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Monday, August 31, 2009

Official Announcements from the St. Paul-Minneapolis Diocese

The following announcements are canonically required and serve to notify the Faithful of problematic situations or people in the diocese and Church. These are official directives from Archbishop Nienstedt and his words need to be obeyed, for they are spoken out of concern and love for we, the Faithful.

I am publishing the full text of both announcements:

Official Announcement

Saint Paul, MN, August 2009 – It has come to the attention of the Archdiocese that a group calling itself the Catholic Coalition for Church Reform (CCCR) is planning a 2010 ‘synod’ in the Archdiocese entitled, ‘Claiming Our Place at the Table’.

While the agenda for the proposed synod purports to be an exploration of the role of baptized Catholics within the institutional Church of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, it is not being conducted under the auspices of the Archdiocese, the universal Roman Catholic Church, or any entity or organization affiliated with the Archdiocese or the universal Roman Catholic Church.

The Archdiocese wishes it to be known that the Catholic Coalition for Church Reform, the 2010 synod, and individuals endorsing the same, are not agents or entities of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis or the Roman Catholic Church. Moreover, the Archdiocese wishes to lovingly caution those members of the faithful participating in the ‘work/study groups’ and intending to attend the synod of the potential that the issues on which CCCR will seek reform are magisterial teachings of the Church, and are therefore to be believed by divine and catholic faith. The Archdiocese also wishes to remind the faithful of its need to shun any contrary doctrines, and instead to embrace and retain, to safeguard reverently and expound faithfully, the doctrine of faith and morals proposed definitively by the magisterium of the Church.

****Author's Note: The phrase "therefore to be believed by divine and catholic faith" indicates that the problem with this group have to do with the highest order of teachings, therefore the "reforms" this group is seeking to make are declared Heresies. The penalty for participating in such "reforms" has to do with Canon 1364.1, Heresy/Apostacy and can lead to the penalty of excommunication.

Official Announcement

On June 26, 2009, the Supreme Pontiff, Pope Benedict XVI, decreed that Deacon Martin Kelly Shanahan, a permanent deacon of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, is dismissed from the clerical state ex officio et in poenam and released from all obligations of the clerical state. This supreme penalty was imposed on Mr. Shanahan after he abandoned the Catholic Church, sought 'priestly ordination' from a female bishop of the Apostolic Catholic Orthodox Church, and then attempted to administer the sacraments (simulation). The same decree indicated that the canonical censures incurred by Mr. Shanahan as a result of his schism remain in force.

The Archdiocese wishes the faithful to be aware that any ‘Mass’ or sacrament administered by Mr. Shanahan, with the exception of baptism, is invalid. The August 2000 declaration by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Dominus Iesus, does not apply to Mr. Shanahan’s attempted presbyteral ordination nor does it make any statement regarding the validity of the Orders of the Apostolic Catholic Orthodox Church.

I would encourage ALL of my readers to read Dominus Iesus for yourselves, for your own edificiation and education, but keeping in mind that it's not about Mr. Shanahan. (Hint: You'll only understand what is being said in this communication from the Archdiocese if you read the document. GO READ!)

To all of my faithful readers (and even the unfaithful ones!), keep an eye on your Archdiocesan web pages and newspapers where these announcements are published and promulgated. They are important for you to know and even to disseminate on your own to others of the faithful who might be in danger of succombing to the popular heresies of the time.

There are a LOT of lukewarm, uncatechized Catholics who simply don't see why they can't participate in heretical "reforms" because they don't know that they are heresy. There are people who don't know what Ecclesial Communities are in union with Rome or are in Schizm but claiming a Catholic title.

You don't have to have a blog to help the Bishop disseminate information to others, and in fact, as the faithful, it is your DUTY to assist him in this.

Please pray for any souls that lead others astray or are led astray themselves by those who seek to usurp or destroy the Church.

Mantilla-twitch and Hat-tip to Ray Marshall at Stella Borealis

Why are you looking at me funny? Can't I wear a mantilla and a hat at the same time?


Owen said...

Woo hoo, more self-excuminicants. The Church is getting smaller and smaller. Perhaps the end really is not that far away. But seriously, yes, I will pray and I will certainly be watching our own diocesan papers.

Rachel Gray said...

I'd like to see a picture of the mantilla/hat combo. :)

Adoro said...

Hmmm...let me see what I can do! I can't photoshop (I've tried, I need a tutor with a lot of patience), but I DO have pics of me in a hat AND a

Rachel Gray said...

SERIOUSLY? Oh, pictures, pictures!

RJW said...

Is there a tissue pinned between the hat and the mantilla? As to the crux of the post, thanks for doing that. You are exactly right that we have a duty to keep people informed.

Maureen said...

Actually, I think I've seen pictures before of Peruvian ladies wearing cute mini-hats on top of their mantillas. I'm not sure if the mantillas were attached by combs.

But of course, it's also possible to cast veiling over a hat, as demonstrated by certain medieval wimples et al.

Anonymous said...

What you delete comments you don't like? Only the fans can respond. You put it out there, allow people to interact. Weird.

Adoro said...

Anonymous ~ I haven't deleted any comments. If I had, you would see an entry stating "comment deleted by blog administrator"

That said, my policy IS to delete comments from anonymous posters who don't attach some kind of a name to themselves.

So if you have something to say, go ahead and say it, but don't blame me if you don't wait to see if your comment actually posted.

But again: if you comment and say something inflammatory, write SOME kind of a name to back it up. It doesn't have to be your real name, just something other than "anonymous".

Thank you.

MGV said...

I hope when we get a bishop he has the same amount of backbone!(Springfield,Illinois is bishopless)

Ray from MN said...

Hey, Adoro! You trying to join me in the docket? I guess there would be room for two, being a "little guy."

I totally subscribe to your "make up a name" policy. But I haven't enforced it.

I get very tired reading anon. comments. And sometimes there are more than one on a post and you can't tell if it is the same person or not.

Maybe they aren't smart enough to remember a made up name.

It would be nice if Blogger would let you state a reason when you delete a blog comment. I think I've only done it two or three times. I suppose I could make a post myself, but I don't have time to waste on anonymous bloggers.

Adoro said...

Ray ~ There's be no docket. All we're publishing is what the Archdiocese rightfully published and we linked to them. They'd ignore us and bring suit against them, but they have no legal right to such an action and they'd lose. Additionally, he can't infringe upon our 1st Amendment rights.

I do get some great anon commenters, but all the regulars name themselves, and the only truly "anons" I get are trolls or just people passing through making an offhand comment.

Very rarely is someone offensive.

Vincenzo said...

Adoro said...

Vincenzo - ROFL! I'll be posting that soon!

Anonymous said...

Isn't it interesting that you have this policy and yet you claim no accountability with your name, address or phone number! Your quote: "That said, my policy IS to delete comments from anonymous posters who don't attach some kind of a name to themselves" My question is will you delete yourself?

Rachel Gray said...

1) She does attach some kind of name to herself. It's Adoro.
2) It's her blog.

Adoro said...

Thank you Rachel. Exactly, Anon.

And there are many of my readers who DO know who I am, DO know my address and phone number. you just don't happen to be one of them. And for GOOD reason.

Owen said...

- Adoro IS the name she uses and she asks nothing more than a pseudonym of you
- The IS her blog
- Why on earth would she share her phone number, especially with an utter Anon?
- You can start your own blog and set your own standards any day

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Humourous aside, the word verification at the moment is "urine"

Adoro said...

Owen...that's hysterical!