On 21st, Benedict XVI, lifted in February, the "ultimatum" of the 22nd February set by the CDF for an answer of the SSPX to the "doctrine Elle preamble" of June 2012 . He left the decision as to how to proceed with the SSPX to his successor.
While the radical left at the political level unimpressed continue their fight against the Church under Pope Francis, the Modernists on the frayed, left side of the Church such as Hans Küng and Leonardo Boff applaud the new Vicar of Christ on earth and give him as much credit as possible. Behind this strikingly flaunted joy is hiden just another way to criticize Pope Benedict XVI and his pontificate. By praising his successor, they disparage their favorite scapegoat Benedict.
Of course, it's also about the unvarnished attempt by praising the new Pope to make their own positions appear in a brilliant light. Leonardo Boff says in a Spiegel interview that the new pope was gay-friendly and in favour of adoption rights for homosexuals. His rejection of gay marriage in Argentina had been obtained only after Roman pressure. It is also a form of wanting to control a Pontificate from the outside. But the reality is different. The opinions of the then Archbishop of Buenos Aires against the introduction of gay marriage are just as authentic as the resulting conflict with the Argentine President Kirchner government. Proof that it is not Boff's representation that corresponds to the truth comes in an internal letter of 22 June 2010 by the then Cardinal Bergoglio to the cloistered convents of Carmelite nuns in Argentina. In this letter, he condemns gay "marriage" in the strongest terms, and asks the nuns to pray intensely to the Argentine senators do not agree to the draft law which was being discussed in Parliament at that time.
So far gone into old age are these modernists. But what about the SSPX?
On the relationship of the newly elected PopeFrancis and the SSPX founded by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, the American priest Father John Zuhlsdorf and the Italian websisite Cantuale Antonianum have given their positions.
A further contribution to the discussion meantime was made by the traditionally orientated website, Cordialiter .
In the contribution Journey of Pope Francis to Econe, it reads:
"In the future we might see a nice surprise in an Apostolic journey of Pope Francis to Econe (Switzerland) to sign a peace agreement in the historic stronghold of Lefebvrists . That would be really a superb and concrete gesture of brotherly love. I do not think it is a non-realizable dream. It is now known that the Archbishop of Buenos Aires used to have warm relations with the SSPX and I believe that if Monsignor Bernard Fellay would invite Pope Francis to Econe, the Pope could even accept the invitation. These days, we have seen that he is a spontaneous person, who cannot be pressed into fixed templates, ready even to make unfamiliar and unpredictable gestures. I think that he would not let the clamor of the progressives intimidate him. Imagine the Pope in the stronghold of the SSPX. That would truly be a historic meeting.
In the meantime, it would be advisable for the SSPX to start friendship with the Patriarch of Moscow. There would be nothing wrong there, if Monsignor Fellay and Patriarch Kirill would meet for dinner to talk amicably about the dramatic spiritual situation in Europe and on other important issues for Christianity. This would not in any way the contradict the teaching content of the doctrinal encyclical Mortalium Animos of the great Pope Pius XI. If Bishop Fellay was photographed while he and the Patriarch of Moscow shook hands and the news spread that the two were friends, this would strengthen the position of the SSPX considerably. The modernists could not attack so hard otherwise they would run the risk of damaging the diplomatic relations with the Orthodox, who are known to have a more friendly and respectful attitude as the SSPX. "