Thursday, October 28, 2010

Foundress of suppressed community issues statement

Nadine Brown, formerly "Mother Nadine" sometime prior
to the suppression of the Intercessors of the Lamb

I was going to wait until the Archdiocese of Omaha issued a statement to make a post on this, which I discovered between 7-8pm last night.  However, it's already circulating so if you are interested, read the statement made by Nadine Brown that had been promised

Now we wait for the Archdiocese of Omaha to respond.  Watch this page for something dated October 27th or later.

My commentary, if I choose to make one, will come after any statement from the archdiocese.  One odd thing I will note at this time, is that Nadine Brown uses language that is specific only to her, but she does not use her name to sign the message.  Instead, she signs it:

Your Bellwether Foundress and Companion of the Lamb
Can she not use Nadine Brown?  She seemed to know better than to use the title, "Mother".

Also, while it is "legally correct" to give money to this organization, I have to raise the question if it is "ecclesiastically correct" to send funds to them, given how this came about through an act of defiance by majority of the lay board of directors to the archbishop.  The archbishop has informed people in his original statement:
"...From this point forward, The Intercessors of the Lamb, Inc., is in no way associated with the Catholic Church.... Catholic faithful worldwide should be aware that any alms given to the Intercessors of the Lamb, Inc., are not being given to a Catholic organization...."

I could not, in good conscience, offer financial support to an organization which was affiliated with an association - now suppressed - that had "alarming findings" unearthed in a canonical visitation.  A partial list is offered in the original news release. What is to say that something which is foreign to our faith will not be in the materials they produce?  As the archdiocese points out on October 25th:

Lay companions and prayer groups of the former Intercessors of the Lamb should exercise caution when using resources authored by Nadine Brown or resources published by the former association. These resources and titles were never reviewed orapproved by the Archbishop of Omaha.
If something foreign to the Catholic faith, or to authentic Catholic spirituality, is produced with funds offered by Catholics, then those Catholics indirectly participate in creating scandal.  In this ill-catechized and era of malformed understanding of Catholicism, it is dangerous for the average member of the Church to discern the purity of this material.

Please pray for everyone involved in this situation - Nadine Brown, the 48 loyal to the archbishop and in his care, the small handful who were not cooperating with him that ultimately got them to this point, and for the roughly 10 who did not get on that bus and are presumably with Brown.

Prior posts on this subject in chronological order:

Te Deum Laudamus! Home
The obedient are not held captive by Holy Mother Church; it is the disobedient who are held captive by the world!
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