Cardinal Sean O’Malley bans priest from speaking at a Boston Catholic Church
Austrian priest Rev. Helmut Schuller views contradict Catholic teachings
Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley is banning Austrian priest Rev. Helmut Schuller from speaking at a Catholic Church in Boston as the Reverend’s preachings “promote positions that are contrary to Catholic teachings.”
The Boston Globe reports that when the reform-minded group Voices of the Faithful needed a locale for Rev. Schuller to bring his tour ‘The Catholic Tipping Point: Conversations with Helmut Schuller,’ St. Susanna’s Parish in Boston offered their space with the permission of the parish’s deacon and director of adult faith formation, Larry Bloom.
Cardinal O’Malley, however, has since blocked Rev. Schuller and his tour from making a stop at the Catholic St. Susanna Parish as the Reverend’s discussions go against present Church doctrine.
Reverend Schuller is the founder of Austrian Priests’ Initiative, which advocates allowing women and married people to become priests and greater lay participation as ways of addressing a priest shortage, reports The Boston Globe. The Initiative also calls for celibacy to be an option among the ordained.
Terrence C. Donilon, a spokesman for the archdiocese, said in a statement released to the Boston Globe: “It is the policy of the Archdiocese of Boston, and the generally accepted practice in dioceses across the country, not to permit individuals to conduct speaking engagements in Catholic parishes or at church events when those individuals promote positions that are contrary to Catholic teachings.”
Since being prevented from speaking at St. Susanna’s, Rev. Schuller’s speaking engagement has been moved to a nearby Unitarian Universalist Church.
Larry Bloom, a deacon and director of adult faith formation at St. Susanna, said his parish has a longstanding relationship with Voice of the Faithful, and when that group needed a venue for Schuller’s talk, he did some research.
“I found out he was a priest, I found out he had a parish, I found out that he was in good standing with the Archdiocese of Vienna, and then I called them back and said sure,” Bloom told the Boston Globe.
After Cardinal O’Malley blocked Rev. Schuller from speaking at St. Susanna’s, Bloom said “The archbishop has the right to have his own thoughts on the matter, and he has a lot more to think about than we do at our own parish.”
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