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By Jared Johnson, Crisis Magazine, Aug. 23, 2021

Jared Johnson is a junior at Franciscan University of Steubenville, studying for a double major in History and Communication Arts.

If we believe, then we believe in the Lord’s permissive will as well as His active: evil is permitted on the grounds that it will give rise to greater good. This belief, though one of the most difficult in all theology, is also a comforting one as we take stock of crises, Traditionis Custodes being the latest in a long series. It is because of this faith that many are able to project the potential blessings-in-disguise that the restriction of the Latin Mass will bring for the faithful and the earthly Church at large: a strengthening of traditional hubs, a stirring of interest from those who have not yet cared, or the clear delineation between supportive and oppressive bishops. All of this is likely and to be celebrated with gratitude. God writes straight with crooked lines, it’s often said. …

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