I will stand by... the position that the priests of the SSPX are indeed Catholic, that they are not schismatic, that their priests serve valid Masses, and that in parts of not only the United States but the rest of the world, they are “the only game in town” for those Catholic Christians who desire not only the traditional Catholic liturgy, but the rhythms of an authentically Catholic life. Beyond these claims there is a lot of room for debate.I have my Mass in the official church because the saintly Archbishop Lefebvre sacrificed himself.
Related: Hilary posts Christopher Ferrara on our theology and worship war.
Back in the years of John Paul the Overrated, the neocons’ boy, the liberals didn’t take trads seriously; our bitterest rivals were the conservative Novus Ordo, defending tradition since 1970 and whatever the Pope happened to think that week. (It wasn’t high-church yet. That was Benedict the Great.) So ‘for you and for all’ (‘That’s wrong.’ ‘Shut up!’) and middle-aged ladies (at the time; they’re now old) giving out Communion and pushing women’s ordination. No wonder semi-congregationalist liturgically trad Anglo-Catholic parishes looked good in comparison to this Episcopal boy at the time. From conservative Novus you’d get ‘I’m just Catholic’ pretending the conflict wasn’t there, or lulus like the SSPX is a new, non-Catholic church, as if it were the Utrecht Old Catholics (nope: never schismatic in principle).
Whatever goes on in Rome, stay Catholic. They can't take the faith from you unless you're willing to relinquish it.