Cleansing Fire

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Behold Treachery

January 29th, 2010, Promulgated by Gen

A rather blunt announcement has been made regarding the Irondequoit parishes. The following is from the St. Margaret Mary bulletin:

Please note, this isn’t the official “recommendation.” It’s basically the cluster’s way of saying what they’ve decided without actually saying they’ve decided. I’m getting awfully sick of these games these people are playing. It’s shameful what they’re trying to pull.

When will the diocese wake up and see that this kind of forced clustering doesn’t work. It destroys parishes with great potential and strength while showing an absolute favoritism towards the more left-leaning churches. First Our Lady of Lourdes “took over” St. Anne. Now Christ the King has bullied St. Thomas the Apostle and St. Salome into subjugation. How can people still cling to the naive presumption that everyone will just smile and say “okey dokey” and go to a parish which was actively trying to close their original one? I can guarantee that if St. Anne closes, there will not be a massive influx of people into the Lourdes community. Our Lady of Victory and Latin Mass, yes. Dens of liberalism and error, no.

People of St. Thomas and St. Salome – please email me with anything you’d like to have posted. The address is This is your chance to speak out. And I think we all know that Cleansing Fire has more credibility than the IPPG does.

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8 Responses to “Behold Treachery”

  1. Laura says:

    Hello guys,

    I just sent Fr. Tanck a lengthy letter expressing my feelings about the entire situation. I don't believe he will have a smile on his face after reading it. Sad to say, but the truth needed to be told to this man. He has been nothing but protective of Christ the King, and has treated us all along like we're second class citizens living in the dark ages. His retirement will come in a few years, and I will shout with joy!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Today is a day that will live in infamy.

    May Fr. Tanck's retirement come swiftly.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I am outraged. St. Thomas is bringing in 500 people on the average each week. How atrocious that this isn't "good enough" for the IPPG.

    Thank you Cleansing Fire for breaking this story!

  4. Yapollo says:

    How convenient for Fr. Tanck that the opinons and beliefs of the other parishes don't matter (in his eyes).

  5. Dr. K says:

    I don't know if this point has been brought up yet, but Christ the King is entrusted to the Basilians, of whom Fr. Tanck is a member. Could this explain his greater loyalties toward CTK over St. Thomas or St. Salome?

    ~Dr. K

  6. Anonymous says:

    I've been a member of St. Thomas since 1954, when I was a year old. Fr. Tanck is a willing accomplice in a conspiracy against St. Thomas the Apostle that goes back to 1982 when Bishop Clark forced Msgr. Burns' retirement at age 70. Bishop Clark closed St. Thomas school in 1990, as he despised the next pastor, Fr. Callan, and has had designs on the parish ever since. I'm sure St. Thomas' closing will be a large trophy in Clark's ever increasing diocesan trophy case of closed schools and parishes.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Everything you say is true, Anon 5pm. Bishop Clark has systematically been eliminating all parishes in this diocese that are not in perfect compliance with what he perceives as the proper implementation of the Second Vatican Council. He will not rest until those he views as his enemies are banished from the Church. What a shame it is that he has forced many holy men into retirement at age 70 when the selfish jerk gets to serve until age 75.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Well said, Anon at 6:10! St. Thomas has been targeted for still kneeling at the altar rail for Communion, for having had a conservative adult ed. teacher in the parish, for not standing during the eucharistic prayer, or at Communion time, and for a host of other "no-nos" deemed not secular progressive enough for the bishop.
    Yep, for Bishop Clark, there's a big bull's eye painted on the St. Thomas outdoor church sign, that says: "Close me"

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