Assisi-ism – Update
Bishop Williamson’s weekly blog addresses Pope Benedict’s recent announcement–the subject of an earlier thread initiated by Paul Moses– that he wishes to revive “the spirit of Assisi.” It may be recalled that the 1986 meeting of leaders of religions in that city was a last straw for Archbishop Lefebvre, who soon after consecrated four bishops and so incurred excommuication. Here are the beginning and closing paragraphs of Bishop Williamson’s remarks:
Some people are still afraid that Archbishop Lefebvre’s Society of St Pius X is on the way to a bad agreement with Benedict XVI’s Rome, but by the Pope’s Assisi-ism amongst other things, one might say that Benedict XVI himself is doing his best to prevent any such occurrence.
Six days ago he argued in theory that the world’s “great religions” can constitute “an important factor of the peace and unity of mankind”. Five days ago he announced in practice that in October of this year he will go “as a pilgrim” to Assisi to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Prayer Meeting of World Religions held there by Pope John-Paul II in 1986. But the theory of all “great world religions” contributing to world peace was absolutely rejected by Archbishop Lefebvre, and the practice of the 1986 Prayer Meeting in Assisi he condemned as a flagrant violation of the First Commandment, which, coming from the Vicar of Christ, constituted a scandal unheard of in all the history of the Church. Only the fear of too much repetition being counter-productive might have stopped him from castigating this latest piece of Assisi-ism.
Therefore if by their past and future Assisi events, Popes John-Paul II and Benedict XVI have encouraged souls to think that Catholicism is not the one and only way to a happy eternity, but merely one amongst many other promoters (even if it is the best) of mankind’s “peace and unity” in this life, it follows that both Popes have facilitated the dreadful damnation of countless souls in the next life. Rather than have any part in such a betrayal, Archbishop Lefebvre preferred to be scorned, rejected, despised, marginalized, silenced, “excommunicated”, you name it.
There is a price to be paid for holding to the Truth. How many Catholics are ready to pay it
Here now are the remarks of Bishop Fellay, who also is not happy about the Pope’s announcement: http://www.sspx.org/