Sunday, February 13, 2011

New Development on Nadine Brown and the Suppressed Intercessors of the Lamb

Nadine Brown during her time with the Intercessors of the Lamb
before the suppression by the Archbishop of Omaha

Archbishop George Lucas is further vindicated with each piece of news we get out of Bellwether, Omaha on the suppressed Intercessors of the Lamb, and Nadine Brown.

Back in October of 2010, Archbishop Lucas suppressed the Intercessors of the Lamb.  The vast majority of members supported the archbishop's actions and elected to go into his care temporarily.  Nadine Brown, along with a small number of former members, and most of the secular corporate board of directors (Intercessors of the Lamb, Inc), chose a different path.  About 10 days after the suppression, Nadine Brown issued a statement from the Intercessors old website indicating a new direction which would include "All Christians".  The Archbishop had asked Catholics to cease visiting their website and reading their materials because he could not guarantee they were theologically sound.  He pointed out that any money sent to them would be going to an organization that is not Catholic.  There has not really been any news since then, until now...

Kevin Symonds at Desiderium alerted me to an article at by Christopher Burbach entitled, "New Life for Intercessors of Lamb".  It seems that the "new life" Nadine Brown and company are heading off into is non-denominational.  Read that, it is not Catholic and will likely include non-Catholic views and teachings, not to mention an absence of Sacraments. 

After getting inquiries about a July 2011 conference they are holding, the Archdiocese of Omaha had to issue an advisory.  My emphasis in bold; comments bracketed in red:

Statement regarding the Intercessors of the Lamb, Inc. July 2011 conference at Qwest Center Omaha:

Many have inquired about the recent mailing promoting the Intercessors of Lamb, Inc.- sponsored conference at the Qwest Center Omaha in July.  Catholics should be advised that Intercessors of the Lamb, Inc. lost its status as a Catholic organization when the association was suppressed by Archbishop George J. Lucas for grave cause (canons 320 §§2-3) on October 15, 2010.

The celebration of the sacraments is prohibited on Intercessors of the Lamb, Inc. property and at Intercessors of the Lamb, Inc. events. Public worship – including the public celebration of the Liturgy of the Hours – is also prohibited on Intercessors of the Lamb, Inc. property and at Intercessors of the Lamb, Inc. events. [The Liturgy of the Hours, sometimes referred to as the Breviary or Divine office, is a liturgy, so yes - he can prohibit public praying of it.  People who attend this event, may confuse it with a legitimate Catholic event. I think Brown is going to do what Brown wants to do regardless of what +Lucas says, but the archbishop conveys the level of seriousness to the faithful.  Hopefully, having self-proclaimed that she has not been disobedient in any way, Nadine and all involved, will respect the prohibitions. ]
All priests and deacons attending the July conference are expressly denied the faculties to exercise sacred ministry, i.e., offering Mass, hearing confessions, etc. [I'm rather surprised, given all that has transpired, they aren't outright forbidden to attend.]

The mailing promoting the July conference also solicited funds from recipients. Donors are advised that their contribution will not be supporting a Catholic institution [and they would be supporting a non-denominational sect which has been thumbing it's nose at legitimate Catholic Church authority]
I can't imagine any Catholic attending such an event.  I have no doubts that the Intercessors of the Lamb - a non-Catholic organization - will continue to grow, outside of the Catholic Church and take a few Catholics with it ... sadly.

Pray for them.

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