Thursday, June 26, 2008

Archbishop Burke wants Ad pulled from newspaper that welcomes Catholics to inclusive liturgies in St. Louis

Archbishop Burke is really ticked off again at Elsie McGrath and Ree Hudson, Roman Catholic Womenpriests because they will not pull their Ad in the St. Louis paper inviting Catholics to celebrate inclusive liturgies.

Archbishop Burke Orders St. Louis Womenpriests To Yank Newspaper Ad
Thu Jun 26, 2008 at 03:44:27 PM

"The archbishop is enraged about a display advertisement that the women have been running in the Post-Dispatch, according to a June 10 letter from Burke to the Womenpriests. The ad, publicizing their services at Thérèse of Divine Peace Inclusive Community, runs every other week in the “Catholic” section of the newspaper’s Saturday-edition worship directory"


Pam said...

A Letter to Archbishop Raymond Burke
Dear Sir:
You can't stop the Holy Spirit. You can't excommunicate
50% of the Catholic Church. Women priests are here to stay. The boys of the Curia have excommunicated themselves from 50% of the Church's population. In Christ there is no male or female. As a new convert I was outraged by the most recent edict from Rome. I knew nothing about the Women Priest Movement. The edict made me aware of it. This edict and the behavior of people like yourself is making spiritual martyrs out of the very people who are keeping a dying institution alive. Why does the male power structure of the church excommunicate a woman who is following her call from Jesus Christ yet allows pedophile priests the luxury of remaining Catholics. A priest who commits pedophilia excommunicates himself by the very act of destroying a little boy or girls life....a far more serious crime than a little ordination ceremony by a group of women. Please give me a break. Don't tell me I had to leave my brain on the banks of the Tiber when I crossed over. I can just as easily swim back.
You guys have lost it. First through the pedophilia scandals and now with this ridiculous crackdown on women. You are the new Pharisees pounding one more nail in the coffin of the organizational church that is rapidly becoming irrelevant in today's world. The message of Jesus Christ will live on, but the church will either evolve or die.

This was my reply and I meant every word that I posted. I am within a hairsbreadth of returning to the Anglican Church. My RCIA class did not prepare me well enough. My conversion apparently did not "take."

Pam said...

The Vatican announced today that Archbishop Raymond Burke of St. Louis has been named the new Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura. The appointment puts Burke, who turns 60 on June 30, in line to become a cardinal.

Burke is expected to relocate to Rome in August to take up his new duties.

Pam said...

Can you believe this? I guess we are all in trouble now. Will we all be disciplined if we attend an ordination of a woman? Are we that awful? I think he would like it if all the women in the world would just disappear. That would solve his "mommy issues."


She Participated in Attempted Ordination of Women

ST. LOUIS, Missouri, JUNE 27, 2008 ( Archbishop Raymond Burke has disciplined a Sister of Charity who has promoted and participated in an attempt to ordain two women to the priesthood.

Sister Louise Lears was accused of four delicts connected to her "encouragement of, promotion of and participation" in the attempted ordination of two women to the priesthood in November 2007.

The decree of extra-judicial adjudication regarding the sister was published Thursday, the day before the archbishop of St. Louis was named the prefect of the Apostolic Signature, the supreme court of the Church.

The Sister of Charity, is a member of the pastoral team at St. Cronan’s Catholic Church in South St. Louis, and a coordinator of religious education in the archdiocese.

A statement accompanying the decree affirms that, after a process of several months, the archbishop found the sister guilty of three of the four delicts of which she was accused.

"Delicts, which must be published in the Church," the note said, "are grave and external violations against the Catholic faith or moral teaching."


Sister Louise Lears is accused of four delicts: "1) the obstinate rejection, after written admonition, of the truth of the faith that it is impossible for a woman to receive ordination to the sacred priesthood (cann.750, §2; and 1371, 1º); 2) the public incitement of the faithful to animosity or hatred toward the Apostolic See or an ordinary because of an act of ecclesiastical power or ministry (can. 1373); 3) the grave external violation of divine or canon law, with the urgent need to prevent and repair the scandal involved (can. 1399); and 4) prohibited participation in sacred rites (can. 1365)."

The statement affirms that throughout the process, Sister Lear's "right to defend herself against the accusations was carefully safeguarded."
A text accompanying both the statement and decree reported that Archbishop Burke met privately the Sister Lears to issue a summons and canonical admonition, which is considered a warning.

Given that Sister Lears did not acknowledge that her public actions are against Church teaching, the archbishop has issued the penalty of interdict.

"This means that Sister Louise Lears cannot participate in public worship and cannot receive the Sacraments until she repents. The penalty of interdict is aimed at calling the persons away from their sin and to reconciliation with Christ and His Church," said the text.

Archbishop Burke ruled that the fourth delict is a "question of the competence of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith," so he has referred the matter that dicastery.


The archbishop imposed the following canonical penalties upon Sister Lears: "1) the penalty of interdict and 2) the prohibition of receiving any mission in the Archdiocese of Saint Louis, effective immediately.

"Interdict prohibits the reception of the sacraments. The prohibition of receiving any mission prohibits the holding of any Church position or the exercise of any apostolate of the Church in the Archdiocese of St. Louis."
The note says the "penalties are imposed for the purpose of bringing Sister Louise Lears to repentance for the delicts which she has committed and to reconciliation with the Catholic Church."
The statement continues: "Archbishop Burke expressed his sadness in imposing the canonical penalties which were necessitated by the refusal of Sister Louise Lears, even after repeated admonitions, to withdraw her statements and repudiate her conduct which have constituted grave delicts in the Church.

"The archbishop asks all of the faithful of the archdiocese to pray for the reconciliation of Sister Louise Lears with the Church."

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