Have you seen that elaborately careful piece on the Vatican News Service about the consecration of a new Chinese bishop, in communion with the Holy See and approved by the Chinese government, performed by prelates in communion with the Holy See and approved by the Chinese government; which neatly avoids saying who has appointed him?
Does this mean that the Holy See has come to an agreement with the Chinese government about the appointment of new bishops?
There have been three main groups of Latin Christians in imperfect communion with the Holy See: SSPX; Anglican Catholics; and the Chinese churches sponsored by state authorities in defiance of the Holy See. Cautiously, one wonders whether there is real movement in the case of the last two. With regard to SSPX, recent words by Bishop Galaretta make me wonder about the good faith of some concerned in the process of dialogue. Of course, one appreciates that the leadership of SSPX has to keep its whole constituency on board, rather as Sinn Fein had to in Northern Ireland during the peace process. And I have myself expressed the hope that the dialogue going on between SSPX and the Holy See will result in a real contribution to the difficult questions about relating some elements in the conciliar documents to the Magisterium of the ages. This would be for the benefit of us all and a ktema es aei.
But if there isn't a real longing for reconciliation ... well, reconciliation is unlikely to happen.