Atonement parish described as ‘in crisis’ Since Father Christopher Phillips’ removal last month as pastor of Our Lady of the Atonement Catholic Church, archdiocese officials have remained mostly mum about the Anglican-turned-Catholic priest’s standing. Observers say tensions have risen among at least some parishioners, while the archbishop has reiterated his “pastoral concerns” for removing him. In Feb. 5 statement, García-Siller’s expressed in more distressed tones what he called “many untrue and harmful statements” being circulated about “my intentions toward the parish.” Wilson has distributed letters to parishioners that encourage them to sign a procurator mandates, documents that essential give Wilson the power of attorney under canon law to represent them. The one-page document opposes “any intention or act by ecclesiastical authority that would result in a change in the canonical status of the parish,” except for its transfer to the Personal ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peters.
This is an excellent, well written and researched article. It is a thorough examination and explanation of the background of OLotA and the dynamics of what is currently happening. If you read nothing else in the news on this situation, at least read this if you really want to have a grasp of all that is at stake here. -MWR