From a reader…
Is making a sponsorship to an SSPX church a sin, if one doesn’t support being in Schism. I have a deep love for Our Lady of Guadalupe for example and would like to support the side altar in her honor.
I assume that the SSPX chapel has a plan to create or renovate a side altar and a collection is being taken up.
A couple things.
First, we cannot accept the premise. The SSPX, the claims of dilettantes notwithstanding, is not in schism. When proper authority issues a proper decree properly composed and promulgated, we can review this. Until then, charity dictates that people should back off and attend to their own affairs.
Second, is it a sin to give material support to an SSPX chapel? If it is from devotion to Our Lady, I cannot see how it would be sinful. Also, if one is receiving services from that chapel, then it is a matter of justice also to give it support. If you go to any regular parish that is not your local or personal parish, you should – if you can – give it commensurate support, even if you are a one time visitor. The same applies to an SSPX chapel.
I, and you, touch on the motive. Love of Our Lady is a good motive. However, it might be that some who attend an SSPX chapel or a certain kind of diocesan parish are doing so out of spite or a less than Christian reason, unlikely as that might be. In that case, the problem runs deeper than a moral quandary about giving material support. That sort of thing should be confronted in a serious examination of conscience and then brought to a confessor for guidance.