From a reader:
I would like your advise on something. I am grateful for any time you can give to this. I’ll try to be brief.
If the local Ordinary can not feasibly provide Confirmation in the EF can one legitimately use the services of the SSPX? Should one contact the FSSP and see is they can be "snuck in" somewhere?
First, I don’t like the sound of "sneaking" to receive the sacrament of Confirmation… which by its very nature is contrary to sneakiness.
I think what you should do should be done in conjunction with your pastor.
That said, I consulted a good canonist and can offer this.
The 1983 Code of Canon Law says in c. 886 that a Bishop may lawfully administer the sacrament of confirmation within his diocese "even to the faithful who are not his subjects, unless there is an express prohibition by their own ordinary."
So, if your local bishop doesn’t explicitly object, you can go to another diocese for confirmation.
According to the law, it isn’t necessary for people to get permission from their own pastor or the local bishop to seek confirmation from a bishop outside of their own diocese.
Still, if I were on the other end, in the other diocese, and someone showed up asking to be confirmed, I think I as pastor of the parish where it was to take place, would want to know what gives, whether or not the pastor of their parish knew them, etc.
Also, once confirmed it is necessary that your parish be informed so that the sacrament can be noted in the sacramental register.
So, if there is an FSSP parish in a another diocese with a priest willing to include "stragglers" from outside the parish and outside the diocese, then according to the Church’s law the faithful can go there and request to be confirmed.
In know that in some places very wacky things happen during confirmations. Still, I would give consideration to being confirmed locally, even if it is in the Ordinary Form, which is valid. You want the sacrament, right? That is what you get. And if your sacramental preparation is sound, you know what counts. I understand that sometimes the way this is handled in the Ordinary Form, in some places, the rites are unpalatable. But it is something to consider seriously.
Nevertheless, wacky or not, you can seek the sacrament even in another diocese, in the older Rite if available at an FSSP parish.
I cannot say the same for the SSPX bishops. They are suspended a divinis. They cannot function in the name of the Church. They may not adminster the sacraments. They have no jurisdiction to confirm anyone, much less people coming from another diocese. Perhaps one day they will have this work to do for the Church, but right now they don’t. Seek a legitimate church or chapel with proper ministers.