And by “Assisi”, I don’t mean the beauty of that glorious hill town, nor do I mean the spirit of the great Saint Francis.
Instead, I mean the time of spiritual indifferentism that marked the disastrous prayer for “peace” gathering back in the nineties. (If you care you can read some provocative critiques from a formerly active blogger here and here.). OK, this isn’t nearly as bad, but I am trying to make a point.
I first saw this item at wdtprs; the story is covered locally at the Edwardsville Intelligencer:
(Photo above by Rachael Wilbur)
On Saturday evening members of St. Boniface Catholic Church and St. Andrews Episcopal Church gathered together as one celebrating the ritual “Blessing of the Fire and Lighting of the Candle.” Both Father Jeffrey Goeckner (foreground) and Reverend Virginia Bennett (background) led the services in front of St. Boniface School as part of the Easter Vigil. The event marked the first time the neighboring churches combined their individual ceremonies in to one.
It is bad enough that a Catholic priest would lead his flock–whose salvation is his charge and for which he every day risks his own– to join in a religious ceremony with an heretical sect. There is a First Commandment issue to consider. But here we also have the added affront of the “stealth priestess”. The presence of this woman is a not-too-subtle plug for what of course is an impossibility, yet this impossibility is not known to be impossible by many poorly catechised Catholics. “See, other religions that have “priests” allow women to be “priests”. Why not our backwards Church?”
You belong to this parish. You go to Easter vigil. You see that we are to celebrate the holiest night of the year with a pretend priestess of a sect that denies essential truths of the Lord and Christ whose Resurrection you are here to celebrate.
It might be hard to contain oneself. If you have been told the truth, that is. Or else you just see it as an acceptable novelty in a Church that loves novelties.
This is a scandal. The questions I have are these: what can be done while the see of the diocese is vacant? And when will this nonsense ever stop?