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Just Between Us

January 26th, 2010, Promulgated by Gen

Just when you think error couldn’t compound error, this comes out. From our very dear Sr. Sobala’s weekly “Just Between Us” column in her cluster bulletin, comes this hypocritical article.

Several things should have jumped out at you. Let’s start at the very beginning.

“It is an historic scandal that Christianity ever got divided.” Good deduction, Sherlock. Maybe that’s why we shouldn’t go around and say things that go contrary to the will of the Church? Straight from the horse’s mouth we read the word “scandal.” Sr. Joan admits, whole-heartedly and without hesitation that a “divided” Church is a “scandal.” I find it pathetic that one of the foremost women promoting disunity in the Diocese of Rochester opens her weekly reflection with such rhetoric.

So we then go on to read about a “covenant” signed by Bishop Clark and the local Episcopalian ordinary which, the good sister proudly declares, is a “jewel.” Now I’m all for peaceful-interaction with other religions. However, when you say you’re open to the other religion, that’s where problems come into play. You should be open to accepting that individual’s culture, but not open to professing their faith or nullifying your own. Of course, I give credit to Sr. Sobala for actually saying the word “Catholic,” but to “gather together” with the purpose of “enriching each tradition” is shameful. Our Tradition is rich enough without yielding to those who deny the authority of the supreme pontiff. 

Then again, Sr. Joan occasionally preaches at the Episcopalian parish she mentions, St. Thomas. And when she does, she is vested in her alb and, this is the clincher, receives communion. There is a clear line separating ecumenical dialogue and ecumenical blending. She has crossed it. I have spoken with two of the altar boys from that parish, and they both said, “that lady (Joan) is a Catholic nun, but she preaches at our parish. I don’t get that.” Even the Protestants don’t understand what she’s doing. Then again, in the spirit of her “Good Shepherd Sunday Homily,” we are the erring sheep, and she is the Good Shepherd who will carry us to enlightenment. We should bow before her Masters’ degree in Divinity.

So, in her spirit of “Christian unity,” we should gather all Christians together, regardless at to their allegiance to the True Church, and have one massive communion service. That’s disdainful. That’s heresy. As Pope Paul VI boldly declared to the World Council of Churches, “SUMUS PETRUS.” “We are Peter.” What a sublime statement of Catholic faith. And for a pope whose image is more “left” than most, this is truly a message. We are to engage in prayers for Christian unity, of course. But we are the Church. We are waiting for them, not the other way around.

Sr. Joan, perhaps you should have pride for what you have, the Catholic Church? I pray that, someday, you can appreciate the vast and immense treasure which is Tradition. And I mean that sincerely.

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7 Responses to “Just Between Us”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I would love to see a picture of her receiving communion in an Episcopal church.

  2. Matt says:

    a jewel! a JEWEL! ha, haha.

    Somebody, please ask the Pope of Christian Unity about true ecumenism. Please? Five bucks says this ain't it!

  3. Gen says:

    I'm working on that picture. My Episcopalian sources have promised to try and find out the next time she's appearing there so **someone** can take a photo, maybe some video.

    If anyone reading this thinks they may be able to help in this cause, please email us at

  4. Anonymous says:

    I question the beliefs of these disenters regarding the Real Presence. Look at the Diocesan website. Is there still an audio from Sr. Kay Hefrnon, (spelling) that welcomes the separate identies of the various churches. She says there will never be unity so we must simply respect these differences. Unity is :loving: these people. Quite a difference from our concept.

  5. Gen says:

    One of the nuns from the SA/OLOL cluster has been quoted as saying, "People don't really believe in the Real Presence."

    Tell that to Father George Weinmann, who died trying to rescue the Blessed Sacrament. Tell that to the Catholics in China who are persecuted for following the real, non-state-run "Church" for the sake of the True Presence.

    Liberals need to take their heads out of the sand. Reality is not on their side.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Sand is not where their heads are at.

  7. Yapollo says:

    I wish for the unity of all Christains without denomination more than anyone else, but a nun who attempts to run mass (when such a thing has been forbidened for centuries) is not exactly a selling point for others.

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