LEFEBVRE and the
It is permissible to have heretic Lutheran or Methodist “episcopal
consecrations” in Catholic churches, as these news stories prove,
yet the consecration of traditional Catholic bishops are disallowed.
In the mentality of the Conciliar Church ecumenism has come
to have more value than the continuation of Catholic Tradition.
to Use New Cathedral”
St. Louis Post-Dispatch (May 28, 1987)
In a highly
symbolic ecumenical step, Lutherans here will use the Roman Catholic
St. Louis Cathedral this fall for a worship service to mark the
merger of three Lutheran denominations.
The Rev. Vincent
Heier, the Catholic priest in charge of ecumenical relations for
the Archdiocese of St. Louis, described the Lutherans’ choice of
the cathedral, at Lindell Boulevard and Newstead Avenue, as “a watershed”
in Catholic-Lutheran relations here.
how far we have come,” Heier said.
The Rev. Samuel
Roth, pastor of Zion Lutheran Church in Ferguson and chairman of
the event, said the service, scheduled for Nov. 22, will be a major
celebration sponsored by 45 Lutheran congregations. Bishop
Herbert W. Chilstrom, recently elected head of the new 5.3 million
member Lutheran church, will preside over the service...
leaders here recall when relations between Catholics and Lutherans
were strained and on occasion marked by deep hostility. The
tensions date as far back as the 16th century Reformation in Europe,
but they have gradually diminished since the mid-1960’s after the
Second Vatican Council in the Roman Catholic Church.
trace their roots to Martin Luther, a Catholic monk whose conflicts
with Church leaders led to his excommunication from the Catholic
Church and the birth of Protestantism. Historic barriers
between Catholics and Lutherans began to erode with the Second Vatican
Council’s exhortations to Catholics to work for Christian unity.
he hopes the service will be “quite spectacular. We
think it speaks volumes that we’re holding the service at the cathedral
and that they have been open to our being there.”
The Rev. Martin
Rafanan, pastor of Resurrection Lutheran Church, said the symbolism
of the event extends beyond Lutheran-Catholic relations.
“We are doing
the service at the cathedral as a sign that our new church is going
to be more open to a variety of ecumenical endeavors in the future,”
The Rev. Robert
Betram, a participant in recent dialogues between Lutherans and
Catholics in the United States, said the choice of the cathedral
is “doubly significant” because the service is to be a Eucharist.
to conduct a service in a sanctuary consecrated for eucharistic
services of the Roman Catholic communion, that can’t help but mean
a lot to Lutherans and Catholics alike.”
University City, is a professor at the Lutheran School of Theology
leaders, including Roman Catholic Archbishop John L. May, will be
invited to participate.
the cathedral has been used by the United Church of Christ for a
prayer service about 15 years ago. But that was not
a communion service, he said.
“Lutherans in Our Cathedral”
by Archbishop May
St. Louis Review (June 12, 1987)
It was my
intention to announce to you that the new Evangelical Lutheran Church
in America would celebrate its birth in their first solemn liturgy
in our Cathedral, but another local paper beat me to it. It
will not occur until Nov. 22, so I was a bit surprised to have them
break the news. Perhaps some background will help.
of 1988 one church body to be known as the Evangelical Lutheran
Church in America will come into being officially. It
is being created from three church bodies which were formerly independent.
They were the Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches,
the American Lutheran Church and the Lutheran Church in America.
There are 47 congregations in the St. Louis area who will
be part of this one new church body. We thank God
for this step toward the day when we will be “one body, one spirit
in Christ.” We pray, too, that this one step will
be one of many prompted by the Holy Spirit so that the prayer of
Jesus at the Last Supper will be realized: “That all may be one.”
of those who are involved in this church reconciliation began to
meet to plan their celebration of their new unity in Christ, they
wrote to me asking if it might be possible for them to gather in
our Cathedral for this occasion. Among other reasons
that they cited for their request one stands out. The
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is committed to seeking further
unity with all brothers and sisters in Christ. Furthermore,
they were seeking an appropriate setting with adequate seating capacity.
They hoped to avoid a convention hall or sports arena.
We have agreed
to extend the hospitality of our Cathedral to the congregations
of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in the St. Louis area
for their celebration of unity and thanksgiving on the Feast of
Christ the King, Sunday, Nov. 22, 1987. The newly
elected Bishop of their church will preside at their eucharistic
celebration and preach on that occasion. I plan to
be present as a gesture of good will to give a word of welcome and
to this decision I was mindful of the commitment to Christian ecumenism
in the teaching of Vatican Council II. More recently
the example of our Holy Father was persuasive—especially in his
approaches to Lutherans in his sermon in their church in Rome and
during his two visits to Germany. In our country very
fruitful Catholic-Lutheran theological dialogues have been going
on over recent years thanks to our bishops’ conference. The
new emphasis on Eucharist in Lutheran worship has been noted in
this dialogue and it is something we greet with joy.
This is not
the first time for a gathering like this in our Cathedral.
The United Church of Christ gathered in our Cathedral some
years ago for a worship service. More recently the
Methodist Church in Washington, D.C. gathered in the National Shrine
of the Immaculate Conception there for a Eucharistic Celebration
and the ordination of deacons for service in their church.
Years ago in Springfield, IL, Bishop McNicholas hosted the
installation liturgy of the new Episcopal bishop in Immaculate Conception
Cathedral there. So this is really nothing so new
said that this is a nice gesture, but 400 years too late.
We may be latecomers in ecumenism but I hope we can make
up for lost time.
Make History at St. Louis Cathedral”
The Times Picayune (July 16, 1988)
For the first
time in the long history of the St. Louis Cathedral—the most notable
Catholic landmark in New Orleans—three Protestant ministers knelt
at the altar Friday and were consecrated as bishops of the United
As the cathedral’s
bells tolled at 10am and the Munholland United Methodist Church
Choir of Metairie sang, a procession of twenty United Methodist
bishops marched down the main aisle to the altar for the ecumenical
was packed, with some people standing in the back of the church.
Philip M. Hannan and the cathedral pastor, the Rev. Gerard Barrett
marched in the procession and took seats on the altar among the
bishops, but didn’t participate in the service. The
Revs. William B. Oden of Enid, OK; Bruce P. Blake of Winfield, KS;
and Dan E. Solomon of Corpus Christi, TX, knelt at the altar to
be made bishops. Each of the participating bishops,
about half of whom are retired, laid their hands on the heads of
each for the consecration blessing.
“This is a
historic event,” said Mildred Koschel, a member of the Lake Vista
United Methodist Church. “I wouldn’t have missed it
for the world...”
In 1985, the
late Bishop Walter L. Underwood, the United Methodist Bishop for
Louisiana, asked Hannan for permission for the next consecration
of United Methodist bishops to take place at the cathedral.
Underwood wanted an ecumenical service at the cathedral
because of its beauty and history, said Marian Eggerton, a local
United Methodist official.
accommodated the request, but Underwood died in April 1987.
“I know that
Walter Underwood is smiling on us today,” said Bishop Benjamin Oliphint
of Houston, interim bishop of Louisiana since Underwood’s death.
service was the climax of a conference of the United Methodists
of the South Central Jurisdiction that opened Tuesday at the Marriott
Hotel. Many of the people who packed the cathedral
were delegates to the conference.
TWO CONSECRATIONS IN PHILADELPHIA
Catholic Standard and Journal
(Sept. 29, 1988)
Bevilacqua who will be in Rome at the time of Bishop Turner’s consecration
will appoint someone to give an official greeting on behalf of the
Archdiocese of Philadelphia, according to Fr. Diamond.
(Sept. 8, 1988)
of Bishop Turner was the second protestant celebration in the Catholic
cathedral in recent months. Lawrence L. Hand was inaugurated
as the first bishop of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod of the
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, at a ceremony in the cathedral
Bishop Martin N. Lohmuller welcomed the Episcopalians to the cathedral
on behalf of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
He said, Catholics
were “complemented” that the Episcopal Diocese had asked to use
the cathedral and extended “our congratulations, our very best wishes”
to Bishop Turner.
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