Staring Contest Between Rome and the SSPX - Guess Who Just Blinked 2
I said in an earlier post that the history of the relations between Rome and the SSPX appear to be repeating themselves.
Good Cop: Private people in high places contacting Bishop Fellay
Bad Cop: Cardinal Levada
This year's version ...
Good Cop: Archbishop Pozzo
Bad Cop: Bp. Semeraro
I post Rorate's translation below. This seems to give weight to Mr. Verrecchio's "Reports of openness to SSPX greatly exaggerated".
So what we have is an official notification from Cardinal Mueller (sp) and an unofficial communication that indicates a compromise on the part of Rome.
Then we have the "schismatic" accusation being trotted out ... yet again (see below and Rorate for some astute commentary).
Now some will automatically accuse the Pope of being two-faced.
I offer a slightly different though equally possible explanation (even if it isn't as plausible).
This is simply a cultural backlash because the Pope has allowed the concessions made by Archbishop Pozzo.
What will happen next is, frankly, predictable: The rift within the Church will continue to widen, until the real schism becomes apparent.
I don't think we'll have long to wait. I believe it will be 'soon'.
Postscript: Of course this could also be the modernist dialectic at work - putting the two extremes into a cage match.