It's Romanitas! Duh! Michael Matt Just Needs to Settle Down. Where did you Expect the last two Superior Generals of the SSPX (1982-2018) to be sent? Zimbabwe?
Dr. Chojnowski: There has been a recent uproar about the naming of Bishop Bernard Fellay and Fr. Franz Schmidberger as "Assistant Generals" to the new Superior General of the SSPX, Fr. Davide Pagliarani. Even the "SSPX supporters" from the Remnant, who, I have heard, will "never darken the door of an SSPX chapel," are "confused." I have already charged them with being "confused" about Catholic Doctrine after allowing a heretical article by Elizabeth Yore to be published in their newspaper in which the author advocated that the Cardinals meet immediately and "depose" Francis for a situation involving the pedophilia scandal in the Conciliar church. I charged the Remnant with the heresy of Gallicanism and Conciliarism, but got no response.
Now "just one member of the Catholic press," is "confused" about why the new Superior General would create two new "assistant" positions for the only two men who have run the SSPX since the early 80s. For those against a "deal" with Rome, would it not be better to have these two clerics in charge of some major concern within the SSPX like being in charge of the German district or the Econe seminary? Who Fr. Pagliarani appoints as district and seminary superiors will be of much more importance than the Romanitas employed in creating these new positions. On the personal level, I cannot imagine Fr. Schmidberger and Bishop Fellay, after having a big position in the SSPX for a generation and a half, wanting to be in charge of say.....Post Falls.
So Michael, just settle down and stop being such a sower of discord........I just loved saying that!
Here is Michael Matt's article about his own confusion:
Remnant Comment: While this development may well prove to be a good thing, at first glance it is somewhat confusing. From the vantage point of an outside observer, it looks something like a general manager of a baseball team announcing his intention to keep his two previous baseball managers knocking around the front office to "advise" the new guy on how to establish a different style of leadership. Bit awkward for everyone. Keep them around if you want, but why make the big announcement that seems to send mixed signals?
Without wishing to take anything away from the good job done by either of these men in the past, I'm sure the SSPX leadership can appreciate why some traditional Catholics are a bit apprehensive over this announcement, since they were looking forward to the fresh approach of a 'new coaching staff' rather than an apparent reshuffling effort that may mean 'business as usual' when it comes to a whole host of problems blamed, fairly or not, on the previous 'coaching staff.' And this includes ardent supporters of Bishop Fellay, who only want what is best for the Society.
The SSPX General Chapter is still in session, by the way, and therefore this brief observation is meant only in a constructive sense-- as merely the initial reaction of just one member of the Catholic press, while there may still be time to amend or clarify.
Whatever happens, let's redouble our prayers for the SSPX--a crucial player in the Catholic restoration movement--and let us pray for the success of their General Chapter