From Prof. Luc Perrin:
“Once bitten, twice shy.”
We will rejoice greatly the day canonical recognition (of the FSSPX) will be proclaimed in Rome.
But already in 2012 all the traffic lights appeared green and indeed an agreement was imminent in May/June of that year. But it evaporated after a completely foreseeable offensive from cardinals of the curia erupted in the plenary sessions of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
Since 2016 under Pope Francis many lights are also green but one is not at all safe from a 2012-style coup de Jarnac (a mortal, insidious blow – referring to a famous duel in 1547). Undoubtedly, though, the pressure exerted on the pope by bishops and cardinals regarding separated Traditionalists is less strong today. For the crises have so greatly multiplied since 2013 that the sensitive character of the regularization of the FSSPX has been put into perspective. When a great forest fire menaces the house, it appears a lot less critical whether a portrait of Msgr. Lefebvre should be hung in a corner of the living room….