You won’t find it in your local newspaper or anywhere on the internet, but reliable sources tell me the Zion Train is coming our way here in the Archdiocese of Portland Oregon on Saturday, June 7th, 2008. That is, Zion United Church of Christ in Gresham is offering its worship space to misguided Catholics assisting them in committing the canon crime of self-ordination in direct opposition to Catholic faith and tradition.
Last Thursday, in Victoria, British Columbia, James Lauder and Monica Kilburn-Smith (left) hopped the soul train to nowhere up in Canada and were ordained priests by the dissident group Roman Catholic Women Priests. The trouble is, that very same week the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith decreed “absolutely and universally” those who do so, along with the presiding Bishop, self-excommunicate themselves–Latae sententiae.
Last Year’s Ramblin’ Wreck…
In 2007 Toni Tortorilla (right) mocked church teaching, sacred authority and the presence of Christ within the Sacrament of Holy Orders here in the Archdiocese of Portland by her consecration, and next Saturday her lesbian partner Ruth Boeski will, (at least in her own mind), also join her in the priesthood along with another woman who will become a deacon.
Last year, Archbishop Vlasny denounced the phony ordinations after the fact some days later, along with rebuking the offending church who offered their premises for the protestant service. Some folks have perceived that our Shepherd acted too slowly and without enough force, but to be fair it seems the mode of operation of R.C.W.P./C.T.A. is intentionally designed to thwart Bishop’s from acting within their own dioceses until after the damage is done by:
- Organizing phony consecrations secretly ahead of time with the help of local Call To Action groups
- Keeping dates and times of events from Bishop’s within their dioceses in order to prevent them from acting in defending their flocks.
- Inviting only sympathizers and the press until the ceremonies are complete, and then,
- Reveling afterward in self-generated publicity–as their websites so clearly reveal.
The Two Cities…
Interestingly enough, but probably no coincidence, is the fact that Archbishop Vlasny will be consecrating authentic priests at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Portland on the same day, meanwhile, across town R.C.W.P. with the help of Call To Action will be consecrating souls into the dangers associated with hell and everlasting regret.
Yes, I mention the possibility of hell here, and I do so charitably and without fear. The Catholic Church is needed for eternal salvation and has been established by its Divine Founder as his fount in the world, and these organizations along with Zion United Church of Christ are together promoting and leading souls into dangerous contrary positions concerning the infallible teaching of the fount: the Church has no authority to ordain women as priests.
[Editors note: See: Ordinatio Sacerdotalis here, and I highly recommend the fine article by Christopher Zehnder explaining infallibility in this matter, and why its neither despotic nor patriarchal – just faithful; a perfect title].
The Z Train and False Ecumenism…
If undermining the spiritual health and destination of Catholic souls is not worrisome enough, the fact that Zion United Church of Christ is in partnership with the Archdiocese of Portland as members of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO) is troublesome as well.
According to Carolyn Wendell, founder of Voice of Catholics Advocating Life, “the Archdiocese of Portland takes no action against these churches to stop these practices and we pay tens of thousands of dollars in membership fees to the Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon.”
Mrs. Wendell is a Pro Life Activist within the diocese who finds it disturbing that the Respect Life Office goes unfunded while the Office of Peace and Justice–which acts as an free advertising vehicle for Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon–receives ‘just from the Archbishops Appeal alone’ $60,000. She is seeking a just share for pro life activities in the diocese. It’s her hope, as her website notes, that truth and priorities will eventually prevail as more and more Catholics in our diocese realize as I have concerning EMO that:
In effect, according to the current logic, Catholics in our diocese through our tithing are helping to fund a organization whose members, for the second year in a row, continue to disrespect the faith and tradition of Catholicism in the name of ecumenism. In this case, false ecumenism…
Perhaps the time has come to reassess our priorities concerning our relationship with Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, I don’t know, that’s for our Bishop to decide. But, I do know that this year, anyway, the Z Train will not blindside our Bishop nor the flock he alone is rightfully charged with culling and tending. Note: I ask all my readers to help get the word out on this affront to the Sacrament of Holy Orders.
Welding Pennies on the Track…
The Z Train has yet to arrive, and I truly hope my sources are wrong… But if not, let everyone gather their pennies and place them on the tracks together in the hope of derailing these continual errors and threats to unity by writing Archbishop Vlasny and respectfully asking that:
He confirm, address, and prohibit within our diocese these false consecration(s) scheduled for June 7th.
He reaffirm the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith Decree forbidding the consecration of women to the priesthood.
Act to bring before the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops a resolution to declare that the tenets and actions of the Church dissent groups Call To Action and Roman Catholic Women Priests are not reconcilable with Catholic faith and morals, and thereby, are to be dissolved.
Let us also pray for all those above in peril to come to their true sense of faith…
After all, why should we (or they) sit alongside the streams of Babylon weeping in rememberance of Zion, when we know in our hearts the truth that we have been planted alongside the River of Life? (Psalms 137:1)