According to Fr. Z. (http://wdtprs.com/blog/2008/07/imedia-sspx-requests-lifting-of-excommunications/#comments), the SSPX might be trying to slow down the process of its reunion with Rome. The document on the site states that the SSPX is interested in getting the excommunications lifted that were incurred by Archbishop Lefevbre when he consecrated four bishops some twenty years ago. Of course, this is good news, but it seems to me that there could be more at work than simply this.
On the one hand, we know that Bishop Fellay has answered the Pope and that the reply he sent is sitting on the Pope’s desk. However, we do not know what kind of reply he made to the conditions that were outlined by Ecclesia Dei and Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos. There has been a lot of conjecture and many rumors have been spread about this, but we honestly do not know. Therefore, I will not comment on anything until I hear about what Bishop Fellay’s reply actually was.
It is interesting also that the SSPX is trying to take things down a few notches by asking for the removal of the excommunications. While the Vatican has asked the SSPX to deal with certain things that they have done publicly, the SSPX is asking about doctrine. Perhaps, this is a move on the part of Bishop Fellay to keep the people underneath him in line. It could also be that the negotiations have stalled. I don’t know about this either, but I think that it will be interesting to see the results.
Most Precious Blood of Jesus, save us!
Blessed Junipero Serra, pray for us!