If You Want to Get Involved in the Fight over Atonement Parish in San Antonio – UPDATED January 24, 2017Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, asshatery, Basics, different religion, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, Latin Mass, Liturgy, persecution, priests, Revolution, scandals, the struggle for the Church, unbelievable BS.
……..a site has been constructed to help keep people informed. There is a meeting for concerned parishioners and others interested in maintaining orthodox catechesis and reverent liturgy in the San Antonio area this Thursday, January 26, at the Embassy Suites hotel ballroom at 7750 Briaridge, San Antonio at 7:00 pm.
The website only has basics on Fr. Phillips and the Atonement situation at present, but hopefully it will be updated to indicate how people can help. You might consider contacting the chancery of the Archdiocese of San Antonio directly at 210-734-2620 or perhaps the Vicar General or others listed on this site, like the communications director Jordan McMorrough at the same number, x1128.
Raise a ruckus. Get their attention. Don’t cuss, don’t proclaim them to be bound for hell, but do express your exasperation and scandal at this development.
Naturally, no contact info for either of San Antonio’s bishops was provided. We wouldn’t want the bishops to be bothered by puny little things like the spiritual lives of hundreds of distraught souls. They’re much too busy, and frankly too good, to deal with any little thing like that.
In the interim, the Diocese of Dallas will breathe a hefty sigh of relief that the mighty triple 16″ 50 cal guns of veneremurcernui.wordpress.com are directed on another target………….heh.
UPDATE: IMPORTANT! Commenter Richard Malcolm had this to add:
I think it’s important to note that Mr. Wilson’s letter at the SaveAtonement site is urging those interested NOT to contact the chancery, as he thinks this will be counterproductive. “Any individual action such as writing to the archbishop or demonstrating at the chancery could be counter-productive. Please use common sense.” However, he seems to favor bombarding the Congregation for Clergy.
I don’t know enough to say. I suspect he’s right – he seems to know his stuff – though the faithful of a parish have a right to express their concerns about their parish and pastor to their ordinary, even when they know it may be futile. I think non-OLA people may want to confine themselves to the Congregation, though.
Tantumblogo comments: I can understand Mr. Wilson’s point of view. You can certainly do what you feel best. I have seen both approaches. Whether being meek and silent or loud and boisterous works better depends much upon the situation. I’m on the outside here, so I’ll tend to defer to what the locals think, but I will add this little bit of opinion: letters to the Vatican will have even less impact than those sent to the chancery. Especially with this pontiff.
I know of only one priest who faced a railroad job like this that survived it. And he “survived” by being banished to the furthest reaches of the diocese, but he did not cave on authentic catechesis and reverent liturgy. He did that by being prepared well in advance with very strong canon law representation. He also had all the facts on his side and not a single complaint against him. That why I tend to default to the make a ruckus approach. It’s high risk, yes, but also high reward if the ruckus is loud enough and garners enough media attention. It could the only thing that “saves Atonement.”
Mr. Malcolm may offer a middle way: outsiders like most readers of this blog may want to demure from contacting the Archdiocese (in my experience, not many would, anyway). Let the folks in San Antonio deal with this matter for now. But do as the Spirit moves you.