There has been some chatter about the possibility that before 28 February Pope Benedict would do something for the SSPX. An 11th hour sign of benevolence, perhaps.
I doubted that.
Today the papal spokesman, Fr. Federico Lombardi, SJ, mentioned this in his briefing, saying:
“given the extraordinary circumstances the provisions for the reconciliation of the Priestly Society of St Pius X have been entrusted to the next Pontificate”.
One more time, …
I have written time and again that the SSPX was going to wake up one day and experience the business end of the stick.
The membership of the SSPX should converge on Rome this week. They should, all together, crawl on hands and knees across St. Peter’s Square and beg the Pope to admit them to his presence. They should implore the Pope to let them kiss his shoe, accept their promises of obedience, and the regularize them before he resigns. Regularize them one by one or as a group.
Never mind a gesture from the Pope. Make the gesture to him.
As I have been saying since 22 October 2009… Benedict XVI is still the Pope of Christian Unity.