The article covers the continuing standoff (pun intended) at St. Mary's by the Sea Parish in Huntington Beach, in Bishop Tod Brown's Diocese of Orange.
At issue, as you probably know, is pastor Father Martin Tran's insistence that the congregation stand after the Agnus Dei. Father calls it "clearly rebellion, grave disobedience and mortal sin" for his parishioners to refuse to go along with his standing order (pun intended again).
Father Tran also calls the refusal to kneel "despising the authority of the local bishop."
The news story says a third of the congregation is continuing to kneel after the Agnus Dei.
The story also says Father Tran wrote 55 pro-kneeling parishioners to tell them to quit the parish and the diocese (!) "for, among other things, 'creating misleading confusion, division and chaos in the parish by intentional disobedience and opposition to the current liturgical norms.'"
The article notes, "Father Joe Fenton, spokesman for the Diocese of Orange, said the diocese supports Tran's view that disobeying the anti-kneeling edict is a mortal sin. 'That's Father Tran's interpretation, and he's the pastor,' he said. 'We stand behind Father Tran.'"
This does not exactly sound open, welcoming, inclusive and tolerant toward the members of the kneeling community. In fact, it sounds judgmental, non-pastoral and rigid.
Could the pro-kneeling parishioners get themselves invited back by the Diocese of Orange if they declared themselves to belong to the homosexual Catholic pressure group Rainbow Sash, and to be Catholic pro-abortion politicians, for good measure? Just wondering.