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SPRINGFIELD - A nun who has been involved in the day-to-day operation of St. Jerome Parish in Holyoke for almost 20 years has become the first woman named as an administrator of a parish in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield.
Although the position is temporary until a new pastor arrives in October, a diocesan spokesman said the naming of Sister Joan A. Ryzewicz is significant.
"On a certain level, it is a historic moment in the diocese," said Mark E. Dupont, diocesan spokesman.
With the number of priests declining, Dupont said that nuns and deacons could be increasingly named to head parishes.
"Certainly anyone traveling west would be exposed to more nuns, deacons and even lay people as parish administrators. It's new here," Dupont said.
"Certainly anyone traveling west ..."
Would that be ... mmm ... California?
Obviously, Sister Joan's appointment as parish administrator will not be the last in Springfield. More non-ordained administrators are coming in the future, as was indicated by the diocesan spokesman, Mr. Dupont.
With the number of priests declining, Dupont said that nuns and deacons could be increasingly named to head parishes.The sentiment expressed in Mr. Dupont's statement is one which is shared by Cardinal Mahony and a host of others in the "American" Church. It is, however, a sentiment which directly contravenes authentic Catholic teaching about the priesthood and its indispensability to the life of the Church.
In the introduction to the document, PRIEST, PASTOR AND LEADER OF THE PARISH COMMUNITY, the late Pope John Paul II wrote the following:
It would be a fatal mistake to be resigned to present difficulties, and act as if we should prepare ourselves for a Church of tomorrow that some imagine as being almost without priests. In this way, the measures adopted to remedy the present scarcity, in spite of all good will, would be seriously harmful for the Ecclesial Community.
How many priests, if any, were ordained for Springfield this year? How many men do they have in the seminary? What's being done to foster vocations? From what I can tell -- just like in L.A. -- nothing is being done because they have almost glibly resigned themselves to a future without priests.
Pope John Paul II was much too generous in the statement cited above in assuming the "good will" of those who are promoting priestless parishes. No doubt there are some who because of poor doctrinal formation think that the "Parish Life Director" (as they are called in L.A. and San Bernardino) is the greatest thing since liturgical dance. But most of those who are aggressively promoting this frightening trend are not so innocent. The radical, feminist, call-to-action nuns, as well as their wimpy clerical allies, undoubtedly know what they are doing. Their motto could easily be, "If you can't join 'em (that is, become a priest), beat 'em." And that's exactly what they'll do. As pointed out in the document, PRIEST, PASTOR AND LEADER OF THE PARISH COMMUNITY, the parish without a priest and without the regular celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, will die, as will priestly vocations.
Sister Joan A. Ryzewicz, the new administrator at St. Jerome's, is a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield. Are you asking right about now, "What kind of congregation is the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield?"RELATED POST about Sister "Sledge" and the Sacramental Monster.