Thursday, July 27, 2006

Archdiocese Communications Director attacks Father Robert Altier

Elizabeth Schwab, who with her husband, Ken, operates the Desert Voice a lay Carmelite web page that has been a prime supporter of Father Robert Altier, before and after his troubles with the Archdiocese, brings us up to date on the good Father's most current woes. We have been aware of this for a week but have been reluctant to handle what appeared almost to be a forged letter from the Archdiocese because of all the errors in it.

Beginning with Archbishop Harry Flynn’s request that he cease all radio and internet ministries, followed by his sudden removal from the Church of St. Agnes in St. Paul, Minnesota where he served as associate pastor for 14 years, Catholics worldwide have witnessed an unusual series of events surrounding the well-known orthodox Catholic priest Fr. Robert Altier.

The saga continues to unfold and public interest in Fr. Altier’s situation shows no sign of diminishing. The latest event concerns the reaction of Dennis McGrath, the official spokesman for the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis, to an article posted on Christian News Wire by Kenneth Fisher, the founder and chairman of Concerned Roman Catholics of America, an orthodox Catholic organization which has posted an online petition in support of Fr. Altier.

McGrath contends that Fr. Altier has not been unfairly silenced and that to suggest this or to say he is embattled is comparable to an urban myth. The following facts will allow the reader to judge for himself whether it is a myth or not. [snip] SperoNews

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