Bishop Richard Williamson, who denies the Holocaust and promotes belief in worldwide Jewish conspiracy theories, was expelled from the Society of St. Pius X several weeks ago, after numerous acts of insubordination against the leaders of the organization. For his part, Bishop Williamson contends that the leaders of SSPX have given up their traditional opposition to Catholic doctrinal change and modernism.
Now that he has been expelled, Bishop Williamson is trying to cultivate “Catholic Resistance” to the modernizing liberalism of SSPX. He calls it the “St. Marcel Initiative,” and describes it as “a loose network of independent pockets of Resistance, gathered around the Mass, freely contacting one another, but with no structure of false obedience such as served to sink the mainstream Church in the 1960’s, and is now sinking the Society of St Pius X.” The website for the St. Marcel Initiative so far only solicits funds.
I think it’s good for the image of SSPX that Bishop Williamson has been formally expelled, but the jury is still out on whether SSPX has the desire and ability to purge itself of the anti-Semitism that percolates within some of its more extreme members. Let us hope so. In the meantime, we’ll keep watching Bishop Williamson and the St. Marcel Initiative for further developments.
BTW: In case you are wondering who “St. Marcel” was, it’s a reference to Marcellus of Tangier, a roman solider in the third century who was martyred after refusing to make idolatrous sacrifices in honor of the Roman emperor. It is said that Marcellus’ motto was “Jesu Christo Regi aterno milito,” which Google Translate says means “Soldier of Jesus Christ, the King eternal.”