20 August 2008

Parting Gift to Sister Lears before She Stole Out of Town


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Vindication of Archbishop Burke's decree concerning Sr. Louis Lears, formerly of the "pastoral team" of St. Cronan Parish, comes by way of an eyewitness account of the last "Eucharistic Celebration" Sister Lears attended before leaving the Archdiocese.

The parishioners' farewell gift? According to the witness, a stole:

...I was privileged to have stumbled onto the last Mass with Sr. Louise before she departs the Archdiocese for Baltimore. From the joy and exuberance of the Mass, I had no idea until her farewell blessing that this was an extremely sad day for the community, save for a mention during the homily that the parish was beginning a planning and transition process for its future. Fr. Gerry referenced St. Peter’s walk on the water from this weekend’s Gospel and said that though the storm is rough, and the boat is rocking very hard, that Jesus is calling out to the people of St. Cronan and “We Will Walk on Water!”

The entire assembly offered Sr. Louise a beautiful sung blessing that they all knew by heart coupled with the laying on of hundreds of hands. Several parishioners also offered a sincere gift of gratitude in the spirit of the early Christian Church-a stole obviously representing Sr. Louise’s powerful pastoral lay leadership over 13 years and the community’s belief that she deserves much better than the actions of the Archbishop. Sr. Louise’s tearful departure from her “spiritual home” touched me greatly...

The significance of the stole is laid out well in the Catholic Encyclopedia:

...The stole is worn only by deacons, priests, and bishops. For deacons and priests it is the specific mark of office, being the badge of the diaconal and priestly orders. The wrongful use of the stole by subdeacons, therefore, would imply the usurpation of a higher order, and would constitute an irregularity...

...The Sacred Congregation of Rites has given a large number of decisions concerning the use of the stole. As a general rule it may be stated: the stole is only used, and must be used, at a function peculiar to the deacon, priest, and bishop, a function that presupposes the order (e.g., at the celebration of Mass, when the Blessed Sacrament is touched, when the sacraments are administered), but not for example, in processions or at Vespers...

If this is true, it is worth noting that the usurpation of a liturgical vestment proper to an ordained priest or deacon is indicative of why it was necessary for the Archbishop to act to protect the faithful from scandal. Either Sr. Lears leaves the impression that she has been "ordained" a priest (an impossibility), or she is causing confusion in the less dramatic way of unlawfully usurping a liturgical vestment proper to one, blurring the roles of lay and clergy.

People at St. Cronan's have been victimized in a way they do not perhaps realize. Their "pastoral team" has led them astray and failed to instruct them properly in the faith. The Catholic faith, whole and uncorrupted, is their right, and they have been cheated.

Praise God that the Archbishop acted as he did. Pray that the new Archbishop will continue the necessary pastoral steps at St. Cronan and elsewhere to check the damage caused by the dissident crowd.

8 comments:

bobo said...

and the assembly sang her a blessing. I too am touched!

Baltimore, you will be in my prayers....

Anonymous said...

The gesture of bestowing on Sr. Lears the sacred vestment of a priest speaks volumes.

In any case they have completely re-organized the concept of priesthood around ideas of warmth, sentiment, compassion,and an aptitude for social justice.

In other words they have become Methodists.

Let's wish them well on their journey to rediscover how to "be
Church". I'd say they have already found a way and the way is protestant.

Their real problem is not how to "be Church". Their real problem is learning how to "be Church" without their churchly real estate which they shall surely lose very soon if they don't stop all this acting out.

stguyfawkes

Anonymous said...

What sickens me about this is the fact that the children of this parish have no idea how badly astray they are being led. They never had a chance.

Shame on these so called adults who through their shameless evil are doing their damndest to consign these poor lambs to hades.

I propose that we all add the innocent children of St. Cronan's, St. Stan's, and all other modernist infected parishes to our prayers. May the Holy Ghost guide them to real Roman Catholic parishes for the salvation of their souls.

Anonymous said...

The parish appears to be in a permanent state of adolescence, an observation made not with flippancy but with great sadness at such an underdeveloped and wrong-headed understanding of the Catholic faith.

Anonymous said...

Ay-yi-yi...enough of this topic!

nl said...

She's going to Baltimore? I sure hope somebody gives Archbishop O'Brien the heads up.

Anonymous said...

Hmm

Anyone notice the blog is affiliated with CTA (call to action). These same people have puppets at mass, enough said.

Anonymous said...

I put a question into words that have surfaced in my mind frequently throughout this sad drama: where in the world is the pastor in all of this? How can such enormous iregularities continue to exist in a parish with a pastor who is a Catholic priest? Wy does this man's name never appear in any of these proceedings?