Since the chaos in the Church began post Vatican 2, there have been all sorts of independent Priests and religious associations. They all have stories of standing on principle and the Truths of the Faith and being expelled from their Diocese or religious order. Most of them could claim valid orders, however there were a fair number of unscrupulous individuals who had forged paperwork and were provided for by well intentioned lay people. Gifts of cars, property, trips, and of course cash. These men were truly con artists preying upon the good will of lost Catholics.
With charletains being exposed, others have taken the approach of giving the appearance of credibility to their "orders." If you study the groups listed on the "Lies" menu, you will see you will see how they interact with one another to develop a lineage and then lean upon that for legitimacy. They will obfuscate endlessly to prevent a person from learning the truth of the invalidity of their lineage. They don't want you to look beyond their statement that I was ordained/consecrated by a traditional bishop. They don't want you to discover that somewhere up the line that bishop was excommunicated either by their illicit and/or illegal actions, or were outright relieved of all orders/authority by the Catholic Church itself.
The CMRI as discussed in the Menu of Lies is a textbook case of smoke and mirrors regarding orders. They blather on about topics such as sedevacantism, invalidity of orders after 1965, length of women's skirts, etc. They do not want to recognize or address impediments like automatic excommunication/loss of office and ability to convey orders of someone up the line ahead of them. Sleight of hand, smoke and mirrors, call it what you will. They are masters of diversion to prevent their little scam from being exposed.
The CMRI leans upon their lineage and heap praise upon Archbishop Thuc. What they do not want you to know is that ALL "orders" conferred by Thuc following (and including) the incident at El Palmar de Troya are invalid. Docmentation to that end and the statement of admission by Thuc himself are freely available and undeniable. The CMRI's current leader shows his lineage coming from some other bishop, but in the end they all lead back to invalid orders in the Thuc lineage. He is not a valid Traditional Catholic Bishop. This man is in many respects no different than Martin Luther.
If we look at this from another angle, lets look at the priestly ordination of the current CMRI leader. Once again we find that the Catholic Church recognizes that the "Old Catholic" man who consecrated the bishop who ordained Mark Pivarunas a priest...was in fact outside of the Catholic Church and had no ability to confer any orders. Documentation cited elsewhere shows that even now the Catholic Church recognizes that all of those in the Old Catholic sect are excommunicated and therefore incapable of conveying orders. Mark Pivarunas is not even a priest at best. The man who came before him was not a priest. None of the "priests" ordained by Pivarunas actually received Holy Orders. It is all a scam.
Simony (/ˈsɪməni/) is the act of selling church offices and roles or sacred things. It is named after Simon Magus, who is described in the Acts of the Apostles as having offered two disciples of Jesus payment in exchange for their empowering him to impart the power of the Holy Spirit to anyone on whom he would place his hands. The term extends to other forms of trafficking for money in "spiritual things".
Simony remains prohibited in Roman Catholic canon law. In the Code of Canon Law, Canon 149.3 notes that "Provision of an office made as a result of simony is invalid by the law itself."
It is well known that Archbishop Thuc was a "bishop for hire" as he needed funds to support his lifestyle. He ordained anyone who had the money. Those claiming the Traditional Catholic line from him have continued the practice of charging thousands of dollars to receive Holy Orders. They transact large amounts of money and receive nothing but a paper trail that is worth only the paper it is printed on.
The CMRI portrays itself as a religious order. When you dig deeper, they are actually a corporation devoted to acquiring property and financial donations for the benefit of those within the group. Their schools and religious houses are all part of the con to convince gullible Catholics to direct their contributions to "maintain Catholic education" or for the "formation of true Catholic clergy." While some in the organization may believe this, those who question are expelled.
The hucksters beget more hucksters. As with most protestant denominations, these sort of groups splinter when there is a disagreement over who is boss or how far they can stretch the truth about Church teachings. Before you know it some former CMRI "priest" is setting up a monastery somewhere. They have deluded people into believing they were persecuted by their former order and in order to preserve the Faith, have set out on their own. They are gifted land and building materials, vehicles and other property, and money. They set up their own little empire and begin to make it grow.