Will all the SSPX sign on?
Our friends over at Rorate have posted a 1 June interview of SSPX Bp. Bernard Tissier de Mallerais. He may be a bishop, but he is not the Superior of the SSPX. Bp. Bernard Fellay is the Superior.
The Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith said that the three SSPX bishops (Tissier de Mallerais, Williamson, Galerreta) who are not the Superior (Bp. Fellay) would have to be dealt with in some step in addition to the reconciliation of the SSPX with the Roman Pontiff.
I also have in mind the fact that recently we saw a copy of a letter from the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei” stating rather forcefully that people who on days of precept attend some independent chapel on the fringe of, in the orbit of the SSPX, but not actually under the aegis of the SSPS, do not fulfill their Mass obligation. Let that be a warning to those who do not embrace what Rome is offering.
That said, Bp. Tissier de Mallerais’s comments in 1 June (NB: a couple weeks in advance of the new developments) are a unsettling. Here is a quote:
R.: Some believe that the statute of personal prelature proposed to you will provide sufficient guarantee to you concerning all danger of abandoning the combat for the faith.
Bp. T.: That is incorrect. According to the project of prelature, we would not be free to create new priories without the permission of the local bishops and, additionally, all our recent foundations would have to be confirmed by these same bishops. It would thus mean subjugating us quite unnecessarily to an overall Modernist episcopate.
Alas, those of the SSPX who may refuse to be reconciled with Rome run the risk of being as irrelevant as the LCWR.