Some people in the media, especially liberals, when the mention the SSPX, bray that they are “schismatic”. No matter how many times this is clarified, they bray that the SSPX is “schismatic”.
When I was at the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei“, we knew the situation. It hasn’t changed. Now I see that at the end of March the former President of the PCED, His Eminence Darío Card. Castrillón Hoyos told Rome Reports about the situation of the SSPX:
CARD. DARÍO CASTRILLÓN
“We always agreed on one thing: they never entered down the path of heresy. They had moments when they were away, but technically they never made any complete schism or heresy. For example, they did not create a separate jurisdiction, because to create a jurisdiction outside the jurisdiction of the Church, that means you want to separate.” [NB: The SSPXers don’t have any jurisdiction to (for example) establish parishes, witness marriages, grant dimissorial letters for ordinations, give dispensations, give faculties to priests, etc.]
Within the last couple years progress has been made. Pope Francis, in a round about way, granted them faculties validly to absolve sins in regular confessions. He has more recently taken steps to remove problems with marriages witnessed in their chapels. This is all very positive.
I sincerely look forward to the moment when all these issues are resolved in clear, canonically unambiguous, manifest, undisputable unity. The SSPX has a great deal to offer.