The Stealthy Regularization of the SSPX


Back in 2013, Fr. Daniel Themann gave a conference in St. Mary’s, KS called “Resistance to What?” which was intended to calm down the troops, and bring troubled souls back into the fold.

It was remarkably successful.

Amongst several shots of novocaine administered to the patients in attendance, was Fr. Themann’s observation that, “Bishop Fellay has been Superior General [of the Society] for 19 years, and there’s still no deal.”

The implication was that he is not even trying to get one, or that he was trying to get one to no avail.

Fr. Themann went on to administer another shot of novocaine, in which he chided his audience, saying something to the effect of “don’t worry; its not like you are going to suddenly wake up in the conciliar church without realizing it” (or some such equivalent statement, which was nearly the opposite of Fr. Pfluger’s more candid “don’t be surprised if one day you wake up in Rome.”).

But of course, all along, the plan recounted by Fr. Rioult in his book “The Impossible Reconciliation” to proceed toward a “regularization” was advancing, slowly, but steadily and unmistakably (at least, unmistakably to those who did not deliberately blind themselves to what was happening).

The latest step in that long process is the suppression of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei on Jan. 17 by Pope Francis, which is perfectly logical:

If it is true, as de facto unofficial lay spokesman for the SSPX in the French world, Mr. Jacques-Regis du Cray says, that the SSPX is already substantially regularized through acts (i.e., sacramental jurisdiction) rather than written papers/agreements (see here: , which caused so many problems in 2012, then what purpose does Ecclesia Dei still serve?

If the purpose of the Commission was to lure tradition back into legal union with Rome, and with the incremental capitulation of the SSPX that feat has now been accomplished, then the Commission no longer has any reason to exist.

A recent commentary on the French Forum Catholique says it best (

It was precisely written by a friend of the FSSPX (Jacques Regis du Cray) that it was now 95% normalized through the acceptance of the jurisdiction that the Holy Father had granted them for the sacraments of confession, order and marriage.
It is therefore understandable why the ecclesia dei commission in its old form no longer had any reason to exist since its purpose was to bring lefebvrists back to Roman unity. This is done by these accepted concessions.
Since the sacraments are what unite us the most, we no longer saw much of the purpose of such a commission, which testified to an ancient division.
This commission is now part of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. This is indeed a sign of a renewed unity with our traditionalist brothers who had once followed Bishop Lefebvre.
The Congregation’s framework for the Doctrine of the Faith will not call into question the legal concessions made by the Pope to the FSSPX. This framework will allow for a more peaceful exchange on doctrinal issues. The essential thing is that the FSSPX should no longer be legally separated from Rome. [Translated with]

This incremental regularization by acts and facts, rather than paper agreements, is already completed. There is nothing left to do. Du Cray is absolutely right about that, and the decision to forego a written agreement ensures there is nothing to destabilize or object to, as in 2012.

The train is already parked in Roma Termini.


“don’t be surprised if one day you wake up in Rome.”

I think history has just proven Fr. Pfluger to be spot on, well, partly that is.

The part that says “in Rome” has just been confirmed by the “Holy Father” himself (here), the SSPX is now considered in communion with Conciliar Rome.

The part where Fr. Pfluger missed the ball, is where he said that they will “one day wake up”. I don’t think that will ever happen for the majority of neo-SSPXers.