One of them, extremely helpful in my opinion, is this public statement from Dr. Taylor Marshall:
Much of the politicization around the “Latin Mass and FMC” is Mr. King’s careful attempt to distract attention away from his financial misdealing at FMC. The college is currently teetering on bankruptcy and this latest entanglement with the bishop will lead to a public statement: “Fisher More closed down because the new bishop of Fort Worth persecuted the Latin Mass!” when in reality the College is failing because Mr. King entered into a dubious real estate deal that washed out college’s endowment AND all the proceeds from the sale of the original campus.Do, please, go and read the whole thing here.
How did a College sell its extremely valuable campus to TCU for several millions dollars in 2012 only to announce at Christmas 2013 that it might be closing without an immediate fund raising campaign through Rorate Caeli? [...]
FMC hosted a public repudiation of Vatican 2 and the Ordinary Form of the Mass in April of 2013 that was so offensive that my wife and I walked out of it before it’s conclusion. That did not do much to heal the breach with the local diocese or presbyterate and it contributed to the priests of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter (FSSP) discontinuing their support and presence at FMC. The current FMC website advertises that the FSSP provides a chaplain, but this is not true.
At the same time, Michael King estranged himself from the diocese of Fort Worth by not allowing the Ordinary Form (as stipulated by the previous ordinary Bishop Vann of Fort Worth). He also contracted an irregular/suspended priest without faculties, and hired “trad resistance” faculty while there was no bishop in Fort Worth to check these developments. Mr. King was able to create a community in his image (he affectionately referred to himself the “father” of this community) during the episcopal inter-regnum of the diocese of Fort Worth.
Clearly, a bishop's intervention was inevitable. The current controversy really has nothing to do with the Latin Mass per se. The Latin Mass is at the center because Michael King is politicizing the Latin Mass in his favor, knowing that “bishops vs the Latin Mass” is red meat for some traditionalist blogs.
Less helpful, to me, is the public posting of Patrick Archbold's letter to Bishop Olson:
Pursuant to your actions vis-à-vis the prohibition of the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite from taking place at the chapel of Fisher More College, I have the following questions:
What problem is this prohibition intended to remedy?
Is this prohibition the least restrictive measure possible to effect that remedy?
What consultations, if any, were held with the school to avoid such actions?
Are there clear criteria or actions set out which, if followed, would allow for the restoration of permission for the public celebration of the EF at Fisher More College?
Since the offering of the Extraordinary Form is key to the mission of Fisher More College and is a particular attraction for many of its students and their families, is it of concern to you prohibiting the EF may undermine such attraction to the school and thereby precipitate its demise?
There is more, in the same vein--and tone.
Why do I find this less helpful? It's not that Pat Archbold wished to write to Bishop Olson and ask these questions (even though most of us probably make it a practice only to write to our own bishops about diocesan matters). It's that the letter, which he chose to share publicly, seems to me--and I know some may disagree--to begin with an accusative tone that seems to presume that the bishop is in the wrong here, when most of the information I am hearing on the ground here in Fort Worth is saying something very, very different.
I'll add updates to this post during the day if it becomes necessary, but I think at this point that with so many people with direct experience of this college--Taylor Marshall especially--saying that Bishop Olson was indeed justified in taking this quick and direct action, it may behoove the rest of us to give the bishop the benefit of the doubt here.
UPDATE: I keep seeing people on various blogs insisting that it is not fair to "punish" the college students by taking the E.F. Mass away from them (and an assumption that the nearest E.F. Mass is in Dallas). However, the nearest E.F. Sunday Mass is at St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Fort Worth, only 2 miles away from Fisher More College. The Mass is at 5:30 Sunday evenings (a Mass time I'd have loved when I was in college!). I don't think Bishop Olson is placing an undue hardship on the college students who are sincerely attached to the E.F. Mass when there is such a Mass available at such a near distance which they can attend for the time being--even indefinitely--while things are being straightened out with the college.