When you break off from the Church’s duly appointed shepherds, only trouble follows. Schism is rather like an old fashioned women’s silk stocking: once it get’s a snag in it, it’s all over. The snag turns into a run that just gets worse and worse.
Someone sent me an email with the news that some priests of the SSPX have broken off to form a – I hope this is a joke – Society of St. Pius X of the Strict Observance.
I am disappointed.
Since there is already a Society of Pius V, I had hoped that the new group would be called the Society of Pius 2.5!
How would you write that 2.5 in Roman numerals?*
There is probably more than a touch of sedevacantism in this group.
I will also direct your attention to a response from the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei” about whether you can fulfill your Mass obligation at independent chapels which are only associated with the SSPX: No. Apparently you can’t. See HERE. That response concerns some other group loosely associate with the SSPX, but I believe the principle will apply here as well. That is my opinion.
Once that stocking begins to run….
When the Strict guys have a fight, over authority or money, or which post-Conciliar Pope is worse than the others, will there finally have to be a Society of Pius 2.5? 1.25? I hope it won’t be as prosaic as “Of The Even Stricter Observance”.
Seriously, though. This is a sad development if true.
*(ANSWER: Trick question! You don’t. There was no decimal point back in the day. They didn’t have a zero. They wrote out the concepts. I suppose this would be: Pius the Second and a Half… along the lines of Pius Secundus plus dimidia pars in pontificum eiusdem Pii nominis ordine. Amazing that without zeros and decimals they built all that great stuff. The decimal didn’t really come into use until the 16th c.)