It is hard to know just how much effect this will have, but the Archbishop of Detroit had no choice but to issue a public statement about an upcoming conference of dissent to held in the Archdiocese entrusted to his care.
From the freep with my emphases:
Archdiocese of Detroit: Stay away from liberal Catholic conference
By Niraj Warikoo
FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER
The Archdiocese of Detroit is warning Catholics in metro Detroit — including priests and ministers — to stay away from a national conference of liberal Catholics to be held in Detroit next year. And Archbishop of Detroit Allen Vigneron is calling upon organizers of the conference to cancel their plans, saying they are in opposition to the Catholic faith. [I would be stunned if they actually did.]
The American Catholic Council, which calls for church reforms and greater openness, [No! That is not what it is calling for. Couching it in this language is deceptive. They are not calling for "openness". They are calling for dissent and a violation of the Church's teachings.] is set to hold a national gathering in June 2011 featuring progressive [liberal dissenter] Catholic leaders near the 35th anniversary of the ‘Call to Action,’ a Detroit gathering in 1976 that urged reform [dissent] and was held by the late Cardinal John Dearden of Detroit.
The liberal group claims there is too much secrecy and hierarchy in the Church; it also calls for greater acceptance of gays and lesbians, [Again, this is wrong. The Church does accept them. The Church will not accept their sins.] and women in leadership roles. It wants women and married priests. [Rather like the editorial board of the New York Times, come to think of it.]
“Serious sexual and financial abuses have resulted,” from problems in the Catholic Church, the group says in a newsletter. [Must we note that those problems were caused by sin and by people who violated the Church's teachings and laws as well as civil law?]
Their conference next year is to feature a range of Catholic speakers who have been critical of the Vatican, including controversial Swiss priest Hans Kung. [And after his talk there will be a break for the participants either to play some shuffle board or to change their Depends.] The liberal group says its efforts are done in the spirit of the Second Vatican Council, whose 50th anniversary is also next year. [Was there ever a better example of what Pope Benedict calls "the hermeneutic of discontinuity and rupture.]
But in a statement released Tuesday, the Archdiocese of Detroit slammed the American Catholic Council, saying “the goals proposed are largely in opposition to the teachings of the Second Vatican Council.” [Perhaps an exercise in understatement. I wonder if understatement works in Detroit.... hmmm...]
The Archdiocese, which oversees 1.3 million Catholics, says that some of the scheduled speakers at next year’s conference “espouse positions which are clearly contrary to Catholic faith.”
“The Archdiocese of Detroit cautions any Catholic against participating in the American Catholic Council local listening sessions and national gathering in June 2011,” the archdiocese said in its statement. “Catholic parishes, schools, and institutions are not to host any meetings, gatherings, or listening sessions associated with the planning of the June 2011 American Catholic Council. Priests, deacons, and ecclesial lay ministers will want to avoid lending support to such a misguided effort.” [Will there be consequences if they do?]
Archbishop Vigneron said “this national gathering…distorts the true Spirit of Vatican II.”
Vigneron “asks us all to pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit so that we may embrace authentic development of faith and morals, and shun efforts which threaten unity,” the statement said.
A spokesman for the American Catholic Council was not available to comment Tuesday, but their website says the conference is set for June 10 to 12, Pentecost weekend. The group says on its website it wants to “celebrate the ideas of Vatican II.” [Funny way to celebrate.]
I am lead to wonder if any of the organizers and potential participants in this Call to Dissent confab – other than Fr. Kung – have ever read the documents of the Vatican II.
WDTPRS kudos to Archbishop Vigneron for stating clearly what should be clear.
Here is the statement on the Archdiocesan website. I like this line:
The archdiocese wishes to commend and embrace all true efforts at Church renewal – the American Church Council’s agenda is not such an effort.
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Battle heresy and dissent! Annoy liberals now! Show your love for the truth!
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UPDATE 1828 GMT:
I see that the National Catholic Fishwrap, in the guise of reporting, is promoting the dissenters event.