March 21, 2007

Old Catholics

In today's Pioneer Press was the following Letter to the Editor:

I am writing in response to Tad Vezner's article, "No Mass at event about gay Catholics" (March 14). I am an Old Catholic priest and pastor of Cornerstone Old Catholic Church in St. Paul. I am deeply saddened by Archbishop Harry Flynn's decision to deny the symposium a Eucharist celebration - a celebration that would bring much healing and unity to all who participate and are affected by the divisive moral issue between homosexuality and the Roman Catholic Church.

I offer an invitation to those who want to participate in celebrating Catholic Eucharist at Cornerstone this Sunday, and learn more about the Old Catholic Church in the U.S.

We are a welcoming and inclusive sacramental church in the Catholic tradition, and our core church doctrine of unity in diversity attests to how we "do" church.

FATHER ROBERT W. CARUSO

St. Paul


Warning: The Old Catholics are NOT Roman Catholics. They are a group that is in schism with Rome. Despite how the Reverend tries to make it sound that they may be true Catholics, they aren't any more so then any other schismatic group like the SSPX. They are a group that took what they personally liked from Roman Catholicism, threw in some other stuff, and started their own church (just like many Protestant groups) with their own priests. They don't recognize the authority of the Archbishop nor of the Holy Father.

There is a part of me that wants to applaud Rev. Caruso's aggresive public attempt at building his congregation. There is a part of me that wants to say: "Great, take 'em and keep 'em with you" However, as Roman Catholic Christians, we pray to unite the Body on a regular basis. When the Body is separated we all suffer.

2 Comments:

Blogger Ray from MN said...

I didn't even know they were in town?

Is that the neat old Church building across from the YWCA (more or less) on Selby?

March 21, 2007 5:16 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

I don't know. I know they have a group in the St. Anthony Park area of St. Paul. In St. Anthony Park I don't think it's their own building. I think they share the church with a Protestant denomination.

March 21, 2007 5:25 PM  

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