Diocese of Lancaster’s statement about Deacon Nick Donnelly

The Bishop’s office of the Diocese of Lancaster has kindly sent Nick the statement they issued to the press about him and Protect the Pope which is copied below.

“After learning that a notice had been placed upon the Protect the Pope website on 7 March saying: ‘Deacon Nick stands down from Protect the Pope for a period of prayer and reflection’ the Bishop’s Office at the Diocese of Lancaster was able to confirm that Bishop Campbell had recently requested Deacon Nick Donnelly to voluntarily pause from placing new posts on the Protect the Pope site.

Meanwhile, it was also confirmed that the Bishop asked Deacon Nick to use this pause to enter into a period of prayer and reflection on the duties involved for ordained bloggers/website administrators to truth, charity and unity in the Church.

Deacon Nick has agreed to the Bishop’s request at this time”.

158 comments to Diocese of Lancaster’s statement about Deacon Nick Donnelly

  • Joseph Matthew

    We obviously do not want to be led into error. Would the bishop wish to publish errors on matters of doctrine and morals put forward by Deacon Nick? Would it be a reasonable request for priests and deacons affiliated with ACTA to enter into a period of prayer and stop leading the laity into error?

  • Deacon Nick is too catholic for them ! philip johnson.

  • slightly bemused

    Of course the Bishop of Lancaster has the right to request this action.
    Perhaps, on a more cheeky note, the Bishop’s and Religious Superiors of those priests and religious involved in ACTA should ask them to do the same.

  • Nicolas Bellord

    I think we could all reflect on truth, charity and unity in the Church. My preliminary reflection is that the teachings of the Church are TRUTH. That CHARITY impels to try and show others that the teachings of the Church are true and will lead to happiness and joy in this world and eternal happiness in the next. UNITY is trying to ensure that we all accept the teachings of the Church and that we should try and gently correct those who within the Church dissent from those teachings thereby causing disunity.

  • Pat

    But as has sadly been the case over the years with some of our hierarchy, Truth has often been a casualty to a spurious ‘unity’ with dissenters – a point expanded upon and brought home with forceful clarity by Rod Pead at his excellent address to the London ‘Faith of our Fathers’ conference in the year 2000 called ‘There was War in Heaven’. To hear that talk, which resulted in a standing ovation at its conclusion – and see how little things have changed in the last fourteen years, except the names of some of the bishops – go to here:- http://www.proecclesia.com/page_free%20talks.htm The talk is in two parts and is a free download.

  • Lynda

    This implies that Deacon Donnelly was not adhering to his duties as deacon prior to the “pause”. I think what is being suggested is disgraceful and false. The diocese ought to have supported Deacon Donnelly in his work for the Church and for the salvation of souls, including through the blog. The blog upheld the unchanging truth of the deposit of Faith, and of the moral law, and gave support and assurance to the Faithful by, inter alia, pointing out the graver scandals in the Church, which endangered countless souls, so that a stop could be put to them. The bishops ought to be thanking Deacon Donnelly for his selfless service to the good of the Church, and souls, including those as yet outside the Church. Deacon Donnelly’s blog was in the service of objective truth, charity and unity. It is such selfless men, dedicated to the salvation of souls that the Church so badly needs as bishops, priests, deacons and laymen. The good in the Church are being suppressed or persecuted, such as the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, while those working against the deposit of Faith and morals are allowed to do their great damage unchecked. Lord, have mercy!!

    • Mark Thorne

      It’s the world turned upside down – but hardly surprising. Truth was nailed to the Cross through the jealousy of the ruling of the Jewish hierarchy. Mediocrity always rises to the top – I’ve come to the conclusion that there cannot be more than five Bishops in this country who are worthy of their calling to shepherd the flock of Christ, and I’m probably being generous in thinking there are as many as that.

      Nevertheless, we must keep the Faith, weather the storm, be constant in prayer, and beware the ravens and the wolves.

    • Wake up England

      Dear Lynda:

      Absolutely spot-on, as usual. Hear Hear.

  • What a crock!

    As many here know, I don’t agree with Deacon Nick’s position on a lot of things. But he has a right to express his position. This exercise in censorship and the raw exercise of the power of the hierarchy is a symptom of much that needs attention in the Roman church.

  • Michael Petek

    Just to make sure we’re all on message about baptismal communion (communicatio in spiritualibus), sacramental communion and hierarchical communion, and that (1) unanimous acceptance by Catholic tradition and (2) the promulgation in definitive terms, of a proposition of faith or morals is conclusive of infallibility.
    http://www.ewtn.com/library/CURIA/CDFADTU.HTM

    PROFESSION OF FAITH
    I, N., with firm faith believe and profess everything that is contained in the Symbol of faith: namely:
    I believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is seen and unseen. I believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten not made, one in Being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us men and for our salvation, he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. I believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
    With firm faith, I also believe everything contained in the Word of God, whether written or handed down in Tradition, which the Church, either by a solemn judgement or by the ordinary and universal Magisterium, sets forth to be believed as divinely revealed.
    I also firmly accept and hold each and everything definitively proposed by the Church regarding teaching on faith and morals.
    Moreover, I adhere with religious submission of will and intellect to the teachings which either the Roman pontiff or the College of Bishops enunciate when they exercise their authentic Magisterium, even if they do not intend to proclaim these teachings by a definitive act.

    Council of Trent Session XIII – The third under the Supreme Pontiff, Julius III, celebrated on the eleventh day of October, 1551

    Decree Concerning the Most Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist

    CHAPTER I
    THE REAL PRESENCE OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST IN THE MOST HOLY SACRAMENT OF THE EUCHARIST
    First of all, the holy council teaches and openly and plainly professes that after the consecration of bread and wine, our Lord Jesus Christ, true God and true man, is truly, really and substantially contained in the august sacrament of the Holy Eucharist under the appearance of those sensible things. For there is no repugnance in this that our Savior sits always at the right hand of the Father in heaven according to the natural mode of existing, and yet is in many other places sacramentally present to us in His own substance by a manner of existence which, though we can scarcely express in words, yet with our understanding illumined by faith, we can conceive and ought most firmly to believe is possible to God. For thus all our forefathers, as many as were in the true Church of Christ and who treated of this most holy sacrament, have most openly professed that our Redeemer instituted this wonderful sacrament at the last supper, when, after blessing the bread and wine, He testified in clear and definite words that He gives them His own body and His own blood. Since these words, recorded by the holy Evangelists and afterwards repeated by St. Paul, embody that proper and clearest meaning in which they were understood by the Fathers, it is a most contemptible action on the part of some contentious and wicked men to twist them into fictitious and imaginary tropes by which the truth of the flesh and blood of Christ is denied, contrary to the universal sense of the Church, which, as the pillar and ground of truth, recognizing with a mind ever grateful and unforgetting this most excellent favor of Christ, has detested as satanical these untruths devised by impious men.

    Vatican Council 1 Dogmatic Constitution Pastor Aeternus 18 July 1870
    Chapter 4
    9. Therefore, faithfully adhering to the tradition received from the beginning of the Christian faith, to the glory of God our savior, for the exaltation of the Catholic religion and for the salvation of the Christian people, with the approval of the Sacred Council, we teach and define as a divinely revealed dogma that when the Roman Pontiff speaks ex cathedra, that is, when, in the exercise of his office as shepherd and teacher of all Christians, in virtue of his supreme apostolic authority, he defines a doctrine concerning faith or morals to be held by the whole Church, he possesses, by the divine assistance promised to him in blessed Peter, that infallibility which the divine Redeemer willed his Church to enjoy in defining doctrine concerning faith or morals. Therefore, such definitions of the Roman Pontiff are of themselves, and not by the consent of the Church, irreformable.

    Vatican Council 2 Dogmatic Constitution on the Church Lumen Gentium November 21, 1964

    12.The holy people of God shares also in Christ’s prophetic office; it spreads abroad a living witness to Him, especially by means of a life of faith and charity and by offering to God a sacrifice of praise, the tribute of lips which give praise to His name. The entire body of the faithful, anointed as they are by the Holy One, cannot err in matters of belief. They manifest this special property by means of the whole peoples’ supernatural discernment in matters of faith when “from the Bishops down to the last of the lay faithful” they show universal agreement in matters of faith and morals. That discernment in matters of faith is aroused and sustained by the Spirit of truth. It is exercised under the guidance of the sacred teaching authority, in faithful and respectful obedience to which the people of God accepts that which is not just the word of men but truly the word of God. Through it, the people of God adheres unwaveringly to the faith given once and for all to the saints, penetrates it more deeply with right thinking, and applies it more fully in its life.

  • [...] was posted at the blog Protect The Pope, which was run by Deacon Nick [...]

  • Fr. J

    Any chance that dissenters will be asked to pause for such prayer and reflection?

    • Spot on. There’s about as much chance of dissenters being asked to pause and reflect as there was that the invitation to dissenter and homosexual activist, Fr Timothy Radcliffe to address the recent Dublin conference would be withdrawn.

  • iggy o'donovan

    Well at least we have some clarity.

  • Lyn

    I have posted a question on Bishop Campbell’s blog – it may be published or not as it is awaiting moderation. I ask why Deacon Donelly has been effectively silenced.

    • Michael Petek

      After Deacon Nick has completed his period of prayer and reflection, he might sense that the Lord is telling him to continue to bear witness to the truth. In that case, he must do his moral duty regardless of what his Bishop says. You do not need to obey a superior who commands you to sin by act or omission.

  • Matthew Taylor

    My prayers go out to you and your family for this persecution. Behold the Heresy of Modernism rearing its ugly head. Prayers for your suffering. Keep the (authentic) Faith alive.

    Another question – “………Bishop Campbell had recently requested Deacon Nick Donnelly to voluntarily pause from placing new posts………..”

    Can it be considered “voluntary” when your Bishop, of whom you do vow to obey, writes you a letter asking you to pause? That would seem more coerced than voluntary.

  • Keep the Faith! Don’t let the dissemblers keep you down!

  • polycarped

    …because of course, this blog couldn’t POSSIBLY be about defending, promoting and upholding truth, charity and unity in the Church now could it! Yuck.

    This “request” (eh-hem) just has the whiff of an agenda to me and, perhaps as others have suggested, the influence of a certain potentially-disgruntled Dominican and/or his fellow dissenters who, unlike Deacon Nick, remain free to express themselves. Sadly, I suspect that the good Bishop is attempting to seek unity by side-stepping truth and charity – something that always fails. Perhaps if he and his brother Bishops in this land had straighter backbones and raised their heads above the parapet even occasionally there would be less of a need for blogs like this one to exist. However, let’s just all continue being nice to each other and keeping our mouths shut and everything will be fine! Of course these are just my personal views and I’m very open to being told that my hunches about this are plain wrong. Either way, we obviously need to step up our prayers for this Bishop – that he may be even a fraction as courageous in proclaiming Catholic truth as so many of the apostles’ successors have done throughout the centuries (including to the shedding of blood) – as well as for Deacon Nick.

  • Peter 2

    And what obligation do bishops have to maintain “truth, charity, and unity in the Church”? Not much these days it seems!

  • TJM

    If you had only been a dissident and preached heresy, you would have been invited to the Chancery for dinner and dialogue. The bishop should really re-think this “ill-liberal” approach.

  • The Good Deacon is in my prayers.I have appreciated this blog for a long time.It has always been about Truth.

  • Seaneinn

    God bless you Mrs Deacon. You will both be in my prayers

  • James

    I am pleased to learn that Deacon Nick was not banned from posting, but asked to undertake a voluntary pause, and that any future posts will reflect the need for truth, charity and unity, and presumably promote such things always.

  • Eoin

    These comments are for Bishop Campbell: If Deacon Nick were dissenting, he would neither have been so needlessly stimied nor have obeyed the censure (in the unlikely event that anyone Catholic in England were ever put upon for heresy instead of fidelity). [moderated comment] Remember this well: whomever it is you seek to mollify, you have only emboldened them to abuse Christ’s Church, its truth, and its ministers with greater ferocity next time. It profits a man not to gain the whole world and lose his soul, but for Lancaster? Alas.

    • Lynda

      Amen. Giving onto the intimidation will just allow them to suppress more Catholic lay and clergy who uphold the deposit of Faith and morals and do their solemn duty not to ignore grave scandal to continue with tacit approval. It would seem Deacon Donnelly has had the blog suppressed DUE TO HIS DOING HIS DUTY to the Church and all souls.

  • “Meanwhile, it was also confirmed that the Bishop asked Deacon Nick to use this pause to enter into a period of prayer and reflection on the duties involved for ordained bloggers/website administrators to truth, charity and unity in the Church.”

    Ordained bloggers AND website administrators! Why then isn’t Terence Weldon being asked to pause for a period of prayer and reflection?

    Anyone?

  • Augustine

    SOME THOUGHTS ON DEACONS AND MARTYRS

    1. The first martyr in the Christian Church was a Deacon – not an Apostle, not a Bishop, not a Priest but the Deacon Stephen.

    2. The word martyr originally referred to a witness – specifically a witness of Christ’s life, death and resurrection.

    3. With the spread of persecution the term was reserved to those who had undergone hardships for the faith.

    4. Finally it was restricted to those who had suffered death – rather than deny their Christian faith.

    5. In our own times some refer to those who suffer for their faith but without the shedding of blood as “white martyrs”.

    6. Remember that Deacons like Nick Donnelly work for their Parish and for their Diocese on a voluntary basis – ie without being paid a salary.

  • Katherine

    I pray by his obedience that there is a deep, profound and lasting conversion to The One True,Holy,Catholic and Apostolic Church!

    Deacon Nick, his wife,his family,the Bishop of Lancaster,and the Diocese of Lancaster are in my prayers! Dear Blessed Mother intercede for us!

  • Katherine

    Saint Padre Pio….need I say more?

  • There’s nothing in Canon Law that puts the wife of a deacon under orders to a bishop. If Deacon Nick is silenced then let’s have the blog continue under her name.

  • Genty

    It’s very simple. Charidee, aka Who am I to judge? is the 1st commandment of the Church of Nice. Do you understand that now, Deacon Nick?

  • Meg

    Yes, we should all know what egregious heresy and false doctrine the deacon has been printing. Let’s hear what it was, bishop. Really. If not, why are you censoring someone who is trying to preach the Gospel and reinforce the wavering faith of many?

    • Wake up England

      Meg:

      Very well said indeed.

      What is Deacon Donnelly’s crime, bishop?

    • Lyn

      Yes , I agree. What exactly was Deacon Donnelly printing in Protect the Pope that warrants his being silenced ? I posed the question in Bishop Campbell’s blog yesterday – no , it has not been published. Surely , the Bishop should teach us what errors exist in the Deacon’s blog. Why will Bishops allow ACTA to spread its errors and attempt to gain new members but someone who upholds the Church’s teachings is stopped ? People are truly confused , Bishop Campbell !

  • Margaret Allain

    So you can invite Stonewall in to Catholic schools, you can let out Catholic parish halls and environs to ACTA but a good man, who has never put anything on this blog against charity, against loyalty to the magesterium, but has been a voice for those who have wept over what has happened to our Beloved Church, is asked to stay silent, is appalling. But now we begin to see it out in the open, we were told to be obedient and silent following the misinterpretations of Vatican II and look where the Church has got to. So we must no longer be silent, we must be charitable and we must be loyal but to the Truth and to the teaching as handed down.

    God protect Deacon Nick, his wife and family. St Thomas More, St John Fisher, St Margaret Clitheroe and all the English and Welsh Martyrs pray for you and for the Church.

    • Augustine

      Margaret: “So we must no longer be silent, we must be charitable and we must be loyal but to the Truth and to the teaching as handed down.”

      Exactly.

      And we must always back up our arguments with facts – quoting especially from the Documents of the Second Vatican Council to expose the falsehoods that the “Spirit of the Vatican Council” peddles.

      Read and re-read Lumen Gentium (“On the Church”) and Gaudium et Spes (“On the Church in the Modern World”) because together these two documents explain, define and underpin the authentic teaching authority of the Church in faith and morals.

      I believe that, in the centuries to come, Catholics will look back on the Second Vatican Council with great gratitude.

      Blessed Pope John XXIII said that the Principal Duty of the Council was the Defense and Advancement of Truth

      “The greatest concern of the ecumenical council is this: that the sacred deposit of Christian doctrine should be guarded and taught more efficaciously. That doctrine embraces the whole of man, composed as he is of body and soul. And, since he is a pilgrim on this earth, it commands him to tend always toward heaven.” (Gaudet Mater Ecclesia)

      See:

      http://conciliaria.com/2012/10/mother-church-rejoices-opening-address-of-john-xxiii-at-the-council/

  • BJC

    I get the impression with some of our Bishops that St. Peter and St. Paul would be regarded as extremists. There’s little doubt, as far as I’m concerned, that they too would be asked to go off for a period of “reflection and prayer”.

  • John M

    The tentacles of ACTA reach deep into the Church in England and Wales. I think that within a few years the views of ACTA will be promoted at parish level as the ‘norm’. We need to get ready to stand firm and fight the good fight. Ultimately they will fail, but not before much damage is done to our Church. The ‘spirit of Vatican II’ is pushing very hard and the bishops of England and Wales (with a few exceptions) are either paid-up members of it, or being swept along by it.

  • Mack

    If only the dissenters from the Catholic faith were asked to stand back and pause…
    St John Fisher, pray for us.

    • confused

      I am sure that they are asked frequently. The difference is that they simply ignore the request. Nick could do that too if he choose to. Whether he should or not, I do not know.

  • katherine

    more to the point I think…..It profits a man not to gain the whole world and lose his soul but for a red hat?

  • solly

    Since we are left to draw our own conclusions about the bishop’s message and its wording, I hazard a guess that the operative word in his directive is ‘unity’. What that ‘unity’ might be in the bishop’s view is open to debate. While I haven’t always agreed with Deacon Nick’s tone – since I am not a traditionalist – I can’t see that he can be faulted for failing in the truth, and charity at the expense of truth is not true Christian charity.
    I’ll say a few decades for you both.

    • (X)MCCLXIII

      Neither is Rev. Donnelly a traditionalist. And nor is his “tone”.

      I *am* a traditionalist, and I haven’t always agreed with him or his “tone”, either.

  • (X)MCCLXIII

    I’m sorry to hear this news.

  • shaun the sheep

    SHAME ON THE GOOD BISHOP FOR SILENCING YOU DEACON NICK.

    Now isn’t it VERY interesting (and I address the bishop personally here) that ACTA get room space and support from prelates of the Church, and all sorts of other dissenters like a certain Timothy Radcliffe gets conference top slots, a good man like Deacon Nick is SILENCED for speaking TRUTH to POWER? The truth will out. Meanwhile, the dissenters enjoy support from the bishops and also enjoy writing with impunity in multiple blogs, newspapers, and books, and not a solitary peep from the bishops. Our Lady of Fatima’s 3rd secret was also suppressed and sanitized by the Church hierarchy because Our Lady prophesied that the hierarchy would betray Christ and the faithful – precisely what we see played out now. Benedict, despite his involvement in the release of a part of the 3rd Secret, did try to warn us when he said that anyone who thinks the prophecy of Fatima is complete is mistaken.

  • A great many Catholic people are concerned that ACTA – a group who admit on radio that they dissent from the Magisterium over same-sex ‘marriage’ and women priests – were allowed to hold a meeting in Lancaster Diocese’s Cathedral House on Tuesday 25th February without correction or censure.

    This concern is only increased when men like Deacon Nick Donnelly are asked to ‘voluntarily pause from posting new posts’ when those posts have been consistently defending the lives of the pre-born and defending the faithful from the confusion caused by dissenting speakers.

    By reading through back-posts on the site, it will be found that Deacon Nick has consistently worked to protect the truth, unity and charity of the Church by sounding the clarion call to the Church in this country to resist groups like ACTA, whose organised dissent from the Magisterium harms the peace, truth, and unity of British Catholics.

    We hope and pray that Deacon Nick Donnelly’s good name can be defended and upheld by his superiors. We also hope and pray that he will be allowed to return to this apostolate which has been an asset to the Church in building up the faithful.

    It is a healthy sign of the unity of the Body of Christ to see that Mrs. Donnelly is able to keep the good work going in the Deacon’s time of prayer and reflection.

    In Christ
    Alan and Angeline

    • Wake up England

      Alan and Angeline:

      You’re measured in your tone; charitable in your comments and articulate too. At the same time you do not compromise the Faith and manage always to pinpoint the truth.

      You are also well-informed and quite obviously sincere in your defence of the Real Catholic Faith.

      If this blog is to continue (which the bishops hope it will not) it needs a very great helping-hand, and I am sure I speak for many regular contributors here when I suggest that you contact Mrs Donnelly privately and offer your services to keep Protect The Pope going.

      There are numerous other intelligent and well-qualified “regulars” who similarly might consider helping; you know who you are.

      It would be a great triumph for evil if this blog withers and dies (which is obviously the episcopal hope).

  • Illegitimi non carborundum!

    Best wishes and full support from The American Catholic.

  • shaun the sheep

    Alan and Angeline, that’s a very good point about the ACTA meeting in Lancaster Diocese Cathedral House. For those who’ve just joined us from Father Z’s blog, ACTA is A CALL TO ACTION, a dissident group enjoying support from some bishops in England and Wales. So anyway, they had a confab in the diocesan property. Yep. So I wonder how stupid do they think we really are? We can’t join the dots and see what’s happening here.

  • shaun the sheep

    I mean we CAN because we are not stupid. This does not make the Lancaster bishop look good at all. It screams injustice and double standards. *sigh*

  • Tom Kearney

    I respectfully request the Bishop of the Diocese of Lancaster to please specify clearly his reason/s for requesting Deacon Nick Donnelly to voluntarily pause from placing new posts on the Protect the Pope site.I await his reply with much interest as, no doubt,will so many other admirers of Deacon Nick.

  • Rifleman819

    Dear All ,

    Deacon Nick got too close to the knuckle.He told the truth about what was/is/will be going on in the Catholic church in these islands.

    I bet over the last three years there have been dozens if not hundreds of phone calls about Nick whizzing between episcopal offices.

    Deacon Nick Donnelly is the frontline fighter for Christ who has uttered too much glasnost for the liking of the chateaux generals fussing over their pectoral crosses.

    Leaders for Christ? In the main , nope-just a cosy group of bumblers with the collective charisma of a secondhand scarecrow. Brilliant at generating pious platitudes…rather less so at fostering vocations.
    You could buy 5 litres of matt grey paint at Wilko with more personality than most of our bishops.

    And unlike Nick-they lack moral courage.

  • Andrzej

    The walls have been breached

  • Catholic

    I have heard it said more than once by clergy who rank higher than deacons that the deacons are the hardest workers in the Church. Perhaps Deacon Donnelly can use his involuntary-voluntary respite for some R & R (rest and relaxation).

  • Sean Ollech

    A severe miscarriage of justice. Please keep heart Deacon Donnelly.

  • I agree.

    Let the Deacon speak up.

  • Eoin

    What cause could anyone have to be upset with what was written in this or any other blog?

    As David Mamet said, “They’re only words…unless they’re true.”

  • Nicholas Dyson

    The immortal words of St John Fisher come to mind,”The fort is betrayed even of those who should have defended it” Saint John Fisher Ora pro nobis.

    • maryclare

      Hear, hear, hear! How right you are. We will see more and more of this disobedience and a persecution of the innocent and orthodox believers from within the Church. Truly the smoke of satan has entered now.
      I hope that the Bishops who are supposed to be leading us always to the truth read this….
      I am a great fan of St Catherine of Sienna and she was never backwards about coming forwards in telling some of the Bishops and advising the Holy Father….
      so I say this with the greatest respect dear Reverend Fathers, do NOT lead us into heresy or away from the truth as the Church has always taught. Do not fall into the trap of modernism or relativism. And be aware that though you have silenced the Good Deacon the Lord will keep sending us and we will be saying the same thing…

  • Unfortunately bishops are not infallible. Still, obedience is a good thing.

    Not tho’ the deacon knew
      Some one had blunder’d:
    His not to make reply,
    His not to reason why,…

  • Chrysostom

    It is encouraging to see the support for this good man. I am not an expert on Church law, but I should have thought that if a Bishop takes any action against a deacon then that deacon has recourse to his rights in Canon Law. When I think of the number of times I have written to bishops with chapter and verse of dissent and NEVER ONCE was the least thing done about any abuse.

    I think that any bishop who objects to a deacon, or priest’s, writing a website should be asked to show just what it is to which he objects.
    Our Lady Help of Christians – pray for us.
    St Athanasius – pray for us
    All Ye English Martyrs – pray for us.
    St. Charles Lwanga and Companion Martyrs of Uganda martyred because they resisted the advances of an evil homosexual paedophile – pray for us.
    The 800 martyrs of Otranto – pray for us.
    The 1500 beatified martyrs of the Spanish Civil War, brutally murdered by communists and socialists – pray for us.

  • Catholic at Rome

    I ask, on the basis of which canons has the Bishop imposed this canonical penalty upon Decon Nick.

    For a canonical penalty to be justly and validly imposed, the Bishop must warn the one to be punished 3 times before 2 witnesses or in writting, that some specific behavior violates the canons, and receive 3 times an express denial or continued specific behavior…

    If the Bishop has not warned the Deacon in such a manner, he need only drop a letter to the Vatican (Congregation for the Cergy) and ask the penalty to be overturned on the basis of the Bishop not following due proceedure as laid out in the CIC of 1983…

    • From reading the statement it doesn’t look like any canonical penalty has been imposed.

      The Bishop has asked Deacon Nick to take a break from blogging (not stop, take a break) and Deacon Nick has done the correct thing. I don’t agree that Deacon Nick needed to take a break of any form but when such a request is made there is a correct way to act.

      Unfortunately in some ways, orthodox and faithful sons and daughters of the Church will always be obedient.

      • (X)MCCLXIII

        Quite so, Petrus.

      • Petrus,

        The reason for that “obedience” is a failure to distinguish true from false obedience. As Archbishop Lefebvre pointed out: “It is Satan’s masterstroke to get Catholics to disobey the whole of Tradition in the name of obedience.”

      • Catholic at Rome

        Petrus, I am sorry, but you seem to be oblivious to the nature of canonical penalties. Asking the Decon not to blog is a canonical penalty, because it is a penalty to be deprived of the right to express oneself on matters of the Faith or Church or anything, in written form, and the request comes from his canonical superior….

        So you are wrong, it not only has the appearance of a canonical penalty, but has the appearance of the intention to impose such, and as such, the Decaon can appeal it….

  • Bernard

    I have no wish to deny Deacon Donnelly his right to express a view but he may have become too big for his boots.The Deacons I know do wonderful work in their parishes but have not appointed themselves spokesmen for the Church. Perhaps it is time for reflective prayer.

    • Nicolas Bellord

      Bernard: Where has Deacon Nick claimed to be a spokesman for the Church? This is a blog where worrying issues are discussed in a rational and faithful manner. Okay there are occasionally intemperate and snide remarks such as suggesting that someone is too big for his boots but on the whole the discussion is very useful. Are you really suggesting that Catholics should not discuss their faith?

      It seems to me that the Bishops should be asked to say what their objections are and how they see that these blogs should be conducted. No doubt they would have something useful to guide us on the subject.

      Possibly the Guild of Blessed Titus Brandsma (the professional body representing Catholic bloggers) could then issue some guidelines so that we have self-regulation.

    • Lynda

      It is the moral (even canonically recognised) duty of all Catholics, lay (and even more so, if ordained) to speak out against grave error and scandal in the Church, which is damaging to the Church, and endangering countless souls. The Catholic Faith encompasses reason. We must use our God-given reason.

    • katherine

      Bernard – you may have sources you trust to get information on events regarding the Church; for myself and many people who read the articles on PTP we have no other source of reliable information. Personally I would not even have “The Tablet” in my home, much less read it. The other catholic papers are spoon fed from Westminster, did you observe for example the closing down of the comments area and the actual removal of some comments when news of “The School of the Annunciation” was announced on the Catholic Herald site? That is but one of numerous examples. Deacon Nick has never claimed to be a spokesperson for the Church. He simply reports. We then make up our own minds. Why are you visiting this site if you have issues with the reporter? Vote with your feet please.

    • Mr Grumpy

      Too big for his boots? I don’t invariably agree with him, but when has he ever promoted himself, as opposed to promoting the teaching of the Church – as we should all be doing?

      Nick and Mrs Nick, my prayers for you both.

  • Gerry S

    I will pray for you! I just found your blog referred to by Fr Z. It’s clear the blogger has a good grip on reality. I see I have some back reading to do.

  • Deacon Rich Van Kirk

    What a tremendous joy and privilege to have the opportunity to practice obedience. As often happens, the truth “hurts.” Some grow by it, others oppose it. But the light of truth cannot be hidden. For the bishop to take interest in the promulgation of truth is fascinating; to order its silence is within his rights; for the deacon to obey is courageous; and for all of us to take notice? Priceless

    • Lynda

      No, the bishop has no right to make unjust or arbitrary directions. Any ecclesiastical authority is constrained by objective truth and natural justice. Many people seem to not understand the parameters of episcopal or papal authority. Robert de Mattei sets it out very clearly in his letter of response to the Director of Radio Maria when he was arbitrarily axed. An English translation can be found online.

    • Minimum

      Um, yes, as you say the truth often “hurts”. As in this case, when the truth – as in Christ’s Truth – strongly adhered to and faithfully promulgated by Deacon Nick, is mightily irksome to a good number of bishops who prefer to use stringent economy with it. One might recall that the truth also “hurt” Henry VIII. Perhaps, once Deacon Nick has rested, reflected, prayed and returns refreshed to the fray, sorry, his blog, he might find encouragement by St Thomas More’s position on fidelity and obedience: ‘I am the king’s good servant – but God’s first’. Prayers in quantity for you both, Deacon and Mrs Donnelly.

  • Alan Harrison

    I write as an occasional visitor to the blog and as an Anglican who has not (yet) swum the Tiber. A powerful disincentive to doing so is the use of Catholic discipline to shut up loyally Catholic voices. From my standpoint, the most egregious example was the delay in the “remoulding” of Fr John Hunwicke because of the content of his blog – a work which those who liked it (e.g. me) would call scholarly and those who didn’t like it might call pedantic, but certainly loyal to the Magisterium.

    I very much hope that His Lordship will speedily reconsider.

    • Lynda

      What you refer to is the abuse of discipline or authority, not the discipline or authority itself. The abuse has become so widespread and arbitrary wielding of authority against orthodox so regular, that some people erroneously think that is what the Church teaches. No, the Church does not teach anything against justice or reason. Fides et Ratio.

    • Joseph M.

      Alan,

      Delegating authority comes with benefits and risks. Consistent misapplication of “Catholic discipline” might erode confidence or love for a given Bishop, but it shouldn’t affect one’s approach of the one from whom that authority is derived. It certainly shouldn’t deter one from conversion, especially not a conversion from a Church (Anglicanism) that in its own right “ordains” women by its “authority”.

    • Rifleman819

      Alan ,
      An interesting standpoint-the whole affair of Deacon Nick’s gagging reeks of liberal fascism in the RCC.
      I think you are right-but this process is by no means over.

  • Nicolas Bellord

    Catholic at Rome: I doubt if there has been any formal penalty imposed; this is surely just a request from a Bishop to one of his Deacons. I suspect penalties would only arise if the Deacon refused to comply but there again Bishops in the British Isles are known for not imposing any penalties under Canon Law. Further I suspect Bishop Campbell has been leant on either by Ambrosden Avenue or Eccleston Square.

    • Rifleman819

      Nicholas,
      Pound to a penny you are correct in your last sentence.
      Sometime in May this year in the East Midlands our Catholic bishops will betray Richard Plantagenet and tamely go alone with an Anglican service over his remains.
      If these men will not stick up for one of the last Catholic kings of England…the rest of us have no chance.

  • Scott W.

    More greetings and prayers for the Deacon and his bishop from across the pond. Hope he returns with renewed zeal.

  • THE
    DEACON’S
    ROAR

    I used to bite my tongue and hold my breath
    Scared to rock the Barque and make a mess
    So I sat quietly, obeyed politely
    Ignored what learned in Baltimore
    Forgot the Church that’s marked by Four
    I stood for nothing, so I fell for everything

    You made me sit, but I knelt down
    Dusty sandals brushed on ground
    You hear my voice, you hear that sound
    Roaring Rosaries all around
    You made me sit, but I knelt down
    Get ready ‘cause I’ve had enough
    I see it all, I see it now

    We’ve caught the eye of the Tibre, we’re fighters, dancing through the fire
    ‘Cause we are Catholic and we’re gonna say our “Roar” sries
    Louder,louder than the lion
    ‘Cause we are Catholic and they’re gonna hear us roar

    Oh oh oh oh oh oh
    Oh oh oh oh oh oh
    Oh oh oh oh oh oh
    They’re gonna hear us roar

    Blogs are flyin’ like a butterfly
    Stinging like a bee for Truth we’ll die
    They call you zero, but you’re a hero

    They made you stop, but you kneel down
    Dusty sandals brushed on ground
    They hear your voice, they hate that sound
    Like lightening gonna strike Hell’s hound
    They made you stop, but you kneel down
    Get ready ‘cause I’ve had enough
    I see it all, I see it now

    We’ve caught the eye of the Tibre, we’re fighters, dancing through the fire
    ‘Cause we are Catholic and we’re gonna say our “Roar” sries
    Louder, louder than the lion
    ‘Cause we are Catholic and they’re gonna hear us roar

    Oh oh oh oh oh oh
    Oh oh oh oh oh oh
    Oh oh oh oh oh oh
    They’re gonna hear us roar….
    Ro-oar, ro-ar, ro-ar, ro-ar, “Roar”sries!!!

    with apologies to Katy Perry’s, ROAR
    (“even a stopped watch is right twice a day”)

  • shaun the sheep

    A collaborative blog is a GREAT idea. That way, no bishop has the power to crush it. As long as the original values stand, the blog can continue.

  • shaun the sheep

    I always think it’s amusing how the liberals just can’t deal like good sports with the faithful Catholic blogs. They know they’ve lost it in cyberspace where orthodox blogs rule. The liberals just can’t stand the light of truth shone in those uncomfortable, embarrassing places. Whilst it’s easy to shun and silence and ostracise people in parishes and dioceses, cyberspace is a different playing field, and one that doesn’t favour the silencing. Of course, that could change once the government internet clampdown beings. We’ve not seen anything yet.

  • Although I support what Deacon Nick was doing I did wonder if his duties as a Deacon to earn the trust of all in his office, yes even dissenters, could bring about conflict in the carrying out of those duties. He could quickly be judged and condemned by many in his parish as an `enemy`. I ran a blog on the same lines as Nick, but I had no ministry or position in my parish or diocese and received support from many orthodox people whom I spoke for. Nick has to deal with everyone. But we must set example by our loyalty to the Bishop and if he asked me to stop I would obey immediately. So we must leave Nick to make his own decision.

  • Larry

    Prayers for Deacon Nick and his family and all you Catholics out there from this Catholic who happens to be an American. Just finished a Bible Study on John Chapter 17 – where Jesus prayed the High Priest’s Prayer at the Last Supper that we would all be “one”. Good Father Bill Helbing was inspired by the Holy Spirit to interpret this in the following way – Jesus was praying that all Christians would be united as one against the “world”. Unfortunately, it seems that there are many in our ranks who have a yearning and desire to stray away from the Truth in order to curry favor and acceptance from the “world”. I pray we all have the strength and courage to remain steadfast followers of Jesus, no matter what earthly concerns say or think about us. As long as we proclaim the Truth in a spirit of Charity and Love, the Holy Spirit will be with us and protect us. Be not afraid!

  • Gregory Rolla

    Will pray for the Deacon as well as the Bishop.

  • Lynda

    I add my voice to those who request that written reasons be given for the episcopal direction to Deacon Donnelly to “pause” from his good work for truth, for the Church and for souls, on this blog, particularly as such direction was explicitly associated with a call to reflect on certain fundamental moral duties of a Catholic, thereby implying there has been some dereliction by the subject with respect to those duties. If reasons are not provided (in circumstances where it is clear that Deacon Donnelly has not done anything against the doctrine of the Faith or morals) the only reasonable presumption is that there was no reason conforming to the deposit of Faith or morals for such a direction, but rather that the direction was arbitrary and unjust. For this presumption to be shown to be wrong, clear reasons grounding the direction must be given. Fides et Ratio.

  • Lynda

    http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.ca/2014/02/dictatorship-of-tolerance-at-radio.html?m=1 At 2. is the letter of faithful Catholic Robert de Mattei to Fr Livio Fanzaga, February 2014 which sets out clearly the parameters of episcopal or papal authority, and the obligations of the Faithful with regard to acts in conflict with the Faith and morals.

  • John M

    There is no point in asking for reasons with Deacon Nick was silenced, you will not get an answer. I’ve never even had a reply from any letter sent to a bishop, so the chance of getting a response from posting on an internet blog is almost non-existent.

  • i hope this blog keeps going for i will contribute to its loyal devotion to the roman catholic church .keep the faith and pray that truth will prevail in the end.!fatima 2017 is approaching.god bless .philip johnson.

  • For what it’s worth, I believe with all my heart that Deacon Nick speaks the truth in charity. Too many, however, lead the sheep astray with politeness. Let us not confuse the two.

  • Amanda Peter

    Perhaps we can all write a letter to Bishop Campbell expressing our indignation that Deacon Nick should be invited to pause from his great apostolate of teaching the Truth and pointing out error. We can not compromise the truth for unity with the world. That is absurd. Bishop Campbell and his ilk of the church of nice is to have unity and I ask at what cost? If people choose to dissent from the deposit of the faith there is no unity. We unite with Christ. We do not compromise Christ so we can claim we are united. That is false unity Bishop Campbell. For the record deacon Nick was doing a fine job for Christ and his Church!!!!!!!

    • Amanda thank you so much for your support. However, could I suggest instead that you send Bishop Campbell a spiritual bouquet to support him in his difficult ministry.

      • Gary

        Rev Nick why today are ‘the bad rewarded and the good punished’ ? These same bishops who take action against practising Catholics who love Jesus with an iron fist, at the same time plead understanding and dialogue for the people who constantly proclaim one heresy after another and are tearing apart the unity of the family of God. These people who have complained to your bishop obviously hate their consciences being pricked and want to get away with their evil. Of course Bishop Campbell does absolutely nothing about the Call to Action in group in Lancaster Diocese – the sheer hypocrisy of this all. Lord have mercy on our bishops.

  • David MacNeil

    How sad that, once again, the full weight of ecclesial power is brought to bear upon the faithful, while dissenters are rarely, if ever, called to account for the evil the do. Bishops need to understand that the authority of their office was given to them for driving away the wolves, not those engaged in publicly defending the faith.

  • Gil Garza

    M Donnelly, you keep blogging your thoughts and keep the faith! Hoo rah! We’ll keep your ordinary and Deacon Donnelly in our prayers.

  • Brandon Parker

    It is sad that we are in a time where our leadership and those who are to shepherd us through the maze of life are instead busy helping to build that maze for us to get lost in. The huge reaction and responses on this blog tell us all that there are many seeking to follow Christ and his light of truth in a faithful way, that yes sometimes does not make our world happy. The scene at the foot of the cross was not a happy one, it was a scene of sacrifice and pain. When the truth of that pain was revealed through the resurrection, the happiness and joy began, transforming our very being. Deacon Nick, God I am sure is using your silence in a most effective way and that silence is becoming most deafening where it needs to be. God bless the both of you in your powerful witness of our Faith.

  • Amanda Peter

    Yes a spiritual bouquet is the best at the end of the day. We are fighting principalities and powers. So we will ask Our Lady to bury us in her Immaculate Heart. To wrap us up in her heart, our refuge and the way that leads to God.

  • Owen Meany

    My guess is that most people here are missing the point. If the originator of this blog was asked to pause for reflection then maybe it wasn’t because of the views he offered himself. Isn’t it far more likely that instead it was the splenetic, bilious and often frankly weird responses that it provoked among its faithful.

    • Nicolas Bellord

      Or perhaps the contributions of heretics such as yourself?

      • Owen Meany

        Having just looked up the official definition of the word I can assure you that I am not a heretic. You seem a bit tetchy, Nicholas, nobody brought you your morning coffee yet? ;-)

        • Nicolas Bellord

          Do you accept the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church in full? If you deny a teaching as fundamental as the commandment that forbids the killing of innocent life then I am afraid we would regard you as a heretic.

    • Lynda

      You do not speak with goodwill. You speak only to attack God’s Church and the moral law.

    • Rifleman819

      Owen
      “bilious,splenetic and frankly weird”…we’ve been down to the Mirrors section of B and Q haven’t we, Owen?

  • Clare A

    Well, if this site continues as it seems to be doing, keeping abreast of the ‘signs of the times’ and rallying the faithful everywhere, in one way it does not matter if Deacon Nick runs it or not. The bishops may discover they have a hydra, cutting off one head won’t stop the others…. If Protect the Pope rattles the libs so much, then we have a duty to continue it.

  • pattif

    Actually, that’s an excellent idea. Why don’t all of us, Deacon Nick’s readers, organise a spiritual bouquet for Bishop Campbell? I’ll offer a rosary a day for the next week.

  • Nicolas Bellord

    I suppose Deacon Nick should regard himself as lucky that he has not been thrown down a well like Jeremiah.

  • David

    You can not but help contrast this sad situation with that of Fr Michael Butler in Brentwood diocese. Deacon Donnelly calls the faithful (and the clergy!) to be good Christians and he is disciplined; Fr Butler exhorts priests to ignore the Church and do what ever they like and he is kept in his post as director of liturgy.

    The Catholic church seems to be the only place in the world where if you do what you are asked to do, then you are punished for it; selfish disobedience is rewarded. So sad.

  • Kelmomma

    The devil can fake humility, he cannot fake obedience. Padre Pio faced his suspension of saying public masses by saying the will of the authorities is the will of God. Don’t let the devil talk you out of obedience. You will be rewarded.

  • Jacqueline

    There’s safety in ‘Holy obedience’ which Deacon Nick is observing. I salute you Deacon Nick for your obedience. You truly love Holy Mother Church and remember, Padre Pio was silenced, but he obeyed and suffered, aligning his suffering with Christ on the Cross. God bless you and I pray for you and your family. I also pray for the Bishop as he has not taken such action alone.

    • Nicolas Bellord

      Thanks shaun for pointing out to us to this very interesting post by Fr Timothy. Going on from there I do think the hierarchy of the Church are very often oblivious of the need to deliver natural justice when exercising their powers. It is known that Canon Law is often a dead letter in that it is ignored – this was particularly the case in the Irish abuse cases. Often processes in Canon Law just end up in the shredder. Frankly the justice system in the Vatican is worthy of that in some third world banana republic in my experience.

      In the present case if Bishop Campbell wants Nick Donnelly to reflect upon the duties of a Catholic blogger it would be helpful if he the Bishop could spell out what he thinks those duties are and how those duties have been breached in this case. Has Bishop Campbell given any thought to this? He should be teaching his flock on the correct way of doing things surely?

  • maryclare

    I heartily concur. I will be praying for the Bishop and Deacon Nick.

  • Anne

    BRAVO, Maryclaire! FAITH OF OUR FATHER’S HOLY FAITH. WE WILL BE TRUE TO THEE ‘TIL DEATH!!! I have always wanted to be like St. Joan of Arc. I may yet have that chance if it be God’s Holy Will.

  • Rifleman819

    Interesting “takes” on obedience-most Armed Forces in the world -quite naturally-are strong on obedience and discipline and also what is called the chain of command-from the lowest to the highest ranks.

    Everyone is constrained to obey all lawful orders.But what is “lawful” and how is it defined in dodgy situations???

    Do you have to obey the directions of anyone , in any official/managerial/leadership role in any organisation on earth who him/herself is plainly not obeying the code common to all??

    • Lynda

      No, all lawful authority is subject to the natural law, natural justice, reason.

      • Rifleman819

        Lynda,

        Exactly.In fact “mutiny” is actually a virtue when one refuses illegal orders from one’s immediate superiors in favour of the correct constitutional alternative.

        This blog has got too close to the truth for a number of persons toting pectoral adornments.

        Exciting times

  • Benedict Carter

    This is all part and parcel of the Bishops’ illiberal determination to exclude from the public sphere any trace of the Traditional Catholic religion. See the Catholic Herald, where Traditionalists’ posts are routinely deleted. See Rorate Caeli blog, which documents the tide of hatred for the Faith coming from the Hierarchy for the Catholic Faith and its few adherents.

    WHY DON’T YOU ALL WAKE UP????

    Any normal.Catholic Bishop would be commending this.blog, not destroying it. The pucture is consistent world-wide.

    • Lynda

      Yes, if things were as they ought to be in the Church, deacon Donnelly and other faithful writers would be commended for their work in service of the Faith and morals.

      • CatholicBlogger

        “…if things were as they ought to be in the Church”, then Deacon Donnelly and other faithful writers would NOT be commended for this kind of work in the sevice of the Church, because everything would be as it should be!!

        And so this blog would not exist !!

  • Karen

    As converts to the wonderful CC we could never have imagines that so many priests and Bishops are “liberal”, or in several ways being sympathetic to socialist ideas, especially in the west.
    Anyone can see that, just as innumerable posts here are saying, it does look as if it is MAINLY faithful catholics, obedient to the Magisterium, who are punished by Bishops.
    On Catholic Culture, they pointed out, several years ago, how odd it is that still, VERY FEW BISHOPS HAVE BEEN PUNISHED, for their scandalous mis handling of the (mainly) homosexual sex abuse cases.

  • Anne

    Thanks Benedict. Providently, I was just going over some messages given by Veronica Lueken concerning the times we are living in.

    Jesus: “You have opened the doors to My Church, allowing all manner of evil to enter upon it…Pastors, I say to you: you are scattering My sheep. And I say unto you that I shall come and cast you out of My House. You have set the stage now, for the full capitulation of My House by the group under the synagogue of Satan…Woe to the man who murders the body, but double woe to the man who destroys the spirit!” [1976]

  • Anne

    Dear M. Donnelly – Yes indeed. The Bishop’s are ‘very cautious’ about those visionaries who are proclaiming Our Lord’s Messages to God’s children. They especially do not like what is revealed about THEM. Hence the Red Flag. The sheep are not supposed to know what the wolves in sheep’s garments have been planning all these years to destroy Our Lord’s Holy Church, and crush any decenters.

    Just think if I were a Bishop and were dabbling in Modernism (Freemasonry) which has been condemned by Pope Saint Pius X — and all these visionaries come forward claiming messages from God that reveal the Truth about what I and my fellow Bishop’s are up to. Well, you know the rest of the story.
    Much love to you in Jesus our Savior.

  • Annie C.

    Keep heart, Deacon Nick! And let your silence be deafening. Prayers coming up

  • NBW

    To the Bishop of the Diocese of Lancaster: please remember that you are in charge of many souls. If Deacon Nick speaks the Truth and is helping souls to stay out of Hell and you, your excellency, are silencing him for other motives, God will be judging you for all the souls that will be damned because of your actions. I am praying for you.

  • Anne

    Hear, Hear. And I live in south Alabama, across the sea to Galway Bay. My Grandmother would sing that to me when she was ironing or cooking – and she being of French Canadian lineage and living in the State of New Hampshire.

    Let me explain. Her brother Arthur, my great uncle, while in service, married a girl from Ireland who had come to America. Her name was Elizabeth Brennan. Elizabeth was expecting their child, when Arthur was sent to the western front. He was never to see his beautiful baby girl. My grandparents kept a close watch over Elizabeth and little Elaine, and I remember as a young girl how cordial they were. They always asked me to play the piano when we visited.
    Lovely memories to be sure.

  • Anne

    But again. It is not. Therefore we have this blog.

  • Anne

    I still don’t understand why only the few know that when error or heresy rears it’s ugly head – Faith overrides Obedience. It is our DUTY to warn our brothers and sister. Period. This is a no brainer.

    • Lynda

      People have been denied the knowledge if their Faith by those who have misled them into thinking that they are bound to obey all directions by a Pope or bishop. The intent is to keep people ignorant and unable to object to scandalous error on the part of Pope, bishops or priests. Makes for an easily controlled and manipulated people.

  • The time for pray, pay and obey is long past. I was in early stages of discernment for the deaconate when I learned Cdl Wuerl had removed Rev. Marcel Guarnizo from ministry for withholding communion from lesbian Barbara Johnson who shamelessly introduced her sexual partner as her lover, moments before Mass.

    As an Extraordinary Eucharistic Minister, I too, was faced with at least one incident in which a woman informed me, without solicitation, that she was in a state of unrepentant, grave sin and did so with an arrogant, challenging attitude. After some discussion, I, told her in charity, that I was not permitted to give her communion. In my case, the unpleasant confrontation didn’t become public. If it did, I too, may have gotten the boot.

    In posting this message, I know full well that I risk being barred from the office of EEM, if not by the Bishop, by a pastor or some other cleric who champions essentially open communion.

    Lay and ordained alike are EQUALLY called by baptism to promote and defend the Church – the laity mostly in the marketplace,the ordained in ecclesiastical environments.

    Too many Bishops are too often like incompetent military generals, out of touch with the struggles in the trenches, expecting blind, unquestioned obedience, not tolerating the mildest dissension from their views. Look around and see where that has taken our beloved Church. Does the name Marcial Maciel Degollado ring a bell?

    I do respect Deacon Donnelly for his obedience. In my case, I couldn’t in good conscience continue to pursue the deaconate because I could no longer trust the Cardinal to support his soldiers in the field.

    As a Third Order Dominican, I choose to continue to toil in the fields and not have to be concerned with compromising our motto, Veritas.

    God Bless us all.

  • LeonG

    This website should be called Protect The Roman Catholic Faith – the popes and bishops do so no longer.

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