Thursday, March 22, 2007

Fr Fessio OUT of Ave Maria--Updated

This is (Catholic) Inside Baseball:

Fessio’s dismissal came one day after recent statements he made were published in an article in the California Catholic Daily titled, “Hey, Hey, Baby Gay! What Do You Do? What Do You Say?”
His statements were also published on March 2 on the personal Web site of one of the country’s preeminent evangelist leaders, the Rev. R. Albert Mohler Jr.

In the article, Mohler suggested that there was a “possibility that a biological basis for homosexuality may be proven,” the Associated Press reported. Mohler’s argument was endorsed by Fessio.

According to the California Catholic Daily article, “research strongly suggests that sexual preference is biologically determined in animals, and possibly in humans.”

“Same-sex activity is considered disordered,” Fessio said. “If there are ways of detecting diseases or disorders of children in the womb, and a way of treating them that respected the dignity of the child and mother, it would be a wonderful advancement of science.”

I don't read the excerpted comments as "endorsement" of the theory--merely as a comment that 'IF such is true, that would be good.' Big difference.

Well, that's Theory One. Here's Theory Two:

A senior university official said that one crux of the "irreconcilable differences" cited as the reason for the requested resignation was a divergence on liturgical tastes; Healy and much of his leadership team take their cue from the evangelical Charismatic school of the Franciscan University of Steubenville (to which they maintain close ties), while Fessio's crowd gravitated toward a more solemn manner of ritual. The Jesuit's Latin Masses -- Novus Ordo, celebrated ad orientem -- were reported to have drawn large numbers, while similar crowds were had for monthly Healing Masses celebrated by priest-in-residence Fr Richard McAlear, a member of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. [More on this guy's Masses below in the update].

It is true that Fr. Fessio promotes and uses a heavily-Latin reading of the Mass, and prefers ad orientem. It is problematic if Tom Monaghan views this as a cause for dismissal. So it shouldn't be the whole story. But Tom ain't universally loved; he's a bit quirky.

Only two nights ago, Hewitt interviewed Fr. Fessio regarding the "Communion for Pro-Abort Pols" controversy. At that time, Fr. F. was introduced as the President of Ave Maria U.


Far more serious that merely 'liturgical difference' are liturgical aberrations. Evidently the "healing Masses" (perhaps) favored by the AMU Prexy are, ah, illicitly said. See this link, go to the letter. HT here: Some Have Hats

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Father Fessio's comments amounted to an endorsement of eugenics to wipe out a group of people.

It's nazi-ism