Tuesday, March 26, 2024

St. Teresa of Avila - Liturgical Abuse (Part Two)

 In my parish, and probably almost all of the parishes in the Archdiocese, I have been told that the only ones who can give a sermon/homily is an ordained Catholic priest and/or deacon.  No lay person.  No religious.  No one else.  I know in my parish, this is strictly enforced.   

If you want one of the parish ministries to get up and say a couple of words about themselves, well, that is done after Communion at the time of the parish announcements. No ands, ifs, or buts.

Well it seems that at St. Teresa, someone other than a priest or deacon can give the homily/sermon.  And, this has also been done on March 17th.  You can see it on their YouTube Channel.  Here is the link to the video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kC0-ZcAj2_k  

So, who is this person?  Her name is Sr. Dr. Oralisa Martin and runs Oracle Religious Assn in DC, which was established in 1993 according to their website.

Sr. Dr. Martin, based on my reading of her bio, is a religious but I have no idea which order she was a associated with but it was located in LA. 

It says that she has moved to "private" vows.  You can read all private vows here. So, is she using the term "Sr." in the religious order sense, or is she using it in the generic sense, as when the priest says "Sisters and Brothers"?  Msgr. East calls her "sister," but again, is she still a member of an order or has she renounced her vows.  I am very unclear about it.

In addition, it should be noted that Msgr. East serves as the chaplain of Oracle Religious Association's evangelization and catechetical ministries.

More tomorrow.



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