Thursday, December 22, 2016

Another set back for Mother Miriam?

M. Miriam of the Lamb of God
(Rosalind Moss)

I came across the story on Facebook.

Mother Miriam formed a public association of the faithful, diocesan religious community of Benedictine sisters called Daughters of Mary, Mother of Israel's Hope, formed under the auspices of Bishop-Emeritus Slattery of Tulsa.  The new Bishop of the diocese has informed the community he doesn't see a way forward for the community in the diocese.

The new bishop of Tulsa told us earlier this month that he does not see a way forward for our community in the Diocese of Tulsa, Oklahoma. In a memo to Diocesan priests and staff, the bishop wrote: “After careful consideration and prayerful discernment, the Diocese of Tulsa has elected to end its affiliation with the Daughters of Mary, Mother of Israel’s Hope and allow the community to continue their apostolic exploration in another diocese.” 
This is a great sadness to us and to many families and individuals in the Diocese of Tulsa and beyond who have worked so hard and given so much to establish our Priory and renovate the guest house that was donated to us. Yet, we are at peace... - Newsletter

Watch out for the stories which will most likely circulate about this development.  Already there are those suggesting this is an attack on traditionalism and a sort of purge against those communities devoted to the Extraordinary Form of Mass.  I think some may even connect this to the so-called campaign against Cardinal Burke, who incidentally was prepared to welcome M. Miriam in the Archdiocese of St. Louis before he was elevated to the Apostolic Signatura.  She was subsequently welcomed by Bishop Slattery in Tulsa.

These are the types of stories - albeit with rumors and gossip attached to them - which help facilitate the myth there is a climate of fear, as some claim now reigns in the Vatican.  That's ridiculous for religious people to even suggest.

Mother Miriam's response to Bishop Konderla is praiseworthy and faithful.

God bless her.

11 comments:

  1. She has now bounced around to a couple different places.... I wonder what gives? Agreed, I don't think this has anything to do with traditionalism.

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    1. I wonder if it has something to do with Nostra aetate and Catholic-Jewish relations? Just a thought. I don't know anything about her apostolate. Benedictine communities just springing up on their own - without a Motherhouse - just might pose a difficulty as well - canonically. Again - I have no idea about how all that works.

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  2. I enjoyed Rosiland Moss's program on EWTN many years ago. She provided a fresh perspective with her Jewish and Evangelical background. This is a sad story especially at Christmas. The Bishop needs to provide a better explanation. Who in this day and age asks a religious community to pack up and leave? I am sure some Bishop somewhere will step forward. Bizarre.

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    1. I'm not sure the bishop is required to provide a public explanation. It's really his call.

      I think her response is a testament to her fidelity and obedience.

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    2. I am sure the Bishop is not required to explain, but without one he taints Mother and her group with the suspicion of scandal. This is not fair, just or Christian. There is a history in the Church of independent Houses. Some good some not. To be identified as Catholic the Bishop has a great deal of authority over them. The most famous dispute is the IHM in LA in the 60's. That community removed themselves from Cardinal McIntrye control and set up an independent community of lay people which continues to function today. Anita Gaspar lead them well into her 90's. Something like 300 left with her while 30 stayed. Just last year the "faithful" Sisters entered a legal battle with the Archdiocese over the sale of their Motherhouse. There were only 3 left and the legal battle may still not be resolved. Ironic, I think, that the ones who remained loyal to authority had to wage battle with the hierarchy in their 90's.

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    3. I honestly don't know what's up, but I don't think it taints M. Miriam at all.

      She could have been misled, misdirected at the onset, Our Lord is the founder of every community - he will lead her on the path he has chosen. Everyone wants to make a crises out of every sort of set back. All of these things are purifications and tests allowed by Divine Providence.

      I may have misspoke referring to Nostra aetate in my comment to Badger - but it just popped in to mind. Mother of Israel's Hope may indicate a direction for the apostolate - like I said - I don't know. But it could potentially pose a problem for Catholic-Jewish dialog. Just saying - perhaps that was part of the discernment process employed by the bishop?

      Don't know.

      Difficult things happen to many of us during Christmas. It can unite us more closely to the Infant Jesus who was born in a stable.

      I'm not scolding - to the contrary - this is perfect joy for a religious person.

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  3. Sigh. Another attack of tradition from a "Francis Bishop." How long O Lord, how long? I have friends who work in the curia, and they tell me there is indeed a real climate of fear - especially among those who are traditional. Francis, they tell me, wants to root them out of the Church. They tell me from experience that Francis is not a "nice" man, but rather vindictive, angry, and anything but humble. His public persona and his private persona are different. How long, O Lord, must we endure this chastisement?

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    1. Check this out:

      http://badgercatholic.blogspot.com/search/label/Pope%20Francis%20I

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  4. It should be noted many religious communities and their founders experienced difficulty in the beginning like this. Some founders were even banished from their communities, one very famous saint was even excommunicated, St. Marianne Cope. God works in mysterious ways.

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  5. Religious communities, especially new and different ones, seem to go through these trials. I did not know of St Marianne Cope. Her community is only ninety miles from me. Look at Blessed Charles Foucauld and the Little Brothers of Jesus. He was definitely outside the organized structure. I am praying for Mother Miriam and her community. There is room in our Church for many many different expressions of faith. Look at the variety of different rites we embrace. One belief many expressions.

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    1. She's resilient - she is a daughter of Israel, a daughter of the Church - I am edified by her journey.

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