From a reader….
I have been on Catholic Match and found a lady whose family considers themselves independent Catholics. They attend Mass at the Congregation of Mary Immaculate Queen (CMRI) or SSPV. Can a Roman Catholic in good conscience date a Sedevacantist?
GUEST PRIEST RESPONSE: Fr. Tim Ferguson, Official Parodohymnodist… with a biretta tip to Messers Gilbert and Sullivan
When dating a schismatic you must follow proper protocol,
and not be bothered by tangential or doctrinal folderol.
Confine yourself to criticizing popes whose names are John or Paul.
Be elegiac speaking of Lefebvre’s time in Senegal.
Avoid the steak on Ember Days, but you may drink some alcohol.
And roll your eyes when grumbling about the ugly Nervi Audience Hall.
About the hypostasis she might have a few conflicting views.
But if home-schooled, she’ll know about the square of the hypotenuse.
Some get off course on music, if offended may turn rude and they,
will even contradict norms from Tra le sollicitudine.
In short to date schismatics is not any sort of free for all.
When dating a schismatic you must follow proper protocol.
You must be diligent in speaking of the third Confiteor,
But speculation is allowed on the Cretaceous meteor.
Your Latin knowledge need not be complete or even practical,
but your pronunciation must be straight ecclesiastical.
If ever cornered, scapulars can be used as a last defense
to prove your solid Catholic bona fides with the least offense.
And then just hum introits in a mode that’s hypolydian,
whilst citing the Raccolta , but not e’er the Enchiridion.
Your coal on St. Nick’s feast day may be lignite or bituminous.
Your rosary myst’ries must never include the novel luminous.
A coat and tie are proper dress for outdoor games of volleyball,
when dating a schismatic, you must follow proper protocol.
In fact, if you can tell the year by looking at Montini’s lobes,
or guess the provenance of bishops just by looking at their robes,
if such affairs like vespers or novenas you’ve grown weary at,
and if you call the chancery a left wing commissariat,
When you know that modern phil’s gone on some loony trajectory,
and you have questions of affairs in Father Lovebead’s rectory,
you might not be in need of a retreat or a sabbatical.
You may just be aligning with your date, the hot schismatical.
I would suggest a sit down with your pastor or a trusted priest,
or someone clearly orthodox and truly faithful at the least.
But if you choose to try and woo a nice schismatic gal at all,
remember that in dating, you must follow proper protocol.