There are good reasons for this, given the problem of invalid baptisms there.
But let's face it, the underlying, real issue there and elsewhere is heresy.
Heresy is far more dangerous than liturgical abuses (which are often the symptom rather than the disease) such as not bothering to wear vestments, particularly when the person holding erroneous views is a priest, since by virtue of his position teaches and judges others and can thus lead others to perdition.
Visitation of US Seminaries
So it is alarming then, to read in the just released report of visitations to US seminaries in 2006, which points to continuing significant problems in the spiritual, moral and intellectual formation of seminarians.
There are some positives in the report, and it does find that progress that has been made. But it also notes that:
- even in the best seminaries there can be professors who show reservations about magisterial teaching, particularly in the area of moral theology;
- Latin and patristics are significant gaps in the curriculum of most seminaries - gaps that clearly make it harder for erroneous teaching to be countered by reading the original documents;
- most don't say Lauds or Vespers in common, or even have a Mass on the weekends;
- some seminaries remain hostile to traditional devotions; others never expose their students to them, or leave their practice to the individual seminarian.
But turning out orthodox priests surely has to be pretty high up the priority list give the link between orthodoxy and orthopraxis, the risk to the flock, and the difficulty in removing problematic priests later on (as demonstrated not least by the South Brisbane affair).
The report is certainly worth a careful read.