Some of your fellow parishioners may question why the priest must be conditionally ordained. Some (who could not critically read Tony the Blunderer's monograph* on one-handed ordination) may comment, like a night-school lawyer who wrote us recently, that "the Holy Office during the 1950's repeatedly declared ordination with one hand valid for ALL grades of Holy Orders."
Well, the quoted account of the Holy Office's decisions is merely a hearsay anecdote from an unnamed bishop. Certainly we don't assert that the esteemed Fr. Regatillo, the author of the quote, made up the tale out of whole cloth. We merely insist that, without written documentation from the Holy Office, a speculative doubt about the validity of "One-Hand" Dan's orders remains in light of Pius XII 1947 Apostolic Constitution on orders. (As we have pointed out, the rector once shared this doubt, too.)
There's no record that the missing ceremony was later supplied to cure the defect or that "One-Hand" ever received conditional ordination before his consecration. Therefore, the only way to remove any doubt about the orders of a priest ordained by "One-Hand" is through conditional ordination by a bishop who had been properly ordained a priest.
* As we have explained before in several palces, the Blunderer's article, "The Validity of Ordination Conferred with One Hand," suffers from a fatal mistranslation of the most important point under dispute. For those with the patience to work through the technical details, here is an analysis of the error that renders the piece unusable in definitively deciding the question of "One-Hand's" orders. (A knowledge of Latin is not necessary to follow the argument.)