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Who owns St. Sabina parish anyway?

Fr. Pfleger’s executive assistant objects to the arrival at the St. Sabina rectory of the new priest.

“Can you just imagine somebody moving into your house that really was not invited by us,” said Kimberly Lymore, the Associate Minister at the Faith Community of St. Sabina.

She’s been misled. It’s not her house, nor the parish council’s. That matter was decided a long time ago, when “trusteeism” was squelched in the American church by Rome.

Trusteeism controversy

ca. 18151840

In its infancy, the Catholic Church in America relied on the initiative and benevolence of laypeople to an extraordinary degree. Lacking priests, many early parishes were established and managed by laity. As the nation grew and the clerical personnel of the Church increased, priests and bishops sought to standardize the Church’s organization in accord with canon law and common practice. The result in some localities was tensionand sometimes hostilitybetween pastors and bishops on one side and lay trustees on the other. Significant battles over control of parishes occurred at St. Mary’s in Philadelphia and in New York, among other places.

Indeed, there is little new under the sun when it comes to the Roman church, periodic clerical chutzpah notwithstanding.


Friends again with our overseas cousins?

Sir Winston Churchill.

His bust got pitched.

Mike Fahy: Interesting article in The UK Telegraph (London) noting that the Tea Party of December 1773 sparked the American Revolution against George III. But the modern-day grassroots Tea Party may play a key role in ejecting Barack Obama from the White House in 2012, thus restoring Anglo-American relations.

Unlike the Obama administration, the new wave of conservative leaders in the United States recognise Britain as America’s most important ally, are suspicious of EU-style supranationalism, and understand the great sacrifices that the US and UK have made in the defence of liberty and freedom across the world. One thing is certain if President Obama loses the White House in 2012. His successor definitely won’t be throwing a bust of Sir Winston Churchill out of the Oval Office.

Editor: Those 1773 tea partiers got a lot of their ideas from the once mother country, now didn’t they?


The lady’s not for ignoring

Gov. Sarah Palin has breakfast and visits with...

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Obama the orator has become the TelePrompter-in-Chief, though some still cling to his reputation as orator. Meanwhile, Sarah Palin is a speaker who can manage with reminders that fit on her hand. NY Sun, conceding Obama as orator, has this about Palin addressing the Ground Zero Mosque question via Facebook:

Not only does Mrs. Palin manage, in a polite but firm way, to speak more forthrightly than the president and to draw finer distinctions than the president but she also manages to articulate a practical line more in keeping with a harmonious outcome.

In other words she does the leadership thing in what she says, which, come presidential choice time in a year or so, will matter for her and us more than ever.

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