Out of curiousity, as much as anything, given all the sensational news from priests on EWTN to this forum on the frequently sorry state of seminary life these days, why is the SSPX exempt from any oversight in their seminaries?
At least one anthropologist pointed out years ago in a case relating to criticism of Marxist revoutionaries in Central America, that frequently such people shrewdly maneuver themselves into a sort of status of perpetual “victimhood” that exempts them from accountability of any kind.
Why all this?
Well, here’s an example or two:
(A) A certain father and prior of the SSPX matter of factly shares with us his listeners his personal memories of a certain “Dorm Father” at his SSPX seminary, who subsequently fell into some Gnostic illusion and became “Pope Pius XIII,” a case discussed in great detail last year on this forum.
No, this priest was not an SSPX priest, but so what, inasmuch as he was clearly, and for some time, part of the SSPX seminary team? What was the caliber of his spiritual direction?
(B) This same SSPX father wryly commented on how a seminary faculty member was so inthralled by the Lord of The Rings, that he literally begin teaching from it as a sort of mainstream “Theology course.”
© At least two(2) well-organized “secret” cliques breezed through their SSPX seminary days all the way to ordination, and then simply walked off, in search of some fantasy world of their own devising.
C1. Was in the early 1980’s.
C2. Was in the late 1990’s.
(D) Another typical story told us by this prior, so far as I know himself still loyal and faithful to his brand, concerns how he was anxiously cramming with some fellow students for a philosophy exam, when he noticed another classmate outside, casually leaning up against the wall.
"Joe, " he asked, “why aren’t you studying with us?”
*Joe’s *answer: “Nope! Not me. I just got a fantastic job offer from California, so I don’t have to this ‘stuff’ anymore. 'Bye, suckers!”
(E) By no later than the late 1970s we were hearing uneasy murmurings by Religious Order prists devoted 100% to the Tridentine Latin Mass, to the effect that the SSPX seminary in Econe appeared to have no adequate screening procedures in place, (a sensational suicide case, among other signs) and that as one old Benedictine monk warned us, this was “most disturbing.”
So: **“Who watches the SSPX seminaries, while the SSPX watches Rome?”:**D