" it is important to make a distinction between the objective and the tactic.
The tactic of the Romans and the Neo-SSPX seems to be to oscillate for a while between square 1 and square 2 (or at least to give that impression), just like in order to break metal one only has to bend it back and forth a number of times until it finally snaps. But the objective has always been, and still is, to find a practical way for the Neo-SSPX to cohabitate with the modernists in Rome, to find a place for them in the ecumenical zoo.
To be precise, we are no longer oscillating between square 1 and square 2, but rather between square 5 and square 6. It’s just that all the concessions and cooperation achieved in square 1 to 5 have now become accepted as the new normal by the frogs in the boiling water. As these frogs always extend “the line in the sand” forward, every new step will appear to them as step 2, until one day they will wake up, or rather “arrive without waking up”, at their destination." (End quote)
It is almost as if those of us who have attended the SSPX for twenty years plus are suddenly living in a parallel universe. SSPX priest's who once held (what could be seen as) 'hard-line' positions are now almost identical to an Ecclesia Dei priest. For example, Fr Roy recently examined the latest issue of 'Carillon' the SSPX Canadian magazine.
The following is from the Editorial of Carillon, Fr Roy commentary in red.
"Hence the importance of knowing his catechism which teaches us that "The Church is the society of all who profess the faith of Jesus Christ, who participate in the same sacraments, and who are governed by their legitimate pastors under one visible leader. (Little Catechism of Quebec)
Three elements together constitute belonging to the Church: faith, the sacraments and the government. To eliminate one makes fall into either heresy or schism. We absolutely need all three.
(Fr Roy-Well. Until then no problems. The French-Canadians are reassured: they have been quoted the Quebec Catechism, nothing to complain about. But it is the following that becomes really problematic:)
(Carillon continued) A sectarian trend that occurs today is to keep faith and the sacraments, and to say that the present Church government is so bad that it is no longer needed, or no longer exists. This is even found among some who promote the traditional mass. It is the same spirit that Luther could express itself in a new formula, the Sola Missa . Which means that as long as we keep the faith and the traditional mass, we will be saved. It's wrong. It lacks the link with the Church. A sign of this sectarian trend is clearly the spirit of independence. Archbishop Lefebvre understood this well, he who did not want to be heretical or schismatic. (End quote)
To recall the Catholic doctrine is quite good. That's not the problem. But to speak of this belonging to the Church without mentioning the serious problem now facing the conscience of Catholics is quite dangerous and inappropriate. If we remind ourselves today of the duty of submission to the Church, we must also mention the fact that the Conciliar Church (the Church that made and promotes Vatican II) is in reality a false Church to which it do not submit if you want to remain Catholic..
(Fr Roy commentary)
Now, of course one might argue that Fr Couture may have his cross-hairs on Fr Roy in particular, considering his location (or perhaps Fr Girourard). Indeed, I myself do not agree with Fr Roy's conclusions regarding Pope Francis, but to imagine that Fr Couture is 'aiming' his editorials at Fr Roy is pushing it a little and therefore one has to take it that this Editorial is for instructing the SSPX laity. How can he argue that one has to accept the current ecclesiastical authorities without pointing out the dangers of the current regime?
Ecclesiavacantism is indeed wrong, as we have pointed out in the past, but we can not fail to point out that Fr Couture was one of the signatories of the following Open letter from the Superiors of the FPSPX to Cardinal Gantin in 1988 -
"On the other hand, we have never wanted to belong to this system which qualifies itself as a conciliar Church, and is defined by the Novus Ordo Missæ, the indifferent ecumenism and the secularization of the whole Society. Yes, we have no part, nullam partem habemus, with the pantheon of the religions of Assisi; our own excommunication by a decree of your Eminence or of another dicastery would be the irrefutable proof. We ask nothing better than to be declared ex communione of the adulterous spirit that has been blowing in the Church for twenty-five years, excluded from impious communion with the infidels. We believe in the only God, our Lord Jesus Christ, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, and we will always be faithful to His only wife, the One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic and Roman Church. To be publicly associated with the sanction imposed on the six Catholic bishops, defenders of the faith in its integrity and completeness, would be for us a mark of honor and a sign of orthodoxy in the eyes of the faithful. Indeed, they have a strict right to know that the priests to whom they are addressed are not the communion of a Church counterfeit, evolutionary, Pentecostal, and syncretistic. "
Hand on heart, would he sign this today? Is the Church of today in a better state than in 1988?
The SSPX appears to want its cake and eat it. To those appearing on its doorstep from the Novus Ordo, the line is "you cannot trust your local Bishop or the hierarchy, come to us, we exist due to supplied jurisdiction because of the crisis" but to their own laity the line appears to be "don't ignore the hierarchy, we get jurisdiction for marriages and confession from our local friendly Bishop who we can trust. The contradiction cannot last, and there we may well have the reason for the renewed doctrinal discussions.