THE MYSTERY OF GIBSON'S probable SSPX membership might be solved, thanks to a post by an online friend (E):
According to an International Herald Tribune report, The man behind Gibson's Mass, the priest who celebrated the Tridentine masses for Gibson at the movie set in Rome is Father Jean-Marie Charles-Roux, a Rosminian Father and a former domestic prelate of the pope.
From the Rosminian Fathers website, this congregation seems to be in communion with Pope John Paul II. There's an affirmatory quote from the pope as recent as 1998.
Upon second thoughts though, not sure whether the Internet is a reliable medium. Searched for SSPX on the web and found its website. The homepage declared, "The Society of Saint Pius X professes filial devotion and loyalty to Pope John Paul II, the Successor of Saint Peter and the Vicar of Christ. The priests of the Society pray for His Holiness and the local Ordinary at every Mass they celebrate."
The mystery thickens, huh?
SO, IS A QUOTE FROM THE POPE quite different from a declaration of devotion and loyalty? But wait, there's some information on its history at the SSPX site:
"Fr. Le Floch announced in 1926: 'The heresy which is now being born will become the most dangerous of all; the exaggeration of the respect due to the Pope and the illegitimate extension of his infallibility.' "
'Authority' against authority again! So many different interpretations by so many people, all claiming to be inspired by the Holy Spirit or led by God. This has been happening over and over again since the time of the 'Reformation' right up to today. (SIGH!)
Snippets of The Gospel of John movie last Sunday afternoon started floating to mind. And suddenly, this is quite clear:
No wonder He told his disciples, "Very truly, I tell you, whoever receives one whom I send receives me; and whoever receives me receives him who sent me." and "Whoever listens to you listens to me, and whoever rejects you rejects me, and whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me." (John13:20 and Luke 10:16) No wonder Jesus prayed so hard that all His followers will be one, just as He and the Father are one (John 17:20-22.) And no wonder Jesus foresaw the need to appoint and re-affirm the same leader among His apostles (Matthew 16:18-19 and John 21:15-17)!
(See also Fr Sibley's blog entry, Is Mel Gibson In Union With Rome? and The Original Sin.)