I enjoy the musings of The Sensible Bond. He has a thoughtful entry which, in the lead up the Universae Ecclesiae seemed apposite to post… in part. We jump into this in medias res. He has been talking about the obedience of the FSSP during the nasty flu epidemic to adjust their manner of distribution of Communion. They obeyed, is the point, though it was hard.
We can make any number of hypotheses about this situation, which is now a fading memory, but my point is this: it would not have been good enough simply to defy the diocesan system. Some systems are arbitrary, but some systems are more than purely systematic. The truth is that when a system is God-given – and the attachment of individual Churches to bishops is God-given – it undoubtedly involves crosses that we are MEANT to carry. If we take ourselves out of the system, then we protect our sense of agency, but we miss out on potentially on what God wants to teach us. Some systems are not ideals, they are simply the reality in which we live, like fish in water or pigs in mud (I apply the last simile strictly to specimens like myself).
But my final point is this: we make a mistake when we act towards the Church as we might do towards bureaucracy (that is, rule by an office). The rule of Christ is that we do NOT come down from the cross. It is not that we come down from the cross and bash our enemies – or those we consider the enemies of Christ. Success is not our criterion; Christ is our criterion. Charity is not a hypothesis or a postulate. It is the life of God himself.
If I repeat these things, dear readers who remain, I repeat them above all so that I might not forget them.