I can't help but look at what's going on in the SSPX right now and feel concerned. I disagree with Telesphorus on a LOT of things, but he is right about one thing. Archbishop LeFebvre said that if the SSPX were to be excommunicated, it would only mean they are excommunicated from Freemasonry. Yet here we are 20 years after the Archbishop's death, watching Bishop Fellay inch closer to accepting a deal with the very people Archbishop LeFebvre said were the ones really outside the Church.
I have supported the SSPX since about the time I became a Traditional Catholic. But for the first time since then, I'm thinking that maybe I should withdraw my status as an SSPXer. I have definitely lost some respect for Bishop Fellay the past year. He silenced his own fellow Bishop and says that sedevacantists are "on a plane with no pilot" but proceeds to say we shouldn't be against the Jews? SSPXer or not, you must admit that is illogical.
When I look at what Fellay has done the last year, I can't help but think of how Vatican II slowly took away the parts of the Traditional Latin Mass. They took away the chapel veils, then the altar rails, kneeling for Communion, etc. until they presented the Novus Ordo. Fellay threw Bishop Williamson under the bus for his comments on the Holocaust, then removed all anti-Jewish content from the SSPX web-site, tried to get the sedes out of the Society, silenced Bishop Williamson, and now appears to be near a deal with Rome. A striking similarity indeed. According to the preamble, they would have to accept Vatican II and its Magisterium as valid, they could just have the freedom to accept and reject what they wanted to. Should Fellay accept the deal, it would basically be like having a second Fraternity of St. Peter only they wouldn't be quite as soft spoken about the crisis in the Church.
It's obvious why +Williamson was silenced. Fellay knew he would oppose the "regularization" with Rome. And he does. On his blog, +Williamson said he predicted something like this would happen, that Rome would dangle an attractive carrot in front of the Society's face by letting them pick and choose parts of Vatican II. And the reason Rome didn't want Bishop Williamson expelled just yet is quite simple. Their thinking is "Hey, if we're gonna have a one world religion we need to bring everyone in!". That's really the basis behind Benedict lifting their excommunication in the first place.
Looking at Fellay's actions the past year, you can see how things lead up to this offer. It's quite shocking how Fellay went from saying there are four Freemasonic lodges operating in the Vatican, to being close to "becoming one of them" 12 years later. It only shows that at some point he lost his marbles. It is very shocking and sad, and the Society needs our prayers.