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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Call-To-Action's Vigils For Fr. Roy - FAIL

Call-to-Action - known as Call-to-Apostasy around here - sponsored vigils in numerous US cities in front of Catholic churches on Holy Thursday during Chrism Mass liturgies in support of Fr. Roy Bourgeois. Fr. Bourgeois, if you recall, has been openly supportive of so-called women's ordination, and faces dismissal from the Maryknoll order and laicization by the Vatican should he not recant his position. By all accounts, it looks like he's going to do the "brave" thing and hold firm to his position. Oh well.

Don't be disappointed if you didn't hear about this. You didn't miss much. As far as I can tell, these vigils were a disastrous fail in terms of turn-out and messaging. Check out this video from the Philadelphia vigil:

Two of the womynpreests interviewed in that video are on the "Adopt-A-Priestess" list. Whoever has 'em - keep praying!!

And here are a couple photos from one held in Venice, FL:

It's sad, really.

According to the National Catholic Reporter:
Demonstrations and vigils in support of Fr. Roy Bourgeois, the Maryknoll priest who faces dismissal from his order and laicization by the Vatican for his support of women's ordination, occurred outside of cathedrals and churches in at least six U.S. cities last week: Buffalo, N.Y.; Chicago; San Diego; Madison, Wis.; Syracuse, N.Y.; and Venice, Fla.

The vigils were co-sponsored by the groups Call to Action, Women's Ordination Conference and Roman Catholic Womenpriests.

Demonstrations were planned for nine other cities: Dallas; Milwaukee; Los Angeles; Columbus, Ohio; Philadelphia; Portland, Maine; Lansing, Mich.; Detroit; and St. Petersburg, Fla.

What we have here is the Irrational in support of the Irrelevant, the Impracticable demanding the Impossible. I checked out the links and looked at the photos, and my rough guess is that, nationwide, no more than 200 people - overwhelmingly elderly - showed up at these vigils. And they think they're gaining momentum? Are they deluded, or blinded with false hope? Maybe a combination of both. They are more intent on following a man who's the embodiment of disobedience - Fr Bourgeois - rather than on Christ who's Perfect Obedience.

I recently heard an interview on Ave Maria Radio, in which the priest being interviewed basically said the following (and I'm paraphrasing): The Church doesn't have the authority to change any of the sacraments. The Church cannot baptize with sand. The Church can't substitute Oreos and milk for the Eucharist. The matter used in the sacraments cannot be changed because the Church lacks the authority to change them. Same thing with Holy Orders - the Church does not have the authority to ordain women, because the Church only has the authority, given to Her by Christ, to ordain men.

Sounds reasonable to me. Unlike these vigils.