On a blog called Dinoscopus there are entries which perhaps are posted by the excommunicated SSPX Bishop Richard Williamson.
I haven’t been able to verify for sure that this is Bp. Williamson’s blog, but it seems reasonable that it is.
On today’s entry we find this (my emphases and comments).
Eleison Comments LII)
Rumors abound once more: before the end of June, in other words in a few days’ time, either the Society of St. Pius X will begin to give way to Rome’s demands to conform to Vatican II and the New Mass, or Rome will declare to Church and world that the Society and its followers are in formal schism and out of the Church. [So the writer assumes that the Five Conditions offered by the Holy See to the Superior Bp. Fellay, are indeed for the whole Society. Of course it has to be that way, no? And I suppose this is a bitter thing for the writer, since he has been one of the most acrimonious of the major figures of the SSPX.]
As to rumors of the Society taking any action that would imperil the defense of the Faith, [Interseting: they are the defenders of the Faith.] I think they are to be wholly discounted. On May 5 of 1988 in particular, Archbishop Lefebvre went as far as [watch for this idea as you read] the Faith would allow him, and even a little bit further, to come to terms with the Church authorities, but their terms finally persuaded him that they could no longer be trusted to look after the Church’s immutable Tradition, which is why he went ahead with the episcopal consecrations of 20 years ago. [That was then. This is now. Is their perspective so focused on the past that they cannot clearly judge the hinc et nunc?]
Similarly, ever since the Society’s Jubilee Pilgrimage to Rome in 2000, the Society has gone as far as it could to correspond to the goodwill gestures of Cardinal Castrillon, and even a little bit further, [Really?] but in eight years it has never given to the Cardinal that abandonment of the Society’s stand on Tradition that he wanted. On the contrary, the latest Letter to Friends and Benefactors of the Society’s Superior General reiterated firmly that stand, which is surely where the rumors come from of the Cardinal losing patience with his eight years of carrot, and turning once more to the stick.
[A couple things here. First, the Five Conditions do not concern matters of Tradition, beyond the undoubtedly Traditional point of showing respect for the Roman Pontiff and some positive will for unity – as Christ desired at the Last Supper. The Five Conditions don’t lay down anything about Vatican II or the Novus Ordo or Religious Liberty, etc. All they ask for is respectful behavior. Is that what troubles Williamson?
Secondly, note that in Winona Bp. Fellay mentioned that the Benefactors (read MONEY) of the SSPX were upset. Here again we have a reference to the Benefactors (read MONEY) who support the SSPX. It is easy to understand how these men feel strong pressure to tune their rhetoric so that they keep up morale. But at a certain point they will have to exercise real leadership and move the Benefactors to a new point of view. It is easy to whip people into a froth when they are already convinced of something and they have invested money to support it. It is quite another thing to preach a hard but true message, as Christ did in John 6, and run the risk of losing followers.]
Catholics should in no way be frightened by any threat [Subtle fearmongering?] of being declared formally, i.e. properly and officially, in schism, or out of the Church. Proper Catholic officialdom [Who would that be?] would judge, like Our Lord tells us to judge (Jn. VII,24), by reality and not by appearances. The reality is obvious: it is the Conciliar "Renovation" and not Catholic Tradition that has broken with the Catholic Church. [There it is folks. This is one of the reasons why those Five Conditions lay down that Bp. Fellay ought not speak in such a way that give the sense he or the SSPX has a Magisterium, etc., superior to that of the Roman Pontiff.]
However, when in the next few days the Society makes no gesture towards Rome sufficient for Rome’s purpose of dissolving the resistance of Catholic Tradition, I am for my part not at all sure that Rome will really go ahead with any declaration of formal schism. [Calling Rome’s bluff, in other words. He is saying that Rome’s Conditions have no teeth, that rome will do nothing, there will be no consequences.] Maybe after eight, or 20, or 38 years of the Society’s resistance they really are losing patience, but does not all past experience tell them that each time they use the stick, it stiffens rather than dissolves that resistance?
And if they did go ahead with such a declaration, Catholics should rejoice, [Oh… my… God! In praise of schism, of which the Father’s of the Church had such a horror, which Paul preaches against, which is blatantly against the will of Christ as He taught at the Last Supper.] because after several years of some ambiguity there would once more be some clarity ! Twenty years ago, all Society Superiors gathered in Econe rejoiced in their bishops’ "excommunication". Would not the same thing happen this time round if Rome also cast priests and laity into its outer darkness ? Not that any of us would rejoice in Rome’s self-abasement… [Riiiight.] Kyrie eleison.
Posted by Bishop Richard Williamson at 2:50 PM