With Traditionis Custodes, Francis gives to Bishop Athanasius Schneider the impression of a shepherd "who instead of having the smell of his sheep, is angrily beating them with a stick.”
Schneider told RemnantNewspaper.com (July 24) that Francis talks about “dialogue, patience, a warmth and welcome which is non-judgmental” while TC is a sign of “pastoral intolerance" and "spiritual rigidity.”
While Francis' Abu Dhabi document embraces a “diversity of religions,” now he resolutely rejects the diversity of liturgical forms. However, Schneider explains that the Roman Rite is a thousand-year-old liturgical treasure and “not the private property of a pope."
His conclusion, “Seminarians and young priests must ask for the right to use this common treasure of the Church, and should they be denied this right, they can use it nevertheless, perhaps in a clandestine manner.” Schneider grew up in the Soviet Union where his family practiced the faith underground.
For Schneider, this is “not” disobedience, but an act of obedience to the Church because Francis' rejection of the Roman Rite represents only "a short-lived phenomenon compared to the constant spirit and praxis of the Church.”
In the meantime, Schneider is expecting a Motu Proprio with “strict norms” suppressing the practice of “LGBT-Masses” whose designation as such alone is "a blasphemy" and "an outrage to the divine majesty." Nevertheless, such events “are tolerated by the Holy See and many bishops.”