In an explosive revelation, Fr. Patrick Girouard attested in his June 2, 2013 sermon that Fr. Jurgen Wegner, Canadian District Superior of the Society of St. Pius X, revealed to him during a conversation they had in October 2012 while Fr. Wegner was in British Columbia, that Bishop Fellay, with the assistance of Fr. Wegner, hired a company to change the image of the SSPX in order to attract more faithful. The conclusion of this company was that the SSPX had to tone down its fight against the Vatican II church. It had to focus more on the positive side of things and stop arguing so much. Is this not what we have been exactly seeing in the SSPX recently! The “branding” of the new image of the SSPX, then, has been masterminded by Menzingen! But at what cost? Unfortunately, it has been at the cost of the reduction, both in frequency and intensity, in condemning doctrinal errors and heterodox practices coming from Modernist Rome and the Modernist Bishops. Where, for example, did Bishop Fellay publicly condemn the Assisi III meeting hosted by Pope Benedict XVI? Unfortunately, this new image of the SSPX has made it become not much better than the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter or the Institute of Christ the King.
Fr. Giroud’s sermon can be seen, heard, and read at this link:
Evidence to support Fr. Giroud’s claim can be found in the January/February 2012 issue of The Angelus. Fr. Wegner writes in the “Last Word” column of this issue that:
“A renowned European branding firm developed a corporate style for which the Society which is supposed to be used not only for The Angelus but for all kinds of publications, for correspondence as well as for the also renewed website. I’m very happy being closely involved in this work and honored writing these lines.”
On May 13, 2012 Fr. Wegner gave a sermon at the Church of the Transfiguration in Toronto where he spoke about this company and what an executive of this company said to him. You can listen to the recording at the link below. Start at the 22 minute mark.
The very next day, I personally wrote to Fr. Wegner, via e-mail, the following:
“Dear Fr. Wegner,
I thank you for the sermon yesterday. You’ve raised some good points. One thing that I have been thinking about, however, is your statement that someone told you that the SSPX is fighting against an already ruined Church and that it is time to re-build. I think the SSPX has been re-building since the first day of its foundation and fighting at the same time. Nevertheless, one of the problems I find with your statement is that Pope Benedict XVI continues to praise the cause of the ruin, that is, Vatican II. I could understand if the pope was calling out for help to implement truly Catholic doctrine and morality, but his refusal to repent of the doctrinal and moral crimes that he has committed throughout his clerical career and his refusal to condemn the errors of Vatican deters me from accepting your statement as valid. The Church is in ruins indeed, but the cause of those ruins continues to be praised by this pope. He still sees Vatican II as the future of the Church! And we are to trust him?
Father, please understand that I am a baby when it comes to this fight for Tradition. I have only been with the SSPX for seven years. But when three Bishops of the Holy Roman Catholic Church consecrated by the saintly Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre write a letter to the Superior General of the SSPX that they are against a canonical deal, one has to really stop and think about Bishop Fellay’s wisdom in this matter. Bishop Fellay has still not even publicly explained why he has changed course from requiring a doctrinal agreement prior to a canonical one to now being willing to accept a canonical deal prior to a doctrinal resolution.
Trust me when I say that whatever decision Bishop Fellay makes, I pray and hope that everything will work out for the greater glory and honour of God and for the good of the Church, but I have a difficult time believing that making a canonical deal at this point in time is really the solution.