Our friends at Rorate found and interview with Card. Castrillon, President of the Pont. Comm. Ecclesia Dei, on a Colombian radio network RCN.
The story on RCN.
There is an interesting quote.
"I have always had truth as a rule. The Holy Father knows this. We are moving forward, ensuring that this unity of the Church be rebuilt, and that this schism be completely ended." ["...y termine totalmente este cisma..."]
"[W]hat is important at this moment is that the Pope has stopped a schism. ["... el Papa ha parado un cisma... "] The charity that Christ wanted to exist in the Church has been remarkably reestablished, and paths of hope are opened."
In the first quote, it seems as if there was a state of schism. In the second, it seems as if the schism was prevented before it happened.
In an interview, a person can speak somewhat imprecisely.
I think the intent is clear. The point is that the Pope acted to avert a real schism, a profound schism too hard to heal.
The clock is ticking on the Pope (precisely the correct man at this time to heal this rift), on Card. Castrillon (the first president of the PCED in a while actually to have gotten anything done), on the bishops of the SSPX (they aren’t getting younger), the followers of the SSPX (a whole generation has grown up among their followers who have never known unity with Rome).
The Pope’s enemies understand the clock.
There is an old phrase… cunctando regitur mundus.
They will try to block him,… just slow him down.
They must wait him out and try to get their man in next time. Watch whom they groom.
Action was required.
Did the Vatican bungle this? Sure.
Why did that happen?
There are bunglers there.
On the other hand, every Pope is at some point confronted with the reality that not everyone around him wants to implement his visions. They find ways to block or complicate his efforts. This Pope, as all Popes have been, is beset by enemies. Not only enemies, but bunglers.. bunglers with that unbeatable fusion of ignorance and arrogance.
I think if I were being contained in that way, I might also resort to the fait accompli to get things done.