Our problem is this. We have always followed Bp W. and listened closely to him. But now, in recent years, with regard to the neo-sspx, he seems to be lagging behind. Whereas, my wife and I gave up on sspx years ago, and left it far behind, the good bishop still lingers nostalgically about its precincts, and continues to hold out hope for its recovery. Why does he, seemingly, long for the ‘leeks and garlic’ of a neo-sspx? We we see it as totally failed and lost, and try to plod on towards a better Promised Land? He feels that there is still a glimmer of hope for this fallen apostolate, which at one time thrived under the leadership of the Archbishop. He seems to see a struggling organization on the brink of total collapse, but not quite there yet. We view that collapse as a fait accompli. SSPX has been virtually handed over to Rome, and has just become one more glittering rhinestone in the crown of the New Order.
It is not a comfortable position to be in. It is not easy for us to veer off from an excellent bishop, whom we have always deeply admired. But what else can we do in the face of the uncertain and vacillating course which we feel the bishop has set? How can there be a true “Resistance,” if its past is not utterly cut off from that which it resists?