Who said anything anti-clerical? Who said SSPX priests should not serve as confessors or spiritual directors?
I was critiquing the statement you made: "The SSPX should be a sacrament factory and nothing else."
You did not say they cannot be confessors or spiritual directors. I am suggesting that is the logical end of your statement, and, while perhaps not intended as such is classic anti-clericalism. It suggest that the only purpose for a priest, bishop, or even a pope is simply to give the sacraments to others, and ignores the purpose of all clerics, which is the sanctification of souls, which is both sacramental and extra-sacramental.
They really have no "ordinary" jurisdiction, therefore they shouldn't be dispensing advice.
Who said that? Of course they can give advice. I don't see anything controlling about that at all. It's just that, in some situations, given the fact that they have no ordinary jurisdiction, their advice would carry less weight.
But you said they should not be "in the least bit ... controlling of their followers". Again, the logical end of that statement is that they should just say Mass and hear confessions, but, of course, never do anything but absolve the penitent. Certainly, that's not what you meant, but, by absurdity, I'm trying to demonstrate how incorrect your statement was.
Since they shouldn't be controlling or in the least bit cultish, they can't preach about the social reign of Christ, against abortion or immodesty, they have no right to tell a young lady to cover herself, or a young man to take of the jeans and put on a coat and tie for man. Oh, and they shouldn't ever run any schools because, they that may be seen as controlling. I mean, they have to discipline kids. Talk about controling. The SSPX of course, cannot train seminarians, because, well look at those guys, they all wear the same thing, are forced to believe the same thing, cannot go out as they choose, cannot have websites, can only telephone anyone for a few minutes a week, their whole life is communal and there is that whole personality cult with that guy who called himself "Christ". Quick! Call the Winona police! There's a cult up on Stockton Hill just waiting for the "Second Coming" thing.
Of course the SSPX has to maintain discipline for its priests and in its schools. When would I have said otherwise? But there's an understanding that you'll have to follow their rules when you go into those things, and those are special relationships where "jurisdiction" really has nothing to do with the matter.
Well, I was bing both absurd and sarcastic here.
You response makes me question your rationale for the problem with Eric's situation. Did he not go into the SSPX's school of his own free will. Did he not create such a "special relationship". Is the school not making a policy decision that affects everyone, and do they not have the duty to enforce and discipline students who violate policy?
Do you not see the contradiction. You assert the SSPX should not be "controlling" yet then assert that they must enforce discipline in schools.
It seems you suggest that St. Mary's has that authority, but actually making a policy that you don't like is "cultish". Perhaps I have it wrong, and what you said was simply not clear. If so, relying on only the facts of the situation that we know, how is the policy "cultish"?
If it's just an "expert answer," and it's not authoritative, then it shouldn't be called a tribunal. It should just be someone going to an expert from the SSPX for advice, and that's it. I'm fine with that.
Well, honestly, I don't know the official name for the group. It's often called the "tribunal" by us lay folk, and even by some priests, but for all I know it could be called the "Expert Answer Group". I've heard it called, by priests, the "Canonical Commission".
The body itself, from what I understand, claims no jurisdiction. They require anyone approaching the commission to be morally bound by the decision, but that's fair and reasonable, I think.
That said, I think this question should probably be taken up in the proper forum, not on this thread.