The Klu Klux Klan Our Lady's Friends Operation in Newton had their meeting last night @ Our Lady Help of Christians...
Apparently, quite an interesting meeting - and about what you would have expected.
The same antiCatholic Taliban that has prohbited the authentic religion for the last 10 years that threw Fr. Coyne out as they did the rest of us - - showed up to demand that Walter be returned and/or that they choose Walter's replacement.
Surprisingly, there were several Walter disciples who stood up and said they should be ashamed of themselves for the (we welcome everyone but authentic Catholics) way they treated Fr. Coyne. Which, as a friend pointed out - certainly shows they have the ability to know the right thing to do - even when reject doing it.
Here's their press release:
OLF Press Statement – 02.06.06
Our Lady's Friends Calls for Healing and for Meaningful Lay Involvement in Pastoral Selection Process
Group Calls on the Archdiocese of Boston to Ensure Comprehensive Process
Press Statement Members of Our Lady's Friends are looking forward to promoting healing within the parish of Our Lady Help of Christians, which continues to go through a period of crisis. The group strongly believes that healing can only be achieved by a pastoral selection process that includes meaningful lay involvement by all in the parish. Thus, the group is calling on the Archdiocese of Boston and Archbishop Sean O'Malley to ensure a more comprehensive process that includes meaningful consultation of lay parishioners and staff.
Our Lady's Friends believe that the upcoming selection of a new pastor can contribute substantially to healing Our Lady Help of Christians' parish. We applaud the Archdiocese's decision to return to the process of involving the laity in pastor selection and view it as a message of hope to all the parishes of the Archdiocese of Boston. We hope and pray that this process will encourage the one third of the people who have left Our Lady's to return and help in the rebuilding of our parish.
The parish consultation meeting on Tuesday, which has been set up by the archdiocese, is a promising first step in the pastor selection process. However, the decision of naming a new a pastor must be deliberate and considered, and must include significant participation by the staff and laity. We believe that one night of listening in a hastily called meeting is not adequate. A hurried process will most certainly not meet the parish's needs for healing nor ensure that the next pastor is a good fit for Our Lady's.
* Fr. Chris Coyne was sent to Our Lady Help of Christians parish after the forced resignation Fr. Walter Cuenin at the end of September 2005. * At the end of January, the Archdiocese offered Fr. Cuenin the assignment as chaplain of the Catholic community at Brandeis University, and Fr. Cuenin has accepted. Our Lady's Friends issued a statement congratulating Fr. Cuenin and restating its request that he also be granted the eligibility of being a pastor. * On January 31, it was reported that Fr. Coyne requested his transfer from Our Lady's parish, which was accepted by Archbishop O'Malley. This weekend, Fr. Coyne gave a statement at all the Masses that he will remain at Our Lady's until the new pastor is appointed. * In a letter dated February 4, 2006 Bishop Richard Lennon, Vicar General of the Archdiocese, announced that a meeting will be held to allow Archdiocesan officials an opportunity to hear from Our Lady's parishioners about the parish and its needs. The letter was included in the bulletins distributed after Mass on February 4 and 5 and is posted on Our Lady's parish web site. * That critical meeting will be held on February 7, 2006, 7:30pm in the Trinity Catholic High School auditorium, giving parishioners only two days to prepare for the meeting and to consider how best to express their thoughts and hopes for the parish and the qualities they desire in a new pastor. * OLF has already heard from many parishioners who will be unable to attend due to the short notice. From what we know, the only official communication regarding the meeting has been in the bulletin given out after Mass and a posting on the Our Lady's parish web site and no further attempts have been made to reach the former parishioners who have stopped coming to Mass at Our Lady's.
Additional Resources Our Lady's Parish web site: http://www.ourlad ys.com/ Letter from Bishop Lennon regarding the meeting on February 7: http://www.ourladys.com/pdf/parishmeeting.pdf Our Lady's Finance Council report: http://www.ourladys.com/pdf/auditreport.pdf
Our Lady's Friends web site: http://www.o urladysfriends.org/ Our Lady's Friends statement regarding Fr. Cuenin's appointment as Catholic chaplain at Brandeis University: http://www.ourladysfriends.org/news/OLF _20060131.htm Our Lady's Friends letter to Parish Pastoral Council citing Canon Law to support the unjust nature of Fr. Cuenin's forced resignation: http://www.ourladysfriends.org/news /OLF_PPC_20060110.htm
This is about making what they did to Fr. Coyne (and what they did to the rest of us prior to him) as the official diocesan Bryan Hehir heirarchal catholic charities welcoming program for pastors and laity.
Another example of how Bishops reward abuse - give abusers the power and look the other way while they keep shuffling people into their hands while calling it charity.
Let's send in our people to their democracy and nominate the Archbishop & Lennon as the sidekick?