Over a decade ago, Fr. Paul Kramer of the Fatima Center gave a treatise on “The Suicide in Altering the Faith in the Liturgy,” which can be found at: www.fatimacrusader.com/cr84/cr84pg78.asp Well, one would think this warning would have been heeded by now and a return to the Traditional Latin Mass would have been mandated by Christ’s Vicar. Unfortunately, the opposite is the case and traditional priests, validly-ordained and situated in diocesan territory since 1977, have been denied faculties and jurisdiction by the local bishop. (www.diocs.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=vodXjPD6xzw%3d&tabid=58&mid=3350 for anyone interested).
Now, this post is not about those priests but about Church practice which denies faculties and jurisdiction to those who steadfastly adhere to Tradition and accept the authority of the hierarchy in effect up to and including the 1960s. By what authority are faculties and jurisdiction denied to these priests? Does not the supreme law of the church, the salvation of souls, and the doctrine of ecclesia supplet (the Church supplies in a necessity) apply in such cases? By what authority are some faculties provided and subsequently withdrawn almost immediately in such cases? What happens to the faithful who depend upon these priests and who are attempting to work out their salvation in full conformity to the laws of the church as they have known them since childhood?
I really wish someone in the hierarchy, preferably someone with expertise in canon law and experience at the the highest level of the ecclesiastical court system (like Cardinal Burke, for example), would respond to these questions with an eye to what the “Good Shepherd” would legislate and not another “you’re schismatic, disobedient and outside the church” type of lecture. We all know that the Church established traditional orders to counteract the influence of Archbishop Lefebvre and his followers but is this the right approach to disillusioned traditional Catholics the world over?