A while back I caught the ire of the neoconservative fascists on Patheos for the following comment:
“Even if the SSPX are schismatics (and I don’t believe they are), I would rather stand with them than the apostate German Church.”
Well, so much for the “at least the German bishops are loyal to the Holy Father” defense.
While I am in favor of more local synodality, I fail to see how this is not an outright act of schism.
“We are no subsidiaries of Rome.”
Considering that Rome appointed the bishops and those bishops are subject to the Latin Patriach, yes they kind of are subsidiaries of Rome. When a similar issue took place in the Ukrainian Church, the Patriarch outright excommunicated the SSJ troublemakers (in stark contrast to the “Um… Lefebrve automatically excommunicated himself” cop out in 1988).
Yet still, there are neocons raving about how Burke is a naughty disobedient schismatic. I’m no fan of Burke (and find his obsession with lace a bit much), but what has he ever done? When the Pope fell into heresy, St. Hippolytus became an antipope to protect the flock in Rome. Lefebrve never went that far and Burke has done even less than him. Apparently, one can only be schismatic if one is not heterodox.
Fire all the German bishops and replace them with Benedictine monks. Then the healing can begin.