|Signatory: Fr Anthony Conlon,
former National Chaplain to the LMS
Cardinal Nichols has suggested that the priests' concerns would best have been communicated to the bishops privately, not through the press. I, respectfully, disagree. While I can see the argument about not doing the Church's dirty laundry in public, this letter is not an attack on anyone, just a statement of fidelity to the Church. For that is what fidelity to tradition in teaching and discipline is.
And this letter is not addressed to the bishops. No doubt the bishops will benefit from reading it, but the lay faithful and non-Catholics also need to read this letter, to gain a sense of what is at stake.
|Signatory: Fr John Saward
This is already happening, it has indeed been happening on one issue or another all over the Church for many years. If it starts happening universally, regardless of the attitude of the local bishop, fanned by the secular media and aided the civil authorities, the problems we have been having up to now will look like a picnic.
|Signatory: Fr Paul Lester
On this issue our priests are going to caught between the hammer and the anvil. We must accompany them, if necessary, into this valley of tears, on the Church's journey to the heavenly Jerusalem.
On why people in an objective state of sin cannot be given Holy Communion by a priests in good conscience, see here.
Sign the Filial Appeal on the Synod here.
Here is the letter to the Catholic Herald.