Over in Texas, in the diocese of Fort Worth, there is one of those small, conservative, Catholic, 'liberal arts colleges' which are a feature of the higher education scene on the other side of the pond. They are all fairly new, because all the older instutions have been taken over by liberals. Fisher-More College is particularly new and, inevitably, financially struggling. One important feature, which the slightly less new versions often do not share, is a genuine friendliness to the Traditional Mass. For the last three years it has been celebrated on campus every day. With the permission of the bishop - obviously.
The diocese has a new bishop, the Most Rev Michael Olsen, who has written to the college President, Mr King. The bishop thanks the students for their spiritual bouquet, and informs Mr King that the EF is forthwith banned on the campus.
The letter is over at Rorate Caeli.
This is a truly stunning move. Is the bishop ignorant of the effects of Summorum Pontificum? Perhaps not quite: let's not jump to conclusions. Rorate has a legal opinion pointing out that the Faithful have a right to the EF. Yes, but look at the wording of the letter. If the bishop's command is not obeyed, what will happen? Will he take canonical steps against the celebrant? No, because he can't. What he can do, however, is suspend permission for the public celebration of Mass on campus at all, and their right to reserve the Blessed Sacrament. The chapel is a private chapel, presumably, and the bishop's permission is needed to celebrate public Masses there, and for reservation.
It is as someone should say: I have no legal right to insist that you do what I want, but I can make life mighty inconvenient for you in other ways if you don't buckle down.
There is a word for this: blackmail.
What if the students asked for the EF? The chaplain would be obliged to celebrate it for them: it is a legal matter. He would in law not be able to fulfil the Bishop's wishes. But he would still suffer the consequences.