Feb 10, 2008

"Positive developments" in Diocese of Syracuse

Today's New York Times has an article (click on this post's title) about the Diocese of Syracuse using armed deputy sheriffs to haul out the last of 100 parishioners who for 217 days had been sitting in 'round the clock inside their closed 108-year-old St. Mary's Church (pictured above) in Jamesville.

The parishioners have an appeal under consideration in Rome, but the Diocese wanted to shut down the church anyway. A diocesan spokeswoman says they acted, according to the article, after "officials heard that a nonpriest had taken [C]ommunion wafers to the church." (Hope no one really did that.)

But listen to this quote from the news story:

"For many of St. Mary’s parishioners here in Jamesville, the closing has been confounding. The church — built by Irish immigrants in 1899 and enlarged 32 years later to make room for the Poles, Italians and Ukrainians who came to work at a local quarry — had a solid congregation and a healthy endowment that financed a food pantry for 1,200 people and a popular religious education program, said Ciarrai Eaton, president of the parish council."

Take a good look at that bright yellow "sheriff's line do not cross" tape around St. Mary's. This is what too many U.S. Catholic bishops today call "being pastoral" toward faithful Catholics.

And meanwhile, just remember the liberal mantra that "God accepts us just as we are" -- and realize that it applies to everyone except faithful Catholics whose parish church is beautiful, older, traditional and recognizably Catholic and therefore must be shut down.

Cardinal Mahony called his closing of St. John's Seminary College "a positive development," so we can only conclude that other bishops consider all their church closings "positive developments," too.

Dear Lord, please deliver us from such "positive developments."


Blogger Kenneth M. Fisher, CRCOA, crcoa.com said...

What will you say to HIM?

When you stand before Our Lord and Savior, and He asks you what you did when His Church was being violently attacked at the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, what will you say to Him?

Once again, the speakers list for this Congress is like a who’s who of the dissenter’s roster for the Americas. Among the more notorious of these speakers are:

Scott Appleby, Dr.Tom Beaudoin, Rev. Michael Crosby, Rev. John Cusick, Msgr. Ray East, Rev. Rev. Virgillio Elizondo, Sr. Barbara Fiand, Richard Fragomeni, Edwina Gatley, Greer Gordon, Thomas Groome, Rev. Gwynne Guibord, David Haas, Rev. Marty Haugen, Rev. John Heagle, Rev. Brian Massingale, Dr. Megan McKenna, Fr. Chris Ponnet Rev. Timothy Radcliffe, Rev. Alexia Salvatierra, Fr. Thomas Sweetser, Jim Wallis, Tom Zanzig, and.this is just a partial list of the most notorious speakers!

Once again, the “Concerned Roman Catholics of America” will be conducting a prayerful demonstration, and passing out flyers that attempt to educate those in attendance as to exactly what kind of teachings they are being subjected to.

We need more volunteers to help in this effort!

Come and join us on Saturday, March 1st as we stand up for His Church and its teachings. If you do, you will at least be able to say to Him when the time comes that you tried!

We will be in front of the Congress entrance from 9:00 AM to around 6:00 PM. Come and join us in the “Church Militant”. We firmly desire that all participants have Her Holy Rosary in their hands at all times!

The Congress takes place at the Anaheim Convention Center, 800 West Katella Ave., Anaheim, CA on the south side of Katella between Katella and Euclid.

Please let us know if you are anyone you know are planning to join us because this will help us to determine how many flyers we need to have printed. We very much need a volunteer who speaks fluent Spanish! We will meet outside the main ticket entrance. If we are chased from there, we will be on Katella Blvd. where all passing cars will be able to see us!

For further information, call CRCOA at: 714-491-2284, E-mail us at: crcoa@earthlink.net, fax us at: 714-772-5075, or go to our Website at: crcoa.org.

God bless, yours in Their Hearts,
Kenneth Fisher, Founder & Director
Concerned Roman Catholics of America

12:33 PM  
Blogger Dad29 said...

and a healthy endowment

That tells you the whole story...

10:39 AM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Dad29,

You have a point there! Thanks for writing.

9:23 PM  

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