The Pope has also decided to remove the excommunications of the schismatic Eastern Churches a long time ago, but they're still schismatics, no full communion yet. Not being excommunicated does not coicide with full communion.
With the Eastern Churches the problem remains because they themselves don't want to be in full communion. Mainly because of differences in their teachings (Filioque still remains after all this whole millenia..) so they consider Rome to be heretical.
But you see, the same was true for SSPX, at least prior to the latest, and welcome developments. By denying that they were in fact in schism and that they and not "Roman authorities" (read: the Pope and the bishops in authentic and full communion with him) were the guardians of orthodoxy, by holding troubling when not plain wrong doctrinal postions on grave matters and by letting no occasion go without attacking the Pope, often without actually reading what he said or wrote, they themselves manifested no intention of truly wanting communion.
Don't get me wrong, the positions I think SSPX has, simply, to drop and replace with full, unconditioned, unabridged contents of the Catechism and the Magisterium of the last 30 years are NOT those modernists would like Fellay & C. to embrace. As a matter of fact there is nothing SSPX can do to deserve some of that "inclusivenss" with which the "openminded" ones often congratulate themselves and demand for the whackiest of their ravings.
I don't think they have to become ecstatic about every paragraph of minor Vatican II documents, and even of passages of major ones, but that's what the Pope thinks too, I don't think thay have to celebrate OF every sunday, but nor does the Pope, as soon as they recognize that the rite is of itself fully Catholic and not dangerous for the faith, if celebrated according to its editio typica
and the rubrics of Missale Romanum and GIRM which nowhere mandate heretical homilies, the turning of altars, destruction of ancient Churches, droppping of chant, using vernacular language, ugly vestments and architecture, altar girls, stupid prayers of the faithful, guitars, lousy pop music, handshakes of peace and so forth
. Even though of themselves, the above abuses and inappropriate actions do not inficiate the validity of the sacrament, but I digress.
What they need is to be able to recognize where they went wrong big time and to begin to read Papal Magisterium which in no way contradicts Tradition, even though the language is not the same of 1800's Italian thomists like Leo XIII or Bl. Pious IX besieged by the armies of secularist kings and with freemasonry attempting to kill them on a daily basis.
Insisting that the excommunications weren't valid won't help. It is not a matter of pride. The Pope was right and they were wrong. Period.
Yes, the whole Church has suffered much, while Modernists fluorished in destroying her. But I strongly do believe that both, those who remained in complete union with Rome as well as those in FSSPX were part of Gods plan to make things right again. Without FSSPX the Tridentine Mass and traditional teaching would be pretty much lost and there wouldn't be so much pressure to restore the tradition. Even those ad orientem Latin Novus Ordos would today not exist. But of course, it wouldn't have helped if all had gone over to FSSPX, leaving the Church to Modernists. Everyone had (and has) their God-given role.
Allow me to disagree at least in part. That God can make good come from our errors is one thing, but a fundamental rule of morals summarized by St. Paul is that non sunt facienda mala ut eveniant bona
, we cannot do evil that good may come of it. Schism is bad, for all involved and was based on bad theology, bad ecclesiology, bad feelings.
As someone who's fought his share of battle on this, that the so called "Tridentine" Mass would be lost without SSPX I am not so ready to believe. The merits of M. Lefebvre and SSPX prior to the schism of 1988 are without question, but mixed to many errors. In 1986, John Paul II was about to issue a Motu Proprio even more generous and more binding on bishops than Summorum Pontificum
, but the already clear schismatic drift of SSPX gave more power to the snakes pressuring the Pope against it ("see? they hate
you! You can't strenghten these whackos! We are loyal and obedient, they're not! I can almost hear their voices so well I know how they work). There were many within and without SSPX ready to have TLM liberalized on reasonbale conditions and fighting this battle in much less comfortable positions, and the success story of FSSP and many other proved it.The 1988 schism was the greatest help to modernists within the Church in over a century
. I know I am wrong on many things, but that I can guarantee you is correct. I know it sounds excessive. But we must put wishful thinking and personal inclinations aside when truth is at stake. From a purely sentimental point of view, with all the cranks we allow to stay in the Church, why only SSPX can't be aloowed in I wonder? But sentimantality doesn't help understanding reality. And that's reality on this point, I cna tell you that much.
From that terrible, dis-graced
day onward, parish/diocese life for us TLM people became pure hell, and not just on liturgy. Whatever the issue, social doctrine, bioethics, morals, you name it, we had no right to speak because you see, we were "schismatics" undercover. I didn't go crazy because that had to be God's medicine for my hypertrophic, Texas-sized pride. Dominus dedit, Dominus tollit, benedicamus Domino
. How many times have we been literally thrown out of Church for daring to question abuses, ask for a talk with the parish priest, trying to distribute papal encyclicals
they didn't like - e.g. Mystici Corporis or Humanae vitae - to the faithful, or... praying the Rosary!! Communion denied
, for daring to kneel, or just for the "public scandal" being attached to the ancient rite. It is exceedingly painful to recall how it was even behind the relative anonimity and indirect communication of a keyboard and a monitor. Enough.
I contend that the schism made the liberalization of the Missal of Bl. John XXIII impossible
at the time, and delayed it for 20 years, only to see the light in much worse conditions in some regards, if anything for the extra 20 years from the 1970 reform.
I have a cowboy sense of honor so I won't forget the good that was done because of the mistakes that were committed, but I fail to see God's plan in disobedience. God's plan was John Paul II suffering in his body and his heart for the universal Church, to pave the way to Benedict and his further restoration and implementation of Catholic identity as preserved by all of the 21 councils of the Church, some doctrinally more important than others, and to hand down what we received, intact, pure, life-giving.
As I said in the other thread, let bygones be bygones, I don't care what happened, I don't remember (er...um...well...as they say in Sicily to deny criminal charges, "I wasn't there, and if I was there then I was asleep. And while asleep I was dreaming of being somewhere else".
). All I want is unity around Peter to bring back our Church to his splendor, to have the Bride of Christ again shining in truth and holiness before the world to attract all nations and baptize them in the name of Father, of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. I want the Groom be happy with his Bride. I want the bitter tears to go once and for all, and the anticipation of eternal happiness which only the Church can give to bring some rest to the broken hearts and the lonely ones, to the hungry for justice and the persecuted in the name of Christ.
We should be fighting the enemy together, not among ourselves. We should be making modernists rue the day they decided to work to undermine the honor and the faith of the Church (if they just can't convert). We should be all helping Peter bring the Good News to people in need of salvific grace. We should be making sure we're not losing our souls trying to gain the world and its lures, however disguised as self-rigtheousness and piety.
I know only one way to do that: recognize I am a sinner and pray God daily that he makes me see how I can serve his Church according to my status and my abilities, and that I can always be among the sheep who recognize the voice of the Shepherd and undertsand well
what he says (even if he says it with a thick German accent!