Watch the following Vortex below and I will respond with my comments thereafter:
Michael Voris is totally correct on this subject: seminarians who are orthodox are in trouble in mostly diocesan seminaries. When a young man discerning a priestly vocation applies to become a diocesan priest, the Bishop will decide where the young man studies. He applicant has no say in where he goes to seminary. It's just like the military, you go where they send you.
Mr. Voris is also correct that orthodoxy was not allowed in the 1960's through the 1990's. This explains why most of the priests today are in some way, shape, or form going against the Faith. This explains why the "Church of Nice" doesn't care about Catholic Tradition and moral values.
Now, fast forward today, where I happen to go to a parish with four seminarians currently in studies, which is the highest I have ever lived to see from one single parish to date. They are all studying to become priests for the Archdiocese of Boston. This is great, and I believe that they will be saying the Traditional Latin Mass once ordained, which is a red flag to diocesan officials.
Unfortunately, these seminarians are in houses of formation which are Novus Ordo. It is very unlikely that under the current state of affairs that these holy men, influenced by the holiest priest in the Archdiocese, will not be ordained according to the ancient rites of the Church. Sad.
Seminaries exist at the pleasure of the bishops. If they are bona fide Novus Ordo bishops who were ordained to the priesthood in the 1960's and '70's, they most likely worship Vatican II as the best thing since the invention of the wheel. So a young man who wishes to serve his diocese as a priest who comes from a traditional Catholic family cannot apply as a seminarian for a Novus Ordo diocese. It is also unlikely that a Novus Ordo bishop will send a candidate to a traditionalist seminary.
This is why I highly recommend, that if you are a young man discerning a priestly vocation, to follow these rules when it comes to becoming a seminarian:
- Apply to study for the priesthood for traditionalist orders such as the SSPX, FSSP, ICRSP, etc. A traditionalist order is one which it's members are only allowed to say the Tridentine Mass under the penalty of expulsion. Their seminaries also follow the Traditional Roman Liturgy throughout and ordain to the minor orders. These orders are growing rapidly.
- Only apply to a dioceses where the bishops regularly celebrate the TLM. If they don't, don't bother applying; you will most likely be rejected elsewhere.
- If you are kicked out of a Novus Ordo seminary for speaking the truth (either in academic papers or elsewhere), try to apply for transfer credits in rule 1.
- If you are in rule 2, ask politely your bishop for ordination according to the 1962 Pontificale Romanum. If you are denied that request, ask another bishop for the same.
Paul Melanson of LaSalette Journey and myself are the only ones in Central Massachusetts who have blogs that are speaking the Catholic Truths. Paul has blogged several times about being kicked out of the LaSalette Missionaries' seminary for his orthodoxy. He wasn't even allowed to apply to continue his studies as a diocesan candidate for Worcester, because Bishop McManus thought harshly about his orthodoxy. He is a prime example of a legitimate priestly vocation ruined.
O Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of the Clergy, obtain for us numerous holy priests.