As announced on ZENIT
and the S+L Blog
, this Sunday night S+L will broadcast a rare interview with Bishop Bernard Fellay, Superior General of the Society of St. Pius X. The head of the traditionalist group founded by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre was in Ontario last week for a Corpus Christi procession in St. Catharine's, followed by confirmations in Toronto and New Hamburg. You can now watch the Witness
interview online in its entirety (above). Here is one excerpt of Bishop Fellay's candid discussion with host Fr. Thomas Rosica, C.S.B.:
Fr. Thomas Rosica: In January 2009, suddenly, out-of-the-blue for many people, the excommunication was lifted. Explain to me, if you could, how you understood this excommunication that was imposed upon you for a period of 14 years?
Bishop Bernard Fellay: […] Looking at what the Church did before, in the situation of the ordination of a bishop without apostolic mandate, papal mandate, we see that the old Code of Canon Law only foresaw the sanction of suspension and not excommunication. As we never had, in any means, the intention of either establishing a parallel hierarchy or another Church, we formally reject this idea of, let’s say, schism. And so, I may say, we did not suffer too much from this excommunication. Of course, it was there. We were put on the side with this—of course, marginalized. But, rather, let’s say, not having the feel of guilt. Excommunication is a sanction that follows the sin. And this feeling of having sinned was not there.
Witness airs Sunday at 8:30 PM & 12:30 AM, repeats Thursday at 8 PM & midnight, Friday at 12:30 PM and Saturday at 5:30 PM. Témoin (French Witness) airs Monday at 8 PM & midnight, repeats Saturday 7:30 PM (All times eastern.)