28 January 2008
Local Schism Roundup
One of the many strategies in St. Stanislaus Kostka's media case against Archbishop Burke is that the former parish is a traditional Polish Catholic parish and that the Archbishop's beef is purely mercenary. Can anybody tell me where in the rubrics for the Mass-- in any language-- there is a call for the priest to wear a witch hat? No word on whether Fr. Bozek will be wearing this for his prescheduled "impromptu" press conference next Tuesday after the Archbishop gives him yet another opportunity to repent.
And just what is the significance of the rainbow stole worn above by Fr. Bozek and the woman next to him? (The photos above are accessible through the St. Stanislaus website).
On another front, I had decided to refrain from postings concerning St. Cronan's unless there was something newsworthy. Well, it didn't take long to find something newsworthy.
Interestingly enough, on the eve of their pastor, Fr. Kleba, having to appear at the chancery for issues relating to the Rabbi Talve/womenpriest advent function last month, the parish has seen fit to post an advertisement for a rescheduled lecture by Peter Phan. Phan, you will recall, is a theologian whose writings have been called into question by the Holy See. Aquinas Institute cancelled a previously scheduled appearance of this person after consultation with the Archdiocese. Yet being too heterodox for Aquinas Institute is not enough for St. Cronan's. If the Archbishop doesn't like him, well then they will surely advance his cause.
The constant argument by St. Cronan's supporters that they really live the Gospel and are being unfairly singled out is belied by this action. There is no reason for them to advertise for Phan in light of the disapproval of his writings by Rome and the consultative decision by Aquinas to deschedule him. Anything is permissible for these self-described Catholics as long as they can show disdain for the Archbishop. By the way, if you click on Phan's picture on the St. Cronan's website, it takes you to the parish's favorite prayer by the Buddha.
It is this kind of thing that ought to wake up those (few?) (many?) parishioners at St. Cronan's who disagree with this nonsense that their parish leadership is bringing the entire parish into disgrace and disrepute. Time for them to speak up. Their "pastoral team" faces possible discipline under Canon law. When will someone there call for a change of direction? Maybe, a change of direction to Catholicism. Who knows? They have a parish assembly scheduled this Saturday.
The Archbishop is acting rightly to exercise his authority to look into the actions of those self-identified Catholics who have been in the news in the past two months. He is exercising pastoral care of souls. Thank God for his courage in so doing. But is sure seems that these people are begging for attention.