Concerning the Monsignor title, a sermon he gave soon after said it was a loop hole for the Knights of Malta, that they do not need to submit it to the Pope. In my mind I don't really care much about this issue. It's only a title of honor, and I was there when the bishop did it, so I don't really see the need to press the issue much. Plus it would be highly rude to go about like this with a priest. I am not one to go around questioning someone unless I have strong evidence and strong reasons. Now that there is a Monsignor with ICK -- Monsignor Wach -- who was Fr's superior, but apparently that was held in contention and he is no longer regarded as that. Then Fr Perez was vice rector of their seminary in Gricigliano, so he wasn't small potatoes. Related to this is the fact that he was involved with the expulsion of a member (http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/abbott/060703
). Dr Drolesky added in his write-up, "[Fr Perez] told us that he was ordained for the Institute of Christ the King, but wound up being marginalized within that community as a result of the machinations of a priest who later wound up serving time in prison for molestation. He was told by his superiors to await his next assignment, which never came. Letters sent to Florence, Italy, were never answered. Father Perez told us, 'What was I supposed to do? Go out and get a job. I'm a priest. I've been ordained to celebrate Mass.' Thus, Father Perez started to celebrate daily Mass in his trailer in Santa Ana, California, working closely with a Father Frederick Schell, S.J., to offer the Mass on Fridays at an academy, the Padre Pio Academy, that had been established by Father Schell in Garden Grove, California." (http://www.shaneau.com/FrFredSchell_Tribute.htm
). This priest was probably Fr Timothy Svea (http://www.bishopaccountability.org/assign/Svea_Timothy_E.htm
). Beyond this is speculation, but I can see how he could have been in line for further promotion within ICK, and how this could have been derailed because of certain people and certain crimes. (Any connections are speculation. I do not know any of the facts here, but just what these public words say.) Monsignor said that Msgr Wach was able to stop this title being given once before, so the life of a priest is complicated. Trads are not exempt from politicking and power struggles. But since the Monsignor thing, he hasn't changed. So I've not seen any pride thing going on.
As for the workings of the Knights of Malta, I do not follow it and don't particularly care. The website is out of date, and I figure if a bishop wants to do what Bishop Mar Thomas is doing, fine. I also don't particularly care about lineage. This stuff doesn't factor into my decision. The Knights of Malta has no presence in our chapel in terms of spirituality or anything. Besides OSJ behind his name, Monsignor hasn't spoken about it.
More feedback would be welcome. I don't just want to discuss the peculiarities of these priests and what-not, but more about what your opinions are about going there, etc. I know that I will never be in a perfect place in which the priest 100% agrees with me on every issue. Humans have their own ideas. As long as doctrine is correct, the Mass is said well, and the parish is at peace, then I can't fault a priest for having his own peculiarities.