You know about the weird dissident Fr. Kennedy in Brisbane, who baptizes invalidly and doesn’t believe in the resurrection of Christ.
Priest fired for unholy communion
February 20, 2009
THE first Australian priest to be sacked from his parish for being "not in communion" with Rome has defied the Catholic hierarchy by promising to conduct Mass as usual this weekend.
In a decision that is likely to reverberate throughout the Catholic community, the Archbishop of Brisbane yesterday fired Father Peter Kennedy for unorthodox practices. ["fired" and "sacked" … well …. translated into secular terms.]
Father Kennedy, of St Mary’s in South Brisbane, allows women to preach, blesses gay couples, denies the Virgin birth and claims the Church is dysfunctional.
It is the first time a priest has been sacked in Australia for breaking ranks with Rome and follows secret filming of unorthodox liturgies at St Mary’s and complaints to the Vatican by arch-conservative Catholics. [You can tell what side the writer is on.]
In his decree, the archbishop said Father Kennedy had "caused harm to ecclesiastical communion in spite of frequent requests from me to do otherwise". And in a statement he said: "This decision brings me no satisfaction as division within the Church is contrary to all that Christ taught."
Father Kennedy said he felt betrayed by the archbishop [incredible! After the patience he has been shown.] but conceded that the parish he has led for 28 years was out of line with the teachings of the Church. "We have broken liturgical rules," he said yesterday. "We have treated people as adults, we have embraced gay and lesbian people, we have women coming into our community to preach." [And preached pure heresy, as well.]
He said his liturgies were still valid. [except for those that aren’t] "We celebrate in a way that is relevant to Australian Catholics, rather than toeing the line in Rome."
Father Ken Howell will take over St Mary’s tomorrow as an administrator and has said he wants to work towards healing.
Father Kennedy will not go quietly. He plans to say Mass at 9am on Sunday and expects 1000 people to turn up. But he has backed away from threats that he would form a breakaway church. "I don’t wish to do that. We argue but we are very much within the Catholic tradition."
Instead he will formally appeal the archbishop’s decision, and until the matter is resolved he will continue attending St Mary’s.
Father Kennedy’s supporters were distraught at his sacking and predicted it would destroy the good work he had done. [One can only hope.]
"People see this as the end of the community as we know it," a spokeswoman for the parish, Karyn Walsh, said.
"The decision about St Mary’s sends a message across all Catholic communities that you cannot have any diversity in relation to liturgy."
The church establishment has tired of Father Kennedy’s questioning of the "single
truths" of Catholicism. He airs conundrums of the faith that many followers wrestle with in private, describes the Virgin birth as "nonsense" and believes there should be a Vatican III to address doctrine for the 21st century.