I wonder what is Catholic about an attitude thinks that it's polemics to speak out against the abandonment of evangelism, a rejection of Christ as King, and the disaster that is most Catholics' Sunday morning liturgy.
"Polemics" is the word (or a variation thereof) that was used in the 1988 protocol which Ratzinger drew up and Lefebvre was supposed to sign. Nobody pretends that these arguments are not polemical.
What is Catholic about this, you ask? I would agree ... we should speak out against the "abandonment of evangelism," against the "rejection of Christ the King," and against disasterous liturgies. What is un-Catholic is blaming all of these ills on an Ecumenical Council and a Church-approved Mass; again, our Tradition does not leave room for criticizing an Ecumenical Council, nor does it allow us to hold that the Church can produce a dangerous liturgy.
It's not a desire to be seperated from Rome (and we're not, anyways) but a grasp on reality to acknowlege the fact that this pontificate has shown no signs of a move towards Tradition.
Well, again, this is begging the question and not getting to the heart of the matter; in particular, this statement presumes that true "Tradition" is currently not in the possession of Rome, but is possessed somewhere else or by someone else. It's the logic behind such statements as "Rome must return to Tradition before the SSPX will reconcile"; excuse me for finding such a sentiment a little more than troubling. If Rome lost Tradition - if She could lose Tradition - then I need to find another indefectible Church, because the Catholic Church obviously doesn't fit the bill.
The argument I'm hearing here actually is very close to what Landmark Baptists argue: the one true faith has passed from one group to another throughout history, but it has always existed untarnished, and wherever it has existed, there has been the "true Church." That is what seems to be implied by saying that Rome has lost Her guardianship of Tradition, that the SSPX now fills that role, and the Church must "return" to that which the SSPX is currently preserving.