April 29, 2008

The 144

This ad appeared on page 11A of the Pioneer Press on April 27th.

Hopefully, you can click on it and enhance it enough to read it because, frankly, I don't have the time or the inclination to type it out.

It's basically an accusatory broadside, disguised with the "prove to use we are wrong pleading" in a secular paper by 144 (12 x 12 get it?) anonymous, but supposedly, confirmed, Catholic men, blaming Archbishop Flynn and Father Dease for the Board action at UST that removes the sitting Archbishop as Chairman of the Board.

I blogged on this issue before and I'm not happy about what the Board did.

However, I think this ad was a bad idea. Sure, it calls for a public dialogue but it's a classless way to go about it. There is no mention made that any prior requests for dialogue with the Archbishop or Father Dease were previously denied.

What's the point? A public attempt at humiliation of Archbishop Flynn, by supposed Catholics (we can only take their words for it) during the final weeks of his tenure? Is it a good thing this ad ran the very day after he confirmed 5 more men as gifts to us in Holy Priesthood?

At least the "progressive" Catholics have the cojones to sign their actual names when they pull this stuff. The ad is sponsored by a previously unknown group called the Ad Hoc Committee to Restore Archbishop Nienstedt as Chairmen of the Board of Trustees,University of St. Thomas and it gives an address in N.E. Minneapolis but there is no zip code, no email, no phone number, no leaders name given. What kind of legit movement is this when it's so underground?

I'm pretty sure I can guess who some of these men are. My guess is it's some of the same men who decide on their own that priests are not doing enough so they feel like they better step in because apparently they are so much holier than everyone else. You know who they are. Anyone who's been even half awake for the last several years probably knows too.


Blogger Fr. Andrew said...

Prudence and orthodoxy don't always walk hand in hand.

St. Catherine of Siena, pray for us.

April 29, 2008 8:07 AM  
Blogger Terry Nelson said...

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April 29, 2008 11:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seriously bad form, guys. We sheep oughtn't treat our pastor like that.

April 29, 2008 6:42 PM  
Blogger Adoro said...

That's one thing I like about blogging...imprudence can often be erased and even a retraction quickly republished. Newpapers ads cannot.

Look at it this way...they've villified themselves publicly through this action, and they can't undo it.

Hopefully they will realize it, print a humble apology and sign their names.

(yeah, not likely, I know...)

April 29, 2008 7:30 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

I wrestled with even posting it because I felt like it was giving this ad more publicity than it deserves. It was likely to go unnoticed. Well, maybe...

I was afraid some haters would post it first. I wanted to beat them to it and, by doing so, hopefully tell H.E. and Father Dease that not everyone in town agrees with this ad.

I'm happy to see that I was right. God bless, QM, Father, and Adoro. Well, Father, you don't live here but close enough! :-)

April 29, 2008 8:55 PM  
Blogger swissmiss said...

I think it's common knowledge that there is a great deal wrong with UST right now, though there are some good things too. Regardless of the state of things, this is just poor form.

April 30, 2008 1:36 PM  
Blogger Sanctus Belle said...

I'd take this any day over the wiccan practices going on at St. Kates...

May 01, 2008 10:21 AM  
Blogger DimBulb said...

They took the sort of action one has come to expect from dissident priests, theologians and lay groups. Copying the play-book of womenpriest.org and We Are Church should have given them pause.

May 02, 2008 8:00 PM  

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