Detroit papist-blogger Diane has an excellent postup about Archbishop Vigneron’s efforts to defend the faithful of his archdiocese against the efforts of the “American Catholic Council” to confuse local Catholics. A quotation from his pastoral advisory:
The Archdiocese of Detroit has been contacted by concerned members of the faithful about a movement called the American Catholic Council. Self-described as “bringing together a network of individuals, organizations, and communities to consider the state and future of our Church,” they have planned a national gathering in Detroit for the weekend of Pentecost 2011. The American Catholic Council movement and its national gathering are not conducted under the auspices of the Detroit archdiocese, the universal Roman Catholic Church, or any entity or organization affiliated with the archdiocese or the universal Roman Catholic Church.Although their stated purpose is to “respond to the Spirit of Vatican II by summoning the Baptized together to demonstrate our re-commitment and the documents issued by the American Catholic Council offer some valid aspirations for the Church, in fact, the goals proposed are largely in opposition to the teachings of the Second Vatican Council and the Holy Spirit, which inspired the Council.The archdiocese wishes to commend and embrace all true efforts at Church renewal – the American Church Council’s agenda is not such an effort…
Archbishop Vigneron goes on to warn Catholics (and especially priests and deacons) against participating in the conference, and has formally asked the organizers to cancel the event. He ends by asking all Catholics to “pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit so that we may embrace authentic development of faith and morals, and shun efforts which threaten unity.”
Please send a brief email to the Archbishop at firstname.lastname@example.org thanking him for his efforts to preserve and promote Catholic unity and defend the teachings of the Church in his archdiocese!