Volume 33, Number 1 • August 19, 2014

E-edition

Monday, September 01, 2014
News 
Sections 
E-editions 
 Keywords:
one or more words required
all words required
forced & ordered phrase
Multi forced & ordered phrase
words with exceptions
Help
 
 Issue date:
Date Format: dd-mm-yyyy

   
Bishop McGrath clarifies status of Oratory of Our Mother of Perpetual Help
Posting Date: 01-14-2014


By Roberta Ward
In a Dec. 10 letter “To the People of the Diocese of San Jose,” Bishop Patrick J. McGrath explained the status of the Oratory of Our Mother of Perpetual Help in Santa Clara which has been housed since 2006 in a former Protestant church purchased independently.
• Full text of Bishop McGrath’s letter may be found on the diocesan website: www.dsj.org, under Bishop McGrath Statements.
The bishop explained that he “canonically erected the Oratory to provide pastoral care to people who are attached to the traditional Latin Mass”…and he “entrusted ministry to priests of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest…since Jan. 1, 2007.”

Bishop McGrath said, “Because recent internal matters related to the governance of the Oratory could not be resolved in a way that is satisfactory to the Institute, the Institute has now withdrawn from its ministry to the Oratory.” The bishop invited the Oratory board to rescind its decision, but they refused.
“Consequently, I must now suppress the Oratory, removing its canonical status as an established and recognized Roman Catholic community in the Diocese of San Jose,” the bishop wrote. Five Wounds Portuguese National Church, San Jose, has welcomed, as of Dec. 15, “the faithful of the newly erected Oratory of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.”
In early December, Bishop McGrath explained, “It was announced at Our Mother of Perpetual Help that priests from the Society of Saint Pius X will begin ministry there. This is a matter of grave concern because of the unlawful status of the Society.”
Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre founded the Society and in 1988, against papal direction, he consecrated four men as bishops who have been excommunicated for their objections to teachings of Vatican Council II.
Bishop McGrath stated, “The doctrinal questions that remain unresolved between the Roman Catholic Church and the Society of Saint Pius X are not insignificant.”

 
- The Valley Catholic

 
 
08-19-2014 - Bishop offers thanks to detention ministry, Restorative Justice volunteers
08-19-2014 - Annual Education Appeal for scholarship assistance set for Sept. 6-7 in parishes
08-19-2014 - Linda Batton honored for service to DSJ
08-19-2014 - Faith Formation Conference set for Nov. 21-22
08-19-2014 - Celebrating Catholic ministry through endowments
08-19-2014 - Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice medal honorees
08-19-2014 - St. John Vianney School to celebrate 60th anniversary
08-19-2014 - Clergy appointments…. [8-19-14]
08-19-2014 - St. Julie Parish celebrates, looks back on 40 years
Highlights
News - In The Diocese
Annual Education Appeal for scholarship assistance set for Sept. 6-7 in parishes

St. John Vianney School to celebrate 60th anniversary

Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice medal honorees

News - Community
Serra International convention attracts attendees from U.S., world

Sections - Catholic Schools
Presentation debate team takes national spotlight

Sacred Heart Nativity Schools name new president

Sections - Young Adults
Volunteer youth minister shares Life Teen experience

Sections - Spanish News
La Diócesis de San José invita a rezar por las víctimas de la violencia

News - In The Church
Like good shepherd, Church must seek out, help abused, says survivor

Pope meets sex abuse victims, says clergy actions cloaked in complicity

News - Nation/World
Papal visit to South Korea: Legacy of martyrs, lay leadership lives on

Sections - Immigration/Human Trafficking
Humanitarian border crisis calls for compassion, action

Bishop McGrath calls for compassion, aid for immigrants at state border

Unaccompanied children need community’s help