Tom, our friend in Santa Fe, brings us this news item: his Archbishop, Michael Sheehan, successor to the great Abp. Lamy, tells us that a "marriage should be in a more spiritual place" than the one tiny church where he has granted what he considers to be "wide and generous" use of the traditional Mass:
You see, a wedding in the traditional rite, like a wedding at a lake or a wedding at the hotel which was once the Loretto hospital/orphanage complex until it abandoned by sisters when they went off to worship the Earth Spirit...such a wedding isn't likely to start "a marriage that will last with God's help throughout their lives."
You see, in the old days, Catholics got divorced frequently--at about the same rate as prots and non-Christians, but today, with the novus ordo wedding rite celebrated at places like that ugly church way out on St. Francis Drive (I forget the name, as it's been a while since I've been in Santa Fe), that's all solved. Few (if any) of the Catholic couples married since 1970 or so, in the new rite, have had failed marriages, and civil divorce and church annulments are uncommon.
Things are bad in Kansas City, but we can be thankful, at least, that they're not so bad as they are elsewhere. Our Archbishop (unlike Abp. Sheehan) hasn't shown himself (so far) to be personally at war with 1900 years of Christian Tradition or to be hopelessly under modernist influences. And even if he were, we can easily cross the border into Bp Finn's territory. We should remember to pray for the people of Santa Fe, like the people of Orange, and so many others around the country, that don't even get the little toleration that we do here.
And if ever the SSPX does have a good argument for "supplied jurisdiction," it would have to be in someplace like Santa Fe.