SEDE VACANTE DIOCESIS CLEVELANDENSIS

PARISHIONERS SEND MESSAGE TO ARROGANT BISHOP

 Parish Decisions Caused Cancelation of Closing Mass

For Immediate Release

The Reverend Sandor Siklodi, Administrator of St. Emeric parish at 1890 West 22nd Street in Cleveland, the parish leaders, and members, have informed The Most Reverend Richard Lennon, Bishop of Cleveland, that they would not be participating in the scheduled closing Mass for the parish on Wednesday, June 30, 2010; nor would the parishioners be available for the usual liturgical ministries.

As a result of this notification, it does not seem appropriate that a closing Mass be celebrated in such a manner, thus there will be no closing Mass celebrated by Bishop Richard Lennon on Wednesday, June 30, 2010, at the previously announced time.

St. Emeric parishioners who desire to worship and receive the sacraments in the Hungarian language are encouraged to do so at St. Elizabeth of Hungary parish at 9016 Buckeye Road in Cleveland. Mass in the Hungarian language is celebrated there each Sunday at 10:30 a.m. They also may participate as parishioners in the parish wherein they presently reside, or may attend Mass and receive the sacraments at any parish in the Diocese.

6/28/10

EDITOR'S NOTE: WHAT WE NOW NEED TO DO IS CUT THE CASH FLOW...STEP UP TO THE PLATE BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN THE LORD....WE NEED TO FOLLOW UP OUR WORDS WITH ACTIONS!!

STATEMENT REGARDING CLEVELAND SAINT PETER PARISH- AUGUST 16, 2010

 It is with a sense of great dismay and disappointment that we have learned that Saint Peter Parish is now in formal schism as a result of establishing a renegade parish as a means of protest against Bishop Richard Lennon's closure of their parish on Easter Sunday.

We are likewise profoundly disappointed that Pat Singleton from Saint Patrick's, West Park, and John Juhasz from Saint Emeric's were supportive of the actions of the Saint Peter Parishioners, and who made statements to The Plain Dealer promoting their support.
 
In speaking with three canonists, a consensus was reached that by Ms. Singleton and Mr. Juhasz making public statements supporting this rupture of ecclesial communion which has already occured through Bishop Lennon's actions, they may have categorically jeopardized their appeals currently on review through the Congregation for the Clergy in Rome, and have put Bishop Lennon in a position where he now can exercise his canonical authority as Bishop of Cleveland to impose canonical sanctions againstThe Community of Saint Peter if the schismatic actions do not cease. It is very hypocritical and sinful to engage in such behavior while castigating the bishop for doing the same. In either case, neither the bishop or those protesting him are winning any form of argument or battle. Canonical sanctions can also be leveled against those who support or promote schism within the Church.
 
One can protest Bishop Lennon by simply picketing or refusing to patronize Saint John's Cathedral or by boycotting any Masses he celebrates or attending functions in which he presides. This is the most appropriate form of legitimate and peaceful dissent/protest while maintaining ecclesial unity.
 
We likewise vehemently condemn Father Robert Marrone for betraying his priestly vocation, and whose actions mock and insult the other good and generous priests of our Diocese who daily serve the needs of the people entrusted to their care. 
 
Please join us in prayer for a peaceful and speedy resolution to this situation.