(quote) Tom-956451 said: Cardinal Burke would clearly disagree with you, my brother:
Let me be clear, I am not denying their dis-communion with Rome, that is no secret. But as to their future relationship, it takes a little digging, but one can find out exactly what has been done to improve it. And it is improving, slowly.
But I absolutely don't think anyone should be afraid of learning about them. Saying things like "stay away and have no knowledge" is just wrong. I guarantee you, most Novus Ordo American Catholics know more about multiple Protestant faiths than they do the SSPX.
First, nothing Cardinal Burke said contradicts what William said.
Secondly,the SSPX, as a group, have actually been moving further away. Pope Benedict went as far as possible to bring them back. There was no move from the SSPX.
Talks continue, but they have been and are fruitless. The SSPX refuses to obey.
As long as the situation continues as is, their Masses and all their Sacraments remain illicit. Since they are illicit, the the exercise of any priestly function is sinful. And is an abuse of the Liturgical and Sacraments Rites. The very things the SSPX accuses the Church of doing.
As Cardinal Burke pointed out, it is a sad situation.
And as long as the situation continues they are de facto in schism even though the church has refrained from formally saying so.