In 1982 it was the weak acknowledgement of the desires of the faithful to have the Tridentine Mass.
1988 saw a number of concessions, but the compromises that were requested after the signing indicated that the time was not ripe as the 'mantra' was still in place.
There were a number of background concessions that I've gleaned from various statements made by Bishop Fellay.
Then we arrive at 2007. This was a great vindication of many faithful Catholics. In direct contradiction of an official curial statement (I have to find the time to dig up the reference sometime ...) we now know that the Tridentine Mass was never abrogated and it was always legal to say that Mass.
Pardon me for a quick segue.
I attended a meeting with the local ordinaries of two dioceses and they were careful to note: The Pope has granted that the 1962 liturgy is permitted for private masses, but when it is in public, we have authority to prevent division (paraphrase - although I believe a friend recorded this part of the discussion).
The Bishops were referring to the following:
He should ensure that the good of these members of the faithful is harmonized with the ordinary pastoral care of the parish, under the governance of the bishop in accordance with Canon 392, avoiding discord and favouring the unity of the whole Church.For context, here's canon 392:
Can. 392As noted elsewhere on this blog, the duty of the bishop is to protect the unity of the universal Church by promoting the common discipline, and prevent abuses from creeping into the liturgy.
§1. Since he must protect the unity of the universal Church, a bishop is bound to promote the common discipline of the whole Church and therefore to urge the observance of all ecclesiastical laws.
§2. He is to exercise vigilance so that abuses do not creep into ecclesiastical discipline, especially regarding the ministry of the word, the celebration of the sacraments and sacramentals, the worship of God and the veneration of the saints, and the administration of goods.
Me thinks that Archbishops protest too much, as they went on to describe the breaching of common discipline within their dioceses and that the applicats were not to break that 'unity'.
I guess it is a unity in in-discipline.
Anyway, then we have the 2009 lifting of the excommunications.
Then 2015, granting of universal ordinary jurisdiction to hear confessions.
Now 2017, we have the Pope addressing another sacrament that requires ordinary jurisdiction for its ordinary execution.
Given the Divinely instituted nature of the Church, I has expected the SSPX response to be along these lines.
What we will find soon enough is which Bishops was willing to put the welfare of the faithful within their diocese above that of the power of their fiefdom.
Courtesy of FSSPX.NEWS (formerly DICI)