Do you not think it’s possible that the Lord Himself will discipline those in the SSPX who are creating the division between Catholics and the Catholic Church?
The New Testament contains the strongest warnings against creating factions in the Church.
At this point in history, most Protestants are under the spell of invincible ignorance and can truly claim that they didn’t know that the Catholic Church is the True Church of Jesus Christ. The Catechism makes it clear that invincible ignorance reduces the culpability of Protestants who reject Catholicism.
But those brought up Catholic do not have the excuse of invincible ignorance. They have deliberately and wilfully walked away from the Catholic Church and created a “new” (or I should say, “old”) Catholic Church, the SSPX. The clergy of this organization face an even harder judgment because they lead innocent laity away from the true Church.
This has all happened at a time in history when unity is vital for the Church. Because of the internet, Protestants and other non-Catholics are studying the Catholic Church, and they are confused by the factions. Factions give non-Catholics an excuse (suggested to them by Satan and his demons, of course) to not become Catholic; many Protestants read about the SSPX and other split-off groups and claim that divisions in the Church are OK with God, and therefore Protestantism is OK with God.
I can’t talk about the state of other countries, but the very existence of the U.S. is threatened right now by a challenge to the Constitutional right of freedom to practice religion. Our President himself has issued this challenge, and the Catholic Church has risen to the challenge and demanded that the freedom of religion be totally restored. The Evangelical Protestants (many different denominations) have joined with the Catholic Church on this issue, and also with the issue of re-defining marriage (gay marriage), and to a certain extent, the issue of legalized abortion.
This “joining together” of Protestantism and Catholicism is a sign, a powerful sign that we need to pay attention to. A few decades ago, Evangelical Protestants would very likely not have stood shoulder to shoulder with the Catholic Church. Now they are working together in this battle for the very soul of the U.S.–this tells me that Church unity is near! Various Protestant and Catholic leaders, namely Charles Colson (RIP) and Father Richard John Neuhaus (RIP), saw the light and established the groundwork for the re-unification of the Catholics and the Evangelicals.
Isn’t it interesting that both Mr. Colson and Father Neuhaus are now dead? Yes, they were both old, but not THAT old. How convenient for Satan that these two great leaders are no longer with us here on this earth.
The SSPX and others who create divisions give Evangelicals (and other non-Catholics) that excuse to not examine the Catholic Church. This is very serious. It’s possible that the lack of unity in the Catholic Church could prevent the Evangelicals and Catholics from working together, and the U.S. itself could fall. And of course, the greatest tragedy is that the Catholics and Evangelicals will continue to remain separated instead of together. It breaks my heart to see Evangelicals who can’t find their way back home through all the muck.
I personally think that God Himself will end the SSPX and bring the followers back into full fellowship with the Catholic Church. The longer we are “split,” the more Satan will create havoc in the Church. Disunity weakens the Church.
I think we need to pray for the leaders of the SSPX, especially the clergy of this movement, that God will please have mercy and look upon the good intent of their hearts rather than condemn them for fostering factions in His Church.