It is an eye-opener to read orthodox journals like Christian Order, Latin Mass, even The Remnant (as trad as they come), which, if the SSPX had its way, we'd never read,
The SSPX forbids its faithful to read The Remnant? Bishop Fellay recently gave an interview to them!
How does one know one is not being misled by them?
Check if what they are doing accords with Tradition. Then do the same for the NO Church. Many are being mislead by the NO Church as we speak.
Is it IMPOSSIBLE that a true, formal schism will develop, and the "SSPX right or wrong" menality will bring one to follow ones "trustworthy" shepherds into schism?
A schism would develop only if the Bishops of the SSPX formally declared that they reject the Pope's authority to govern.
Have we learnt NOTHING from the last 40 years - that blind loyalty is dangerous?
Of course it is. If your SSPX priest tells you to go to Life-Teen Mass, you should, of course, politely tell him to stuff it and not obey.
I have seen faithful SSPXers REFUSE based on the advice of SSPX priests to fulfill their Sunday obligation when they could easily have attended the Mass of a Tridentine-only, non-sedevacantist, non-Feeneyite, priest, because that priest - technically still incardinated in our local diocese, but estranged from it due to his Traditional stand - had had an unhappy relationship with the former SSPX superior and was thus not in the good books of the local SSPX.
And I have heard NO priests tell kids that women can be Pope, preach the "Cosmic Christ", say Christ founded an institutional Church "in our hearts", joke that if we weren't standing on holy ground before, we are now, after he dropped a host on the floor, etc. So what.
I am sorry - but the sectarian spirit is NOT from the "good old 1950's"; it is disturbing and dangerous.
The SSPX spirit is Catholic. If that seems "sectarian" to the NO Church so be it.
As for the legalism of irregularity - the fact remains that the 4 bishops are regarded as excommunicated and the priests suspended and the Society irregular. Canonical standing and obedience to the Pope are not petty legalisms but importance aspects of the Church and not everyone is comfortable brushing these issues aside.
Rome also says the Society and its faithful are not in schism and that attendance at their Masses for love of the TLM is not a sin and fulfills their Sunday obligation. Rome also allows modest contributions to their coffers.
The "excommunication" was an opinion given in a letter and not any official act of JPII. It was not binding, and proven non-binding when the CDF refused to uphold a Bishop's excommunication of SSPX faithful confirmed by Bishop Williamson. Canon Law tells us that there is no automatic excommunication in circumstances like Abp. Lefebvre found himself in.