A couple observations about the March SSPX ordination madness presently in course.
As you may know, some time ago the superior of the SSPX in Germany, Fr. Franz Schmidberger accused the German bishops of rejecting papal authority. I find that deliciously ironic, in a bittersweet way.
The SSPX has scheduled for this Saturday 29 March ordinations at their German seminary at Zaitzkofen near Regensburg.
Regensburg Bishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller somewhat impotently but with snark denied permission for the ordinations. As if the SSPX had asked it of him!
SSPX Superior Bp. Fellay responded with disappointment: "That was unnecessary and inappropriate. All these events definitely are a setback for us. It throws us back by 10 years. But ordinations will continue to happen."
The Holy See asked the SSPX not to have the ordinations t Zaitzkofen, and so the ordinations were transferred to Ecône, Switzerland for the same Saturday.
SSPX Bp. Fellay said, "We know our situation, from the view of canon law, is imperfect" but "it serves no purpose to invoke law in an attempt to suffocate the life of our priestly society." Furthermore, "In effect the act of benevolence of the Holy See can’t be interpreted as a desire to suffocate the Fraternity of St. Pius X."
Finally, Bp. Fellay wrote in a statement about the transfer of the ordinations, "We renew for the Holy Father the assurance of our prayers so from these [upcoming ‘necessary’] doctinal discussions the full light of whole Truth will emerge."
So, the SSPX were to have ordinations.
A German bishop used the opportunity to be snarkier than usual toward them, probably using the recent furor in the press to make a bigger noise than he could have otherwise.
The Holy See asked the SSPX not to have the ordinations in Germany.
The SSPX rather graciously moved the ordinations to Econe, though the ordinations will still be illicit.
In the decision to move the ordinations, the SSPX Superior made explicit reference to the necessary doctrinal talks which must take place with the Holy See.
Thus, the SSPX made a concrete gesture of goodwill toward the Holy See, while kicking a little sand in the eye of the hostile Regensburg bishop.
The SSPX’s best approach now is to be incredibly gracious and cordial to all local bishops in every place they have a foothold.