Pope Francis Meets Bishop Fellay…

Pope Francis Meets Bishop Fellay…


Rorate Exclusive: Pope Francis received Bp. Fellay, SSPX Superior General, sometime in the past few months.

Rorate has learned and can exclusively confirm that Bishop Bernard Fellay, the Superior General of the Society of Saint Pius X (Fraternité Sacerdotale Saint-Pie X – FSSPX / SSPX), was received by Pope Francis in the Domus Sanctae Marthae sometime in the past few months. In order to protect our sources, we cannot detail the date and persons involved in the meeting, but only generally locate it in time – if the current pontificate so far can be divided into two halves, the meeting took place in the second half.  

We can also add as part of this exclusive information that it was not a merely fortuitous event – that is to say, many off-the-record meetings with His Holiness have taken place since his election precisely because his being at Saint Martha’s House make him much more accessible and available than many previous pontiffs. No, that was not the case at all – the pope was previously duly informed and duly met Bishop Fellay. The meeting was apparently short and cordial.  

The Pope has a true interest in resolving this situation, it seems to be understood by our sources.  Original Source


We have no way of knowing whether Pope Francis made one of his famous (or infamous) telephone calls to Bishop Fellay, but, however the meeting came about, is it to be welcomed? Is it a hopeful sign?

Comments (64)

  • gabriel syme

    Eponymous Flower is now carrying an official SSPX article (from the US District) regarding future interaction with Rome.

    The article was originally published by the US district in early April, but now perhaps has added significance following the news of +Fellay having been in Rome.


    May 13, 2014 at 9:50 am
    • editor

      Gabriel Syme,

      Thanks for posting that US District statement, repeating what Bishop Fellay (and before him Archbishop Lefebvre) have said all along. That we cannot keep the treasures of the Faith to ourselves but take whatever opportunity presents itself to work as a leaven within the Church. The “resistance to nothing” brigade could do with reading that statement very carefully, linked to Eponymous Flower, and reflect deeply, especially on the concluding (two) paragraphs.

      May 13, 2014 at 10:11 am
  • leprechaun

    Madame Editor,

    I have never been able to develop much of an affinity with Rorate Caeli. They seem to be extraordinarily supportive of the FSSP, a group of priests who were originally pro-Tradition, but who agreed to accept Vatican II and the Novus Ordo Masses and to not preach about the errors of either in exchange for permission to continue to offer the Latin Mass.

    Noting that the Franciscans of the Immaculate have been banned from offering the TLM and have been placed under governance, one wonders how the FSSP will react when the Vatican dispenses similar treatment to them.

    If they refuse to accept the pope’s authority, they will presumably be putting themselves into schism – but would it be a justifiable schism?

    If they place Obedience above Truth, they will say the Novus Ordo Mass exclusively and thus become no different to others who have trod that route before them.

    This then begs the question of what would become of the SSPX were Bp. Fellay to accept recognition at no cost, only to be faced some way along the road with a demand to give up offering the Sacrificial Mass? I wonder sometimes which will come first: The point where attendance at Sacrificial Masses exceeds attendance at Commemorative Masses, leading to the collapse of the latter, or the point where apathy rules and only a handful of the Faithful strive to keep the Faith alive.

    Would that the pope would consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and we could all return to a period of peace.

    May 13, 2014 at 3:07 pm
    • editor


      I am at a total loss to understand why anyone thinks Bishop Fellay will – for want of a better phrase – give up the ghost. He has made his position absolutely clear in words of one syllable, posted by other bloggers on this thread. I do not lose a minute’s sleep over Bishop Fellay’s leadership. He is sound and absolutely trustworthy. If you hear anything else, say “Get behind me Satan!”

      May 13, 2014 at 11:05 pm
      • Vianney

        Editor, I agree with you totally regarding Bishop Fellay. He is the best man for the job and if and when he talks to the Vatican he only doing what Archbishop Lefebvre would do. He said that he was always willing to talk because that is the only way to work things out.

        Leprechaun, I don’t think that Rome will try anything with the FSSP. They were founded as a Tridentine Rite order unlike the Franciscans of the Immaculate who were NO and went over to the Tridentine Mass. I believe some of them have ignored the ban as their convent in St. Mawgan, Cornwall, is still using ONLY the Tridentine Mass. I don’t think Rome would dare to try anything with the orders who were founded for the Traditional Rite.

        On another note I’d like to tell you that JPII has now performed his second miracle. A man turned up for Mass last night and he told us that the canonisation had been the last straw for him. He couldn’t believe that the Church could go ahead with declaring him a Saint after all the things he got up to. He was sitting yesterday reminiscing about the “old days” and wondered if the old Mass was still being said anywhere. He looked on the internet and came across the Edinburgh chapel’s website and noticed that there was a Mass that evening so he came along. He as very impressed with the Mass, the chapel and the fact that, despite torrential rain, 19 people turned up. His local parish only gets half that at an evening Mass. Do you think I should contact the Vatican to get this miracle recorded?

        May 14, 2014 at 8:27 am
      • Christina

        Go for it, Vianney! A few more miracles like that and I’ll be off to buy my JPII medals and stuff.

        May 14, 2014 at 2:48 pm
      • gabriel syme

        He as very impressed with the Mass, the chapel and the fact that, despite torrential rain, 19 people turned up

        That’s great news Vianney! Hopefully he will begin to attend regularly. Its good to see the website is paying off for the Edinburgh Church.

        We in Glasgow should really look to get a website for St Andrews too.

        May 14, 2014 at 10:38 pm
      • leprechaun

        Gabriel Syme and Vianney,

        It is heartening to see new faces at an SSPX Mass and to learn that they found their way there via a local web site and I share the delight of you both.

        The first step in obtaining a web site for St. Andrew’s is to write to Fr. Morgan and ask permission to set one up. Also to ask for said web site to be featured in the SSPX-GB web site, as are the local web sites for Ss. Margaret & Leonard in Edinburgh and St. Anne’s in Leicester.

        With these permissions you can then send out for a five year old child to build a simple web site and pray that the Holy Ghost will guide more souls to Tradition.

        Have you seen this page on the SSPX-GB web site:


        where you can scroll down to the Edinburgh and Leicester local web sites?

        May 15, 2014 at 10:15 am

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