SSPX: It Is Prudent To Criticise Francis Harshly
The SSPX Asia has published an article explaining why, in principle, it is not wrong to accept the reconciliation offered (allegedly) by the Vatican. I have always agreed with the arguments in principle, and keep agreeing now.
However, the same article also goes on to say that it would not be prudent, in practice, to accept any agreement that does not give ample guarantees that the SSPX will continue as is. Again I agree, having always been of the opinion that only a legally bomb proof agreement can save the SSPX from self destruction. Brutally speaking, you must have the Swiss, French, German etc. Law System protecting the SSPX from the Vatican, because nothing else will do.
The argument of prudence, however, should in my eyes be expanded: in my eyes, it is not prudent for the SSPX to accept any sort of reconciliation if this reconciliation is either paid or perceived to be paid with a softening of tones.
Diplomatic considerations should not be examined here: the stance of the SSPX as the visible bulwark against church decadence is too important to be sacrificed – and be it only in the perception – on the altar of a “union” of which the SSPX is persuaded that it is already existent.
The contrary should, if you ask me, be the case. The SSPX should relentlessly and harshly attack each and every one of Francis' “Modernist through and through” statements. If this leads to the end of the process, it means that the process was meant exactly to soften or tame the SSPX. If it doesn't, it means that Francis thinks he will collect a “tolerance” dividend most certainly meant to be used to spread more heresies, which makes it even more necessary that his heresies be condemned.
It is in my eyes certainly not wrong in principle to accept the reconciliation. But in practice, the SSPX will only be able to avoid widespread suspicion and criticism if they leave their stance on V II and the heresies of our time completely unaffected by any thought of reconciliation.
The devil does not conquer souls all at once. He works a bit at a time.
The Vatican of Francis certainly has the same attitude.