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This just appeared on the Rorate Caeli website.
I am reproducing it without comment for the time being. (original see here)
UPDATE 11:45 26 February 2016
The official post from the SSPX on this subject can be found here.
While over at The Remnant website, the following commentary appeared from Michael Matt. (see here)
I agree with his take. I would just add that there are three key issues that also need to be addressed. They are as follows:
- Francis’ fight with the neo-cons such as Card. Muller needs to be factored into the equation. They will no doubt come under the Ecclesia Dei Commission which is under the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith. But if Francis guarantees them “doctrinal certainty”, the CDF will be forced to go along.
- The SSPX will need to obtain a personal prelature (like a military ordinate) so that they can keep control over their Faithful, assets and finances. It will also allow them to operate outside the jurisdiction of the local ordinary. This should also insulate them from the local heterodoxal ordinaries who no doubt will not be amused. But it will also give the Catholic ordinaries a good opportunity to give over to the SSPX churches which would be otherwise scheduled for closure, like is the case in the Netherlands presently. Remember, even neo-modernists need to eat.
- And many prayers. If they get the above, the SSPX will still have one weakness to overcome, namely they will eventually run out of bishops. Now the three SSPX bishops are still rather young, late 50 – early 60ish but eventually they will not be.
Keeping in mind that the FSSP still has not gotten a bishop, something that they were promised during the reign of JPII, this issue will eventually re-emerge. And when this issue re-emerges, we will be back to 1988 and an Operation Survival moment. However by this time, the SSPX will be much, much stronger. And the Traditionalist movement will be much, much large than it was in 1988. Or in 1970 for that matter when the SSPX was founded.
All in all, a calculated risk but one worth taking. Under the right conditions.
FOR THE RECORD:
SSPX bishop: “The Pope leans towards a one-sided recognition of the Society.”
For the record, from a conference given by the Argentine-Spanish Bishop of the Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX), Alfonso de Galarreta, in Versailles, on January 17, 2016:
Towards a unilateral recognition of the Society?
In the second part of his conference, and beyond the proposals of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Bishop de Galarreta publicly confided that he thinks the pope may soon confer a status on the Society of St. Pius X:
“I think, and this is the other aspect of things, that this pope who tells anyone who will listen that we are Catholic, who says and repeats that the Society is Catholic, that we are Catholic, will never condemn us, and that he wants our ‘case’ taken care of. I think– and he has already started down this path – that when he sees that we cannot agree with the Congregation of the Faith, I think that he will overreach any doctrinal, theoretical, practical condition, or any condition whatsoever… He is going to take his own steps towards recognizing the Society. He has already begun; he is simply going to continue. And I am not saying what I desire but what I foresee. I foresee, I think that the pope will lean towards a one-sided recognition of the Society, and that by acts rather than by a legal or canonical approach.”
Bishop de Galarreta admitted that “this de facto recognition would have a good, a beneficial effect: it is a rather extraordinary apostolic opening, and it would have an extraordinary effect.” But he adds that there would then be two risks: that of creating an internal division and that of conditioning our preaching in certain circumstances. And he wondered: “It would take an extraordinary wisdom and prudence, a very great firmness and clarity. Are we capable of this?”
The Argentinian prelate answered by asking his audience to keep a supernatural confidence in the face of these eventualities:
“If that is what Providence sends us, then we will have the necessary graces to overcome the difficulties and deal with them as we should, but of course, only to the extent that it is not produced by our will but imposed upon us. If our ideas are clear, we can always take advantage of it and draw the good from it. But in this hypothetical case, – I am giving you my opinion based on conjectures, right? – in this case I think we will have the necessary graces to persevere and do the good we must do in our Holy Mother the Church. God will never deny us or stop giving us the means to persevere in the faith and in the good fight, if we always remain in the faith, in hope, in charity, in the strong confession of the faith, in our daily sanctification.”