Rorate Caeli reports here that Bishop Michael Olson (age: 47, ordained 1994) of Fort Worth, TX has banned the Traditional Latin Mass at Fisher More College. This decision appears plainly to violate the law of the Church.
It illuminates a larger point. One of the characteristic slogans of conservative Catholics is “the biological solution.” In theory, because younger priests are significantly more orthodox than are older priests, soon the hierarchy of the Church will become more orthodox. The orthodox priests will rise through the hierarchy, you see, becoming bishops and cardinals and someday popes.
This is a dumb idea. There are about 5000 bishops in the world and about 400K priests. Thus, there are about 80 priests for each bishop. In 80 randomly selected young priests, there are going to be several very liberal ones. Young priests are better, not uniformly good. Thus, if the hierarchy wants heterodox or disobedient bishops, it will have little difficulty in finding them. There tend to be around 100 voting cardinals. That’s one cardinal for each 4000 priests. Making sure the guys with the red hats are mostly or all liberals is very easy.
Personnel is policy, and selection is a very powerful force. Just because Chinese are, on average, quite short does not mean that Chinese professional basketball players are, on average, quite short.