Monday, January 15, 2007

BREAKING NEWS!! CATHOLIC PRIEST STICKS TO CHURCH TEACHING!
And his bishop wants him fired!

Father John Speekman of Juallagungatiemekangaroodownsport, Australia, is in deep kimchee with his bishop, Jeremiah "Was A Bullfrog" Coffey.

In a nutshell, here's what's up;

An Australian Bishop has made an appeal to the highest court of the Vatican after the Congregation of Clergy ruled his accusations of “ineffective ministry” against a priest faithful to Church rules on the reception of sacraments lacked sufficient evidence.

Bishop Jeremiah Coffey of the diocese of Sale removed Father John Speekman from his position as pastor of the Morwell parish after staff from the parish’s two schools complained of bullying and psychological harassment, and that he denied Holy Communion to children who did not attend Sunday Mass.

Australia’s news journal The Age reports today that Bishop Coffey’s spokesman announced he will appeal to the Signatura, the Vatican’s highest court of appeals, rather than reinstall Fr. Speekman as pastor “without further delay” as ordered by the Congregation.

The rest of this story is, to but it mildly, bizarre.

And as far as the episcopacy of Bishop Jerry is concerned... it tastes like Catholicism, but has none of the effects. This Coffey must be decatholicnated.

Hang tough, Father Speekman. God is with you this day.

7 Comments:

Anonymous Edmund C. said...

What is it they say about Australia? That most Anglicans there are more Catholic than the Catholics, and most Catholics are more Anglican than the Anglicans?

3:11 PM  
Blogger Dad29 said...

Another priest who suffers White Martyrdom.

3:16 PM  
Blogger Angry Orthodox said...

GASP! OH NO! HE DENIED COMMUNION TO KIDS FOR NOT ATTENDING MASS! HE MUST DIE!

*sarcasm off*

4:33 PM  
Blogger Former Altar Boy said...

Once again the prophetic words of Our Lady of Akita come to pass.

6:15 PM  
Blogger Paul, just this guy, you know? said...

"Bizarre" is a good word to describe this story. One wonders what sort of priests are not removed from their posts in the Diocese of Sale. How many board members of "Dignity Australia", how many child abusers, resurrection deniers (and other heretics), and of course, liturgical abusers, are tolerated, encouraged and even promoted there, if this priest is being so doggedly pursued by his bishop for such a reason.

12:48 PM  
Anonymous Janet K. said...

What a pleasure to come across your site! I did a search to see where the story of Fr Speekman and Bishop Coffey was appearing in the world, and stumbled upon you :)
I love your report, and the comments its generated! Well done.
I am the editor of Into the Deep, a lay (rebellious!) orthodox Catholic monthly newsletter (see www.stoneswillshout.com). May I use your quote about this Coffey being decatholicnated? It's a classic!
Thanks,
Janet

7:07 AM  
Blogger Pastor in Valle said...

It's a perennial problem, of course; the kids themselves are unlikely to be in mortal sin, though their parents, by preventing their children fulfilling their duties probably are. I don't think I would have used the same solution as Fr Speekman, but Bp Coffey seems well past his sell-by date.

5:12 AM  

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