Fisher More from the perspective of a former faculty member

This comes from the Facebook (C) page of Dr. Taylor Marshall. It is clearly a lesson that one cannot mix the Traditional teachings of the Church and the Novus Ordo. If the premise of a Traditional Catholic College is to admit through the cooperation with the diocese that the TLM and the Novus Ordo are equal and that V2 is completely consistent with the Magisterium up that point, it will be a futile effort destined to failure, as Fisher More appears to be headed. Your choices for Traditional Colleges, aside from St. Mary’s Kansas, which is what FM is trying to emulate, are almost non-existant. That is because, whether you believe it or not, you have to at least pretend to love the Novus Ordo and hold it as commensurately equal in graces and efficacy to the TLM, as do the FSSP. You may languish forever in Limbo waiting for the Bishop to respond to your request for the TLM or to reconsider a church closing. But if you invite Fr. Gruner to speak at your college and he offers a private Mass in your chapel, THAT requires swift action by the Bishop. However, invite other notable Katholics like Kathleen Sebelius, John Kerry, Nancy Pellosi, or Mario Cuomo and the Bishop would most likely send his accolades and expect to be the main speaker at their reception.

Here is Dr. Marshall’s account.

Regarding Fisher More College and what you’re reading in Rorate Caeli:

Now that the Bishop of Fort Worth has weighed in (and is now being maligned), after much prayer, I feel that I should break the silence.

First off, I love the students at Fisher More College (FMC). I love them so much. It was heartbreaking for me to leave FMC. Last summer (2013) was very difficult for me. I also love the Latin Mass and write about it often on my blog and talk about it publicly (my family belongs to a FSSP parish – Mater Dei parish in Irving, Texas).

For the record, I resigned as Chancellor of the College at the beginning of June of 2013—only days after our seventh baby was born. I had no job prospects and no income. I did it for the sake of conscience. I felt it would be a danger to my soul to remain at Fisher More College.

I resigned when moral, theological, and financial discrepancies came to light regarding the presidency of Michael King. I was an ex officio member of the Board so I knew what others did not. From May to early June of 2013, five of the eight College Board Members also resigned for two reasons:

1) Mr. King refused to disassociate himself from the public statements of faculty member Dr. Dudley that claimed in his Year of Faith lecture that Catholic professors have the duty to teach young people that Vatican 2 is not a valid Council (he also endorsed other “resistance” positions regarding the Novus Ordo, John Paul II, etc.)

2) Mr. King, after selling the original FMC campus to Texas Christian University for millions of dollars, had imprudently entered into a real estate deal that financially crippled Fisher More College.

Much of the politicization around the “Latin Mass and FMC” is Mr. King’s careful attempt to distract attention away from his financial misdealing at FMC. The college is currently teetering on bankruptcy and this latest entanglement with the bishop will lead to a public statement: “Fisher More closed down because the new bishop of Fort Worth persecuted the Latin Mass!” when in reality the College is failing because Mr. King entered into a dubious real estate deal that washed out college’s endowment AND all the proceeds from the sale of the original campus.

How did a College sell its extremely valuable campus to TCU for several millions dollars in 2012 only to announce at Christmas 2013 that it might be closing without an immediate fund raising campaign through Rorate Caeli?

Rorate Caeli has just released their sensational “exclusive” report on how the new Bishop of Fort Worth is persecuting the traditional Latin Mass in the person of Michael King. They included the (private) letter of Bishop Olson to Michael King and offered their speculation.

This controversy created by Rorate Caeli with the help of Michael King’s letter is not about the Latin Mass or Summorum Pontificum.*

FMC hosted a public repudiation of Vatican 2 and the Ordinary Form of the Mass in April of 2013 that was so offensive that my wife and I walked out of it before it’s conclusion. That did not do much to heal the breach with the local diocese or presbyterate and it contributed to the priests of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter (FSSP) discontinuing their support and presence at FMC. The current FMC website advertises that the FSSP provides a chaplain, but this is not true.

At the same time, Michael King estranged himself from the diocese of Fort Worth by not allowing the Ordinary Form (as stipulated by the previous ordinary Bishop Vann of Fort Worth). He also contracted an irregular/suspended priest without faculties, and hired “trad resistance” faculty while there was no bishop in Fort Worth to check these developments. Mr. King was able to create a community in his image (he affectionately referred to himself the “father” of this community) during the episcopal inter-regnum of the diocese of Fort Worth.

Clearly, a bishop’s intervention was inevitable. The current controversy really has nothing to do with the Latin Mass per se. The Latin Mass is at the center because Michael King is politicizing the Latin Mass in his favor, knowing that “bishops vs the Latin Mass” is red meat for some traditionalist blogs.

Bishop Olson says in the letter that he is doing this for Michael King’s “soul.” The bishop understands that this is a personal intervention – and not an attack on Fisher More College or its students or the Latin Mass.

It’s a serious pastoral problem. Mr. King no doubt leaked Bp Olson’s letter via one of his few supporters to build sympathy before the inevitable financial collapse that will expose his mishandling of Fisher More College. Mr. King, more than anything, would like to blame the inevitable collapse of FMC (within only weeks or months) on the bishop’s “persecution of the Latin Mass.”

Hold your peace. Watch for how it unfolds, and most of all pray for the students that are still dutifully studying and praying. There are some GREAT students at Fisher More College.

As one who loves and prays the Latin Mass, please don’t curse or blame Bishop Olson for this one. He is a new bishop who inherited a TOUGH pastoral problem. Pray for him. And if you love the Latin Mass, don’t be so quick to judge the bishops or cite canon law. Sometimes there are things behind the scenes that you don’t know.

1 Cor 11:1-2 If I speak with the tongues of men, and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

*Regarding Summorum Pontificum in this situation. It doesn’t apply here since the college chapel does not have a priest requesting to say the Latin Mass and the chapel therefore falls under the direct pastoral control of the bishop. It’s the case of a layman (Michael King) asking for it. Those accusing Bishop Olson of breaking canon law or despising Summorum Pontificum should be more careful. Moreover, be assured that Bishop Olson supports the FSSP in his diocese and has nothing against the Extraordinary Form.

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10 comments on “Fisher More from the perspective of a former faculty member

  1. Nice work on the find, Vinny.

    Marshall’s just another “conservative” enabler for the Revolution, unfortunately for him and his numerous “fans”.

    Very unfortunately.

    Anyway, when FMC.2 kicks off somewhere, someday, the lessons are available for anyone not seeking to repeat failure.

  2. Did any of those who left speak out about this last year when it happened? Both The Remnant and CFN had stories about Fisher-More last year. Were they told about this side of the issue?

  3. I was a subscriber to Mr. Marshall’s email list for some time. I unsubscribed a while back when he made a string of excuses for Simple Jorge’s outrages.

    To boil down Marshall’s accusations to their essence: Mr. King objected to Vatican II, and entered into real estate deals that Marshall deemed imprudent. In Marshall’s twisted mind, that justifies denying to Catholics their God-given RIGHT to the TLM. All-righty, then.

    It will be interesting to see how loudly he squeals when Jorge’s minions come after his beloved EC groups. And make no mistake, it is just a matter of time until they do so.

    May his reign be short!

    • Even if Mr. King raped and murdered a student, it would not justify this modernist bishop’s actions. The modernists are using their “useful idiots” like Mr. Marshall and others to deflect attention from their unholy agenda.

  4. ECS writes: “It will be interesting to see how loudly he squeals when Jorge’s minions come after his beloved EC groups. And make no mistake, it is just a matter of time until they do so.”

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  5. Josefa on said:

    Ok Dr Taylor Marshall… what does any of this have to do with stopping the TLM?
    Maybe an audit, change in administration ( although I’m not sure about all the accusations about Mr King- time will tell) may have been appropriate. But how can you defend the shutting down of the One True Sacrifice of the Mass of All Ages as a form of “punishment”?
    Ok, yeah, let’s dispense with the Vertical Sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ , the Holy and Sacred conduit between Heaven and Earth- that ‘ll really solve the financial problems !
    Of course, shutting down the TLM has nothing to do with persecution of Traditionalism by the Bishop- how would anyone with such astute critical thinking as yours come to that conclusion Mr Marshall?-( I just hope you weren’t a professor of logic.)

  6. Josefa, I cannot return PMs although I just received yours regarding a double post. I’ve notified our peerless, fearless (but never cheerless) moderator of the situation.

  7. Questions: How clever was it for Mr. King to “trick” the new bishop into providing him cover for his malfeasance by banning the Real Mass? And how is it that someone this clever could’ve gotten on the wrong end of what was so obviously a bad deal in the first place? I have to wonder whether Dr. Marshall is employing the word “conscience” as a synonym for the somewhat less flattering term “sour grapes”…

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