Is he even a priest?
Is “being a crank” a valid criticism of anyone? What virtue is being promoted here, and what does crankiness have to do with it? Do you mean the Church of Nice?
I am confused.
His orders may be valid, depending on how he obtained them. But they sure aren't licit. He's insulated himself from any recognizable authority, which causes all kinds of problems. Priests act in persona Christi. The stakes are rather high. They need the discipline of serving under authority.
Is being a crank a valid criticism of anyone?
Oy vey, you bet. "Crank" is another word for "fanatic," someone who" can't change his mind and won't change the subject" (Churchill). The problem with cranks is that they're self-seeking. Their appetite for battle knows no bounds, so they'll attack the truth itself, if the fancy takes them.
What virtue is being promoted here, and what does crankiness have to do with it? Do you mean the Church of Nice?
The virtue promoted by applying a crank-meter is humility. To be humble is to be truthful, because our powers are limited. Fallen man needs hierarchies of other people to help him stay honesteven though hierarchies are made of other fallen men. The cure for the Church of Nice is not the Church of Self, which is where cranks worship. A crank lives in his own private reality. His zeal so overpowers his judgment that he believes in his own authority, and is his own bishop, his own Pope, and his own God.