maintained on lists, placed in groups vs. other groups, etc.?
Is this a rant because you noticed that a certain priest that tends to your chapel is not on the list of priests in the Priestly Union Marcel Lefebvre, and the priest that he works in conjunction with is?
If you dig deep enough, I'm sure there is a logical explanation for everything...
By the way, celebrity priests are the worse in my opinion, but my opinion isn't worth the two cents it's purported to be.
Archbishop Fulton Sheen was somewhat of a celebrity priest [archbishop] and many traditionalists think he was great.
Remember how important it is to be informed, whether it be the priest in Arizona or bishop in Timbuktu. Just take a look at the history of Cullman, Alabama...
That is a good point; one that I thought of as well. Yes, I agree that a priest can't time-bubble himself and pretend he's running a 1950's parish, or even a 1980's SSPX chapel (before the SSPX crisis) -- in both cases, ignoring all current events, never speaking of what is actually going on out there, etc.
As great as the 50's were (in SOME ways -- just ask +Williamson about all the problems brewing in the 50's!) or the 80's in the SSPX, when there were no accordistas -- the fact is that those times are in the past. We're in the present day, when the SSPX crisis unfortunately exists, and countless priests are pro-Vatican II and pro-deal with unconverted Rome.
But how often should a priest talk about Vatican II and/or the SSPX crisis? Every week? Every other week? Once a month? Less often? Who gets to decide the standard?
What if a priest wishes to lay low (on the international scene) for X months, until he gets established? What if a priest only doesn't want to "fight", "be at war [with other Trad priests]", etc. because he's busy with another equally legitimate occupation? There are honorable, virtuous endeavors that take a lot of work and attention, you know.
Not wanting to fight fellow priests at the moment
does not imply fifties-ism, wanting a cushy job, being a hireling, or cowardice -- it might merely imply a different priority at the moment.
And there's a huge gulf between being a national celebrity, fielding hundreds of e-mails and phone calls, and choosing out for yourself a small "manageable" flock that leaves you with plenty of leisure time. What if a priest had 2, or even 3 flocks in a given area? What if he didn't swear off the airport apostolate altogether, but instead picked ONE other geographic location to fly to on a regular basis? What if he chose to run a school, orphanage, nursing home, reform school, or, I don't know, a retreat center? Would that meet with certain people's approval? (I won't hold my breath).
Just some food for discussion and/or thought.