St. Louis Catholic has learned that Sr. Louise Lears, a member of the "Pastoral Team" at St. Cronan Parish has been issued a summons and canonical admonition by His Grace, Archbishop Raymond L. Burke. Sr. Lears has been summoned to appear to answer the charges of rejection of a truth of faith under canon 750, and of causing grave scandal, thus implicating the penalties for a scandalous external violation of canon law under canon 1399.
Can. 750 §1. A person must believe with divine and Catholic faith all those things contained in the word of God, written or handed on, that is, in the one deposit of faith entrusted to the Church, and at the same time proposed as divinely revealed either by the solemn magisterium of the Church or by its ordinary and universal magisterium which is manifested by the common adherence of the Christian faithful under the leadership of the sacred magisterium; therefore all are bound to avoid any doctrines whatsoever contrary to them.
§2. Each and every thing which is proposed definitively by the magisterium of the Church concerning the doctrine of faith and morals, that is, each and every thing which is required to safeguard reverently and to expound faithfully the same deposit of faith, is also to be firmly embraced and retained; therefore, one who rejects those propositions which are to be held definitively is opposed to the doctrine of the Catholic Church.
Canon 1399 states as follows:
Can. 1399 In addition to the cases established here or in other laws, the external violation of a divine or canonical law can be punished by a just penalty only when the special gravity of the violation demands punishment and there is an urgent need to prevent or repair scandals.
I am unable to ascertain the exact factual allegations underlying the charges at this time, but readers of this blog will remember that Sr. Lears was present at the Advent vespers protest outside of St. Cronan's last month. This event occurred, and was presided over by Sr. Lears, despite the request of the Archbishop that St. Cronan's rescind its invitation to Rabbi Susan Talve to lead this event. Rabbi Talve and her congregation hosted the infamous pretend ordination of would-be priestesses Rose Hudson and Elsie McGrath. As an aside, both Hudson and McGrath were also present at the vespers protest.
The knowing participation in this event with Talve, Hudson, and McGrath following so soon after the schismatic "ordinations" was indeed scandalous.
It is possible that Sr. Lears is being held accountable for her public support of women's ordination, which support denies a definitive truth, an infallible teaching of the Holy Catholic Church. The teaching that only men can be ordained has been constantly maintained, and most recently confirmed as an infallible teaching in John Paul II's encyclical Ordinatio Sacerdotalis.
Perhaps when the mainstream media pick up the story (as they almost certainly will, as the standard textbook for dissenters is to bring along the cameras), we may discover more information on the factual allegations and also about whether Sr. Lears will break ranks with Hudson and McGrath and actually appear as directed.
When trying to find information about the summons and admonition, I came across this on one dissenter site forum (page down to message 416):