Sunday, November 14, 2010
Nadine Brown and the Intercessors 'remnant'...
I guess some Lambs just can't remain silent.
I noted on Spirit Daily - one of my favorite news resources BTW - seriously, that Nadine Brown is in the news again today. Archbishop Lucas doesn't want people reading her statements posted on her site but I doubt many people regard that request as binding - with all due respect to the Archbishop and human nature being what it is, I mean.
I'm kind of 'over' this deal right now - it's a local thing for Omaha and the Intercessors which happens to be nothing but a private association these days. I'm not into charismatic or Medjugorje spirituality, and the spirituality of the Intercessors is much too novel for my taste - anyway - the habits sort of killed it for me right off the bat. To each his own however.
"For 'Suppression' to happen in the Catholic Church, there have to be 'very grave reasons'”.
That statement, an excerpt from the Lamb- rack. Nadine then added: "I certainly do not see any “grave reasons” for suppression precipitated by the Board of Directors and, even if there were, does a community, who had been approved in the Catholic Church by two previous Archbishops get suppressed because of a civil corporation? I shall leave this question in the hands of those in authority in the Catholic Church." Anyway - Nadine Brown is claiming obedience and submission to the Archbishop while attempting to keep things going - business as usual as they say - literally. (Donations.):
"Two days later, after the Decree of Suppression was announced, the ten former Hermits and myself returned to Bellwether to resume our mission of contemplative, intercessory and spiritual warfare prayer in union with Jesus the Lamb-Who-was slain. We also continue to respond to prayer requests, as well as our ministry of spiritual direction and private directed retreats. Hopefully, in the not too distant future, priests will once again be permitted to come here to celebrate the liturgy and the sacraments. But in the meantime, we attend Mass daily at different parishes." - Nadine Brown, Companion of the Lamb
In the next paragraph Brown offers thanks to the former Archbishop as well as Cardinal Regali and others who gave imprimaturs to her early writings and publications, as well as approval to her speaking engagements. Someday I'd like to do a post on how writing doctrinally sound religious literature at one point in your life does not necessarily guarantee orthodoxy in everything else you do or say or write for the rest of your life. Henry the VIII was declared "Defender of the Faith" at one time by the Pope... and his non-Catholic successors retain the title.
How the saints act: Padre Pio.
Diane at Te Deum blog discusses the feeble comparison some souls are making of Nadine Brown's situation to those troubles from Church officials St. Pio experienced at various times in his life. Pio's conduct is vastly different from that of Nadine Brown's however. As Diane respectfully points out:
"Can you imagine Padre Pio continuing all that he was doing on the basis that he did not agree with the findings of the Holy See which forced him into his "imprisonment", as he called it? He did the right thing - though innocent, he accepted the decision of Church authorities, and he did so in silence.
As for her response? It speaks for itself. It seems to me that if she were like St. Pio, she would have gone off quietly, but not before encouraging her followers to cooperate with the Archbishop. She would have encouraged the lay board to cooperate with him. Perhaps she did and we are unaware of it. There is nothing that I am aware of, publicly, which suggests that she did this. In fact, the "message from our foundress" on the corporate website shows that she voluntarily associated herself with the very lay board of directors who balked at working with Archbishop Lucas.
I regret that there is nothing impressive, nor "Pio-like" in this behavior." - Contrasting Nadine Brown and Padre Pio
Much like the Theology of the Body discussions, I'm backing off from this story for reasons cited earlier, as well as to leave it to those better informed, who like Diane, seem to be much more objective and respectful when dealing with church-people matters than I am.