In Detroit, Archbishop Vignernon raises his staff

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 thanking him for his efforts to preserve and promote Catholic unity and defend the teachings of the Church in his archdiocese!



  • Paula

    All Catholic Groups and Organizations and People MUST fully comply with the “CATECHISM of the CATHOLIC CHURCH, Second Edition” first printed in the USA in March of 2000. Note that heretics avoid this Book like the plague. And these same heretics do not want any other Catholic to read it either. The Catholic Church has never been and never will be salad bar – where you can pick and choose what you want to believe. Chastity/celibacy for all unmarried persons (-defined as between one man and one woman) – which includes celibacy for homosexuals; no women priests; no abortion or artificial contraception; no pornography; no adultary; and you must obey the teachings of the Pope and Magesterium.

  • Howard

    God bless the archbishop! Yet I still have to correct his grammar. He should not have said, “… the Holy Spirit, which inspired the Council,” but rather, “… the Holy Spirit, Who inspired the Council.” This is especially true given the number of serious errors regarding the Holy Spirit among both non-Catholics and Catholics today.

    • Allen

      Howard, the Archbishop did not use the word “which”. That is what the American Catholic Council uses. The Archbishop was quoting the Council’s stated purpose. I think he probably chose to quote the Council’s incorrect and blasphemous use of “which” when refering to the Holy Spirit, rather than “Who”. It shows their obvious ignorance.

  • Kevin

    All the Archbishop would have to do–and any other Ordinary as well–is call diocesan synods. The laity have the baptismal summons to gather in the Spirit, communicate with each other and their pastors on a regular basis. The Church must learn to be open and transparent, not insular and afraid. We saw how well that workd with Pio NONO. Have regular, open means of dialogue. Doesn’t that work in families, friendships, workplaces, marriages, …?

    • Scott W.

      Sounds reasonable Kevin. I could even encourage the archbishop to hear what the ACC has to say. All they have to do is affirm the following:

      1. The Eucharist is the actual body, blood, soul, and divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
      2. Abortion, contraception, and homosexual acts are intrinsicly and gravely evil acts.
      3. The Church has no authority to ordain women in the Sacrament of Holy Orders.

      If they affirm the above, I say have all the dialogue they want.

    • The Dutchman

      Pius IX is beatified, and for good reason. That bizarre comment of yours aside, I fail to see how the Archbishop communicating with his flock and exposing the details of an anti-Catholic group who has made an art out of deceiving Catholics amounts to being “insular and afraid.” I believe you have it mixed up. It is the ACC, who by their deceptive title and actions is acting in an insular and afraid manner, while the Archbishop is shedding light on them as well as his own diocese. Sooooooooo….where exactly were you trying to go? And, if it was a thinly veiled shot at the clergy abuse scandal of a half-century ago involving 1% of priests, it would be wise to remember that the vast majority of sex abuse against children happens in marriages and families best described as insular and afraid. Date rapes and sexual harassment at work are also epidemic compared to abuse in the Church. Soooooo…I ask again, what was your point here?

  • James Hahn II

    Wow! Fulton Sheen often described the demonic as anything that seeks to tear apart or seperate. With that in mind, this group is clearly doing the work of Satan!

    Check out their “10 Step Program to a Democratic Parish”

    They speak of some bazaar church set-up called a “Constitutional Church” where, “the Parish Council (which includes the pastor) should in good time arrange to meet with the Bishop and Diocesan Personnel Committee to negotiate with them ahead of time a serious role for themselves in the choice of the successor of their pastor.”

    What kind of demonic, subversive, divisive spirit would promote an idea like this??

    Furthermore, the same paragraph states, “Clearly they will want to do all this only after they have lived by their Constitution for some time and built a solid reputation in the diocese. Clearly also, their hand will be greatly strengthened if they do not go into the meeting alone, but with supporting members of other parishes. That is another reason why it is so important for a Constitutional Parish to be an Evangelizing Constitutional Parish and work hard to create a Network of Constitutional Parishes.”

    Again, WOW! They’re basically saying, “Let’s do away with the entire church hierarchy–and, while we’re at it, obedience is SO Vatican I!”

    I pray Pope Benedict issues a full scale excommunication for anyone who participates in groups like this!



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