I should point out that there ARE different legitimate opinions in this Crisis, even within the SSPX.
Some are more inclined to make a deal with Rome at all costs, thinking that the dropping of the "pariah" status might make for more converts.
Others, perhaps more "big picture" oriented, who see the modern world as a whole and see how the whole package takes men away from true integral Catholicism, believe that we're not going to convert any significant number until there's a chastisement.
How does the state of the world
factor into the question of juridical recognition of the SSPX? The sentence doesn't make any sense. How can anyone make a prudent judgment based upon speculation about what may or may not happen in the future? Upon how many prospective "converts" one might acquire? That's not looking at the "big picture" that is paralyzing the ability to make rational judgments based upon facts.
Let's put it this way -- right now, ANYONE is welcome to run the gauntlet and join a Traditional Catholic chapel, for purposes of this discussion let's say an SSPX chapel.
They realize they're different, that many don't agree, and that the Powers That Be are very much against them.
Isn't that the attitude that we should all have with the World anyhow -- a prerequisite for properly opposing it? We all have to be willing to stand out, be scorned, be misunderstood, etc. if we want to live an integrally Catholic life in this modern world.
So if the SSPX became approved, you'd remove the prerequisite of "willing to be different" from going to Mass, but NOT from being a good Catholic in the world today. The prerequisite would still hold on the World side of things.
Catholics ought to be willing to be the same
as the holy examplars. It's not a question of being motivated by some nebulous notion of "being different" which could be as variant as there are peoples' notions of it. The motive for going to the traditional Mass is not to be different -- it is to sanctify ourselves in and by the tradition of the Church. How does it remove the ability to be a good Catholic in the world today? How does juridical recognition nullify this ability?
Maybe this is why Indult Catholics are often very worldly and seldom "integral" in their practice of Catholicism? "Willingness to stand up against opposition" is not required for membership there, so statistically you'll only have a couple members at the Church who HAPPEN to be willing to thus stand out.
This classifying of Catholics based upon the order of priests that administer the sacraments has to stop. The worldiness of Catholics varies in degrees in any location and extension in time. This is all subjectivism and doesn't touch upon the legal aspect of the question which is the only question facing us. As I said, "legalization" of the SSPX will not change its character. The characters of individual Catholics can and must change for the better, their personal progress in virtue is their business, not yours, much less does an ecclesiastical legal question hang upon it.
Now even if Rome "converted" tomorrow and every local Catholic Church became as authentically Catholic as an SSPX chapel -- would we have any more serious Catholics? Sure, we'd have some -- whoever in the Novus Ordo is opposing the world and living a Catholic life to rival any traditional Catholic today. But how many of those are there, REALLY?
Who knows? And how is that pertinent?
perhaps the World would know the jig is up and start persecuting Catholics if the Catholic Church turned into a super-sized SSPX. That's why I say a chastisement is ultimately necessary. The world is just TOO far gone at this point.
The chastisement of the Church began in 1965. In order for the Church to turn into a super-sized SSPX, i.e. simple traditional clerics, they must first recognize traditional clerics who reject the very things that are ruining the Church. None of the "approved" traditional orders publicly oppose the errors and reforms and that is why they are only half-priests. When the SSPX is recognized, then the Church will eventually have to come to terms with the force of their arguments -- for the ace card, illegality
, will be taken from their mouths and then they will have to face their opponents head on.