Bishop Fellay Hints of GREC
As far as I am aware, it has been very difficult to get Bishop Fellay to speak about the SSPX’s involvement with GREC (Groupe de Réflexion Entre Catholiques or Group of Reflection among Catholics). This group, founded in 1997, sought to reconcile the difficulties between Traditional Catholics, including the SSPX, and Rome. In a conference given on November 10, 2004 by Bishop Fellay at St. Vincent de Paul Church in Kansas City, Missouri, he hints at GREC’s involvement with proposing doctrinal discussions to Cardinal Ratzinger between Rome and the SSPX. These doctrinal discussions would then actually take place between 2009 and 2011 with the agreement of Pope Benedict XVI. We see here, therefore, the influence of GREC working behind the scenes to reconcile the two parties.
So who was really the mastermind behind the plan of directing the course of the SSPX to its current day rot? Was the SSPX really in control of its own destiny or was that destiny determined by powerful outside forces over the course of the last 15 years shaping the SSPX leadership to eventually abandon the position of Archbishop Lefebvre and the fight for Catholic Tradition? Hmmm.
*** Note that Bishop Fellay states that the group was in Paris, that the Apostolic Nuncio was involved, and that a priest outside of the SSPX (perhaps Fr. Michel Lelong? – key member of GREC) brought this proposal to Rome. The Apostolic Nuncio of France from 1999 to 2009 was Archbishop Fortunato Baldelli. Fr. Jean de Morgon gives us this very name in his letter to Bishop Fellay back in February 2009.