September 25, 2002
A month ago I wrote a letter saying that St. Michael Church would continue to open its facilities for Voice of the Faithful meetings until I received directions from the Cardinal to do otherwise.
Yesterday, September 24th, I received a letter from Bishop Emilio Allue, our Merrimack Regional Bishop. He writes:
In this great Church crisis I have always tried to remain obedient to the will of the Ordinary. When I was ordained as a priest I promised always to be obedient to the Ordinary (Archbishop) of the Boston Archdiocese and to his successors.
Bishop Allue is asking us to discontinue permission to use our parish facilities to the Voice of the Faithful until we await the final judgment of the Archbishop who is in dialogue with VOTF leaders through his Vicar General, Bishop Edyvean.
Hopefully, in the days ahead greater integrity, compassionate understanding, and unity can happen throughout our own archdiocese and throughout the Church universal.
Certainly, some faithful parishioners and non-parishioners alike will continue to meet somewhere else as members of the Voice of the Faithful. I pray that God’s Holy Spirit will bring them great wisdom and I pray that faithful VOTF members will help bring practical and orthodox solutions and answers to very complicated and challenging issues in our Church.
Peace in Christ,
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