1789 was the year of the Masonic Revolution. For more than a century and a half the Catholic Church stood firm against it. In 1962, that all changed.
At the outset of Vatican II, Cardinal Achille Liénard of France nervously complained:
If we do not take steps to do more about achieving rapprochement between the Church and the modern world, we are in danger of finding ourselves considered unrealistic and irrelevant.
And so the Church complied.
Believing that there were many Protestants, Jews and non-Catholics of good will, the Bishops of the Church reasoned that it would be better to do away with anathemas. If the Church focused on what it had in common with these communities, they argued, then there could be real strength in numbers, which would help stem the growing tide of secularism.
Paul VI, at the close of the Council, said to the leaders of the world:
What does the Church ask of you today? She asks of you only liberty, the liberty to believe and to preach her faith, the freedom to love her God and serve Him, the freedom to live and to bring to men her message of life.
Today, in the year 2017, we are seeing these same principles infect the minds of the leaders of the Society of St. Pius X.
One can hear in Fr. Simoulin and Fr. Schmidberger‘s remarks the same scrupulous concerns of Cardinal Liénard. “If we don’t regularize, we’ll risk becoming schismatic. No one will believe us then! We’ll be irrelevant! We must regularize with the Church!”
Believing that there are many Traditionalists of good will, the Bishops of the SSPX seem to think, like Bishop Athansius Schneider, that now is the time to “join together with all of the good forces” to achieve a great Traditional movement of large numbers in order to stem the tide of progressivism in the Church.
(In reality, what will happen is just like how the Church had to water down and go silent on some of its principles after joining with non-believers, the SSPX will likewise be forced to round off some of its edges. Indeed, one can imagine that if the SSPX is “regularized” and then they point out the differences between them and the FSSP, ISCKP, etc. they will be accused of engaging in a circular firing squad and of not being a good team player. In essence, SSPX “regularization” means ceasefire with these other groups.)
Furthermore, the Society’s demand to be accepted “as we are” inside the Conciliar Church is simply the 2017 version of Paul VI’s closing address at Vatican II. “What does the Society ask of you today, Pope Francis? She asks of you only liberty, the liberty to believe and preach Tradition…”
Below is a summary of the events of the past several hundred years. Comparing it to the situation the Society of St. Pius X finds itself today will help you, dear reader, understand what we are trying to say:
In 1789, the world experienced the Masonic Revolution. For almost two centuries, the Church condemned the revolution and distanced itself from it. In 1962, the Catholic Church normalized relations with the Masonic world, under the fear of being irrelevant, with the promise of being free to preach its doctrines, and under the delusion that help from large numbers of non-Catholics of goodwill would successfully stem the tide of a growing secularism.
Compare that with the following:
In 1962, the Church experienced Vatican II, the Masonic Revolution inside the Church. For more than four decades, the SSPX condemned the revolution and distanced itself from it. In 2017, the SSPX normalized relations with the Masonic church, under the fear of being irrelevant, with the promise of being free to preach its doctrines, and under the delusion that help from large numbers of non-SSPX’ers of good will would succcesfully stem the tide of a growing progressivism.
It’s the same thing taking place all over again. Hence, Vatican III.
The Catholic Church vs. 1789: Revolution-Condemnation-Rapproachment-Destruction.
The Society of St. Pius X vs. the Conciliar Church: Revolution-Condemnation-Rapproachment-Destruction.