Dear Mr. Johnson,Please excuse my delayed answer on behalf of His Excellency Bishop Fellay. You are asking whether the SSPX is considering the future canonization of Pope John Paul II as valid or invalid.
The word "valid" is properly used when we speak of the sacraments. We make a distinction between the valid and the licit administration of a sacrament: the validity concerns the physical integrity of a sacrament and the liceity its morality in so far as it depends on circumstances.
The canonization can be seen
1° in what must define it as such, that is to say in its object: the canonization declares the beatitude and gives as an example the heroic sanctity of a departed faithful; if this object is not existing or doubtful, the canonization is deprived of its integrity; in this case, it can be said defective or bad (not in the moral sense but in the sense of a privation of physical integrity or of lack of object) or even invalid (but this term only refers to a lack of object).
2° in the circumstances which must surround it: if the canonization is not prudent because it constitutes a bad example, we can say that it is bad (in the moral sense of a lack of conformity to the rule of faith or of reason) or even illicit (but this term only refers to a disorder in relation to common good).
In short, we can say that the canonization of John Paul II is defective, bad, wrong, atypical, contrary to the other canonizations, scandalous, harming the faith and the Church and therefore dangerous for the faithful…
You can find the motives of such a statement for instance in these excellent articles of Fr. Gleize, professor of ecclesiology at the Seminary of Ecône:http://sspx.org/en/news-events/news/canonization-doubts-john-xxiii-john-paul-ii-2637http://sspx.org/en/beatification-and-canonization-vatican-ii-1http://sspx.org/en/beatification-and-canonization-vatican-ii-2http://sspx.org/en/beatification-and-canonization-vatican-ii-3
Now, we cannot say that this canonization is invalid on the point of view of the efficient cause, as if Pope Francis had not the power of canonizing. We (the SSPX and even its General Superior) do not have the sufficient authority to make such a judgment and we do not need to make it. The Church will judge it later on. For now, the elements that we have are sufficient for us to protest vehemently against it and this is what we do.
As you see, it is important to make all the necessary distinctions and to be precise in our judgments and statements. Unfortunately, this is today too often lacking and, for this reason, many people are misguided in their understanding of the reality, which is everything but univocal.
Hopefully this will help you to understand better where we stand.
Yours sincerely in Christ,