TWIN CITIES, Minnesota (LifeSiteNews) – A Eucharistic Procession on Sunday for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis included two Protestant ministers, one of whom is a female “bishop.”
The archdiocese included the Eucharistic Procession as part of its Synod Assembly. The Catholic Church teaches that the Eucharist is the literal Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ.
Ann Svennungsen, a “bishop” of the Minneapolis Area Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), can be seen in liturgical vestments processing out of church after male altar servers and several laity, but before Catholic priests. Jerad Morey, a United Methodist Church minister, is seen next to Svennungsen, wearing a white surplice. He is a strategic relationships director with the Minnesota Council of Churches.
“I thought it was significant that we would invite representatives from our separated brothers and sisters from our other Christian communities here in the Twin Cities,” Archbishop Bernard Hebda said, according to the archdiocesan newspaper The Catholic Spirit. He invited them “to ask for their prayers for this effort and also to keep them abreast of what’s going on in our archdiocese, but also to be able to hear their perspective on the questions that they’re facing in their polities, too.”
“There’s always that desire that Jesus has, that all of his followers would be united,” Abp. Hebda said. “And so even though that’s an imperfect unity at this moment, to be able to engage our brothers and sisters who are Christian in this effort — and really, Bishop Svennungsen and Reverend Morey are representatives of those communities much more broadly — is a way for us to really be mindful of the gifts that they bring to the broader Church of those who follow Christ in our archdiocese as well.”
Bishop Robert McElroy (right) is to be made a cardinal in August, despite his inaction on allegations against notorious ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick.
We all have a responsibility to speak up when serious wrongs are being brought to our attention, but McElroy didn't.
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The Bishop of San Diego was told about serious sexual wrongdoing by McCarrick in 2016 when psychotherapist Richard Sipe, who had interviewed numerous victims of McCarrick, sent him a detailed letter, but McElroy sat on that information and is now being made a cardinal.
Appointing him to the College of Cardinals is not only an insult to those who suffered clerical sex-abuse, but also to those who are intent on ridding the Church of such evil.
This decision to make McElroy a cardinal must be reversed, and the only way to make that happen is with pressure from the laity.
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Sipe told McElory that numerous seminarians and priests reported sexual advances and activity by McCarrick in a letter that also detailed extensive abuse by other clerics.
"I have interviewed twelve seminarians and priests who attest to propositions, harassment, or sex with McCarrick," the psychotherapist told McElroy in the 2016 letter, adding: "None so far has found the ability to speak openly at the risk of reputation and retaliation."
McElroy, who claims there was no corroborating evidence, could have brought the allegations to the pope, or even to the Papal Nuncio, but instead ended the correspondence with Sipe, himself a clerical sex-abuse victim.
It would take another year for the truth about McCarrick to slowly emerge in public.
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Turning a blind eye to serious allegations of sexual wrongdoing is reprehensible in any context, but particularly when a bishop, a shepherd of souls, does so.
He also supports giving Holy Communion to pro-abortion politicians, contrary to the Church's teaching, while he has concelebrated LGBT Masses as bishop and claimed Fr. James Martin's attempt to normalize the LGBT ideology is "fully consonant with Catholic teaching".
The sad truth is that McElroy is not fit to continue as a bishop, let alone become a cardinal.
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“Except for voting, the Protestant observers will participate in every way as the other 500 delegates to the Synod, said Father Joseph Bambenek, the Synod’s assistant director,” Catholic Spirit reported. “They are contributing with other Synod members in discussions throughout the assembly, Father Bambeneck said.”
LifeSiteNews emailed the archbishop’s listed email, his executive assistant Patrice Zangs, and the communications office for the archdiocese on Thursday morning but did not receive a response.
LifeSiteNews asked if either Morey or Svennungsen had expressed any interest in becoming Catholic, what expertise they bring to the table, and if the archdiocese asked the two to wear vestments or if it knew ahead of time they would. LifeSiteNews also asked, to no avail, if the archdiocese believed Svennungsen dressing like a priest could cause confusion because only men can be priests.
LifeSiteNews contacted Bob Hulteen, the communications director for the Minneapolis Area Synod of the ELCA on Thursday morning to ask questions of Svennungsen. LifeSiteNews asked if she had any interest in becoming Catholic, what she hoped to see changed in the Catholic Church, and what she believes the Eucharist represents.
He said Svennungsen was not available because she was traveling but he would try to get answers from her by phone. No further response was received by publication time.
Morey did not respond to an email asking the same questions Thursday morning.