(Fr. Quilton is an assessor in the canonical trial of Frs. Salenave, Pinaud and Rioult)
“Here are the facts regarding the affair of the email traps laid for Frs. Rioult and Pinaud.
Following the appearance by mail and online of several anonymous ‘Letters to fellow priests’, several priests, outraged by the subversive and increasingly bold manner of these actions, set about trying to discover the identity of whoever was responsible. Fr. Waillez seriously suspected certain of his priestly colleagues, such as Frs. Salenave, Rioult and Pinaud.
Fr. Waillez created for himself the fake email address: firstname.lastname@example.org in the name of Fr. Pinaud and made use of it between 3 and 5 times to entrap colleagues and faithful implicated in the rebellion. Fr. Rioult was the first to be targeted...and he was the first to be caught and unmasked. Bishop Williamson was also caught in the trap when he mistakenly sent as a preview, a document which he intended to unleash as a bomb. The webmaster of the website La Sapiniere sent the passwords for the whole site (but the General House, Menzingen, decided not to make use of them).
At the same time, Fr. Waillez did an online search for information about Fr. Rioult. He found a webpage (http://pastebin.com/CVYTj2nH ) which contained the address book of Professor Robert Faurisson, which in turn contained the email address of Fr. Rioult (email@example.com), identified under his real name. Fr. Waillez then went to the Yahoo.fr homepage and followed the procedures for one who has forgotten his password.
At this stage two security questions were asked: Firstly, the Christian name of Fr. Rioult’s Father, which a little research in white pages revealed. Secondly, the name of his favourite teacher [in French ‘professor’]. After some hesitation, and helped by Fr. Thouvenot, the word ’Faurisson’ granted him easy access to the email inbox (Yahoo demanded that he create a new password immediately).
Having complete access to and control of the email account, Fr. Waillez was able to get hold of all the documents sent to and from Fr. Rioult, still present on the Yahoo server. He then left it to the General house to whatever use they wished of all the available material. The presentation of the facts, as described by Frs. Rioult and Pinaud (http://www.lasapiniere.info/nouvelles-du-front-contre-mauvaise-fortune-bon-coeur/ and
http://www.lasapiniere.info/est-ce-a-labbe-pinaud-de-feter-ses-20-ans-de-sacerdoce-en-prison/) is therefore accurate.
Questions of morality have of course been raised since the beginning of these actions, and has not been clarified by the false principle ‘the end justifies the means’ which is what the rebels use. There is no strict right to privacy in an Ecclesiastical Institute. As soon as a serious motive exists, a superior can open mail, visit a priest’s room, listen in to phone calls and go through personal effects (such as a computer). In the current case, it is worth noting that: 1) we are dealing with an obvious injury to the Society which was on the point of growing significantly; 2) only a few seriously suspected priests bore the brunt of this surveillance, and in a manner proportional to the crime; and 3) that Fr. Waillez undertook all these actions with the total agreement of the General House.”
“The Pope went to Assisi to limit the damage. That shows an attitude which is more one of imprudence than one of heresy... We know from sure sources that the Pope wants to repair the injustice done which was done to Archbishop Lefebvre... The Pope wants to make a gesture in favour of Tradition. The Pope wants to canonically recognise the Society. One thing is certain...if the Pope is really the Pope, do we have the right to refuse such a desire, such a legitimate desire on the part of the Pope? ...From our side we have insisted that we want to be recognised as we are, without anything required, with exemption from some canonical laws. So of course, at this stage we cannot not think of our founder, Archbishop Lefebvre. What would he have done in 2012? ...He said lots of things about the Church which were adapted to the circumstances of the time... It’s obviously very difficult, but sometimes all too easy, to make a dead man speak. For example, we know that he had some harsh words to say about Cardinal Ratzinger... Still, he never got to see the Pope at work... It cannot be denied that our current canonical situation is not normal and that we cannot not desire that it be one day put right. That’s normal. When? Should we wait until everything is put right in the Church, or rather, should it be now, when we’re living at the beginning of the restoration of the Church... So it’s a very difficult decision to take in view of the extraordinary situation, but I ask you: who is capable of making such a decision? Who knows the whole file, an overview, if you will, of the Roman proposals? The Superior General Bishop Fellay, of course. Do I need to add, moreover, that he has been in charge of the Society for the last 18 years, that he’s a man of experience, that he’s someone who takes advice, who is surrounded by what is correctly called the Council of Assistants, that he called together all the District Superiors, Seminary Rectors and Bishops at Albano in October, that he continues to correspond with Superiors, I’m well placed to talk about it. Well, it’s up to the boss to decide, it’s the boss who sees the whole picture, who takes advice and prays of course, it’s the boss who has the graces of state to decide, to take such a decision... We’re not a democracy, we don’t have collegiality where everyone can say whatever he wants, put things on the internet, create pressure, leak confidential documents. It’s an absolutely terrible situation... What’s going to happen? I’m not a prophet, but once again, the Pope wants to give a canonical situation to the Society, so that’s probably what will happen in the weeks ahead. Bishop Fellay has called a Chapter meeting for July and this Chapter will look at precisely this canonical question. The crisis isn’t over... In the same way that modernism gradually infiltrated, in this same way, progressively and slowly the Church will move forward in accordance with true doctrine. [...] What do we have to do? It is for Superiors to be prudent and to pray, but this is the task of the Superior General as Bishop de Galarreta reminded us last Sunday. What is our role? Aiding those in office with our prayers.”
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