As you know, the SSPX has the German bishops in a Tizzy because of the ordinations at their German seminary in Zaitzkofen.
To be clear, the SSPX does not have permission from the Church to ordain anyone. The SSPX are suspended a divinis. They validly ordain, but they do so illicitly. When the men are ordained priests, they are automatically suspended. They do not yet belong to any recognized ecclesiatical structure which can grant them faculties.
Here is a statement about the ordinations from the rector of that SSPX seminary. A reader provided me with a translation. My emphases and comments:
Statement of Rector Stefan Frey on the occasion of the ordinations to the priesthood on 27 June, 2009
The Seminary of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, of the Society of St. Pius X, in Zaitzkofen.
As rector, I would like to issue a statement at the beginning of today’s priestly ordinations to explain how we see today’s ceremony and how we would like them to be understood.
We regret that the public discourse about the Society of St. Pius X and about these priestly ordinations has been dominated by emotion. [Some have actually used reason.]
We regret that we had to recently experience massive verbal ostracism from several German bishops. [There were rumblings of excommunication.]
It is very clear: Their position is completely at odds with the conduct of Rome. [Remember, that the SSPX bishops were excommunicated. The Holy Father lifted the excommunications as a kind and merciful gesture. But the problems still remain. Yes! The conduct of Rome has been benevolent.]
It must be recognized that Rome has not tied the doctrinal discussions about the Second Vatican Council with the Society of St. Pius X, which will soon begin, to the condition that we refrain from dispensing the sacraments in the meantime, until a practical agreement is reached. [So, "Rome didn’t say we couldn’t!" Is that something like a teenager saying that "Dad didn’t say we couldn’t" after hot wiring the family car for the fourth time, taking it for a joyride, and getting his licence suspended.]
If our society were to acquiesce to the demands of several German bishops and stop ordaining priests, celebrating the Mass, and dispensing the sacraments because we are currently in a gray area with respect to canon law, then that would amount to our de factio dissolution. [Well… not really. Also, I bet that if they said they wouldn’t ordain, perhaps the Holy See would even grant temporary faculties to say Mass. That is my conjecture, of course, from the purest optimism. But large gestures on both sides should be met with expansive gratitude.]
By making these demands, these bishops have twisted the intention of the Pope in lifting the decree of excommunication into its opposite. [This is probably right. But don’t fool yourself into thinking that the POPE thinks that what you are doing, outside the structures of the Church, is okay!]
We wish to make clear that the Society is merely the occasion, and not the cause of the current public conflict, which more and more is starting to address the Church’s real problem. [This is hard to follow. Is the Society "starting to address the Church’s real problem"? I don’t think that that is their role.]
This problem is well described by the words of the former Bishop of Regensburg, Msgr. Rudolf Graber:
"Everything is at stake. The Church is at stake. It is a matter of a gigantic revolution in the Church!" – "Protestantism was the first step. Afterwards follows modernism. It all ends in atheism." – There is a desire to "strip the Church of her supernatural character, to blend her into the world, to turn confessional coexistence into ecumenical fusion."
This is also our appraisal. We see an unprecedented crisis in the Church, even moreso today than 36 years ago, when Bishop Graber’s outstanding analysis of the crisis was released under the title "Athanasius and the Church of our Time."
The actions of the Society of St. Pius X this day can only be understood against this background. There is a crisis of faith in the Church, and a crisis of the priesthood. This is an emergency situation that has been caused, in large part, by forces inside the Church, which is endangering the faith and the eternal salvation of very many souls.
Because we love the Church, we are obligated by our conscience to continue using the 2000 year old tradition of the Church as our standard in priestly formation, which reaches its glorious conclusion in the ordination to the priesthood. [Despite the fact that it is done in disobedience. Is there a flaw in the formation somewhere?] We ask every person, to whom the good of the Church is truly dear, to look beyond human perils and to accept our honest and genuine desire to serve the Church. [Yes. I do accept that. And I really look forward to the day when some day it might be true and fruitful service] Only an objective and honest debate, marked by mutual respect, can bring blessings upon the Church. [Agreed! 100%]
Fr. Stefan Frey, Rector
I so hope that the SSPX leadership will honestly submit themselves to the doctrinal discussions with the necessary humility.
We need these men reconciled and intergrated into the Church.