There are a few issues that need to be addressed in regards to your latest post about “rumors of persecution”.
I haven’t heard anything in Germany to support the first rumor you posted. It is extremely difficult to prosecute individuals for holocaust denial. Someone would have to do something as stupid as saying as much on a taped interview that they knew would be aired in Germany . I would like to say that no priest or bishop in the SSPX would do something like that, but unfortunately, I can’t. Because of the difficulty in prosecuting individuals for holocaust denial, it is doubtful, at best, that the secular authorities in Germany could “be brought to bear” against the SSPX. I will admit, though, that the accusation of anti-Semitism is commonplace here in Germany against Catholic traditionalists, so it is used as propaganda, which limits in some cases the growth of traditional Catholic communities in Germany, especially among pew sitting, mainstream Catholics.
In regards to the second rumor, I think I know the source. However, you should know that the source is an irreparable one, and you shouldn’t pay any attention to it. There are bishops in France and Germany who would take exception to the unfair accusation, and you ought to remove this for charity’s sake.
I apologize if certain aspects of this post were over the top. Müller certainly needs to be criticized, but if that criticism is to bear any fruit, it must be free of sensationalism.
We all knew Archbishop Gerhard Müller hated the SSPX. His past words and actions relating to the SSPX in Germany proved as much. In a recent interview, acrimonious statements regarding the SSPX reveals that he still hates the SSPX.
After reading this interview of the new Prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, it is obvious that the negotiations with the SSPX are now at an end. Müller in this interview expresses his disdain for the SSPX quite clearly, and places an ultimatum on the table: accept Vatican II and everything about it, or away with you. It would seem that Müller already is busy tearing down bridges that were (it seemed) recently built, and he is doing so in order to end, once and for all, discussions between Rome and the SSPX.
There is now fear that Müller's appointment represents the inauguration of a new and insidious persecution of the SSPX and other traditionalists. I no longer feel obligated to avoid mentioning the rumors and speculations that others have shared with me, since it is now clear that the longed for rapprochement has been stamped out by Vatican insiders, perhaps even Pope Benedict XVI, himself. There's hardly anything I could write here that would damage that process at this point.
One such speculation a good friend of mine recently shared with me fears that the bishops, under the leadership of Müller, will accuse the SSPX of antisemitism. They will characterize the failure of the talks as a fundamental disagreement with the SSPX leaders on the question of the Jews. Quickly following on this, bishops and other church officials will accuse SSPX priests and faithful in Germany of antisemitism and "holocaust denial", which carries civil penalties, thus bringing the German state apparatus to bear on SSPX communities, closing them down, jailing their priests and confiscating their chapels and properties.
We could dismiss this as mere speculation, but there is ample evidence in overseas publications that antisemitism is being constantly hammered at in interviews and articles pertaining to the Society. The notion that the SSPX priests and faithful, and all other traditionalists for that matter, are antisemites is a seed which was firmly planted long ago, and is already starting to sprout for the schemers. I have noted in the past that the club that is being used, and will be used even more in the near future, to beat down traditionalism is the canard of antisemitism. We have seen evidence in the past that this is a fundamental piece of the post-conciliar establishment's criticism of traditional Catholics. Thus there is a ring of truth to this rumor that is hard to ignore.
Conspiracy theories are just that, conspiracy theories, so they are impossible to verify until they are uncovered or come to fruition. They may not be true at all. However, we would have to be fools to think there are no hidden enemies of the Church, or that they have no plans. You can be sure that they exist, and that they are plotting. Recent history demonstrates there are many of these enemies firmly entrenched in even the highest offices of the Church, and the destruction of the Traditional Latin Mass and traditional Catholicism, because these are the most authentic expressions of the Catholic faith, will definitely be their first priority, especially since the Traditional Latin Mass has made so many gains in the last few years.
Does this justify being an alarmist? YES. They have already met in the Vatican to plot how the Traditional Latin Mass can be changed to resemble more the disastrous novus ordo. Archbishop DiNoia has already said as much. It is up to traditionalists to safeguard what is left of the Traditional Latin Mass, the 1962 missal, because we have fewer friends in the Vatican than we were led to believe.