[quote=GoLatin]The SSPX counsels its adherents not to go to the Indult Mass, since the Indult means that proper authority(meaning a Bishop in FULL COMMUNION with Rome has given permission for the Mass.
Yet some SSPX adherents will sometimes go to an Indult Mass on occasion! How hypocritical!
And there are MANY people(I know, I’ve met them) who regularly attend Indult Masses, who think that Archbishop Lefebvre, and others like him, are the greatest thing since sliced bread.
There are also people, that I know(some of whom fit into the category of the previous paragraph), who attend the Novus Ordo Mass(recognising its validity, which is good), who think that what Archbishop Lefebvre did is wonderful. These people would go to an SSPX Mass if one were nearby, but to their credit they would probably go to an Indult instead if one were nearby.
Many local traditionalists in my area, while attending an approved Mass(if one is nearby) will support the SSPX in various ways, including:
Attending the SSPX ordinations.
Buying books published by the SSPX publishing house, Angelus Press.
Saying things like:“Maybe Archbishop Lefebvre wasn’t really excommunicated. He probably did what he needed to do, in order to preserve Tradition”.
Generally supporting the SSPX in what they say.
I don’t know why some false traditonalists attend the Indult Mass. Maybe they think that a particular Indult is “more traditional”, and therefore “safe”?
I find it extremely frustrating, when associating with traditionalists(I count myself as a traditionalist) that it is often difficult to find a traditionalist who thinks that the SSPX is in schism.
I talked recently with a Priest(who himself says the Tridentine Mass), who believes that Archbishop Lefebvre, and the four Bishops that he consecrated, were and are definitely EXCOMMUNICATED.
I hear you. I love, absolutely love, the Tridentine Mass. I prefer it to the Novous Ordo. But I do NOT despise the Novous Ordo mass. There is much good to it, and I love Vatican II.
Regarding your comment about Angelus Press, though, I know that they publish a lot of stuff opposed to the Church, but the Society of St. John Cantius sells their Tridentine Missal, and St. John Cantius is 100% loyal to the Church. They celebrate the Tridentine Mass AND the Novous Ordo mass reverently. In fact, I had to alert them to the fact that someone put a flyer in their church arguing for the abolition of the Novous Ordo mass, and they apologized to me about it being there, told me that they never gave anyone permission to do that, and that they certainly do not agree with it. They apparantly have to deal with a lot of people trying to publish dissenting material. But they do publish the Angelus missal, which I think is more of a preference for how nice it looks than anything else.
But, in the end, so-called “traditionalists” are no different from Protestants–they follow their own personal interpretations of tradition, and refuse to submit to the authority of the Roman Pontiff. It is so sad, so sad.