Burke v. Lears, St. Louis v. NCR

The case of the interdicts against Sr. Louis Lears, who attended an illicit ordination of women as priests, continues to heat up with a debate over NCR’s coverage of the story. Chief among the archdiocese’s critcisms is that they did not authorize someone to videotape the ordination. Tim Burke at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has the archdiocese’s blast at NCR–they raise some good questions as and some smokescreens–as well as the return coverage from NCR’s Tom Fox, who has some answers and more questions.

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posted July 24, 2008 at 1:59 pm

Sr. Lears did not just attend the illicit ordinations, she participated. The interdict decree says she responded in the ceremony to a call for “ordained ministers” to raise their hands in blessing. This suggests, at the very least, that her role was less than that of a spectator.
The whole business about the taping is bogus. If the ceremony was a valid Catholic ordination then anyone, any Catholic, is invited to attend, and any Catholic may report, in whatever manner he or she wishes, on what transpired.
The very fact that Sr. Lears’ defenders feel violated by the presence of an unsympathetic witness shows that they have long since left the Catholic Church.
Tell me when you have ever heard of any Catholic parish event that anyone may not come to?

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