If any of this were true, they would need to show some good will and to re-instate Bishop Williamson first.
Or at least try. I would have my doubts about Bishop Williamson accepting such an offer in the future. He sees that Rome has found a way into the society; it is too weak as it is, which is why I think I see him favoring, still, the loose network of independent priests.
As it stands now, I think you're correct.
Given the right conditions I think Bishop Williamson accept an invitation, since he considers himself still a part of the SSPX. I'm not holding my breath for those conditions to be fulfilled. Neither for Bishop Fellay to step down.
It's rare for those with real power to voluntarily relinquish it.
Also true, as far as it goes, but I think the picture is bigger than this.
I don't think Bishop Williamson is naive enough to again place himself, and the souls now entrusting themselves to him, into a position where they can, even after he's gone, be in a similar or worse future danger. His views are clear: the very structure of the Society permits rome to penetrate it. If he did return, it wouldn't be the same Society we see today; that's for sure.
Once again, true enough, for there is more to it than just +W and the SSPX.
This is closer to what +W has to say on this, which is why he has said so.
Given the right conditions I think Bishop Williamson accept an invitation, since he considers himself still a part of the SSPXBishop Williamson has remained faithful to the heritage of Archbishop Lefebvre and is still part of the SSPX.
He is correct not to pay his fine in regard another matter often discussed. He has never left the SSPX so shouldn't accept conditions to return to the fold. It is Bishop Fellay and others, who have betrayed Archbishop Lefebvre. They need to get rid of Bishop Fellay.(peacefully of course)
Unfortunately, +Fellay isn't going to go "peacefully." Nor are his supporters
going to sit by "peacefully" while he is removed by whatever it takes. This
could get real ugly. The question is, is it worth fighting for? What would be
gained? Civil authorities are going to step in, and you know whose side they
are on. That's the problem. +Fellay knows where his buddies are placed,
and he knows he has the material support of civil courts, like the Hague, for
example. Do you think that crypto-Jews are going to be on +W's side. Get
At this stage a line is drawn in the sand and people are at the point of no return. I favour the loose network of independent priests. It is already taking root across the world.
I would expect that +W is smart enough to know that it's going to take
some kind of divine intervention for him to be reinstated to the SSPX,
for his return would spell the shall-we-say "colorful" expulsion of a lot
of dead wood? Too many "unimaginative, uninspiring company men,"
as the new Recusant calls them, and aptly so. It would be a major
For just as ABL had a conversion after he signed the protocol in May 5th of
1988, on May 6th he took his signature back (thank God!) and came out
swinging. No MORE were his nice-nice words. He would only deal from
thence on a doctrinal level with Rome. So too, +W would deal with the
SSPX priests on a doctrinal level, and use the approach of Pope St. Pius X,
who required a laundry list of exercises and promises by every cleric
in the Church. So too it would be in the SSPX: shape up or ship out.
I am reminded of the Traditio.com criticism of the Ignatian Retreat method
on the basis that it is "too military." This is what is required in a situation
where a military-like skirmish is imminent. The general(s) would require
the military obedience of their troops, and the tactics and strategy would
have to be that of warfare and combat. It would be stupid to send your
soldiers into the field without any military training, and that is what the
Ignatian method is all about. I think it would work, and I suspect that +W
would not entirely disagree. I'm sure he's got his own take on this, though.