Friday, August 28, 2015

Des Moines Catholic Worker House denied privilege of celebrating Mass after service with woman priest

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Des Moines "has revoked the privilege of celebrating the Roman Catholic Mass at the Catholic Worker House" for the moment, due to what it has euphemistically called "concerns related to variances in Catholic liturgical rubrics, doctrine, and practice." (full text below)

It is believed that this action was taken following a Eucharist celebrated at the Catholic Worker last December by Roman Catholic woman priest Rev. Janice Sevre-Duszynska, pictured above with members of the Des Moines CW community, a long-time friend of the Catholic Worker movement.

Frank Cordaro, a co-founder of the Catholic Worker House in Des Moines, called the bishop's actions "bullying" and added that the community would be preparing an official response to the Diocese and will determine how it will proceed with Mass in the future.

Statement of clarification regarding celebration of Roman Catholic Mass at Catholic Worker House in the Des Moines Diocese

August 12, 2015 (published in the August 2015 edition of The Catholic Mirror)

In response to publicity generated by the Catholic Worker House in Des Moines, Bishop Pates, upon the unanimous recommendation of the Diocesan Presbyteral Council of the Diocese of Des Moines, has revoked the privilege of celebrating the Roman Catholic Mass at the Catholic Worker House for the time being. The concerns are related to variances in Catholic liturgical rubrics, doctrine, and practice.

This determination was communicated to the leadership of the Catholic Worker House community on May 5, 2015 and remains in effect. At the time of printing of "The Catholic Mirror" no corrective or substantive response has been made to the Bishop and Presbyteral Council.

The Bishop of Des Moines and the Presbyteral Council have enormous appreciation for the legacy of Dorothy Day, co-founder of the Catholic Worker movement, and the philosophy she espoused. They are also aware that while her radically faithful witness to the Gospel was highly challenging to her fellow Catholics, especially in the Social Justice arena, she was equally faithful to the liturgical traditions of the Church and followed them with great dedication benefitting her courage to serve Christ in the poorest of the poor and to actively witness for upholding their human dignity.

Members of the Presbyteral Council are:
Rev. Dan Kirby
Rev. Daniel Siepker
Rev. David Fleming
Rev. Frank Palmer
Rev. Guthrie Dolan
Rev. Michael Amadeo
Rev. Michael Peters
Rev. Robert Harris
Rev. Thomas Dooley, chair
Rev. Thomas Kunnel

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