“Hey, you guys work it out down there, you hear?”
B16: “I’m trying Lord, I’m trying”
Seriously though, when are the SSPX ever going to get a deal like this again? The only real condition asked of them is that they do not publicly disrespect the Roman Pontiff (duh!). How much longer can folks stay out of full union with Rome before real problems start to rear their ugly heads? (example: 20 years from now a charming, charismatic bishop takes the place of Fellay, and he just happens to be a complete loon bag heretic, who removes him?). And honestly, do they really think the Church is going to say Vatican II was a mistake? What are the SSPX expecting?, that some future Pope is going to say: “Oops! My Bad!, forget that whole Ecumenical Council!” It’s never going to happen.
However, the teaching (per Benedict and his Hermeneutic of Continuity deal) will be to “see the Council through the lens of Tradition”, and slowly, but surely chip away at some of the nonsense people pass off as being “according to Vatican II”. They must see what he’s doing, right? The “progressives” seem to be more aware then alot of “trads”, as least they see the writing on the wall.
I have read the new Biography of Archbishop Lefevbre published a few years ago, and he did not seem like the hard-liner folks assume him to have been. I think he would have jumped at this deal. Think of all the good that can come from it: another 300 + priests who say the Traditional Roman Liturgy, and who adhere to the Vigor of the perennial Church fully re-entering the blood stream of the contemporary Church. Either way, we should all pray that God’s will be done.