The purpose of the Society of Saint Pius X is chiefly the formation of priests, the essential condition for the renewal of the Church and for the restoration of society.
In the great and painful confusion that currently reigns in the Church, the proclamation of Catholic doctrine requires the denunciation of errors that have made their way into it and are unfortunately encouraged by a large number of pastors, including the Pope himself.
The Society of Saint Pius X, in the present state of grave necessity which gives it the right and duty to administer spiritual aid to the souls that turn to it, does not seek primarily a canonical recognition, to which it has a right as a Catholic work. It has only one desire: faithfully to bring the light of the bi-millennial Tradition which shows the only route to follow in this age of darkness in which the cult of man replaces the worship of God, in society as in the Church.
The “restoration of all things in Christ” intended by Saint Pius X, following Saint Paul (cf. Ep.h 1:10), cannot happen without the support of a Pope who concretely favors the return to Sacred Tradition. While waiting for that blessed day, the Society of Saint Pius X intends to redouble its efforts to establish and to spread, with the means that Divine Providence gives to it, the social reign of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
The Society of Saint Pius X prays and does penance for the Pope, that he might have the strength to proclaim Catholic faith and morals in their entirety. In this way he will hasten the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary that we earnestly desire as we approach the centennial of the apparitions in Fatima.
Bishop Bernard Fellay, Superior General of the Society of Saint Pius X
Ecône, June 29, 2016
The Feast of Saints Peter and Paul
Now, here's the million dollar question.
What, exactly, does the SSPX have wrong here? I don't mean in their history. I mean in this particular statement.
You can say that they're arrogant. They're
disobedient lecturing. 'More Catholic than the pope', and I grant you all of that.
But what's the penalty for arrogance in the Church again? What's the penalty for flagrant disobedience? Apologies, apparently.
People can defend those apologies. We are to be merciful! Okay. We should reach out, we should be tolerant, we must not dictate - we must say, come come, however you are, join us as you are and we'll work with you! Take that line.
But when you take it, you can't put the more stern believers aside and use the lash on them when -they- step out of line. Or at least, if you try, the hypocrisy becomes obvious. Which means that if the Pope is going to sob and cry 'Forgive us for offending you!' at the Pride Parade, the SSPX isn't unjustified in wanting a bit of contrition sent its way too.
I'll see your 'faggot' and raise you a 'rad trad'.