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A Church Without Priests

by Christopher A. Ferrara

June 10, 2002. As the American bishops prepare for their useless conference on "policies" to deal with the innumerable sex crimes which their ordination of homosexual males has led to, Catholics must contemplate the inevitable call for "greater involvement" of women in parishes bereft of priests. For as Michael Rose has so ably documented, the homosexual infiltration of the seminaries has driven out thousands of good men who were victimized by the feminist nuns and the homosexual Gestapo who now control seminary admission and advancement.

In the Saginaw News of June 9, 2002, we read of a very sad case in point. The article extols one Sister Honora Remes, who for sixteen years "has carried out all of the duties of a parish pastor - all except for one. She participates in the Mass, but a priest consecrates the bread and wine for Holy Communion. ‘The only thing I don't do,’ Remes says, ‘is administer any sacrament.’" Oh, is that all. A mere technicality.

The article notes that Remes "manages" St. John the Baptist parish in Carrollton Township, Michigan. Remes enthuses that she is doing things "she ‘never would have imagined’ during her first 19 years with the Daughters of Charity, when she was a teacher." And now, at age 65, Remes says "she envisions a day ‘when whether man or woman, married or unmarried, ordination to the priesthood will be open to all people who are qualified.’"

As the article observes, with evident approval, "Women in Catholic religious vocations have moved into leadership following the Vatican II reforms of the early 1960s, pushed faster because of priest shortages. They are poised for even more responsibility during a time when the church’s male hierarchy is focused on revelations of priests involved in child sex abuse cases …"

The Diocese of Saginaw, of course, shows all the signs of ecclesial decline that we are told represent the "renewal" of Vatican II. Today Reme’s order has only 130 sisters, "down from 190 in 1982. … Numbers are declining, but not as sharply as in the priesthood, says Sister Janet Fulgenzi, vicar of religious for the diocese." No kidding.

Fulgezni notes - somehow without seeing the significance of it all - that "I started out in a full Dominican habit", but then "Vatican II came along, requesting that all religious communities go back to look at their foundings. In doing that, women in religious life expanded their ministries in many other ways." Indeed, Fulgezni never even changed her name upon entering the order - another sign of the great "renewal." And we can see how attractive these changes have made her rapidly declining order of nuns.

Another member of the order, one Joann Plumpe, started out as "Sister Rose Joseph", but then resumed her birth name once "the Vatican II reforms took effect." Plumpe puts the matter quite succinctly: "Every step I’ve taken has been away from the traditional role of the sisters." And just look at how her order is thriving as a result!

Remes makes another equally telling observation: "In the olden days we were saying Mass in Latin, thinking that was the best way to be universal. Now that we better understand the vernacular, we realize that the Mass in each country’s own language is more meaningful." And she adds: "We evolve in our consciousnesses."

Behold the nuns of Vatican II, ministering to the priestless parishes of Vatican II, and waiting for the day when (so they think) women can be priests themselves. The prideful testimony of these nuns of Michigan is all the proof one needs on the folly of abandoning the traditions of the Church. May Our Lady of Fatima, ever humble in the sight of Her divine Son, intercede to end this insanity soon.