There is pressure being brought on the priests of the Society of St.Pius X (SSPX) in Italy to say Dismas, the Good Thief, was an exception to extra ecclesiam nulla salus ?.
The SSPX leadership are in a doctrinal crisis and are clutching onto any available straw to stay afloat.They do not want to admit that Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre and the SSPX bishops made an objective error - and Vatican Council II is really traditional on the issue of other religions and Christian communities and churches, when the false premise is not being used.
Since they do not want to say that there are no exceptions to Feeneyism, the SSPX priests are emphasizing the case of Dismas, who went to Heaven allegedly without the baptism of water.
The SSPX priests in Rome to whom I have spoken to know there are no Dismas' in 2014 who are visible to us in real life.So 'Dismas in 2014' cannot be an exception to the literal interpretation of extra ecclesiam nulla salus according to Fr.Leonard Feeney.
The SSPX do not want to affirm the dogma extra ecclesiam nulla salus according to Fr.Leonard Feeney whom they have criticized in books and on the Internet.
On the official website of the SSPX, there is a section 'Feeneyism' in which the SSPX priests assume cases of the baptism of desire are visible to us for them to be exceptions and relevant to the dogma on salvation.
They do not make the distinction between implicit baptism of desire and explicit baptism of desire.It is always explicit for them.
Recently the District Superior of the SSPX, Italy on Italian television indicated that Vatican Council II contradicts the traditional teaching on other religions.He implied that LG 16 (invincible ignorance) etc was not implicit but explicit for us, to be an exception to the dogma extra ecclesiam nulla salus and the traditional teaching on other religions.
Catholics, non SSPX members, who have affirmed the dogma extra ecclesiam nulla salus have often come under strong criticism from the political Left. The SSPX avoids being threatened under the Anti-Semitism and other leftist laws.
They are not affirming the dogma according to Feeneyism and are interpreting Vatican Council II in accord with the politically accepted version. Even the Left interprets Vatican Council II as a break with the past and they use the false premise in the interpretation.So these deceased-saved become exceptions to Feeneyism.
The SSPX have removed material from websites to avoid the Anti Semitism charge.They are now suggesting that there are known Dismas' in 2014 who are exceptions to extra ecclesiam nulla salus.
Without Dismas in 2014 Vatican Council II would be traditional and they would have to admit that they were in error all these years. -Lionel Andrades