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Dixit Dominus – Sede a Dextris Meis

February 20th, 2010, Promulgated by Gen

“The Lord says, ‘Sit thou at my right hand.”

A faithful friend of the blog has sent us a photograph of the newly-reconfigured sanctuary at St. Anne Church, where, many of you may recall, Fr. Tyman was exploring the possibilities of having the presider’s chair placed beside the altar rather than behind it.

Well, this sounded innocuous enough – after all, it’s the way the pastor has it at St. Stanislaus. However, look very carefully at the photo. You will note that it’s not only the presider’s chair that has been moved. It appears as if Sr. Joan’s chair (or at least “some” chair) has also gravitated altar-ward. There is a possibility that this is just where the server with the sacramentary sits. However, Sr. Joan is on record as having said, “I don’t want the servers sitting right next to the priest.” The few times I have made pilgrimage to the parish after the takeover, the servers have either sat on the bench in the back of the sanctuary, under the St. Anne painting, or to the left side of the sanctuary, against the wall.

I need a reader, ideally, to get a photograph of Sr. Joan in this chair. Anecdotes are also welcome – send them to However, we need actual evidence in this matter, evidence showing the good sister seated between the priest and the altar, in a definite “co-presidential” spot, and closer to the altar than she needs to be. It’s uncalled for. 

It is wholly possible that Sr. Joan does not sit there – we can’t jump on this with 100% certainty. However, I think we can all agree, that there is potential for massive abuse here.

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8 Responses to “Dixit Dominus – Sede a Dextris Meis”

  1. Anonymous says:

    This is wrong on so many levels:

    1) It's elevating the laity to co-presider
    2) By doing this, it's suggesting that she is equal to the priest
    3) She is closer to the altar than the priest celebrant
    4) Unless she is serving the altar, she is taking a seat more appropriate for an altar server
    5) She is a shameless pig

  2. Anonymous says:

    Doesn't it seem like Sr. Joan has been the experimental monkey for Bishop Clark? She has the balls to try all the things he would like to see lay pretend ministers do as he outlined in Forward in Hope. We don't see other lay pretend ministers pushing the envelope like her, but she doesn't seem to care and she's willing to go as far as she can. Don't think for a minute that Sr. Joan Sobala does not have the green light from Bishop Clark to see how far she can take it without the Vatican stepping in.

  3. Bernie says:

    Anonymous at 8:17 Pm: Your point #5 is not worthy of you. You should withdraw it.

  4. Gen says:

    Yeah – folks, let's keep it charitable. I hate using "charitable," seeing as how the hippies in the Church are turning its meaning around, but we need to be the occupiers of the moral high ground. I understand your anger, frustration, etc . . . but we need to remove this kind of stuff. All your points are 100% spot on, though. It's heresy-in-potentia.

  5. Anonymous says:

    ANNON. 8:17 I do feel and understand your frustration. having St Anne church ripped away fom us is hard for others to understand but yeah I guess we should not name call.

  6. Anonymous says:

    So far, Sr. Joan has not sat in that chair but in her usual chair, which is back behind the altar. When Fr. Tyman celebrates by himself, there is only one chair. If the Deacon is with him, he sits next to Fr. Tyman.

  7. Anonymous says:

    "her usual chair, which is back behind the altar"

    That could be just as bad.

  8. Gen says:

    Indeed – it's no longer at an angle, but rather, facing directly forward, merely three feet off center. I wonder how long it will take Sr. Joan to make the un-Godly pilgrimage.

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