ASK FATHER: Could a diocesan priest choose to say only the TLM?

wdtprs.com | 2/9/2018 | View all posts by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf →
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QUAERITUR:

Could a diocesan priest decide that he will only celebrate the TLM? Is he allowed to do so? What could a bishop do if he disagrees with the priest?

Priest - TLM - Consequences - Bishop - Pastor

First, a diocesan priest could decide to say only the TLM. He would then have to live with the consequences. His bishop and/or the pastor to whom he is assigned as an assistant may not like that decision. The consequences would be nearly immediate.

So, Father says “YES!”, and the Bishop says, “NO!”

Forth - While

They go back and forth like this for a while.

In the end. Father has no real power to defend his decision. He might be right or he may be wrong, but he has no effective power.

Bishop - Father - Faculties - Mass - Preach

If the Bishop is unhappy enough, he would probably suspend Father, take away his faculties to celebrate Mass publicly, preach, hear confessions, etc. He could move to remove him from his parish, if he is pastor. The Bishop could reassign him, if he...
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