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Bp. Fellay attempts to explain away the "Doctrinal Declaration"

Posted by The Editor on May 19, 2013 at 2:25 PM

Bishop Fellay's "Introductory note" regarding the Doctrinal Declaration, from the most recent Cor Unum, in effect his attempt at getting out of it, can now be found here.


Note the way he keeps referring back to his letter to Cardinal Levada in January 2012 ("where I rejected them"), in a desperate attempt to appear tough! Note the several other sophostries, such as his emphasis on the fact that in June 2012 the Romans wanted to change his text to make it even worse. They may well have, but that alters nothing. If their changes to the text would have made it even worse, that does not make his original text fine: it was still a discgrace and a betrayal, even if Rome wanted to make the betrayal even more obvious!


Note also the nonsense talked about "withdrawing" his Doctrinal Declaration. He says that when he met DiNoia in August 2012, he told him (told him, mind you, not in writing, but in speech) that he was "withdrawing our proposal". Why does he call it a 'proposal'? It is not a proposal: it is a "Doctrinal Declaration"! That is, it declares doctrine. How can one "withdraw" doctrine? How can withdraw a declaration without making a similar declaration to the contrary. (E.g. "We declare that we do not accept the NOM...legitimately promulgated by Paul VI..." )

And how, for that matter could he have composed, signed and handed it over in secret - can one "declare" something in secret? Can one have "secret doctrine"?


The lack of integrity is terrifying to behold!

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11:37 PM on June 4, 2013 
I'd appreciate it if you could post a link in the Reference Materials for the AFD (April Fifteenth Declaration, or, Doctrinal Declaration - unfortunately mislabeled the 'doctrinal preamble') because it would be a lot easier to find here that way.