UPDATE Jan 18:
It’s a good thing that people took the time to download that video. The parish (I assume) pulled it. However, we still have the proof that it happened as described.
Originally Published on: Jan 17, 2019
Several priests and laypeople have written to me about this. It is troubling enough to merit wider attention. It pains me in the extreme that this concerns my native place.
In the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis there is an infamous parish, St. Joan of Arc, which perpetrates weird and sacrilegious offences, especially liturgical, against the Faith.
I understand that, as advertised in the parish bulletin and enshrined in a video, there was the public baptism of a child – conceived through in vitro fertilization and with surrogacy – of a homosexual couple.
Rumors are one thing. VIDEO is a “proof”. Someone should grab the video before it is removed.
“Jesus also had two dads, and he turned out okay.” (cue applause)
Sentimentality aside, this is scandalous.
Baptizing a child living in this situation is a tough pastoral call.
However, exalting the circumstances as they do in this video, publicly, is scandalous.
Apart from the baptism, this is a complete public embrace of homosexual “marriage”, in vitro fertilization and surrogacy.
St. Joan of Arc – my heavens how insulting to this great saint! – has been a disaster for decades. As a seminarian I went there a couple times to see what was going on – thirty years ago. Lots of parishes have coffee and donuts, but not usually in church, during “Mass”. I was fairly sure that the “Mass” was not valid, because of the substantial bread they had. It is unfathomable to me that something hasn’t been done to deal with the abuses at this place.
One of the people who contacted me about this was from a different part of the country, not near Minneapolis at all. Hence, I think this merits greater attention because of the scandal that it causes and the harm to the souls of those involved.
Concerned members of that Archdiocese might make their thoughts about this known to the chancery.
If anyone reading this decides to do so, be sure to be brief and be respectful. I have some tips for how to write to priests and bishops, etc. HERE
I’ve turned ON the moderation queue.
Check out the pastor’s profanity laced raving in the current parish bulletin HERE. Just because he used Yiddish words, that doesn’t mean that those words are not off-color. Was his intention to mock Jews, or was he just trying to be cute?
Frankly, I don’t know what an Archbishop could do to … what?… clean up that place. The appointment of any reasonably faithful priest as pastor would trigger immediate revolution. What to do? Suppress the place and sow the ground with salt? Let it remain so that all the crazies concentrate there rather than trouble other parishes? I have great sympathy for the Archbishop.