Traditionalists have charged that a double standard is at play, with a conservative, tradition-minded order being targeted for particular sanction on ideological grounds by a pope with a progressive bent.
“I hope that I am not being intemperate in describing this as rather harsh,” the Rev. Timothy Finigan, a British priest whose “The Hermeneutic of Continuity” blog is much-read in traditionalist circles, wrote last week of the sanctions.
Editor’s note: Is this Pope Francis’ “SSPX” Moment”? The Catholic Church continues to advocate religious liberty for Jews, Muslims, Pagans, Atheists and even (especially?) liberal Catholic heretics. But no religious freedom for traditional Catholics!