Friday, July 26, 2013

Dissenting Austrian priest not permitted to speak in Archdiocese of Detroit

Following Cardinal Sean O'Malley and Archbishop Chaput, Archbishop Vigneron, would not permit the dissenting Austrian priest, Father Helmut Schüller, to speak at a Westland, Michigan parish.  

From Catholic World News

Detroit's Archbishop Allen Vigneron has vetoed an appearance by the Austrian dissident priest, Father Helmut Schüller, at a local parish. 
Father Schüller, the leader of the Austrian "Call to Disobedience," is on a speaking tour in the US this month. His appearance in Detroit will now take place at a local high school. 
Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston and Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia had already barred appearances by the Austrian cleric in the parishes of their archdioceses. In Boston, Father Schüller spoke at a Unitarian church; in Philadelphia he was hosted by an independent Catholic college, Chestnut Hill College, despite the archbishop's disapproval.
It sounds like Archbishop Vigneron put the kibosh to his speaking engagement on parish property as soon as it became known this priest was coming to town and people notified the Archdiocese of Detroit.  There is more going on than his advocating for females to be admitted to ordination.  From a site to which I would rather not link:

LGBT people, their loved ones, and their allies are among those harmed by exclusionary church policies, and these issues will be part of his speaking agenda on the U.S. tour. Both New Ways Ministry and DignityUSA are among the sponsors of Fr. Schüller’s visit. Other sponsors include Call to Action, Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, CORPUS, FutureChurch, the National Coalition of American Nuns, Voice of the Faithful, the Quixote Center, and the Women’s Ordination Conference.

I'm glad he was prevented from speaking on Church property.   I know that some might wonder why a statement isn't made, discouraging Catholics from attending the talk offsite.  Well, one could reason that it is much like free advertisement. And, people who are curious as to why this priest would be banned from speaking in a Catholic parish, might go to satisfy that curiosity.  Often times these things leak out when supporters run to the press complaining that a bishop is picking on their dissenting speaker.  The press is often very happy to take up the "cause."

I'll say this much: When good bishops explicitly disallow someone from speaking on parish property, take a hint.  There is nothing virtuous about following one's own desire to have their ears tickled with whatever it is they want to hear.

You can read more in the Detroit Free Press:
Archbishop Allen Vigneron bans liberal priest speech from Westland church

For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine but, following their own desires and insatiable curiosity, will accumulate teachers and will stop listening to the truth and will be diverted to myths.
2 Timothy 4:3-4 

Church Teaching on Ordination and Gender

What does the Church teach on priestly ordinations and females?

Let Pope John Paul II explain.  Here is his 1994 Apostolic Exhortation, Ordinatio Sacerdotalis.

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