This parish is an absolute embarrassment to every Catholic in St. Louis.
St. Cronan’s has long been the home of those political leftists who glory in disobeying any Church teaching, rule, regulation or dogma that doesn’t fit their sense of “justice”. And this crowd certainly has no qualms about defying any Pope, Archbishop or Priest who might try to maintain Catholic faith and discipline. Check out their current website (friendly warning: you may want some Pepto-Bismol first).
Yes, it makes the place a joke, bitter or otherwise. Yes, in the past one could take the tolerant view that it is better to allow this place to serve as a sort of wildlife sanctuary for the ever-greying, outlandish hippie-folk who can candlelight-vigil each other into eternity. You know, better to collect them all in one place so they won’t distract the others. But the time for such benignity is long past. Why in the world do these people cling to the label Catholic, when their whole raison d’etre is to play the part of the petulant grade school child who delights in getting away with shooting spitwads at the teacher when her back is turned? Isn’t there any room for them at St. Stan’s?
Earlier this year, AMDG had reports of St. Cronan’s Women-led liturgies, in which the notorious Call to Action group invited women (“ESPECIALLY THOSE CALLED TO ORDINATION”) to lead prayer services at the parish.
Catholic church moves service with rabbi outside
By Tim Townsend
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
ST. LOUIS — About 150 people from St. Cronan’s Catholic Church huddled together for warmth under a huge tarp on the street next to their church Tuesday night. They prayed as the rain and wind whipped through their makeshift sanctuary.
Their church building — big, warm and dry — stood just yards away, but the St. Cronan parishioners had decided that they’d rather be cold and wet than without a woman they called their “friend and sister,” Rabbi Susan Talve of Central Reform Congregation.
Talve has spoken at St. Cronan’s, a parish known for its progressive social activism, during many previous prayer services during the Advent season. But this year, the pastoral leadership received a phone call from St. Louis Archbishop Raymond Burke, asking them to revoke Talve’s invitation.
Talve infuriated Burke last month when she and her board hosted a ceremony for two Catholic women, Rose Marie Hudson and Elsie Hainz McGrath, who were being ordained into a group called Roman Catholic Womenpriests.
The archdiocese has since said it will not participate in interfaith events where Central Reform Congregation is “a leading player.”
On Tuesday night, St. Cronan’s parishioners, and their guests — including Hudson and McGrath — gathered on Swan Avenue in coats, hats and scarves to sing songs, hear readings from the prophet Isaiah and writer Annie Dillard, and listen to a sermon from Talve.
St. Cronan’s pastor, the Rev. Gerald Kleba, did not attend the service. But Sister Louise Lears, a member of the church’s pastoral team, said afterward that the event “was not a protest. It was not a demonstration. It was a prayer service.”
Inviting Susan Talve to lead an Advent service at a so-called Catholic parish, in light of her infamous hosting of the fake ordinations last month, is not only scandalous to the extreme, but is also a calculated, personal attack on the Archbishop. Talve certainly has some nerve, if not more than a thimble-full of common sense.
Hudson and McGrath were there? Were they invited? Surely they were known to the group– at least they arrived with their usual local press contingent. This Sister Louise Lears, a member of the church’s “pastoral team”, should be removed from any paid position with the parish at once. She should be questioned about her role in this affair, as should the “pastor”, Fr. Kleba. Unless there are circumstances that mitigate what appears from the published report, they should face sanction.
Isn’t there a way to place this entire parish, its leaders and members, under interdict for sponsoring this event, knowingly participating in a joint prayer service with excommunicated schismatics? Is it time for this whole parish to be suppressed?
Don’t get me wrong. I have full trust in the Archbishop, and no doubt he has the best interests of the Archdiocese and the best interests of these people’s souls in mind. But I cannot refrain from pointing out that the activities of this crowd cause great confusion for the average Catholic in the Archdiocese and discouragement for the many faithful Catholics here who hold to the teachings of the Church at some sacrifice to themselves.
Our Lady of Guadalupe brought about the conversions of millions of pagans. Let us pray she can bring about the conversion of a few more in our town.