The media's and some bishops' constant attack on the SSPX is "Schismatic" and "Not in Communion." Card. Castrillon sets the record straight.
Columbian Cardinal Darío Castrillón Hoyos, who served as president of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei from 2000-2009, said in an interview with Rome Reports in mid-March 2017 that the Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX) “never entered down the path of heresy.”
They had moments when they were away, but technically they never made any complete schism or heresy. For example, they did not create a separate jurisdiction, because to create a jurisdiction outside the jurisdiction of the Church, that means you want to separate.
It is not the first time that Cardinal Hoyos declared that the SSPX is not in schism nor heresy. In September 2005 he declared to Gianni Cardinale for 30 Giorni [30 Days]: “Unfortunately Archbishop Lefebvre went ahead with the consecration and hence the situation of separation came about, even if it was not a formal schism."
And again, on November of the same year in Italian TV Canal 5:
We are not dealing with a case of heresy. One cannot say in correct and exact terms that there is a schism. There is, in the act of ordaining bishops without papal approval, a schismatic attitude. They are within the confines of the Church. The problem is just that there is a lack of a full, a more perfect—and as it was said during the meeting with Bishop Fellay—a more full communion, because communion exists.
In his recent interview, Cardinal Hoyos declared that, in his opinion, SSPX’s views are reactions to incorrect interpretations and implementations of Vatican II documents.
There were points without total clarity. Many of the architects of a post-council dealt with those points in a way that was not in line with the Council, which in itself is completely valid. They made interpretations that were not in keeping with either the Council or the Magisterium.
We could ask Cardinal Hoyos to explain what this term of “full communion” means. The adjective “full” does not appear in any classical understanding of communion. For the Church, communion is or is not and She precisely teaches that the sin which destroys communion is schism. If there is not schism, as Hoyos affirms, therefore there is no lack of communion.