Interesting to see how this will work out. I think he is innocent, I think he is orthodox, and I think he has been mistreated. But how is he going to deal with this?
From my point of view, and experience, I will state that at least one priest—a Father S.R., whom I know personally—was forced to leave the Church. He hung up his cassock and beret, NOT because he did anything contrary to the Catholic Faith or else violated Cannon Law—but rather because he was a TRADITIONAL priest.
During his priesthood, Father S.R. realized that the Modern Church is in the throws of “Revolution”—and all but consumed by the heresy of Modernism. The liberal PC bull crap, which now substitutes for sound doctrine, creates lukewarm cowards out of once-fervent Catholics. Its Protestant-based liturgy cripples the faithful with a touchy-feely gospel, a constant diet of psycho babble encyclicals, a false and disabling ecumenism that disavows conversion—and a putrid dose of Marxist “liberation theology.”
This priest was dedicated to the pre-1962 Tridentine Mass and Brevery. He was faithful and well-liked. However, the then Bishop of Lincoln, F.B., while feigning an “conditional acceptance” of the “old” right, did act hostile to traditionalist Catholics at every opportunity, including—in violation of Cannon Law—invoking an illegitimate ex-communication upon traditionalists groups.
While Bishop F.B. did allow this Father S.R. to pray the Tridentine Mass, he did so only on condition that the Norvus Ordo and Vatican II were both upheld as legitimate, so as not to “create division among the faithful.”
However, the double-minded approach lasted but a few years, until our priest realized he could no longer hold to such duplicity. His principled mind could not indefinitely sustain the glaring contradiction of living in two worlds—Catholic Tradition vs Secular Modernism. He could not tolerate the “spiritual voyeurism” of praying the Mass while facing the people—nor could he any longer suffer the “barrenness” of the New Mass. As I would often say to him: “Father, you cannot ride two horses with one ass.”
In the end, and to our great sadness, Father S.R. left the priesthood. The irony is that he was fond of saying that the Traditional Mass “saved his priesthood,” else he would have left long before.
It is my contention that modernist Rome despises Tradition—and traditional priests. They would like to sweep under the rug 2000 years of Church history and the constant teaching of the pre-Vatican II popes. It is also my belief that the power brokers within the Vatican labor tirelessly to undermine and emasculate the priesthood, and destroy the Catholic faith by degrees.
It is tragic and a bitter outrage that faithful Catholics have been made to wander more than 40 years in this lifeless ecumenical desert of liberal heresy, and with no end in sight, despite Vatican propaganda to the contrary.
I am of the strong opinion that as long as Vatican II stands intact, and the True Mass—the Mass of all time—is falsely alleged to be “optional” rather than obligatory, then we will continue to lose good priests, faithful Catholics, and the opportunity to save souls. (Read Quo Primum, Pope Saint Pius V) http://www.traditioninaction.org/Questions/E032_QuoPrimum.htm