No, not really. Even Vatican II, which the SSPXers don't like, says that the Magisterium is not above the word of God. The hierarchs are not the source of Tradition, but are merely it guardians, and even their function as guardians is not something they possess in isolation, because the faithful are also called upon to protect the gift of divine revelation given to the Church.choy said:If they think Tradition > Pope, then doesn't this make them Orthodox in a sense? Though I shudder to think if they would come into communion with the Orthodox as is. I believe there is a lot of pride among them and their current "spirituality" (if you can call it that) is poisonous. I certainly didn't feel it was helpful to me given my very brief exploration of Traditional Catholicism.Apotheoun said:Even though I am not an SSPXer I will try to answer your question in a manner consistent with their view of things: Thus, who does the SSPX appeal to? They appeal to no particular individual, save perhaps Christ alone; instead, they appeal to Tradition, that is, to the Apostolic Teaching as handed down in the Church, and not merely by the bishops, but by all approved Catholic theologians, and those who have been faithful to what has been held at all times, in all places, and by all, as firmly to be believed.