Bill Cork reports that the infamous St. Joan of Arc parish in Minneapolis now has a new pastor appointed – Fr. Jim DeBruycker. It had previously looked liked the Interim Parish Life Administrator might be the diocese solution for this problematic and virtually schismatic parish. Unfortunately the choice of Fr. Jim DeBruycker who has been a regular for presider for Dignity at the Newman Center looks like more of the same. Dignity is of course organization that hawks pro-homosexual activity and same-sex marriage agenda – the antithesis of a group like Courage that is faithful to Church teaching. The fact that St. Joan’s had previously asked him to interview for them doesn’t exactly give you a warm feeling about his orthodoxy. St. Joan’s wanting you is like an anti-imprimatur.
Though I have been working on exercising my charitable imagination as to why the Bishop might decide that a vibrant and orthodox priest was not what St. Joan’s truly needed. Possibly he is using an approach like a nicotine patch. That is he will slowly wean the congregation at St. Joan’s away from their heterodoxy with a succession of more and more faithful pastors. After the wildly heterodox Fr. Wertin’s who participated in gay pride parades and constantly invited politicians whose goals were quite discordant from the Church to speak maybe Fr. DeBruycker will be an improvement. Since Fr. DeBruycker is a priest that was about to retire this won’t be any kind of long term replacement and maybe the priest who succeeds him will even accept the Church’s teaching on marriage and homosexuality. Maybe even one day you could even find a catechism within the wall of St. Joan’s of Arc without them running in horror.
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