In my mail I got a “breaking news alert” from the
National Catholic Reporter. You know it has to be pretty
silly when they get in high dudgeon on something
concerning the Church. In covering The archdiocese of St.
Louis and the attempted ordination of women let us see what upsets them.
The archdiocese of St. Louis authorized
the video recording of a Catholic women’s ordination ceremony that took
place in a synagogue last November. It then used the video, along with
photographs apparently taken from the video, as evidence to punish a
Catholic nun who attended the liturgy, according to several people
familiar with the case.
Sister of Charity Louise Lears was forced out of all church ministerial
roles and banned from receiving sacraments within the archdiocese by an
edict of St. Louis Archbishop Raymond Burke announced June 26.
You mean the archdiocese actually
videotaped a “ordination” ceremony
proudly advertised and announced before hand? A faux ceremony
that now entitles those who directly participate with auto
excommunication. An excommunication reserved to the Holy See to remit.
A ceremony where those in his diocese flagrantly disobeyed their
archbishop and the Church. Yeah the archdiocese would have no
reason to want to know who was attending this. Then they
dared to actually punish a nun who was causing scandal and was
disobedient by being there. Imagine that.
I also have to laugh at the word “edict”
which is what liberals call any Church document they disagree with.
It was actually a decree of extra-judicial adjudication.
However, several people familiar with the documents, prepared by the
archdiocese that made up the case against her, strongly criticized what
they called the “surveillance” video-taping.
One of the confidential archdiocesan documents, according to
knowledgeable sources, was an affidavit giving permission to an
individual to attend the ceremony in order to record it. The record of
the ceremony is contained on two electronic discs in Lears’ file.
So surveillance is now videotaping a
ceremony open to the public.
“It was a surveillance video. That’s
exactly what it was,” said Sean Collins, a co-pastoral associate of
Lears at St. Cronan Parish until he resigned July 2nd, in part, he
said, to speak about what he says has been a grave injustice taken
“What disturbs me even more is that the video taping was premeditated,”
he said, referring to the affidavit authorizing it by the archdiocese.
Collins did not see the document firsthand, but referred to
had seen it.
Premeditated? Well I guess in
that context everything we do is premeditated. I guess also
that it wouldn’t be “disturbing” if the archdiocese had someone tape it
at the very last minute to avoid premeditation. Sadly
progressives crack me up when they see the grave injustice of punishing
someone who is not faithful and is totally disobedient to her bishop.
For them the problem is not that they do not at least give
religious submission of intellect and will as per Vatican II to what
has been infallibly defined by the ordinary Magisterium. Oh
no it is the archdiocese’s fault for videotaping them in their extreme
The article also wonders why Sr. Lears was
“singled” out when the reality is that he bishop had previously issued
a summons and canonical admonition and she failed to appear to defend
herself. She was also part of a pastoral team of a St. Cronan
parish whereas the other religious that attended were part of religious
orders directly and not working for the archdiocese.
Videotaping will send women back to the bad old days of secret ordinations on riverboats. Oh the shame.