Bishop Fellay on true mercy

June 02, 2015
Source: District of the USA

It is important to discern between the one-sided mercy of conciliarism and the true mercy of Catholicism.

Bishop Fellay's newest Letter to Friends and Benefactors (May 2015, #84) has just been published.

In his letter, the SSPX's Superior General focuses on the topic of mercy—coinciding with Pope Francis' recently declared Year of Mercy—explaining that true mercy must be accompanied by sincere repentance from sin:

In itself mercy is a word that is dear to the heart of every Catholic, because it designates the most touching manifestation of God’s love for us...

Nevertheless true mercy, which implies this initial, extremely touching movement of God toward the sinner and His misery, continues in a moment of the creature’s conversion to God: “God desires not the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live” (cf. Ezek 33:11). Hence the Gospels insist on the duty of conversion, renunciation and penance.  Our Lord went so far as to say: “Unless you do penance, you shall all perish” (cf. Lk 13:5)."

Opposed to the true notion of mercy is the new "spirit of Vatican II" notion of mercy which lacks a sense of repentance, an error that is being promoted as part of Pope Francis' reform of the Roman Curia:

Can you truncate mercy, cut it off from necessary repentance, as Cardinal Maradiaga does, for the stated purpose of giving a new spirit to the conciliar reforms and breaking with the traditional spirit? Certainly not!


Preaching a sort of mercy without the necessary conversion of poor sinners would be a message devoid of meaning for heaven, a diabolical trap that would tranquilize the world in its folly and its increasingly open rebellion against God, whereas heaven is quite positive about it: “God is not mocked” (Gal 6:7)."

The entire May 2015 Superior General's Letter can be read here.

We also take this opportunity to alert our website visitors of the General House Box that exists on our home page—it's the gray box at the top, right-hand corner just below the rotating slideshow. This gray-colored box features the latest link offered by the SSPX's General House in Menzingen, Switzerland ( and currently offers with the title "True Mercy" Bishop Fellay's May 2015 letter.