December 31, 2006

Dissident Catholic of the Year 2006

Emmanuel Milingo, excommunicated former Archbishop of Zambia.

In 2006, Milingo repaid Pope John Paul II's trust that he had reformed his scandalous ways by rejoining the woman he married in 2001 and later renounced. Furthermore, on many occasions this year, including before the National Press Club in Washington D.C., he spoke about why he wants to see the removal of priestly celibacy from the Roman Catholic church. He started his own organization called Married Priests Now! and consecrated several married men as "bishops". All of these men are members of schismatic sects of the church. The Vatican announced that by these actions Milingo and the men he named bishops formally excommunicated themselves from the Roman Catholic church.


Blogger Paul, just this guy, you know? said...

Gee, I wonder, if I were to name an anti-Catholic of the year, whether I mightn't name your archbishop, Flynn, for his silencing of Fr. Altier, while allowing another of his priests to serve on the board of Dignity USA.

Nice blog you got here! Keep it up!

January 02, 2007 12:12 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

paul, just this guy, you know?:

(great i.d. but quite a mouthful!)

Thanks for your comment.

However, in all honesty (why do anything else?), Archbishop Flynn was not even on my short list for Dissident Catholic of the Year.

True, my Archbishop has done things that frustrate me. True, he has NOT done things and that frustrates me.

But, we have more Adoration chapels in our Archdiocese then any other in the U.S. And, our Seminaries are really taking off. We have one of the largest classes of seminarians in the U.S. (if not the largest). The Archbishop is very charitable towards the poor and the mentally ill and he has started some initiatives in those areas. He spoke out, publicly, against the blasphemous play the U of MN will be putting on in March.

All of this under his watch. He inherited a lot of trouble in the Chancery office from his predeccesor.

The "silencing" of Fr. Altier was unfortunate. However, I see Father Altier on a fairly regular basis. Trust me, if he's suffering he's hiding it REALLY well. He can still say daily Mass, hear Confessions, teach Catholicism class, write for the Wanderer. Also, it looks like he's been getting into better physical condition. If the Chancery really wanted to punish him, it occurs to me they could have done a lot worse.

Regarding the "activist" gay priests in our Archdiocese. Yes, there are a fair number of them. However, all we have to do is wait. Most of them are within 5-10 years of retirement. The new crop of priests are very orthodox.

January 02, 2007 12:41 PM  
Blogger Paul, just this guy, you know? said...

Just call me Paul.

It's good to be able to say so much nice about your archdiocese. I am often guilty of over-emphasizing the negative.

January 02, 2007 9:56 PM  

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