Dom Alcuin Reid
Dom Alcuin Reid, a respected liturgical scholar, has been suspended.
The previous Pope wrote the forward to one of his most famous books.
He was the founding Prior of the Monastère Saint-Benoît in the diocese of Fréjus-Toulon, France
He was secretly ordained by an anonymous bishop who is, according to the monastery, a “senior prelate in unimpeded communion with the Holy See.”
As the prior of Monastère Saint-Benoît since its founding in August 2020, Dom Alcuin was only a deacon and the growing monastery depended (with difficulty) on diocesan clergy for the Holy Mass according to the traditional Roman Rite.
As a result of this dependence on diocesan clergy, the monks had sometimes had to go without the Holy Sacrifice on any given day, which obviously destabilised their Benedictine life, besides threatening vocations.
Three monastic visitators recommended to the local bishop (Msgr Dominique Rey) that Dom Alcuin be ordained to the holy priesthood, even as late as December 2021 – after Traditionis Custodes.
The Bishop refused and informed the monastery that he would not ordain Dom Alcuin.
Dom Alcuin was then secretly ordained by an anonymous bishop who is, according to the monastery, a “senior prelate in unimpeded communion with the Holy See.” He then submitted himself to his local bishop Rey, who immediately suspended him.
The action of secret ordination was justified, according to the monastery’s statement, “for the ultimate good of souls in a truly extraordinary situation in the life of the Church.”
Dom Alcuin Reid is a liturgical scholar of international renown. His principle work, The Organic Development of the Liturgy (Ignatius Press, 2005) carries a preface by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger.