Just as a quick follow-up to the last post, concerning an item in this week’s St. Cronan bulletin:
Advent Vespers: We will be having two Advent Vespers celebrations. …The second will be held at 7:00 Dec. 16th at Central Reform Congregation, 5020 Waterman Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108. Rabbi Susan Talve will be the homilist.
You will recall that the Central Reform Congregation is led by Rabbi Susan Talve, who decided to host the pretend ordinations of Elsie McGrath and Rose Hudson in 2007, despite the request from Archbishop Burke to refrain from doing so.
Then Rabbi Talve was also invited by St. Cronan to lead an Advent vespers service that same year. This event was held outside the Church building after Archbishop Burke had asked the parish leadership to disinvite her, and further after Archbishop Burke had announced that the Church would no longer cooperate in joint events with Rabbi Talve due to her failure to respect the his request that she not undermine His Grace’s efforts to shepherd the flock entrusted to him.
Sr. Louise Lears (subsequently placed under interdict and denied mission in the Archdiocese) participated in this service, which was covered on local television, and which was widely seen as a protest against the Archbishop. The event was also attended by pretend priests Hudson and McGrath.
In short, everything was done that could have been done–short of having the service on parish grounds–to show disrespect to the Ordinary.
Nothing really has changed in 2009, except that the participants have decided not to risk the rain.