We have had bad popes before. They lived primarily during the Renaissance, which, ironically, produced some of the greatest music and song, architecture and art, science and mathematics, and considered thought in history. Nothing new there. The One True Church is a hierarchy. Every priest has a superior, his bishop or superior general in the case of a religious. There are about 415,000 priests in the world. Every bishop has a superior, the pope. There are about 5,600 bishops in the world. There is only one pope. There is no way to get rid of him. We just endure, which is what we are doing now. In fact, at every Mass, we pray for him, and in the Daily Offering, I pray for him. I doubt he prays for me. How could he when he wants me to go away?
As of 2021, the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP) has 341 priests, 17 deacons (men on the last step toward ordination), and 168 seminarians, located in Allentown, PA; Atlanta, GA; Baltimore, MD; Brookville, IN; Chesapeake, VA; Clarkdale, AZ; Colorado Springs, CO; Dallas, TX; Dayton, OH; Denton, NE (Seminary); Denver, CO; El Paso, TX; Fort Myers, FL; Fort Wayne, IN; Fort Worth, TX; Fresno, CA; Harrisburg, PA; Houston, TX; Joliet, IL; Kansas City/Westwood, KS; Lexington, KY; Lincoln, NE; Little Rock, AR; Los Angeles, CA; Maple Hill, KS; Minneapolis, MN; Naples, FL; Nashua, NH; North American Headquarters, South Abington Twp, PA; Oklahoma City, OK; Omaha, NE; Orlando, FL; Pequannock, NJ; Philadelphia, PA; Phoenix, AZ; Post Falls, ID; Providence, RI; Quincy, IL; Rapid City, SD; Richmond, VA; Sacramento, CA; San Diego, CA; Sarasota, FL; Scranton, PA; Seattle, WA; South Bend, IN; Springdale, AR; Tacoma, WA; Tulsa, OK; Tyler, TX; Youngstown, OH. Calgary, AB; Edmonton, AB; Montreal, QC; Ottawa, ON; Québec, QC; St. Catharines, ON; Vancouver, BC.
The second decree from this pope puts in jeopardy the ordination of 185 men because he said he will not allow any more ordinations according to the “Old Rite”. More properly stated, it is the 1962 Missal. I have spoken about the 1962 Missal in numerous places throughout this website, primarily in the Faith, English, and Latin categories. I have extolled the Missal again and again. I strive to be a good writer, which I consider to be my current apostolate, along with tutoring, and I cannot and will not drop my apostolate because some man says I am divisive, implying that what I write is to be rejected.
I have been rejected countless times. Why? I am different. I will not repeat what was said about me behind my back several years ago by a Catholic. I will not repeat assumptions made about me throughout my life, occasionally spoken in my presence. Life made me extremely sensitive, and I can size up a person in minutes, which is constitutive to a good writer, though I do not claim to be one. I felt rejected for the priesthood, but, had I taken vows, I would have kept them, though at a great sacrifice. At the same time, I personally know men who entered the priesthood and did not keep their vows, or, in the case of diocesan priests did not keep their promises. I would never have done so. I am aware of doctrinal corruption in the priesthood as well. I have not been corrupted: I accept all the Catechism. Yet, I was not sought after. I do not seek pity. I do even seek understanding or love. I simply say what I know to be true.
The most important thing about this crisis is my soul. What does the Man I love expect me to do in these circumstances? It is hard to comprehend the depth of this crisis without considering history and the considered opinion of men I respect. I will now lift a partial quote from men I respect.
“In the liberal atmosphere that permeates Western culture, obedience has been greatly abused as an excuse for great evil. However, obedience is a virtue and Catholics are supposed to seek to continually increase in virtue. This leads to the question: How does a Catholic obey both their religious and civil superiors when they are obviously perpetrating evil laws and doctrines?” https://sspx.ca/en/news-events/news/true-obedience-the-mark-of-a-faithful-catholic.
This carefully written article (Nov 29, 2016) refers to St. Thomas Aquinas, as follows:
“In article 5 of question 104, St. Thomas proceeds to define the framework for obedience due to superiors – outside of which obedience is not obligatory and may even be sinful.
“The first criteria is that the order cannot contradict the law of God, [and] as He is the ‘first mover of all wills’, all are bound to obey the divine command under justice (Q104, article 4 & 5). One example employed by St. Thomas is the chain of command within a hierarchy. In this he states: ‘If a commissioner issues an order, are you to comply, if it is contrary to the bidding of the proconsul?’ Ultimately, he ends his example with an order given by the emperor stating, ‘... if the emperor commands one thing and God another, you must disregard the former and obey God’.
“Simply put, if at any point within the hierarchy an order is given that requires the subject to sin, the order is to be disregarded. This sinful order can be structured in two ways. Either the nature of the thing commanded is sinful or the command is to disobey a legitimate order.”
I am not speaking for the FSSP. It has been a difficult decision to disobey. However, I cannot abandon men and women who are faithful, no matter what the papal order is. Nor can I abandon good men ready for the priesthood. If I did so, I would repudiate my own rejection, which is contrary to what I know has happened. I recommend Diary of a Country Priest on Bing for a sensible, yet sensitive view of priesthood. If all of this is of no interest to any reader because he or she is a complacent Catholic, a non-Catholic, a non-Christian, or an unbeliever, then I advise that reader to move on and find a nice little hole.