(Full Text) Florida Bishop Victor Galeone issues statement warning faithful on American Catholic Council

“Although the stated purpose of the ACC is to “reclaim the promise of the Holy Spirit manifested in Vatican II,” in fact, the goals proposed in their literature, as well as the organizations which make up the ACC, are largely in opposition to the teachings of the Second Vatican Council and the Holy Spirit, which inspired that Council…”

The Orate Fratres Blog has long reported here on the American Catholic Council and various dissident sub-groups promoting “listening sessions” within U.S. Catholic dioceses around the country; as well as followed the efforts of Bishops to warn faithful Catholics to this real threat to Church unity. Today, Bishop Victor Galeone of the Diocese of Saint Augustine cautioned any Catholic against participating in an upcoming North Florida listening assembly, as well as the national assembly to be held in June in Detroit… His statement follows:

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Statement of Bishop Galeone Regarding the American Catholic Council’s “North Florida Listening Assembly” (scheduled for Feb. 19, 2011)

It has come to my attention that an organization called the American Catholic Council (ACC) will be holding what they describe as the “North Florida Listening Assembly” in Jacksonville on Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011.  Self-described as “seeking to reclaim the promise of the Holy Spirit manifested in Vatican II,” this assembly is billed as “a day of reflection and stimulating dialogue” – all in preparation for a national gathering to be held in Detroit in June of 2011. I want to clearly and unequivocally advise all Catholics that this North Florida Listening Assembly is not conducted under the auspices of the Diocese of St. Augustine, nor is it sanctioned, approved or endorsed by the diocese or any other entity of the Roman Catholic Church.

Although the stated purpose of the ACC is to “reclaim the promise of the Holy Spirit manifested in Vatican II,” in fact, the goals proposed in their literature, as well as the organizations which make up the ACC, are largely in opposition to the teachings of the Second Vatican Council and the Holy Spirit, which inspired that Council.

I commend and embrace all true efforts at Church renewal, but the ACC’s agenda is decidedly not such an effort. Many of the groups which have banded together in the ACC espouse positions which are clearly contrary to Catholic faith and morals, and which engender only alienation and estrangement from the Church.

Accordingly, the Diocese of St. Augustine cautions any Catholic against participating in this North Florida Listening Assembly, as well as the national assembly to be held in June in Detroit. Catholic parishes, schools, and institutions are not to host any meetings, gatherings, or “listening sessions” associated with either event or with the ACC.

Additionally, priests, deacons, and lay ministers are expected to avoid these events, and to strongly urge the faithful not to attend or support them or the ACC in any manner.  I ask, rather, that we all pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit and shun efforts which threaten the unity of the Church for which Christ, himself, so fervently prayed.

Bishop Victor Galeone

Diocese of Saint Augustine

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4 thoughts on “(Full Text) Florida Bishop Victor Galeone issues statement warning faithful on American Catholic Council”

  1. You state that the goals of the ACC and other organizations attending the listening session on February 19th in Jacksonville are in opposition to the Catholic church. To which goals are you referring? There are none specifically mentioned. It is disconcerting for me to be told not to attend a “listening” session. I am an educated adult. I question the wisdom of an organization that fears questions and discussion from its members.

  2. All you have to do to know the agenda of the ACC is to look at the groups involved. They include: Woman Church, Future Church, Women’s Ordination Council, Dignity USA, Voice of the Faithful, New Ways Ministry, etc. Their agenda is well known. It includes abortion, contraception, women priests, gay activism, same-sex marriage, married priests, and a “democratic” Church. Donna Steichen wrote about many of the groups and organizers in her 1991 book Ungodly Rage. The Vatican disciplined one, Sr. Jeannine Gramick, for her promotion of homosexual immorality. The bishop is exercising his authority and teaching responsibility by warning Catholics about this pernicious group. Do a little research on their website. And check up the positions of their groups. I don’t need to go to a “listening session” to hear the same old dissent that’s been their song and dance for thirty years!

  3. The comment from Joan Mahon that observes that the person who made the original post that the goals of the ACC and other organizations attending the listening session on February 19th in Jacksonville are in opposition to the Catholic church is right. Here we are trying to unite on a common cause and this is Health Care for All. It is disconcerting for me to be told not to attend a “listening” session. I question the wisdom of an organization that fears questions and discussion from its members.

  4. Good Bishop is dead wrong. The Council of Constance in the 1500s which every pope is bound by allows Laity to call a council anytime it sees fit in times of corruption within the church. Surely the Sex Abuse Scandal and the Immoral Behavior of the Hierarchy concealing crimes cries out for reform. Sadly B16 is unable to handle this crisis, and is in fact part of the cover up. (See documents on internet from US Court Proceedings.)The Bishop Victor needs to recant his warning statement and swear allegiance to the American Catholic Council or resign under the terms of the Council of Constance.

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