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BATAVIA, Illinois, June 28, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — A popular priest who said he would stay at his parish after he was unexpectedly told by his bishop that his assignment had ended and was not assigned to a new parish, has now left the parish saying that his bishop has threatened him with “penalties under Church law” should he “fail to vacate the rectory.”

Father James Parker said he was told on May 24 that beginning June 16, he had no reassignment, and could no longer live in a diocese rectory. About three months prior, Bishop David Malloy met with Parker to discuss “concerns” about his priestly ministry, which reportedly included giving faithful Holy Communion on the tongue.

On June 18, Fr. Parker released a statement explaining why he felt it was in the “best interest of the parishioners of Holy Cross Parish and its employees” that he leave the parish, despite previously insisting that remaining at the parish would be in accordance with canon law.

In his letter, Parker said that Bishop Malloy had threatened him with “penalties under Church law” should he continue to maintain that he is the pastor at Holy Cross and “fail to vacate the rectory.”

Fr. Parker explained that he had also recently received an email from Malloy, which Parker says was sent to all priests in the Rockford diocese, claiming that Parker had prevented Father Jared Twenty (the newly assigned pastor of Holy Cross) from offering Mass in the parish. Parker and several eyewitnesses deny this allegation.

According to a parishioner who spoke to LifeSiteNews, the allegation that Fr. Parker prevented Fr. Twenty from celebrating Mass has damaged Fr. Parker’s reputation among fellow priests of the diocese, who reportedly texted Parker, expressing dismay that he would keep Twenty from saying Mass. 

Parker concluded his letter saying, “As a result of these events, I was compelled to depart the Parish campus to protect my flock from the rapidly escalating discord, strife and confusion.”

However, Fr. Parker insists that he “gave instructions to ensure that Father Twenty was able to enter the church” and that he invited him to concelebrate Mass but that Father Twenty refused his offer “and voluntarily left the church shortly thereafter.”

Twenty, however, echoed the Diocese of Rockford’s claim, saying in a statement posted on the Holy Cross Facebook page that on June 16, he had been “truly excited to unite around the sacrificial altar in prayer as the celebrant,” but that he was “impeded from doing so by Fr. Parker and a group of people with him who deny my canonical appointment.” 

LifeSiteNews reached out to Twenty so that he could explain what he meant by the above statement. He responded, “As stated in my social media post, I was impeded from being the celebrant. To clarify, I did not state that I was impeded from being a concelebrant.”

Leadup to Fr. Parker’s departure

Under Bishop Malloy, the Diocese of Rockford has stated that the decision to remove Parker without reassigning him to another parish came because of the priest's refusal to discuss “concerns that had arisen regarding his service as pastor.”

Parker said he met with Bishop Malloy on February 28 to discuss these very concerns, after Malloy refused to meet with him for a planned February 3 meeting because Parker had his canon lawyer with him at the time.

Fr. Parker says that he left his Feb. 28 meeting with Malloy unable to discern what the bishop’s main concern was, but has said that he had the impression that Malloy was upset by multiple “offenses” over time, including Parker’s invitation of Bishop Athanasius Schneider to speak at his parish, as well as his celebration of ad orientem Masses.

Parker shared that during their meeting, Malloy complained that Parker didn’t “follow all of the COVID regulations,” which the priest believes refers to his allowing people to receive Holy Communion on the tongue, as well as allowing people to gather in the church hall while only ten people were allowed in the church itself. He said Malloy forced him to put an end to that practice at the time, even though it met CDC safety guidelines.

Parker maintained in a June 15 letter to his parishioners that because Malloy “did not stipulate in his letter of appointment” that his “term would be six years,” he was “juridically and therefore morally obligated” to remain the pastor of Holy Cross parish “until the provisions of the law of the Church have been duly observed and determine otherwise.”

He cited Canon 522 of the Code of Canon Law, which states, “A pastor must possess stability and therefore is to be appointed for an indefinite period of time. The diocesan bishop can appoint him only for a specific period if the conference of bishops has permitted this by a decree.”

Canon 538 further states, “A pastor ceases from office [inter alia] by lapse of time if he had been appointed for a definite period according to the prescripts of particular law mentioned in can. 522.”

The Diocese of Rockford has claimed, to the contrary, that “The law of the Diocese of Rockford provides that pastors have a six-year term of office,” that “this was the law in force when Father Parker was appointed pastor of Holy Cross Parish in Batavia and remains in force today.” The diocese further claimed that Parker “received a copy of this law as part of their orientation process upon being ordained to the priesthood.”

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PETITION UPDATE (9/3/21)

Following the US Supreme Court's decision to allow Texas' Heartbeat Law to go into effect, Joe Biden made the announcement that he would initiate a "whole-of-government" response against the new pro-life statute which could ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected.

This is yet another, outright confirmation of Biden's openly pro-abortion policies, policies which have the main objective of ensuring that women will continue to be able to kill their own children without impediment.

This anti-life, anti-Catholic stance needs to be urgently addressed and condemned by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

For the good of the Church, for the good of pre-born babies, for the good of the faithful, and, indeed, for his own good, Joe Biden needs to be publicly rebuked by the bishops and excommunicated until such time as he repents from his pro-abortion policies.

Please continue to SIGN and SHARE this petition, which asks the bishops of the United States to act in unison to exclude Joe Biden from Holy Communion for his scandalous promotion of abortion - the murder of the innocent.

After signing, please take a moment to CONTACT the offices of the USCCB to politely, but firmly, encourage the Conference to take the necessary steps to exclude from Holy Communion public officials who continue to show blatant disregard for innocent human life and the Church's teaching.

The USCCB's Office phone number is: 202.541.3000

Thank you!

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"No man can serve two masters. For either he will hate the one, and love the other: or he will sustain the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon." - Matthew 6:24

In the lead-up to their meeting in mid-June, we call on the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to exclude Joe Biden and other “Catholic” politicians (like, Nancy Pelosi) from Holy Communion over their public, obstinate, and scandalous promotion of abortion.

Please SIGN and SHARE this petition which asks the USCCB to act to stop the abuse of the reception of the Holy Eucharist by politicians who promote the murder of innocent pre-born babies.

We know that making a decision to exclude public figures from Holy Communion is not easy. But, sometimes, this is the only way to make them understand the error of their ways, and to preserve the Church from serious scandal.

Indeed, Canon Law (Canon 915) declares that those who persist in manifest, grave sin should not be admitted to Holy Communion

Beyond that, at this point, public excommunication appears as the only suitable response for Biden's obstinate, public and grave sin of promoting abortion.

In doing so, we do not hold ourselves up as judges over Joe Biden's eternal soul, but we encourage the bishops to make known one of the consequences of public and obstinate support of abortion by our 'Catholic' politicians.

The fact is, in terms of the manifest, grave sin of abortion, Joe Biden is as bad as he said he would be before the election.

Therefore, it is cold comfort that the USCCB is only preparing to discuss this issue only now.

But even now, if the USCCB publicly excommunicate Biden for his pro-abortion stance (as well as other pro-abortion politicians), the Conference could reclaim some of the moral authority which they lost by their largely silent assent to Biden's candidacy.

Please SIGN and SHARE this petition, now.

Since Joe Biden was sworn-in on the 20th of January, he has wasted no time in signing orders and bills which facilitate the destruction of unborn human life.

  • In one executive order, Biden rescinded the Mexico City Policy prohibiting the federal government from spending taxpayer monies on abortion and the promotion of abortion.
  • Biden also signed (instead of vetoing) the COVID relief bill, which, for the first time in 44 years, contained funding for abortions in America, using taxpayer dollars.
  • Biden said that he wouldn't defend Hyde, and he hasn't.

And, if he and the Democratic Party get their way, a lot more of the same regarding abortion is on the way.

Strong action must be taken lest anyone, especially young people, be confused by the scandal of a "Catholic" in Biden's position aggressively promoting abortion, enabling the killing of innocent human beings.

American rank-and-file Catholics don't want any more compromise and equivocation from the Bishops Conference on this "pre-eminent" life-and-death issue.

We want clear action, not twenty more years of dithering and "dialoguing."

50 million babies have been lost to abortion in the U.S. since Roe!

So, we will NOT accept any more lives lost as a result of dithering and "dialoguing." [**Please see "Notes" below about how it has been reported that some senior U.S. clerics are trying to prevent this discussion from even taking place.]

And, we will especially NOT accept one life lost to abortion by politicians who claim the Catholic Faith, but who promote grave evil. God forbid!

With all due respect to these bishops, they diminish the Holy Eucharist and their high office, as well as cause grave scandal to the faithful, by not imposing public canonical penalties on a man who is promoting mass murder of the unborn against the constant teaching of the Church.

The bishops are now at a crossroads and must choose either God or mammon.

We call on them to choose God and choose Life!

And we also continue to encourage those brave, true and good bishops who have done well to warn Amercian Catholics about the perils to the unborn and the Faith resulting from Biden's promotion of abortion!

SIGN and SHARE this petition, which asks the bishops of the United States to act in unison to exclude Joe Biden from Holy Communion for his scandalous promotion of abortion - the murder of the innocent.

After signing, please take a moment to CONTACT the offices of the USCCB to politely, but firmly, encourage the Conference to take the necessary steps to exclude from Holy Communion public officials who continue to show blatant disregard for innocent human life and the Church's teaching.

The USCCB's Office phone number is: 202.541.3000

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Joe Biden: I support abortion ‘under any circumstance’ - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/joe-biden-i-support-abortion-under-any-circumstance

Biden administration has opened the way for ‘abortion by mail on a massive scale’ - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/biden-administration-unleashed-by

‘Catholic’ Biden marks Roe v. Wade anniversary with pledge to make abortion available for ‘everyone’ - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/catholic-biden-marks-roe-v-wade-anniversary-with-pledge-to-make-abortion-available-for-everyone

BREAKING: DC archbishop affirms he will give Holy Communion to pro-abortion Joe Biden - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/breaking-dc-archbishop-affirms-he-will-give-holy-communion-to-pro-abortion-joe-biden

Vatican puts brakes on US bishops confronting problem of pro-abortion Biden receiving Holy Communion - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/vatican-puts-brakes-on-us-bishops-confronting-problem-of-pro-abortion-biden-receiving-holy-communion

Abp. Aquila backs call for pro-abortion ‘Catholic’ Joe Biden to be denied Holy Communion - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/abp-aquila-backs-call-for-pro-abortion-catholic-joe-biden-to-be-denied-holy-communion

Cardinal Burke floats ‘excommunication’ for Biden over his ‘aggressive’ abortion promotion - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/cardinal-burke-floats-excommunication-for-biden-over-his-aggressive-promotion-of-abortion

Biden’s HHS is lying about Title X to push abortion - https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/bidens-hhs-is-lying-about-title-x-to-push-abortion

List of US bishops for and against denying Communion to pro-abortion politicians like Biden, Pelosi - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/list-of-us-bishops-for-and-against-denying-communion-to-pro-abortion-politicians-like-biden-pelosi

Notes about USCCB's June Meeting:

For nearly twenty years, the US bishops have been dithering about whether or not to excommunicate pro-abortion politicians by formally withholding Holy Communion from them.

Their indecision on this gravely scandalous matter is a scandal in itself, but one of the biggest obstacles has been internal opposition from senior U.S. bishops.

And, although the faces have changed in the last 20 years, their morally-and-intellectually-challenged arguments against excommunication have not changed.

Liberal bishops of the USCCB say that excommunicating Biden (for example) would divide the Church, divide the bishops, and would politicize the reception of Holy Communion.

Indeed, in the name of “unity,” it is reported that some senior U.S. clerics, including Cardinal Blase Cupich (Chicago), Cardinal Wilton Gregory (Washington, DC) and Cardinal O’Malley (Boston), have been working overtime to prevent any substantial discussion of so-called “Eucharist coherence” (that is, what qualifies as worthy reception of Holy Communion).

It is also reported that at least 57 other American bishops allegedly joined these Cardinals in a recent letter to the Head of the Bishops Conference, Archbishop Gomez of Los Angeles, to try to pressure him to drop the planned discussion at the full meeting of bishops in June.

And now, even the Vatican is getting involved, with the head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith suggesting that even more “dialogue” is needed.

These same clerics may mistakenly believe that any attempt to suppress the objective connection between a politician’s promotion of abortion and his unworthy reception of Holy Communion will fool anyone.

But, it will not.

Rank-and-file Catholics are not stupid and can smell compromise a mile away, and we’ve had enough.

With all due respect to the Cardinal, bishops, and the Vatican…those who fail to act diminish the Holy Eucharist and their high office, as well as cause grave scandal to the faithful, by “dialoguing” with a man who is promoting mass murder of the unborn against the constant teaching of the Church.

Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition urging the bishops Conference to take action at their June meeting to exclude pro-abortion Joe Biden and other abortion-promoting “Catholic” politicians from Holy Communion.

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Contrary to the claim of the Rockford diocese that Parker denied an offer of residence after hearing his parish assignment was being terminated, Fr. Parker recounted, “Monday, May 24th, Msgr. Steve Knox, the Vicar for Clergy, called and told me I have no new assignment beginning June 16th. I responded, ‘Then you are telling me I need a place to live.’ He responded, ‘Yes, and you cannot live in any rectory of the diocese.’ No alternative housing was offered or mentioned to me.”

[UPDATE, June 30, 2021, 1:42 p.m.: : Fr. Parker explained that following media coverage of his being ousted from the parish, the diocese offered to find him an apartment.]

Lay supporters of Parker have launched a “1,000 Letters to Rome” campaign on behalf of Parker and all of the ousted priests in the Diocese of Rockford.

Their goal is to send 1,000 or more letters to Rome by August 1, “asking for intervention in the problems Bishop Malloy has brought upon the Diocese of Rockford.”

For information on how to write to Rome in support of Fr. Parker, visit this page.

Volunteer “captains” from anywhere in the world can also sign up to help organize the campaign.

Parishioners of the Rockford diocese who would like to donate to Fr. Parker until he is reassigned by Bishop Malloy can visit this page to help support his legal and daily living expenses.

While he is currently living in an undisclosed location, his supporters are also welcome to write to him or send assistance to P.O. Box 757, North Aurora, IL, 60542.

Those who wish to support Fr. Parker can also learn more at the “We Stand with Fr. Parker” webpage, or join the “We Stand with Fr. Parker” Facebook page, which now has more than 2,000 followers. Fr. Parker also livestreams a daily Divine Mercy chaplet and evening holy hour on his YouTube page.

Fr. Parker is asking for prayers at this time. 

Contact information for respectful communication:

Most Reverend David J. Malloy
Office of the Bishop of Rockford
PO Box 7044
Rockford, IL 61125

Telephone: (815) 399-4300

Marc Cardinal Ouellet
Congregation of Bishops
Palazzo della Congregazioni 00193
Piazza Pio XII, 10
Vatican City

Archbishop Christophe Pierre
Apostolic Nuncio to the U.S.A.
3339 Massachusetts Ave. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008

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