Sunday, October 24, 2010

VOTF and St. Rose of Lima

Well, it looks like no one in Hyattsville thinks that allowing dissenters to meet at a Catholic Church matters. Why should they, they have more important things to do, such as arrange for planes and tours in recognition of a red hat ceremony.

In this week's St. Rose of Lima bulletin, Msgr. Paul Dudziak couches the words in describing the VOTF meeting. In the last bulletin, he stated that this meeting would send recommendations up to the American Catholic Council. This week, he just says that it is a group who is meeting to discuss the future of the Church. He also makes certain to put it in his weekly column, right up front. (If this is not an affront to the Archbishop of Detroit and all faithful Catholics, I don't know what is.)

Here are just a couple of quotes from the statement from the Archbishop of Detroit, to remind Msgr. Dudziak and Cardinal elect Wuerl:

  • The American Catholic Council movement and its national gathering are not conducted under the auspices of the Detroit archdiocese, the universal Roman Catholic Church, or any entity or organization affiliated with the archdiocese or the universal Roman Catholic Church.
  • The archdiocese wishes to commend and embrace all true efforts at Church renewal - the American Church Council's agenda is not such an effort. Some of the advertised speakers and groups organizing the effort espouse positions which are clearly contrary to Catholic faith, leading to alienation and estrangement from the Church.
  • The Archdiocese of Detroit cautions any Catholic against participating in the American Catholic Council local listening sessions and national gathering in June 2011. 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.
I think placing it the front of the parish bulletin is his way of not only sticking it to me and others, but he is also trying to hide the true intent of this meeting.

For shame Msgr. Dudziak, for shame.


Restore-DC-Catholicism said...

Look here. Now go down the left sidebar to "Upcoming Listening Session Assemblies". Right there you'll see the "Montgomery County MD VOTF" session this Wednesday. Again, they are being super-cagey about the connection to St Rose. Why the dishonesty?

Restore-DC-Catholicism said...

Follow up! Going further down that column, I see that there was one in Bowie yesterday.

Anonymous said...

St.Rose of Lima is not in Hyattsville,it's in Gaithersburg.


To Anon at Oct. 24 at 11pm.

Yes, I know that St. Rose the Lima is in Gaithersburg, on Clopper Road. (Was there on Saturday afternoon.)

The reference to Hyattsville is where the Archdiocese has their offices.

Anonymous said...

I overheard an older man mocking the priesthood in the narthex of St. Rose after Saturday Vigil mass last Saturday. He had some people gathered around him and he was pointing to a poster of seminarians and was saying: "Do you see the women here? No, because the priesthood is a sexist organization." That is what happens when you let heretics come into the parish and have their meetings. We are a military family temporarily attending this parish. We wish we could stay and try to make changes. This parish needs help......and a visit from Cardinal-designate Wuerl. I'm staying anonymous here because I'm a catechist and I don't want to be prevented from teaching because of my comment here.


To Anon at 11:26am.

First, thank you for our service to our country. Also, a special thanks go out to your wife and children who also sacrific for you.

Unfortunately, a visit from the Cardinal elect will do nothing. If he is not willing to stop this -- and he has the authority to do so -- a visit will do nothing, other than to provide some nice photos for the Catholic Standard.

Sorry to be so cynical.

Restore-DC-Catholicism said...

An educational flyer was bestowed on some attendees of this gabfest. See

Anonymous said...

To the Anonymous Catechist:

The priesthood IS, in fact, a sexist organization. While feminist activists often skew the definition of 'sexist' (or sexism) toward a more pejorative use, the actual definition (sexism) fits quite well (from M-W):

1. "Predudice or discrimination based on sex, expecially against women"

The Church disqualifies women from the priesthood for no other reason than they are women.

While your service to this country is indeed appreciated, you should resign as a catechist. Your use of the term 'heretic' against a fellow catholic is both judgmental and misplaced. The formation of neophyte catholics, especially those on a journey of conversion, is not well served by someone as quick as you to judge.

Finally, on the issue of VOTF: it may be a 'dissenter' organization, but I ask you (all) seriously, what is a spiritually enlightened, intelligent Catholic to do when THEIR church fails to live up to Christ's most basic teaching?


To Anon on Oct. 29th.

The Roman Catholic Church has not failed you. Your comments have shown that you have failed it.