View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Schismatic Priest Plans Book About Dismissed Nun

Father James Callan, one of the leaders of the schismatic Spiritus Christi Church here in Rochester, has planned another book related to the church.

In the July 25/26 bulletin of the schismatic congregation, Father Callan announced that he is writing a book about Margie Henninger, a former Sister of St. Joseph who was one of the leaders of Spiritus' break with the Catholic Church back in 1998. All of the leaders of the congregation - including Callan and Henninger - were excommunicated.

Father Callan said he wants to have it done in time for June 29, 2010, the 50th anniversary of her becoming a sister. If I remember correctly, Henninger was dismissed from her congregation in 2002 - after they told her to stop calling herself a sister and not to identify herself as a member of the congregation. So it might mark the 50th anniversary of her joining the SSJs, but it will not be a celebration of 50 years as a Catholic woman religious.

I was an active member of Corpus Christi Parish - the Catholic parish he headed before the break. I left in the early 90s when it started straying too far from the Catholic Church. Father Callan even officiated our wedding. So I continue to be saddened by the decisions made by a number of people about whom I still care. I often pray that they will return to the Church.


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