The Roman Catholic Diocese of Colorado Springs is taking aim at what it calls a renegade church in Black Forest and asking its members to return to the fold.
In a letter to about 60 households, Bishop Michael Sheridan said Servants of the Holy Family is not part of the Roman Catholic Church, despite what church priests tell them.
“I entreat you to separate yourself from the Servants of the Holy Family and return to full communion with the Roman Catholic Church,” Sheridan wrote in his letter. “No one can claim to be authentically Catholic if he or she is not in communion with the diocesan bishop and the Pope.”
Sheridan said the separation nullifies some Catholic sacraments such as marriage and reconciliation, also called confession or penance.
FROM BISHOP SHERIDAN’S LETTER TO PARISHIONERS:
“I entreat you to separate yourself from the Servants of the Holy Family and return to full communion with the Roman Catholic Church.”
Former members claim that Servants of the Holy Family is out of sync with the Catholic Church in other ways, too, saying the church is as much a personality cult as a place of worship.
Sheridan and the diocese can’t take action against the church, just urge members to leave.
Servants of the Holy Family is a church and seminary of 100-150 congregants at 8025 Maverick Road.
Maverick Road? Now that is pretty funny and perfectly fitting. One of the uses of Maverick is "One that refuses to abide by the dictates of or resists adherence to a group; a dissenter." I think this would be useful to rename streets around other known dissenters.
- National Catholic Reporter – 666 Heretic Ave
- Hans Kung – E. Communicated Street
- Joan Chittister – 1 Known Dissent R.
- Call To Action – No 1 Under Sixty Lane
- Bishop Gumbleton – 4 Undermining Doctrine Ave.
- Fr. Richard McBrien – Where’s My Coll R.
- Frances Kissling – 44,000,000 Moloch Lane
- Minneapolis’ St. Joan of Arc parish – 2 Schism Road