The situation up in MN is a sad one. What was once a unified CMRI parish, consisting mostly of one large, tight-knit family, including the parents, 13 children, and over 40 grandchildren has been shattered since Fr. Crawford's arrival in 2017. Half the children and their families continue on with the CMRI parish, and half follow Crawford. Those that follow Crawford shun their family members that don't follow him, having declared that they are going to Hell when they chose to stay with CMRI and not follow Crawford, and continuing to make such declarations in the rare occasions they cross paths. They won't show up when invited to family gatherings, and won't allow the children that go to CMRI, their nephews and nieces, visit or play with their own children. They've told their other family members that continued with the CMRI that they can't associate with any of them in any unnecessary way until they change their beliefs to align with theirs.
The followers of Fr. Crawford also developed new strange beliefs, ranging from rejecting the existence of Limbo, to declaring the color pink as being evil and from the devil. Much of their new focus is on modesty, scandal, and fraternal correction. They hold that shorts and short-sleeve shirts are sinful and scandalous, even if worn by boys or men. They have openly rebuked their sisters as being in mortal sin for causing them scandal simply because they could see their ankle, as they hold that dresses that don't cover a woman's or girl's ankle are sinfully scandalous. They believe they are obliged under pain of sin to correct anyone they think is sinning at all times and all places, no matter the circumstances, even if it's a stranger in public. One young adult man who follows Crawford told his brother he couldn't go skiing with him because there would be girls wearing ski pants, and he believed he would be sinning if he refrained from telling them they were sinning. That same young man later told his brother he was mortally sinning for wearing shorts. He has now moved to shunning his brother, who was his closest friend all his life, won't talk to him when he's near, and, like his other siblings that follow Crawford, shuns all his other siblings and family members that stuck with the CMRI.
Many of these family members following Fr. Crawford claim to receive answers to all their questions and knowledge on all their beliefs, and any decisions, directly from God while praying. They say the knowledge is infused in them during prayer by God speaking to their heart, and they can't explain it in words. They credit this to praying a 15-decade rosary every day. They claimed this is how they knew to follow Crawford and reject the CMRI as evil. In conjunction with this, they disdain and distrust Catholic books, saying books have no value, as no books can be trusted to not have been corrupted, including all bibles or writings of the popes and councils. They've said the only knowledge that can be trusted is that which God gives to them directly in prayer, speaking to their heart, and that they know it's from God, rather than from their own feelings or the devil, because, "if you're humble enough, you'll know."
I'm told Fr. Crawford is very charming.