(quote) Lynea-297530 said: It has seemed to me that the reason the Pope chose what he did was maybe the same reaction of the just judge in the Bible, when one woman stole another woman's baby and the other wouldn't return the baby. The judge suggested to cut the baby in half, well, this is sort of what has been done. I think it was to test obedience. However, Fr. Manelli has always been obedient. For some reason, there are factions that see the traditional Mass as part of a "traditional movement" (an ironic phrase if ever there was one), and not the Novus Ordo as a movement. Ok. So, the underlying "issues" of the Friars alleged by its apparent enemies in Rome who report to Pope Francis is a canonical and theological issue mainly focused on the idea that a religious order ought to conduct itself in obedience to its religious superior, who is really canonically higher than the bishop, in a sense, for that community. But with extra autonomy of the religious without much regard for the authority or their superior is hog wash --- one of their religious vows is holy obedience. That is one of the three, main points of becoming a religious in the first place: to witness to the eschatalogical realities to the world. Somehow this is offensive to the Modernists, and is being presented as not progressive. The Traditional Mass was just another rub in the wrong direction for these guys.
Look at the Society of the Most Holy Trinity and Father Corapi: They gave Father too much rope, and look what happened? Eventually, he became disobedient anyway, precisely because there was hardly any effectively executed accountability and constraints in his life style, living arrangements, recreation, time, etc. I'm sure he had "meetings" with his superiors, but that's not what I'm taking about here.
There was definitely a breakdown of religious life there, and partly because of the "star power" of Fr. Corapi (always a bad thing).
Tests of obedience do work out sometimes, as with Fr. Pavone with Priests for Life. Sometimes, as you seem to indicate, it is mainly persecution (Padre Pio being the classic case).
In this case, well, as Ronald Reagan said, "facts are stubborn things."