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I had a look at a traditionalist RC site this morning that said in effect that Cardinal Levada’s successor at the head of the CDF was going to carve up the Society of St Pius X. Given the source, I concluded that the man writing the site was off his rocker and had no credibility. All the same, I copied some key words into Google, and found more “respectable” sites and blogs saying the same thing.
Personally, I have no sympathy for the Society of St Pius X, even though I had a great deal of admiration for Archbishop Lefebvre and his stand against the whims and arbitrariness of Paul VI. It has hit me in the face that even Bishop Fellay, the one who has been negotiating the deal with Rome, would get the chop like Archbishop Hepworth. Admittedly, the bishops would be allowed to function as priests. How kind!
The TAC had a problem with canonically irregular clergy, and the SSPX has a problem with – – – anti-Semitic clergy, notably Bishop Williamson. Another question the Bishop of Regensburg asks is whether the priests even meet the requirements, which the Catholic Church places on its priests.
Bishop Müller also recommends that the SSPX seminary in Germany should close and the students should go to seminaries in their home countries – if they are suitable for this purpose.
Even the Constitution of the SSPX should be critically considered by canon lawyers.
He is not wrong when he says that the SSPX should disassociate itself from extreme right-wing political movements (one reason for my own distance from this movement).
It could be that, unless the SSPX withdraws from the dialogue with Rome and constitutes itself as an Old Catholic Church, Rome would cherry-pick the clergy, put the bishops out to grass, collect the assets and real estate – and tie up the loose ends much as Paul VI wanted to do in the 1970’s.
My own view of the SSPX is that it has many of the characteristics of a cult or sect in the meaning given by the legislation of most European countries. This situation isn’t all Rome’s fault, as the SSPX seems to move the goalposts every time there is a dialogue, but the slitheriness is not all one-sided. I don’t see what Rome can do as an alternative to proceeding as for the TAC – get rid of the bad eggs and buy the car for parts. Such pragmatism is seen only in the Vatican and the City of London!
Rome keeps squeaky clean – or more or less so – with the world of diplomacy. For how long until some secular authority decides to have the Church for breakfast and buy the Vatican for a derisory price – for parts?