Has anybody stopped to think of the positive-already-in-place benefits to Traditional Catholics of the SSPX’s so-called Two-tiered Priesthood?
Outside of Brazil, most actual SSPX priests are actually that: ordained by the Archbishop himself, or by any one of his 4 appointed bishop-successors.
These make-up Level One.
Over the past twenty-odd years or so, Level Two has been formed by priests drawn from three-broad categories of men ordained originally by other bishops:
a) Former secular clergy, nowadays younger then before, who have run afoul of diocesan authority.
b) Religious order priests who have done likewise.
c) Retired military chaplains, who are former priests from the Military Vicariate with an independent streak or two and of independent financial resources. These priests oftentimes are very solid citizens and a pleasure to know and work with.
Second-tier priests sometimes (albeit not always) are treated as “independent contractors.”
The SSPX is not adverse to letting them – eventually, like maybe after a year or so – taking up a permanent post as an independent contractor with a former SSPX-afilliated group.
Hope this helps!