The following is a copy of an email from Fr. Girouard to his parishioners, sent today (April 15th, 2016).
Cathinfo has reproduced a Non Possumus article about a February letter from Fr. Schmidberger to members of the Society. Non Possumus has done a commentary, not yet available in English. Cathinfo has a google translation of Fr. Schmidberger's letter. Click on this link, and then scroll down to get to it.
(Note from Patricius: Link doesn't appear in Preview of this post. Don't know why) http://www.cathinfo.com/catholic.php/Internal-memo-from-Fr-Schmidberger-about-imminent-deal-with-Rome
Here are a few quick thoughts I have jotted down while reading the google translation. I am not addressing everything here, just some important points.
A) On Paragragh IV, Fr. Schmidberger says that Abp Lefebvre was looking for a recognition even after the 1988 consecrations. He fails to mention that the conditions he had put were a total return by Rome to the anti-liberal and anti-modernist documents of traditional Popes. The same paragraph says that the SSPX didn't seek a rapprochement to Rome. That Rome started it in 2000. Fr. S. fails to mention that the GREC meetings, which had as a goal a "normalization" of the Society, had started in 1997 with the blessing of Bishop Fellay.
B) On paragraph V, the letter says that Rome has greatly lowered her conditions for a normalization, and that it is therefore the good time for us to accept. Fr. S. fails to understand that the lowering of the demands by Rome is because: 1-The SSPX has already been re-branded and is therefore more agreable to Rome; 2-Rome knows that more liberalization of the SSPX will happen naturally after the normalization.
C) On paragraph VI (Answers to objections) # 3, Fr. S. says the SSPX will not keep silent after the normalization. But in fact, they already are! And they have been for years! The SSPX reactions to Assisi 3, to the World Youth Days, to the "canonizations/beatifications" of Popes J.XXIII, JPII, and Paul VI, to the Synods on the Family and the latest encyclical of Pope Francis (Amoris Laetitiae), and other scandals have been nothing more than subdued and soft "slaps on the wrist". So it will be worse after the normalization, as they will fear to lose what they had got so painfully.
D) On Par. VI, #4, Fr. S. says we have to follow the path of greater usefulness to the Church, which is that of making her better from the inside, thanks to normalization. My answer to this is the same than what I said in B and C: Once absorbed in the official modernist structure, the SSPX, which has already lost its "saltiness", will be overwhelmed by bad influences, and its message and actions will be more and more watered down.
E) On Par. VI, # 5, Fr. S. says that the whole point of the situation is: "Who will convert whom?" And that we need to be strong, and we will be the ones converting the modernists once we are inside. This is the same kind of reasoning as somebody who would rent a room in a brothel house in order to convert the prostitutes and their clients! It is a sin of presumption.
F) On Par. VI, #6, Fr. S. says that we are not facing the same problems and temptations than the other traditional communities who have rallied and then betrayed the fight, because these communities have started the process, often with guilt. But in the case of SSPX, it is Rome who started it in 2000. My answer to this is like in A: The GREC started the process in 1997 with the blessing of Bishop Fellay.
G) On Par. VII (Conclusion), Fr. S says that we must not fear, because the Society has been consecrated to the BVM, and She will protect us. He fails to mention so many congregations and persons consecrated to Her who have perished since the Vatican II Council! Just think of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, the Servites of Mary, and so forth and so on! The BVM is never going to help those who put themselves voluntarily into an occasion of sin and destruction! To believe the contrary is to mock Her and to mock God! Once again, a sin of presumption! This is not the best way, to say the least, to work at the conversion of Rome and the re-building of the Church!
The only thing left for us to say after the "normalization" of the Society will be: RIP SSPX, and God have mercy on us!
God bless you all,