Were it not for the Novus Ordo adoption of Luther Tables, we probably wouldn't object so much to the freestanding altar style. Nevertheless, given the current climate, they absolutely should be rejected for new church buildings precisely because of the Modernist connotation that has been attached to them.
I don't understand why they're spending so much money building these not-particularly-impressive churches. You can go around the streets of Chicago or even Cleveland and find a much nicer looking church on every other street corner.
This extremely expensive building frezy speaks to the SSPX reconciling itself to the current state of the Church as a "new normal" ... and more and more "normal" in general ... rather than being a temporary crisis. Most Traditional Catholics were content with small, modest churches, and even hotel rooms ... in order to get the True Mass and Sacraments ... and always held out the hope that the properties stolen by the Novus Ordo, many of which cannot be reproduced today for any price, since we don't have the skilled artisans capable of it anymore, will eventually be returned to Tradition and to Catholic use.
For what they spent on that disaster of a seminary, they could have constructed million-dollar churches in every one of the 50 states, or 2 half-million dollar chapels ... when Winona, a pre V-2 seminary with lots of land, was absolutely adequate and perfect for seminary training (although I don't like the look of their main chapel ... it could use a remodel), and if room was a problem, they could easily have added another building or another wing to the existing building for the minor seminarians they decided to host there now ... for about a million dollars or so.
They've also robbed a lot of local chapels to help finance this monstrosity.
What they're doing is sinful. Meanwhile, they're letting Modernism run rampant throughout these facilities. They're JUST LIKE the pre-V2 Catholic Church, where there was a building frenzy and expansion of numbers, while it was all rotting inside, thoroughly infected with Modernism. This is a total repeat taking place in slow motion before our eyes with the SSPX. So that tells you the same people are behind both trends and that SSPX has been infiltrated. Those priests who fought the good fight at the time of Vatican II are beginning to pass away now, and we have a generation of cradle Trads who are being sucked into Modernism all over again.