I happen to know Michael Matt, and like him.
Though it has been a few years since we have spoken (in person, at least), I haven’t the least doubt that, from all outward appearances, he is a devout Catholic in the state of grace who, for one reason or another, has backed the wrong horse (Ecclesia Dei) in the drive for the restoration of the Church.
Perhaps the reign of Francis (who is quite possibly faceing the beginnings of a movement to depose him) is driving home that point quietly, and secretly, about now (as the reigns of BXVI and JPII ought to have).
But grace works at its own speed, and according to disposition.
That’s not to imply that Mr. Matt’s disposition is evil (far from it), just that sometimes it can be difficult to shake the positions of one’s father, especially when such is a man of some eminence:. How many of those we know are able to do it, even at the natural level (with couch potatoes for fathers)?
Yet, in one of my many internet surfing sessions, I came across a rather remarkable “moderator’s comment” on The Remnant Newspaper’s web page following the article “Pope Francis and the SSPX Regulrization” (http://remnantnewspaper.com/web/index.php/remnant-television/item/2900-pope-francis-and-the-sspx-regularization) which rather surprised me.
A certain Mr. James Cunningham made the following (astute) observation: