Having been invited by Rome, Bishop Bernard Fellay will meet with Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, during the second half of September 2014.
This interview was presented to the Superior General of the Society of Saint Pius X as an informal meeting to review the relations between the SSPX and Rome, which were discontinued at the departure of Cardinal William Levada, Cardinal Müller’s predecessor, and the resignation of Benedict XVI. This will in fact be the first meeting between Cardinal Müller and Bishop Fellay.
On September 3, 2014, on his website the Vatican Insider, the Italian journalist Andrea Tornielli announces this meeting and noted that the new District Superior of France, Father Christian Bouchacourt had the opportunity when he was superior of the District of South America, to meet Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, then Archbishop of Buenos Aires. Since then they have had contact on purely administrative matters concerning the District of South America.
The Superior General of the Society of Saint Pius X will go to Rome, following the example of Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, who always accepted invitations of the Roman authorities.
I hereby offer to make the cookies and brew the tea.
Although I have, over the past 16 years or so, developed a deep and abiding love for and admiration of the Extraordinary Form, I still, when push comes to shove, lean toward the Ordinary, or rather WOULD, (doncha love the subjunctive?) lean towards it if it could be celebrated in a manner befitting the awesome grandeur of what happens during it, (and happens regardless of careless and misleading ars celebrandi,) and for want of a better word, tweaked.
And I do not think either of those conditions will be met as well as they could be without the work of the SSPX.
This past week I have attended two of the canonizations which have de facto replaced the Requiem Mass in my lifetime, a concert which a Mass interrupted, and a meeting at which a large faction wanted to "make our own Mass."
(This was just careless phraseology on their part, they really only wish to pick their own random songs and install their own actors in the performance, but it reveals their impoverished liturgical theology that fails to recognize the Source and Summit of our Faith as something we receive, not fabricate.)
Anyway, I needed that bit of cheer, that bit of hope this gave me.