Heart to be Taken Over
by Dominican Brotherhood?
Dominican Brotherhood to Take
Over of Sacred Heart Since the selling of Sacred
Heart Church by the Archdiocese of Boston, the
people of the Mount Vernon neighborhood in Lawrence have
been fighting to return catholic masses to the church.
ETC Development, the developers in charge of the Sacred
Heart project, announced last month that they have struck
a deal with the Dominican Brothers giving the impression
that catholic masses will be held in the church once
Further research, however, has revealed that the
Dominican Brotherhood is not affiliated with the Catholic
Church and has in fact, disassociated themselves with the
Parishioners attending catholic mass at Saint Patricks
Church on South Broadway in Lawrence were greeted with a
bulletin message last week from the Archdiocese of
Boston concerning the Dominican Brothers taking over
Sacred Heart Church. The Archdiocese stated clearly that
the Dominican Brothers are not Roman Catholics.
Below is the Dominican Brothers answer to the
allegations of the Archdiocese of Boston.
To all concerned fellow Catholics:
The latest development regarding the sale of Sacred Heart
Church in Lawrence, MA, has received some attention from
the media. We believe it is our duty to explain our
position as traditional Roman Catholics. Statements have
been made which question our stance as being true
Catholics, and these accusations are simply unfounded.
The Willing Shepherds of Jesus Christ believe in all
dogmas and teachings of the Catholic Faith, which of
course includes the Papacy. Christ established His Church
upon the papacy, and it will always be the foundation
stone upon which rests the entire doctrinal system of our
holy Catholic Church.
The position sedevacantism simply means that
out of good conscience, we view the Chair of Peter as if
it were temporarily vacant. We do not declare anyone to
be or not to be Pope. However, due to the present
circumstances of open heresy and modernism being taught
throughout the world from Catholic clergymen
and institutions without any correction but rather
acceptance, even by the hierarchy in the Vatican
we see no other option whereby we can remain true to our
Catholic Faith as handed down by all the Popes and
Councils through the centuries. The last forty years in
the Catholic Church have seen the rise of Modernism
(which is condemned by the Catholic Church - see
encyclical of Pope St. Pius X) and all forms of abuses
and heresies growing and destroying the souls of the
faithful. As Catholics, we can not accept and believe
things contrary to the Catholic Faith and the teachings
of Jesus Christ. This Catholic conviction (i.e., one
cannot obey when it is an obvious matter of sin, of which
heresy is the greatest!) thus leads us into the position
we currently hold.
We are all very concerned and only hope and pray for the
restoration of the true Catholic Church, the Faith of our
Fathers which we do in fact believe will be through the
Pope, maybe not today, but in fact, one day in Gods
own time it will. Church history and approved Doctors and
theologians of the Catholic Church have shown us and
taught that this can and indeed did happen in the past,
not in such a universal manner, but it indeed happened.
As sincere and conscientious followers of Jesus Christ,
simply trying to be devout and faithful Catholics, we ask
you respectfully to hold back any judgment from these
deceiving labels and negative epithets that are being
flung at us, For instance, we are NOT schismatic, as some
would lightly claim. This is not a small accusation, and
we are definitely not in that category. A schismatic is
one who denies the authority of the papacy and of the
Pope, and we, on the contrary, are firmly united with the
teachings of the Church, and Her visible authority, as
handed down by all the popes from St. Peter to the end of
time. When modernism and heresy are taught and practiced
from the very heart of Rome, however, we must take an
approved theological position until the confusion is
rectified. Again, we believe in all the Church has taught
for two thousand years.
Regarding The Second Vatican Council, even their own
clergy and laity cannot tell us if this council was
binding on conscience or not: was it doctrinal or
pastoral? They cannot even answer themselves without
confusion and dysfunction. There has been a multitude of
bad fruits over the last forty years since Vatican II as
a result of the confusing and destructive changes.
There will always be people who will cast aspersions on
others in order to justify themselves and veil the truth.
These destructive changes are very apparent one
only needs to look about to see that the lines at the
confessionals are gone, pews are empty, religious orders
are dying, reverence toward and belief in the Blessed
Sacrament has greatly diminished. Many other Catholic
doctrines are not being professed, teachings are gone.
Even among the clergy, doctrine has been pushed by the
wayside and replaced with humanism and other modernist
ideas and the list could go on and on.
The Willing Shepherds of Jesus Christ is simply a
community of third order Dominicans devoted to preserving
the Catholic faith and practices. We are members of an
ever growing contingent of traditional minded Catholics
throughout the world who have taken a similar position
within the Church today. We wish to remain free from any
influence of modernism, or departure from the traditional
teachings of the Church. The recent attacks of our
integrity as Roman Catholics are unfounded and misguided.
We ardently desire to be instruments of true peace and
unity in Christs One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic
Church, and we pray that we all can come together and
move forward with the guidance of Jesus Christ and his
Holy Mother, Mary.
In Jesus, Mary & Joseph, The Willing Shepherds of
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