While I don’t know about the rest of North America, here in the diocese of nowhere’s ville, we celebrated World Day for Consecrated Life this past Saturday, Feb. 4, at the 5:15 PM Mass.
In both English and Spanish our Bishop lead all his clergy in attendance: male and female, secular and religious order, in their renewal of vows, especially these three: Chastity, Poverty and Obedience.
Now, which of these three can not be applied – with any respect for justice and equity – to the SSPX?
Bearing in mind two things:
One: That the SSPX is, in all truth and simple regard for justice, totally dedicated to their self-appointed mission of bringing the sacraments to as many faithful as possible.
Two: And that both here and in Mexico they’ve been highly successful in the development of themselves as a totally functional, lean, mean, financial -administrative machine.
Thus, in one of those long, leisurely conversations between senior palace gurardsmen (both males and female auxiliaries ) and a financially shrewd and urbane Society Prior, whose prematurely grey hairs had won at least grudging respect for him from us all, he, the Prior shared with us this:
"Because of the frequent necessity for our Society priests to make sudden changes to their travel arrangements, we can hardly be expected to have the vow of X.
“Because if we did, the priest would have to phone his District Superior (or whoever) to get permission to rent a car, anything like that.”
Thus, what most likely was the vow of X? In this sort of case, anyway?
Because, sorry to say, I can’t remember for the life of me, so…
Thanks for the input!