“The few steps taken by Benedict XVI in this direction [i.e. ‘favourable to tradition’ - Ed.], [...] are therefore important, even though their application leaves something to be desired.
As we see this situation, we think that the efforts of the aging hierarchy will not succeed in stopping this movement that has begun – a movement that desires and hopes for the restoration of the Church, although still in a rather muddled way. Even though the return of a “Julian the apostate” cannot be ruled out, I do not think that the movement can be stopped.
If this is true, and I am convinced of it, this requires that we take up a new position with respect to the official Church.
This is the context in which it is advisable to ask the question about some form of recognition of the Society by the official Church.”
(Letter of the Superior General to SSPX members, Cor Unum, March 2012, [Eemphasis ours] )
“Is Benedict XVI still the legitimate pope for you? If he is, can Jesus Christ still speak through his mouth? If the pope expresses a legitimate desire concerning ourselves which is a good desire and gives no command contrary to the commandments of God, has one the right to pay no attention and to simply dismiss his desire? If not, on what principle do you base your acting in this way? Do you not think that, if Our Lord gives a command, He will also give us the means to continue our work? Well, the Pope has let us know that his concern to settle our affair for the good of the Church was at the very heart of his pontificate, and that he also knew that it would be easier both for him and for ourselves to leave things as they presently stand.
Let it be noted in passing that we did not look for a practical agreement. ... For the common good of the Society, we would far prefer the present solution of the intermediary status quo but it is clear that Rome will put up with it no longer.
In itself, the proposed solution of a personal Prelature is not a trap. That is clear firstly from the fact that the present situation in April of 2012 is very different from that of 1988. To claim that nothing has changed is a historic error. ”
(Letter of the General Council to the three Bishops, 14th April, 2012)
“ ‘There are some discrepancies in the society,’ Bishop Fellay told CNS. ‘I cannot exclude that there might be a split.’
But the bishop defended his generally favourable stance toward the Vatican's offer against the objections of his peers.
‘I think that the move of the Holy Father -- because it really comes from him -- is genuine. There doesn't seem to be any trap,’ he said. ”
('Traditionalist Leader says group could divide over Rome', CNS, 11th May, 2012)
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