Dr. Blosser links to latest–being an interview in Le Figaro with Vatican Secretary of State Bertone.
The merit of the conciliar liturgical reform is intact. But both [for reasons of] not losing the great liturgical heritage left by Saint Pius V and for granting the wish of those faithful who desire to attend Masses according to this rite, within the framework of the Missal published in 1962 by Pope John XXIII, with its own calendar, there is no valid reason not to grant to priests in the entire world the right to celebrate according to this form. The authorization of the Supreme Pontiff would evidently preserve the validity of the rite of Paul VI. The publication of the motu proprio which specifies this authorisation will take place, but it will be the pope himself who will explain his motivations and the framework of his decision. The Sovereign Pontiff will personally explain his vision for the use of the ancient Missal to the Christian people, and particularly to the Bishops.
So. It appears it will happen. It is a step beyond Ecclesia Dei. It is a sign of hope and of peace to the SSPX.
But the big question, unspoken by any, is what will be done regarding the SSPX’s rejection of the Vatican 2 declarations on religious liberty (Dignitatis Humanae) and the Jews (Nostra Aetate)? Is the SSPX right? Was it just a “pastoral council” and do these decrees have no force? No real meaning? Will they not be defended by the Vatican and the Bishops? And what of the point of the SSPX that these decrees contradict clear Catholic teaching (e.g., Quanta Cura, by the recently beatified Pope Pius IX, which reaffirms the Church’s rejection of religious liberty)?
Let us note clearly: the Bishops of the SSPX were not declared schismatic and excommunicated because of their rejection of religious liberty and their statements on the Jews. The 5 May 1988 Protocol between Lefebvre and Ratzinger which was intended to resolve their situation said nothing about the doctrinal issues. They were ultimately disciplined for violating procedure.
I think this focus on issues of procedure and authority was a tragic mistake.
The motu proprio is going to open up a can of worms greater than the presenting issue of liturgy. Those of us who love and respect the teachings of the Council as expressed in Dignitatis Humanae and Nostra Aetate may find the climate cooling on those teachings. We’ve seen that happening already.