I hate to say I told you so

I hate to say I told you so

This is exactly what we didn’t want to see happen. A 69-year-old man was arrested after he refused to leave a church in Winchester, Mass., following the final Mass. The man wouldn’t leave, so the pastor called the cops, and the cops took him out in handcuffs. Of course, this was a lone protester, not an organized sit-in, so what was he going to do, stay in the church 24/7 by himself? This was not the height of rational action.

While not exactly supporting what the pastor did, the archdiocese didn’t throw him the wolves either (at least not in public):

“This priest took the action in the circumstance that he thought was best,” Ann Carter, a spokeswoman for the archdiocese, said last night. “This does not reflect a change in archdiocesan policy, and he did not take this action at the direction of the archdiocese.”

But what did happen was that the protesters at other former parishes got their martyr. The so-called “Council of Parishes” is trumpeting this as a “major escalation,” although it is no such thing. They also claimed that the man was denied his canon law rights because he was denied sanctuary. That’s plainly ridiculous. What was he seeking sanctuary from?

Written by
Domenico Bettinelli
1 comment
  • Perhaps a few of us can form a Council of Non-Vibrating Parishes, declare “We Are Church”, and then show up at these vigils to enforce our property rights by evicting the squatters, changing the locks and preparing our real estate for liquidation.

    Oh, but I wouldn’t want to “escalate” the situation.  I mean, just because a bunch of rich seculars have absconded with our buildings so they can hold parties and watch videos…that’s just the Holy Spirit at work in the Church, right?

    This priest took the action in the circumstance that he thought was best

    Well, perhaps it’s time for the common priesthood of the faithful to do what we think is best, eh?

    947 “Since all the faithful form one body, the good of each is communicated to the others. . . . We must therefore believe that there exists a communion of goods in the Church. But the most important member is Christ, since he is the head. . . . Therefore, the riches of Christ are communicated to all the members, through the sacraments.” (St. Thomas Aquinas, Symb., 10.)  “As this Church is governed by one and the same Spirit, all the goods she has received necessarily become a common fund.” (Roman Catechism I, 10,24.)

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