Save for any last minute change of mind, the prelate consecrated by Lefebvre and dismissed from the Fraternity of St. Pius X in 2012 will ordain Fr. Jean-Michel Faure in a matter of hours
ANDREA TORNIELLI Taken from Vatican Insider
Richard Williamson, the bishop consecrated by Lefebvre and dismissed from the Fraternity of St. Pius X in 2012 will be ordaining a new bishop in a matter of hours. The cleric in question is the 73-year-old priest Jean-Michel Faure, who was ordained a priest by Lefebvre himself in 1977 and was also expelled from the Fraternity headed by Mgr. Fellay for allegedly being too compliant with Rome.
The consecartion ceremony will take place on the feast of St. Joseph in the monastery of Santa Cruz in Nova Friburgo, Brazil. To justify the consecration without a papal mandate, Williamson will invoke a “state of necessity” (or “state of emergency”). This was the same notion Mgr. Lefebvre resorted to in 1988 to ordain four new bishops. The consecration of a bishop without a papal mandate will make the ordaining party, Williamson and the person being ordained, Faure, liable to a latae sententiae excommunication.
In 1988, both Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre and the four new bishops automatically incurred excommunications. These excommunications were revoked by Benedict XVI in January 2009 in order to encourage the dialogue process between the Holy See and the Fraternity of St. Pius X.
The now 75-year-old British bishop Williamson, who was originally an Anglican, is renowned for his denial of the Holocaust, a stance he reiterated in an interview on Swedish television in November 2008. The case exploded the following January just as Benedict XVI announced his decision to revoke the excommunication of the four Lefebvrian bishops, one of whom was Williamson.
At the end of 2012 Williamson was dismissed from the Fraternity of St. Pius X. He had always disagreed with the possibility of the Fraternity engaging in dialogue with the Holy See and did not hide his belief that Bishop Bernard Fellay, the current Lefebvrian Superior, was too compliant towards Rome.
Tomorrow’s illicit consecration represents yet another gesture of separation. The illegal new bishop adds to the list of the various other illegal bishops who were consecrated in recent years, joining the circle of conservative groups that sprang up around Lefebvre.