I am convinced that there must now be a dramatic gesture of humility on the part of the SSPX.
Everyone involved in this dispute, on both sides of this split, SSPX and Holy See alike, are good people.
They all have convictions and zeal.
They all love Jesus and the Church.
Mistakes have been made on both sides over the years. The consecrations and continuing defiance was just plain wrong. The attitude of many in the Roman Curia and the hostility to tradition was just plain wrong. [I do not mean by this that I think there is a moral equivalence between the SSPX and the Church here! That is not the case.]
Lot’s of people have been hurt.
It is time to let that go, turn around, and take another direction.
The Holy Father has extended a firm but gentle hand in the direction of the SSPX and waits for them to come to him.
I have no doubt that this Pope, the man best situated in the entire Church to grasp the issues involved and the history of the conflict, will respond with expansive generosity… if only the SSPX would budge, even a little.
I believe that even small positive moves by the SSPX will be greeted with even more lavish concessions, canonical and other.
The parable of the Prodigal Son comes to mind (cf. Luke 15 in whatever translation you prefer) as a lens, a hermeneutic, for reading what is possible.
If you read what the Lord says carefully, you find that the father of the fallen lad saw his son at a distance, returning, coming up the road.
That means the father was watching for him. He longed for his son and in hope watched for him.
Then, once the father caught glimpse of his boy from afar, he ran to meet him.
He ran to meet him.
Even if the son didn’t also run, and the Lord doesn’t focus on him, look at what the father did.
Please, God, let there be humility on both sides of this present endeavor.
The Holy Father will, I am sure, kill the canonical calf once some real dialogue has begun and lift the excommunications.
I have little doubt but that he will cloth the SSPX in a precious garment of a juridical structure so that they have a renewed identity in the Church.
He will place rings on their fingers, in a sense, and let their bishops be bishops for the group.
Gestures of humility will be the cause of thousand fold rejoicing.