Apparently, the advent of Traditionis Custodes hasn’t nudged Pope Francis’ US popularity one way or the other, according to the Pew Research Center. 1/6 still disapprove. 1/3 hadn’t even heard of his restrictions on the Traditional Latin Mass. Teflon pope? More likely all the dislikers still dislike and the fangirls and boys still approve, and a liturgical “atom bomb” registers on very few Catholic seismographs.
It seems many bishops in the US are proceeding carefully and with good pastoral judgment. That is good. Also, that clergy must check in with their bishop and ensure the ties are tighter among a diocese’s presbyterate. Also good. I have to wonder if the “bombs” are more a chicken little phenomenon. And if the whole complaint is about a priest losing freedom to do as he wishes, I’m not a whit sympathetic. Most human beings are answerable to someone. If some young priests are more about self-expression than serving God’s people, there are always good hobbies available.