Sunday, November 11, 2007

Give Me That Old-Time Canon Law

I think I'm going to like our new Baltimore archbishop, Edwin O'Brien. He has served notice that he will not stand pat on liturgical abuse in his parishes; he forced a priest to resign after he had an Episcopal priest concelebrate at a funeral, specifically reading the Gospel. He apparently also gave this priest communion. Both are blatant violations of Canon law.

Then you have to read way through the Baltimore Sun article to find that the Rev. Ray Martin also:

  • Hired a maintenance man who had a history of criminal activity, and failed to dismiss him when the Archdiocese told him to do so;
  • Allowed his dogs in the sanctuary (I know at least one other priest who has done that, and I doubt anyone challenged him on it); and
  • Failed to show up for a baptism.
Now, with the help of the Sun which values the politically correct over the liturgically correct, all sorts of parishioners are springing into action by brushing up on Canon law and the GIRM and finding out how Fr. Martin brought about scandal whining about the archbishop's actions:

Congregants at Our Lady of Good Counsel are organizing a silent walkout after the statement is read, said Natasha V. Rossbach, 37, who lives in Brooklyn."We are just going to get up and walk out to give Father Ray our support and show how much we loved him," said Rossbach.

Rossbach, who is not Catholic but whose husband is, said part of the reason she decided to raise her 3-year-old son as a Catholic is because of Martin. [ . . .]

"We just don't understand, it just doesn't make any sense," said Carroll. "As Christians, we're taught to forgive." [. . .]

"I thought the Catholic Church was making inroads to embracing everyone, but I guess not."


No, the Catholic Church ought not embrace scandal. And sadder than the fate of Fr. Martin is seeing how the feel-good catechesis (or lack thereof) of the last 40 years has brought up such a generation of Catholics who have no idea what they believe or why.

For that matter, Martin seems a bit deficient in his faith when he says, "I think that canon laws exist to protect the [C]hurch from extremism. I don't find that this is such an extreme situation." No wonder his flock is lost.

Archdiocesan spokesman Sean Caine agrees: "How can we expect our own people to follow the teachings of the [C]hurch if the priests don't?"

Amen. And that's why priests need our prayers.

(H/T: Ignorant Redneck.)

4 comments:

Dymphna (4HisChurch) said...

"And sadder than the fate of Fr. Martin is seeing how the feel-good catechesis (or lack thereof) of the last 40 years has brought up such a generation of Catholics who have no idea what they believe or why."

Yes!!! Check out Fr.Richtsteig's and Fr. Z's takes on this:

http://orthometer.blogspot.com/ http://www.wdtprs.com/blog/

CatholicGirlie said...

1) He did not give her communion.
2) The maintenance man worked on the fence of Fr Ray's own personal garden.
3) Do you know what the Archbishop said to us the night before he fired our priest?

Cygnus said...

CG:

1. I'm satisfied that he did, but even if he did not, there is no justification to have non-Catholic clergy read the Gospel. Do you go to churches of other denominations and demand their services be done your way?

2. Your point being?

3. No, what?

Dymphna (4HisChurch) said...

It's one thing to allow a Christian woman to read a reading at a funeral. It is quite another to allow a female Episcopal priest to read the Gospel. As far as the Catholic church is concerned, she was either invalidly ordained, or a lay woman, neither of whom can read the Gospel at Mass. He had to have known what he was doing.