Over at our friends of Rorate there are excerpts of an interview with the ecommunicated SSPX Bp. Williamson.
Rorate has quite a few excerpts, and you should go there to see them, but I want to lift and post some here. These appear near the end.
My emphases and comments.
[REGULARIZATION OF THE SOCIETY]
[16.] On the future, how would you envision a regularization of the Society if it were ever to come about?
Well, the Archbishop used to say, and he’s quite right: “Once Rome comes back to its senses, there is no more problem”. Already the Romans are making documents, it’s already lined up how they would do it. It’s paperwork, paperwork. [Probably not an entirely honest answer for someone who has such grave misgivings about doctrine since the Second Vatican Council. Sure… the excommunications can be lifted pretty easily. A structure for the Society could be created with a few strokes of a couple pens. But there will be a lot of debate about, especially, the Church’s teaching on religious liberty and, probably, social doctrinal documents.]
[THE TRANSALPINE REDEMPTORISTS]
[17.] Lastly, would you care to comment on the latest proceedings with the Redemptorists at Papa Stronsay?
It doesn’t look good, it looks like they are going to make an agreement with modernist Rome. So, in my opinion, that’s not a very good idea, because they will be obliged, more or less, to abandon the defence of the Faith. More or less. [Actually, if you consider it…. the SSPX heavy-weights really act as much like modernists as the old and new theological modernists do. They set themselves up as the arbiters of what is right and wrong without any serious reference to the Holy See. Some of them will even carefully attack Vatican I. Interesting no?]
[18.] How would the change you predict manifest itself?
They will no longer be able to freely criticize Vatican II, [piffle… anyone is free to criticize "Vatican II", properly understood. I believe Benedict XVI has himself criticized Councils, saying that there were Councils which perhaps should never have been held. Not everything about every Council is perfect. These things can be discussed. However, causing scandal and rifts in the Church is not the best way to go about it.] and they will come under pressure to celebrate the modern Mass, or at least attend the modern Mass with the local Bishop on a Good Thursday. [That is so very hard to do?] The New Church can hardly insist on less, it has to insist on that. [New Church… ]
[19.] Would you even consider the Redemptorists regularizing their situation with Rome treason?
Treason is a very strong word. I distinguish subjectively and objectively: objectively I think it’s more grave than subjectively. Subjectively I dare say they mean well, they have good intentions, and they are sincere. But objectively I think they are abandoning the true cause of the Faith, yes, they are essentially abandoning the true defence of the Faith, I would say. [In other words, he thinks they would be traitors to the cause. On the other hand, many of us who have not broken manifest unity with the Church sometimes think of certain traditionalists who opted out almost as deserters from the front line of battle.]
[20.] Should that be taken as your personal opinion or the position of the Society?
I think a number in the Society would share that opinion, yes, that they are objectively abandoning the true defence of the Faith. A number in the Society would take that position, and I think a number would also say, they nevertheless mean well, they’re sincere, they have good intention, they mean to defend the Faith, not to abandon the defence of the Faith. But the Archbishop was quite severe about those people who abandoned Tradition in those years, years back he was quite severe.
[21.] Saying that the Redemptorists at Papa Stronsay are abandoning Tradition could be perceived a just as strong a statement as calling it treason.
I didn’t say they are abandoning Tradition, I said they are abandoning the true defence of Tradition, which is a slightly different thing. They will still be defending Tradition to some extent, but they are abandoning the complete and true defence of Tradition.
[22.] Have you read anything of the way the Redemptorists are reasoning and considering their situation?
No, I haven’t. I don’t keep up with these things.
[23.] But surely people in central command have in order to properly deal with matters?
Of course. I’m not in central command, I’m not in headquarters. I’m way out in South America so I can enjoy the sunshine and forget about a lot of problems.
I sincerely pray for the day when the many good men in the ranks of the SSPX will be reconciled fully with the Church, whether in some juridical structure or other, … However it happens, I long for it to happen. They will have so much to contribute to the good of the Church, the teaching of sound doctrine, pastoral zeal which I know many of them show generously. They had and have so much to contribute.