There is something more than ironic in a schism within a group accused of schism for the last quarter century. I have written on the Society many times; you can search the blog for my essential take. But this development is in no way good.
Bishop Williamson is soon to be expelled from the SSPX, and his supporters indicate that he, like Fr. John Corapi (to whom I'm sure His Excellency would not wish to be compared) will continue his "ministry", a la "the black sheep dog."
Disobedience to proper authority in a religious community is typically dealt with by a process set out by Canon Law, with the ultimate authority resting with the Holy Father. Of course, this assumes there is a regular chain of command where the community submits to the legitimacy of the process. Hence, Bishop Fellay occupies quite the tough spot.
As long as the Superior General could act the sole spokesman for the Society, then with one voice and will negotiations with Rome that would bring the whole group under the same agreement was at least possible, however likely or unlikely.
Bishop Williamson has made this nearly impossible, whether in good faith or not, and whether unfairly treated or not. Gleeful modernists in the official hierarchy were thus able to separate a possible agreement with "the SSPX" and bishop Fellay from any promises to the reluctant three, and especially to the central casting villain Bishop Williamson. Faced with some internal strife and the new CDF leadership changing terms at the last minute, with everyone's hopes raised high, Bishop Fellay had to reject new CDF language or face the destruction of his Society-- or so it seems, as none of us is privy to the actual texts under consideration.
If Rome and all SSPX bishops had agreed, the possible schism would end; regardless of how many priests or laymen followed suit, it wouldn't be macro-important. A real schism requires apostolic succession.
The only winner in this debacle is Satan, and those useful idiots who carry out his will in preventing the restoration of the beauty of the liturgy and the faith it embodies and guards.
If I were a Catholic attendee of the SSPX, I would be sick over this. But then every Catholic should be sick over this. There are lots of villains in this drama, and they can be found in London, Econe and Rome alike-- only the Good Lord knows who they are.
Corapi aborted his "rogue ministry." I can only pray Williamson does, too. Before it starts would be best.
And the Holy Father can end this whenever he wants.
How long, O Lord?
Maria, Mater Eccesiae, Ora pro nobis!